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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 08:56 AM Thread Starter
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just bought a 2009 250r, it's green and a little scratched from my friend dropping it, but once i get the hang of riding i'm painting it teal.

my name is jillian & i'm almost 22, from buffalo ny. would love to make some new riding friends and get all the advice i can.

my bike needs an oil change but other than that, i don't have to put work into it.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 10:37 AM
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Welcome Jill!

I'm from LeRoy, just about 30 mins east of you. I saw your other post regarding the lowering links too. I highly suggest you don't lower the bike. Lowering greatly affects the handling of the hike. I would suggest getting some taller riding boots or looking into shaving the seat a little bit. Check out www.rocmoto.org it's a local forum based out of Rochester but there are some people from Buffalo on there too! Any questions don't hesitated to ask.

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Just remember.."respect for the bike" is not what keeps you from crashing. You can have all the respect in the world for the bike, but when you do something accidentally and the bike reacts in a way that your skillset doesn't know how to respond to.......that's what ends you up on your head.
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For every person that came in "too hot" and ran off the track, there is somebody else who comes into that same turn, even hotter, on purpose.
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definitely agree with Six. Shave the seat. Lowering links will effect the shocks and can actually make the bike harder to ride than easier. Learn how to balance on the bike as-is first and then decide if you need to change the seat. Lots of guys that have a bigger bikes can't keep both feet flat on the ground and balancing while stopped is a must for any rider.



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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 11:55 AM
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definitely agree with Six. Shave the seat. Lowering links will effect the shocks and can actually make the bike harder to ride than easier. Learn how to balance on the bike as-is first and then decide if you need to change the seat. Lots of guys that have a bigger bikes can't keep both feet flat on the ground and balancing while stopped is a must for any rider.
Including myself. I'm 5'8 and cannot flat foot on my r6 because it sits so high.

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Just remember.."respect for the bike" is not what keeps you from crashing. You can have all the respect in the world for the bike, but when you do something accidentally and the bike reacts in a way that your skillset doesn't know how to respond to.......that's what ends you up on your head.
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For every person that came in "too hot" and ran off the track, there is somebody else who comes into that same turn, even hotter, on purpose.
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