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Satisfying my mid-life crisis

I'm 54. I never in my life had any plan or urge to ride a bike...but a few months ago for some unknown reason I started wondering what it would be like. I decided I just wanted to try it for a new experience. So I enrolled in a MD MSF course thinking it was okay if I got on the bike for the first riding day and decided this was a really bad decision and quit. Honestly I had never even TOUCHED a bike, or looked at one up close before.

Well, I ended up completing (and passing!!) my MSF course, and was bit by the bug. I did a lot of internet research and decided the Rebel would be a good, non-intimidating bike for me to start out on. I found a 2009 in almost pristine condition, and took the plunge. That was about 3 weeks ago. I have to admit I have already have used the sage advice in this website (as a lurker) to solve some initial problems. Like the time I couldn't start my bike and thought ....is it broken already? So I did some searching on this forum and somebody said (duh...) maybe check to see if the engine cut-off switch is "off". Yes, I found it was off!! So you guys have already helped me out. Then today I was searching about my problem of trying to get the bike in neutral while it's running...and I see there are SO many posts on that topic. At least it makes me feel better that "it's not just me...", and maybe I'll even find a solution as I comb through the posts.

Well, I know this was a long-winded introduction. sorry. But I've already appreciated you all so much, I decided i needed to register and introduce myself. Mostly to thank you all. It's so nice to be a part of the REBEL community!!
 

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Welcome to forum n enjoy your ride. good to have you here :thumb:
 

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Welcome Kickinlady,
Now that the bike bug has bitten it's only a matter of time before the mod bug does also, LOL.

Martin
Ummm well maybe not...I've managed to pretty much avoid it for the first 45 years. I find just doing the maintenance and repairs is enough work for me. But it sounds like she has an excellent attitude and is off to a good start.
 

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Oh my gosh. Real people---here and now. Thanks for your responses! My 09 is shiny black...she's beautiful. On Saturday I took her on a REAL road for the first time. In the MSF course I think our max speed was 15mph...and could never exceed that on my driveway either (!). But what an experience to be in control at 35 and 45 and...gasp...50mph. I have no intent to ride on highways. I am finding backroads to every destination. And don't worry, BeachBill. I fully subscribe to the "S" in MSF. Maybe one of my biggest faults right now is being TOO conservative approaching curves and turns. One day at a time...one day at a time... Thank you all for your warm welcome. :)
 

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I apologize for not seeing this sooner, welcome to the horde. I don't ride a Rebel but it is a Honda. Great for you taking the MSF, it WILL save your life one day. As for staying off the highways, they're boring anyway. Much more to experience on the backroads. Have fun on the bike, and I bet some of your friends will be riding soon too, after they see your bike.

Martin

 

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Yup, c66m, real people. And many of them really know their stuff and are willing to share.

The MSF course gives you a good foundation and an awareness that many riders will never attain. So, take it slow and easy - apply what you were taught and you will build your confidence level. There is a nice curvy country road a couple miles from my home that I tray to ride a couple times a week. There are 11 curves in a mile and a half stretch - some gentle and some rather tight. I use that as my confidence builder and can now run that road at about tiwce the speed I did the first week I found it.

So - where in Maryland are you? I'm in southern Delaware just outside of Ocean City, MD - but also get to Baltimore a couple times a month because we still have an old house there (a block from our daughter/granddaughter). I haven't made that trip yet (120 miles) on the Rebel but I do plan to give it a try in cooler weather.
 

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Hey Martin---nice looking bike. Actually I saw it on another post I was reading earlier this evening. Something about bobbers? I don't even know what a bobber is, but I'm guessing I'll figure it out before too long. And you're right about my friends joining in...my husband, who hadn't ridden in over 30 years (and who had said "I'm not going to let myself get sucked into THAT again!") decided to join me. He just passed his MSF last week, bought himself a Honda NC700X, and now I'm using him as my personal escort. I never go out alone.

And hey, BeachBill. I'm West of b'more, north of Frederick. There sure are pretty areas in the Baltimore area---outside of the city, that is. That would be a nice ride for you, I"m sure. But 120 miles sounds like quite a haul on a Rebel (at least to me right now). How many times would you need to fill the tank? :) That curvy road of yours sounds like a perfect confidence builder. That's EXACTLY what I need to find around here. Boy are you ever lucky. I just figured out today that I was taking the turns so slowly because (even though we learned to do it in MSF) I was afraid to lean. Once I started pressing and leaning, everything began to feel a little more natural. So yeah, a road of varied curves for a training ground sounds like a piece of heaven to me right now. BTW, I love your quotation.
 

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Hey Martin---nice looking bike. Actually I saw it on another post I was reading earlier this evening. Something about bobbers? I don't even know what a bobber is, but I'm guessing I'll figure it out before too long. And you're right about my friends joining in...my husband, who hadn't ridden in over 30 years (and who had said "I'm not going to let myself get sucked into THAT again!") decided to join me. He just passed his MSF last week, bought himself a Honda NC700X, and now I'm using him as my personal escort. I never go out alone.
Good to hear your hubby is riding with you. The philosophy behind a bobber is "If it doesn't make it go faster take it the F off". The bobber is the original form of customization on bikes as GI's returning from the war wanted to lighten their bikes like the smaller bikes they had seen and ridden over seas.

Martin

This is what my bike looks like when stripped down like a bobber.

 

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Hey, c66m, great to hear you've got a riding buddy in the family. That's got to make it more fun and, likely, a bit safer, too.

You should be able to find some roads with curves near where you are. You've have some nice countryside - try searching around your area with Google Maps. I found a couple of interesting roads near here that way. You've also got something cool that we don't have - hills. :)
 

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The bobber is the original form of customization on bikes as GI's returning from the war wanted to lighten their bikes like the smaller bikes they had seen and ridden over seas.
I did not know this! Fascinating!!

And congrats c66m on getting your license! I did the same thing at age 58 - I never had the desire to ride, but after being a passenger on the back of my husband's bike for years, something clicked and I thought "I want to do this!" And I've never looked back. I LOVE my Rebel!! Welcome to the forum!!
 

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New Guy Here,

Just registered today. I bought an 05 2 years ago, and took the CMSP Motorcycle Safety Course. I lived in So Ca, and could ride almost everyday. Last June, I moved to Wa, so don't ride as much. Today the sun is out, and 37 degrees. Roads are dry, and I should take the bike out for a ride!
 

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Welcome to forum n enjoy your ride. :thumb:
 

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new timer old timer

Just bought at 2002 Rebel 250 at 61 yrs old! Thus, new timer old timer moniker.
This is a great sight as I learned how to change oil, add in line fuel filter, drain tank and add Seafoam, and found owners manual (in side compartment). Not bad for a rookie. By the way, bike already runs better. Looking forward to continued correspondence and thanks for all the help.
 
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