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  • Learn to push start your bike!

    Learn to push start your bike!

    Push starting is like crashing a motorcycle, sooner or later you're going to do it. Like it or not, it might be function that may save you from the side of the road. Last week I helped a guy push start his bike, and it dawned on me how simple it is, but yet people don't know the basics. So first, this will likely not work on a bike that is super cold/been sitting. The starter does a few things to motorcycles along with turning the motor. So, now you know. * Turn on the choke if it's cold,...
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  • In a Perfect World

    In a Perfect World

    "In a Perfect World" by Todd W. Cox In a perfect world, we’d all have the built-in insulation to be the right temperature no matter where we were standing. While we’re at it, we’d all get to enjoy the rivers of chocolate that wound across the perfect land. Sadly our imperfect chocolate-river-free world likes to throw extremes of hot and cold at us. That’s where wearing the right clothing comes in, and wearing the right clothing means layering. It wasn’t too many years ago that lay...
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  • MSF Class, T-CLOCS, FINE-C, ATGATT, and more

    MSF Class, T-CLOCS, FINE-C, ATGATT, and more

    MSF Class, T-CLOCS, FINE-C, ATGATT, and more So, back to riding related posts ... For the new people, potential new riders, returning riders, and people who've never taken it ... The MSF class (BRC) is your best bet to learning how to ride safely and living to ride another day. What, you say you've been riding 20 years anddon't need the MSF Class? Take the ERC class anyway, it can't hurt and you might learn something. The MSF Class ... sponsered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation ... is...
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  • You want a WHAT????!

    You want a WHAT????!

    You want a WHAT????! By Christy with additional material by Jeff (aka Ranger) Once you've decided to take up riding you will face what may be the most challenging part of your entire motorcycling experience - explaining your desire to ride to your loved ones. Riding entails undeniable risks. Through proper training, safety gear, wise motorcycle choices, and practicing skilled riding techniques those risks can be mitigated. Still, for many of us, our choice to ride means we are asking our ...
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  • Too Big Too Fast

    Too Big Too Fast

    I have been riding for 2 seasons now. I wasn't sure when I started my journey as a biker whether or not this was the right thing for me to do. I was uncomfortable and felt scared every time I thought of getting on my bike. But that is all changed. This is the reason why. First off, I love classic cruisers!! I love the look of the big beefy bike. So, when a friend of ours decided they were selling their Honda ACE 750cc with all the trimmings for a great price, we jumped on it. My hubby (who ...
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  • Yamaha TTR 225

    Yamaha TTR 225

    I am a beginner rider that at my age wasn't ready to jump on a big bike. In fact I started a little over a year ago by purchasing a China made pit bike brand new for $300. It was a 110cc small sized bike that I cruised around with my son on his Honda CR50 on the property I live on in the Angeles National Forest in CA. It was fun but I wanted a "real" bike that I could trust to last so I bought a 2005 Yamaha TTR125 LE. This seemed more like a real bike and it was fun to trail ride but when I...
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  • Thinking of Riding?? Start Here...

    Thinking of Riding?? Start Here...

    Chronicles of a Beginner Biker I have always had an interest in motorcycles; the way they look, the way they sound, and the general attention they draw wherever they are ridden. They are all beautiful to look at and are works of art in their own right. But, in all honesty, I never really thought about buying one. I’m not sure why, but it may have had something to do with my normal, busy lifestyle. Right out of high school, I joined the Air Force. I was married shortly thereafter and started ...
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  • How To Price A Bike

    How To Price A Bike

    So, you're trying to buy or sell a bike. How do you determine how much to pay, or how much to reasonably expect?

    There are the NADA (http://www.nada.com) and Kelley Blue Book (http://www.kbb.com) guides. Of course, these are notoriously inaccurate -- due to availability and climate, bike prices fluctuate a lot. That said, NADA usually over-estimates and KBB usually under-estimates. Average retail prices are for a bike that is ready to be ridden. If the bike in question needs routi...
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  • Buying Used: the Checklist

    Buying Used: the Checklist

    (a rehashing of the Customarily Minded editorial from the Beginner Bikes days)

    Here are some pointers on what to look for on a used bike purchase. Take a clipboard with you when viewing the bike, and look for the following items:

    ENGINE Check the oil prior to starting, is it clean? Or at least filled to the correct level? Check the coolant (if applicable) is it filled properly? Check the air filter as well if possible. After all the checks, start the motor...does it st...
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  • Learn to push start your bike!
    by Derick
    Push starting is like crashing a motorcycle, sooner or later you're going to do it. Like it or not, it might be function that may save you from the side of the road. Last week I helped a guy push start his bike, and it dawned on me how simple it is, but yet people don't know the basics. So first, this will likely not work on a bike that is super cold/been sitting. The starter does a few things to motorcycles along with turning the motor. So, now you know. * Turn on the choke if it's cold,...
    04-28-2017, 01:45 PM
  • MSF Class, T-CLOCS, FINE-C, ATGATT, and more
    by Clair
    MSF Class, T-CLOCS, FINE-C, ATGATT, and more So, back to riding related posts ... For the new people, potential new riders, returning riders, and people who've never taken it ... The MSF class (BRC) is your best bet to learning how to ride safely and living to ride another day. What, you say you've been riding 20 years anddon't need the MSF Class? Take the ERC class anyway, it can't hurt and you might learn something. The MSF Class ... sponsered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation ... is...
    01-30-2017, 11:37 PM
  • In a Perfect World
    by RockyMtnRoadRash
    "In a Perfect World" by Todd W. Cox In a perfect world, we’d all have the built-in insulation to be the right temperature no matter where we were standing. While we’re at it, we’d all get to enjoy the rivers of chocolate that wound across the perfect land. Sadly our imperfect chocolate-river-free world likes to throw extremes of hot and cold at us. That’s where wearing the right clothing comes in, and wearing the right clothing means layering. It wasn’t too many years ago that lay...
    01-30-2017, 11:37 PM
  • Too Big Too Fast
    by Kat
    I have been riding for 2 seasons now. I wasn't sure when I started my journey as a biker whether or not this was the right thing for me to do. I was uncomfortable and felt scared every time I thought of getting on my bike. But that is all changed. This is the reason why. First off, I love classic cruisers!! I love the look of the big beefy bike. So, when a friend of ours decided they were selling their Honda ACE 750cc with all the trimmings for a great price, we jumped on it. My hubby (who ...
    01-30-2017, 11:36 PM
  • You want a WHAT????!
    by Guest
    You want a WHAT????! By Christy with additional material by Jeff (aka Ranger) Once you've decided to take up riding you will face what may be the most challenging part of your entire motorcycling experience - explaining your desire to ride to your loved ones. Riding entails undeniable risks. Through proper training, safety gear, wise motorcycle choices, and practicing skilled riding techniques those risks can be mitigated. Still, for many of us, our choice to ride means we are asking our ...
    01-30-2017, 11:36 PM
  • Yamaha TTR 225
    by YamBri
    I am a beginner rider that at my age wasn't ready to jump on a big bike. In fact I started a little over a year ago by purchasing a China made pit bike brand new for $300. It was a 110cc small sized bike that I cruised around with my son on his Honda CR50 on the property I live on in the Angeles National Forest in CA. It was fun but I wanted a "real" bike that I could trust to last so I bought a 2005 Yamaha TTR125 LE. This seemed more like a real bike and it was fun to trail ride but when I...
    01-30-2017, 11:33 PM
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