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Simple pleasures

Discussion in 'New Riders and Riding Tips' at netrider.net.au started by Glenn01, May 31, 2012.

  1. As a new rider I've been racking up a few firsts lately.



    Sure, some of them haven't been great:
    - first stall at traffic lights
    - first stall in an intersection
    - first stall in a quiet back street just as 2 school girls happen past
    - first time finding a false neutral while up shift going up a hill
    (followed very quickly by: )
    - first, second, third and fourth failed attempted hill start.

    Ahh the joys. However, on the flip side some of the other "firsts" have been absolutely fantastic and I just can get enough of them.

    For instance, I went for my first night right yesterday. Watching my shadow race off in front of me as I passed under street lights was just awesome.

    Just watching my headlight tilt from side to side was cool.

    And the first time I approached a roundabout, slowed down just enough, down shifted, went through smooth and accelerated away without having to look down or think about each separate step ... "yes!", awesome.

    I hope I can keep enjoying these simple pleasures as much after 3 years riding as I am after only 3 weeks...
     
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  2. First post in this thread.

    YES!
     
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  3. Second. Reserved for updates.

    (Nice work Glenn)
     
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  4. My favourite first was

    first time I forgot to turn the fuel on...

    during a test ride...

    Up hill...

    In front of a school...


    #Sigh#. Good times!
     
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  5. You haven't run out of fuel yet... Amateur!
     
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  6. I just added another first to my own list:

    First time I saw a rider pull up due to him having trouble and I was the first to pull up next to him and ask whether he's OK.
    Now I feel like a real rider :D
     
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  7. This is all well and good, and I know those feels, but...
    :-O Target fixation?! -peers down at you over glasses- Thank your lucky stars you didn't crash into the great hazard that is your shadow! Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. -points at jail-

    :)
     
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  8. My favourite first would be the 1st time I got in the lift at work decked out in my gear (jacket & jeans etc with gloves and helmet in hand). People look sideways at you and you can tell they're itching to ask you a question.

    The first night ride was pretty good too. Just zinging along in the cool air, focused on nothing but keeping the bike headed in the right direction.
     
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  9. My favourite first would have to my first solo multi-overnight road trip. Not much of clue what i was doing, and that reliance on the bike to get me somewhere. Come to think of it i still do it this way.
     
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  10. first mirror.
    did'nt break off on initial attempt. so embarrassed
    takes practice to do it in one go.

    probably moreso a rush, than a simple pleasure.
     
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  11. Haha, good times, I had a few of those "first times" in my first few weeks of riding.

    I'll add another one - Forgetting to kick my kickstand up in a carpark, with 2 kids watching me in the car parked right next to me. Killed the engine about 4 times before I figured it out... Still a disgrace, even with my Ls on ](*,)
     
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  12. my first write off, fark that hurt, but others had a laugh at how I bounced down the road lol
     
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  13. I'm refusing to look where you're pointing so I don't end up there.

    Meanwhile as I am scanning the whole road ahead I happen to notice my shadows racing ahead of me...
     
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  14. Another favorite first: first successful piece of home maintenance on my bike (albeit very, very minor) - very satisfying for a newbie.
     
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  15. This. My headlight bulb low beam blew out when I was out with mates (who were seeing my bike for the first time)

    The next day, I replaced it ALL BY MYSELF. I felt like a master mechanic...
     
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  16. First time through a tunnel. Man, that sound is just orgasmic.
     
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  17. Favourite first - riding my 1100cc for the very first time (and successfully :) ) Before that I had only ever ridden a 250cc.
     
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  18. Ah the simple pleasures... for me being such a noobie, they are all simple pleasures, but include;

    - The very first ride. It was the first ride since getting my license and the first ride on my new bike
    - Riding up my steep driveway the first time without stopping. Had been haunting me for a while

    I'm sure there will be many more...
     
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  19. First time the Harley rider you just nodded to gives you a big thumbs up as a reply :D

    You made my day, thank you Sir :)
     
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