Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Connersville, IN USA
welcome to the club, lol I'm a new rider myself. I just got my bike in February and I just took my beginners class this past weekend. I think that will help more than anything.
Just a few things I've picked up and dealing with as I'm learning also.
The clutch - they taught us about clutch control. I was always taught from driving a stick that you can't ride a clutch cuz you'll burn it up. So I tried to get the bike going quick, but I learned that a motorcycle has what is called a wet clutch and you can't burn it up like a stick shift. They had us move the bike with clutch control like the first half of the day, on and off the clutch, moving the bike slow.
I rode in the parking lot also and moved to side streets. Practicing the shifting and braking and stopping before I moved out into traffic.
Make sure you are in 1st gear when you come to a stop light or stop sign. Since I just found out about clutch control, I am letting the cluctch out while I am sitting there till I feel just a lil movement, then when the light turns or the intersection is clear I can roll on the throttle and ease on out on my clutch because it is at the point of engaging anyways (they call that the friction point).
Anyways, I'm sure not an expert and just learning myself. But those are a couple things that would have been nice to know instead of learning the hard way. hope it helps.
O, one more thing, mentally prepare yourself for wind and wind gusts. Totally was not on my mind when I moved up to riding a main road and I got a wind gusy and it just freaked me out. But everything I've tried to study on it and even from the class is just keep riding and we are supposed to get used to it, lol.
Congrats on your bike, hope something i said helped