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Ride home or have it delivered?

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' started by Lumoto, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. Hi all,

    I've just gotten news of the arrival of my bike. As you can imagine I'm very excited about it but also quite nervous.

    It's a brand new machine so my real fear is not so much of the road or traffic but letting unfamiliarity with the bike and it newness lead to a silly error that ends up in a drop etc.

    With only about 20 hours experience and only about 90 minutes supervised on the road I think you can understand.

    I'm leaning towards having it delivered to my address so that I can take my time getting on the road. It's about 11km.

    On the other hand I think I can do it. Friends are saying have it delivered and I feel like it's almost admitting to failure by doing that. What should I do?

  2. ride it
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  3. yup. go for it. Imagine how pleased you'll feel when you get it home. Is there a relatively quite route home, or can you arrange to pick it up at a quite time?
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  4. It's entirely up to you, but you do have to have that fist ride sometime.
    Where is the dealer ?
    Are they on a main road that is always busy, or are there quieter times when you could manage easier ?

    What types of roads do you have to ride to get it home ?
    Can you get a nice easy route planned that won't be too taxing on the skills or nerves ?

    If you think it will be manageable, then go for it.
    If it really seems like it will be too much then have it delivered so you can get used to it in a quieter environment.
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  5. Well it's hard to tell, you have a reasonable amount of experience. I have NIL other than the learner training in a closed facility, so I"m not taking the risk, even though I'd love to just try it. Do what YOU feel is right/comfortable.
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  6. Unfortunately not easy.

    It's on the other side of the river so I'm going to have to use the Story Bridge, Gateway Toll Bridge or the Clem Jones Tunnel to get across.
  7. Pick up mid morning, after peak hour dies down and ride it back. Go with a mate if you can, but probably have them behind you, so you aren't focusing on their bike.
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  8. totally up to you :] it would be great to ride it home but if you have any concerns have it delivered :] then ride from there and when your comfortable ride back for the first service.:]:]
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  9. if you are ready to pass the R licence test, then riding home new bike should be easy? :D

    get it delivered, then there is no pressure and you can take it all at your own pace close to home
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  10. I think the best laid plans can go awry.

    I guess I'll see what the weather is like etc and how I feel at the time. I go from feeling totally confident to being not so much.
  11. Lol. I could do the exercises in a car park sure. But ride it on the road, nah. Too much to concentrate on at once and its not 'cerebellar' yet. I have to think too much. But it's a good point and probably says I'm not ready yet.
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  12. If you think you can do it, you probably can. Perhaps consider the likely road and traffic conditions between the dealership and your home and whether this is likely to faze you at your current skill and experience level.

    I had my motorcycle delivered to my home from a dealership several hundred kilometres away. Apart from a couple of hours' riding during the pre-learner course five months before, I hadn't ridden a motorcycle in fifteen years. Although I'd probably have been fine riding it from a local dealership I was glad to ride on my own terms locally for a couple of hours before going further.
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  13. Totally up to you, I rode my bike home (on the freeway) when i picked it up, with no more experience than the 1 day learner test in my bag of skills.

    Mind you i had someone in a car following me just in case things got a little hectic.

    20 hours experience should be more than adequate but please don't bow to peer pressure, do what you think you're most comfortable with. You are not failing anything by having it delivered.

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  14. New wheels - nice. Where are you going from/to? Give me a yell if you want help of some sort. I work at Kangaroo Point and can arrange something if needed.
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  15. I had 6 hours worth of on-the-road lessons in a 125cc bike before buying my bike.

    I brought a 321 cc bike from a dealer. I was brave enough to take the test model out for a test drive before buying the bike, and was nervous about riding it home, but managed it fine - I did make a point of not picking it up during peak hour!
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  16. I rode somebody's bike home for them (they were a complete noob and too scared to do it) and I stalled in traffic. Heh.
    But the feeling of being the first person to ride out of a dealer on something is surprisingly nice, now if only I could afford that shiny Ducati scrambler to experience it with my own bike.
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  17. Thats a great point. Getting to ride at your own pace and terms.

    I think it would be the excitement factor of first bike, all new etc. I don't know if it's the best frame of mind.
  18. Ride it home and feel like a boss.
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  19. My first bike was a brand new Vstar 650 custom.
    I had no experience at all other than the learner test. Peter Stevens in Ringwood is on a main road and I had to cross three lanes leaving so I could pull a u turn. Onto the freeway home, all up the first ride was around 40 kms.
    I was more worried about crossing the three lanes and the u turn than the freeway.
    But I knew I could do it.
    Went after morning traffic died.
    Did a few stop starts in the rear car park at PS's.
    Stopped half way home to feel up and have a break.
    Plan it in your head. Like do the entire trip in your mind and have plans in place, eg, on freeway I stayed in left lane so I would not have to worry about going to fast and having impatient cages up my rear.
    I thought if I got sore arms or it got too much, I could just pull into the emergency lane.

    If your not real confidant, don't risk it, just get it delivered and then you can go at your own pace in your own hood.

    Got my second bike delivered and glad I did, it was so different to the cruiser! Ducati monster, coming from an area I'm not familiar with, being night time, not having a lift to the dealer ship and a great delivery quote from a guy that was available right now is why I got it delivered the second time.

    Good luck!
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  20. When I picked up my bike from Western Motorcycles, the guy who sold me the bike stayed with me for 30 minutes - 1 hour practicing in a neighbouring carpark so I would feel good about going home. I also had another rider friend from the city drive all the way out to Penrith and he escorted me home with me leading the way. Oh my god was it nerve-wracking, but it felt exhilarating. In my case, I'd had a little bit of road experience on a scooter (only about 550km worth though), not a lot. If it doesn't seem feasible to ride it home then get it delivered and go practice as soon as possible! One of my main reasons for riding it home was conquering nerves and anxiety because I knew if I got it delivered I might be too chicken to take it out by myself for the first ride (I struggled with anxiety when I first started riding) :)
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