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Old 04-24-2010, 05:59 PM   #61
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Thanks for coming out! Our car show would have been pretty bland without you guys. I'm sure a few people also learned some useful stuff. Thanks to Tim, Rick, and Budman!
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:28 PM   #62
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great story Glad you came out safe after the accident. That girl who rear ended you were lucky that you didn't report her for hit and run.
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:04 AM   #63
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You're lucky and you know it. That's a win, win. I didn't know anything about motorcycles for at least the first year I rode because I was the only person I knew who rode at the time. You've got a great resource here, and I wish I'd found it as early as you did.

Good luck out there.
I was 17 when I started riding on the street and NOW can't believe that my parents let me ride around without any type of moto-education. Thanks for sharing your story, and at 17- you've got a great head on your shoulders!
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:11 PM   #64
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I bought my first f4i off a meth head, he brought it to my house and I paid him while my dad wasn't home, he came home as we were finishing the transaction. He started screaming at both of us, we tried calming him down. He wanted to kick me out of the house.

I ended up convincing him that I'm only buying the bike so I can resell it for a profit.

I gave him a fake key, for reassurance, then rode it everyday to work untill I crashed on the freeway...

That's its own separate story, but I ended up riding home, and told him that someone crashed it while test riding it. When they dropped it off I couldn't see the crashed side and they left...

All this with a scabbing knee
He bought it until he discussed it with fellow co workers the next day.

Then I bought a few new bikes, got in a few more accidents, now i have my 2005 r1 that I hope stays beautiful.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:10 AM   #65
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Jealous of u .

Wish I knew people that'd help me get to know my bike better.
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:40 PM   #66
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^ Agreed! I always wanted to ride since I could remember, but knowing that my parents would never support me in buying one I got a part-time job (was about 18 at the time) for about a year and started saving up. My brother, who also wanted to learn how to ride urged me to take the MSF course and after a month, decided to sign up for and take the class. After I took the class I went on craigslist and began searching. Ended up buying a 96 GS500E. But I didn't do any research at that time and was too excited to look for any "flaws" in the bike. My friend rode back for me and then later realized the carbs were gunked up and such. Of course, I surprised my parents with the bike, surprisingly they actually ended up helping me buying my gear, they knew the dangers of riding and insisted I find a nice leather jacket and helmet and some gloves or I cannot ride. After 6 months, I upgraded to a fzr400 and after another 6 months I upgraded to a 09 CBR600RR ABS with the help of my parents.

I've talked to a lot of friends before I started riding and they always said they wanted an R6 or R1 and GSXR1000 or something and not knowing anything I went with the flow and said "ya dude I want a fast bike!" Only when I first got on the bike did I realize how much power you have and how easily it is to kill yourself. Told all my friend's after I got my GS500 that they need to start small and learn the skills nice and slow.

Enjoyed reading your story Kevin and really opens your mind up to the dangers of starting this sport with little knowledge and skill. I believe it's important to relay the message to potential future riders on the riding skills, safety gear and starting on a bike that won't make you crap your pants every time you roll on the throttle. Safe riding everyone!
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:23 PM   #67
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This is enlightening and I respect you for it Kevin. People change as time passes. Maybe we'll catch a ride together sometime.
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:31 PM   #68
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6 years has passed, coming back to thinking about my experience in high school makes me think how lucky I have been! Many people who have been looking to getting into riding have asked me many questions, from helmet fitment to how fast 250cc really is.

Being able to share my learnings with others has been great, and it's fulfilling to know a few people out there are safer because of it. Riding is definitely dangerous, but with the right knowledge and skills, we can all mitigate our risk out there on the streets
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:35 PM   #69
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Right on Kevin. Great to see you post.

One nice action by Enchanter and a lot of great experiences no doubt.
Love to have you and a few buds join us in a barf rally. That would extend what barf brings I would think.

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Old 06-07-2015, 10:30 PM   #70
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6 years has passed, coming back to thinking about my experience in high school makes me think how lucky I have been! Many people who have been looking to getting into riding have asked me many questions, from helmet fitment to how fast 250cc really is.

Being able to share my learnings with others has been great, and it's fulfilling to know a few people out there are safer because of it. Riding is definitely dangerous, but with the right knowledge and skills, we can all mitigate our risk out there on the streets
Very interesting for looking back the story.
You had the right mentor and time tells how lucky you were.
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