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I'm picking up my bike tonight!!

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by BulletProof, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Going to pick up my '02 V-star Classic from Somerville (VIC) tonight. I have to ride it back across to Point Cook though! My plan is to make my wife drive behind me like the other guy did in the "building confidence" thread. Any tips?

  2. take roads you are familiar with
    don't feel pressured by others to ride at speeds you don't feel comfortable at

    stay safe
  3. try and find a close by empty carpark or something and do some slow riding around and get used to the bike and just take it easy you'll be fine :grin:
  4. Congrats on the new bike.

    As an idea have you thought about getting a friend to ride it home for you? This would eliminate the "pressure" until you think your ready for it.
  5. Thanks for the advice guys, I think I'll definitely practice a bit before the actual drive, and I have a mate who'd drive it home for me, trouble is he just lost his license... so I think I'll give it a go on my own. Cheers!
  6. Fluro safety vest and big l plate. Even if your fully licenced, it'll make people keep a bit of distance :p
  7. Just to add to what the others have said, get familiar with the bike before you ride off.

    E.g, check:

    How much petrol is in the tank?
    Where is reserve switch?
    Indicators, high beam, horn, etc?
    How sensitive is the throttle?

    And take it slow, you'll be fine.
  8. Do the brakes work? :)
  9. Thanks for the tips guys. I just got home after the ride. My wife drove in front of my and my boss rode his bike behind me so I was covered. I was a bit scared at first, since it was my first ride on the road, but kind of glad that it was late at night when traffic was lighter. I didn't mind the night riding too much as I knew most of the way pretty well.

    Good thing I had leather gear with lining because it was a bit nippy tonight.. we stopped for coffee and snacks at Maccas a couple times and just rode in easy on the Nepean Highway up to Kings Way and from there to Westgate/Princess Freeway and home.

    The bike had just gotten its clutch changed so I had a couple of cutoffs at the lights, but my boss kept the cagers at bay while I got things going.
  10. Job well done now just enjoy :grin:
  11. Your very own TEC :) Amazing how much more confident an escort makes you feel eh? :)
  12. :applause: :applause: Well done. I didn't ride my first bike home, too many nerves and a stretch of 100km/h road that is dead set full of idiots. My second bike however, that took a while to get home. I wonder whats down this road.... :LOL:
  13. Congrats on the new bike :) Sounds like quite and escort lol Me thinks you own your boss a favour too lol

    Good to see you had supportive people around you, there should be more of it for newbies.

    Enjoy and you know the rules...we need PICS :grin:
  14. congrats on the bike . i just got my first bike two days ago . but was too scared to ride it home so i got a friend to ride it for me . but yea it is pretty scary taking a bike you are not familiar with home with only a few hours of riding experience
  15. worse to have to ride it through melbourne cbd rush hour traffic the first day you pick it up lol
    *raises hand*
  16. Too late your you now, but for anyone else reading the post - always take a quick look at the tires as well. I once bought a bike where the previous owner wanted it looking so good, he even used "Armour All" on the tires.

    Looked great, but like riding on oil! If I wouldn't have notice, I would have come off on the first corner.
  17. Good to see you made it home with the bike safely. Enjoy.

  18. Congratulations!! I'm hoping to get my bike soon!