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Hi from SE Melb

Discussion in 'Welcome Lounge' started by Decided to Ride, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. I've somehow become a rider over the past couple of weeks. I never really had any plans or desire to get on two wheels until (of all things) I was watching a recent (mid-November) episode of TopGear USA at Sturgis. I figured if those guys could ride then 'how hard could it be?' :)

    Gave Ridetek a call and booked in a days training at Sandown (in the pouring rain - Dec 11) where (once we got out of first gear) I found it pretty easy I guess, along with the other new riders. We all finished before 3pm and the sessions are scheduled til 5 so we must have done alright.

    I enjoyed riding and wanted to do it again but still couldn't see myself bringing a bike home, so I spent a load of time watching you-don't-want-to-know-how-many riding videos on YouTube, looking at the various skills, spills, and bike reviews to learn as much as possible to avoid incidents. Guys such as cagerontwowheels, Roadcraft Nottingham, Riding with Tom, Ariderslife, OhPhilly, etc, etc got a lot of views from me. I've also been watching the Superbike School series on YT.

    Fast forward a few more days and 'What the heck am I doing?' moments and I've got myself a MY14 Honda CBR500R ABS (Tri-colour).

    I had originally randomly picked the Honda website to look at first (since I know them to be reliable more than anything else) and liked the idea of the CB500X for keeping safe, upright, and commuting on the M1 into the CBD for work. I ended up sitting on a wide variety of LAMS bikes and funnily enough I felt most comfortable on the CBR, which suits me just fine (looks better and is cheaper).

    I've ridden out on the road 3 times now, most recently on the highway (had to visit BP) and then also on the freeway a bit. Not too bad - if anything I need to work on the slow speed stuff such as U turns, creeping at intersections, and eventually filtering, and having not driven a manual in some years there's room for improvement in smoothing out the gear changes.

    I'll stop now to avoid the TL;DR's :)
  2. Welcome to the Forum.

    The first month is a steep learning curve. I think the learning curve starts to plateau after about 10 years or so!:)
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  3. Welcome to life on 2 wheels - or , more correctly , welcome to LIFE !!
  4. Welcome! Once you're a bit more comfortable on the road, head down to Saturday practice at Elwood. If you want an escort to it, just post a request in that thread.
  5. Hello and welcome, those new Honda 500s get good reviews, should be a good machine to learn and commute on.
  6. Thanks for all the welcome's so far - here she is:


    I was thinking of getting a camera and mic setup to document my learning journey to possibly inspire other cagers to ride and also to get feedback from other riders, but my original GoPro isn't very good and has no mic input, the new Drift HD S is hard to find and ~$500, plus I just saw that thread about the guy who got pulled over for mounting the camera to his helmet. Maybe if I can locate my suction cap mount I'll try sticking it to the tank but it's not a preferred angle to shoot from imo.

    Unfortunately I'm otherwise engaged on weekend mornings, but I do have one more week off work, otherwise I'll keep an eye out for any learner-friendly shindigs happening locally in the afternoon (weather allowing).
  7. Uh oh
  8. Welcome. Another Honda 500 rider here! (CB500F) also in the SE of Melb (well, outter SE).

    I'm only 6 months ahead of you. Only word of advice is assume no one can see you, no matter what, and ride appropriately. Ride safe!
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  9. #10 Decided to Ride, Dec 29, 2013
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    haha, have I done something wrong already?

    I'm definitely not planning on doing anything irresponsible on the bike, showing off, et al. I'd make one or two vids for some friends back overseas but mostly it would be for my own benefit (and the footage would be discard 90% of the time).

    By the way, are there any tricks to filling the tank without clicking too far so that the flow stops or only trickles? Putting 11 litres in the bike the other day took longer than putting 50L in my car.
  10. There's a history of bagging learner vlogs on this site, and we've just been through a film and dob debate that got quite acrimonious. You've done nothing wrong :)
  11. Do a search for vlogger on here. You'll get the idea fairly quick.

    FWIW, I say get the camera, share riding moments that don't make sense to you, but be careful what you share and how. :)

  12. I remove my helmet, straddle my bike so it is vertical, and fill with the nozzle resting on the rim of the tank, not inside it.

    Get into the habit of resetting your ODO each fill, so you know how far you can ride on a tank.

    Some over enthusiastic cashiers will tell you to get off your bike, sometimes over the loudspeaker, and other times frantically waving their arms, trying to mime their instructions. It's quite amusing, unless they decide to stop the pump on you.
  13. The Honda actually comes with a feature where it resets the Trip A meter each time you add more than X amount of fuel (I think X = the reserve amount of fuel).

    First time I went to fill up and managed to splash a bunch of free fuel left in the hose over the bike before I could get the nozzle inside the tank... dumped some water over it after I finished filling.
  14. Need to watch the level and raise the pump thingy as it fills.

    Have fun by the way, read all you can and do training.
  15. Ummm , just no to this unless you want to cop lots of grief from petrol station operators .
    As someone who has worked in the industry for 20 + yrs , it is part of an employees training not to authorize a pump whilst a rider is sitting astride their bike .
  16. Welcome D2R. Nice wheels. Ditch the video idea and concentrate on learning your skills. You will have your hands full concentrating on dealing with riding.
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  17. Welcome.
    A trick I use when filling is to lean the nozzle on the bottom of my hand grip. It helps to locate and support the nozzle so that it only just passes the filler enough to eliminate splashing.
    It means I can fill relatively quickly for the first 10 litres. Many times that's all you need.
  18. Commuted to work on the Monash for the first time today (not first time on freeway, however first time in peak hour). Did ok with lane filtering when traffic stopped, moved out of the way for 3/4 bikers who came up behind me.

    Only two major issues I need to address - 1, need to adjust the clutch lever to be closer, I found I had to choose between staying in the friction zone or indicating when crossing the line slightly. 2 - with the thermal layer removed from my A* JAWS leather jacket, there are 3 round clips left exposed up the top which dig into my spine, leaving it sore for a few hours later. Can't see any way of permanently moving them either. :(

    I've also just parked in a motorbike parking spot in a nearby laneway given that I haven't observed how others go about getting their bikes on/off the pavement in the CBD with the 90 degree kerb and lots of pedestrians. My clutch/throttle control is ok but not that fantastic yet ;)