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Old 01-28-2019, 09:53 AM   #1

Join Date: Jan 2019
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Hi, Newb Here...

Just a quick hello to the forum.

I am totally new (couple of months in) rider from San Francisco.

This is the classic mid-life crisis situation, decided at 40 something to try this moto stuff out and really got the bug. I was fortunate as a brit living in the US to be able to take the CBT class last year in the UK and will be doing the CMSP beginner class in a couple of weeks, plus hopefully the intermediate later this year.

Meantime I was fortunate to pick up a great 2016 Moto Guzzi V7ii and am really enjoying my neighborhood and local car parks. There'll probably be many people thinking that's too much bike for a new guy, but honestly a lot of research went into the choice with big factors being traction control and ABS. So far it's been perfect for me if not everyone.

Anyway, just saying hi. I will probably be more of a lurker on the forums for a while as I gain knowledge and experience.

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Old 01-28-2019, 11:37 AM   #2
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Old 01-28-2019, 11:41 AM   #3
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Old 01-28-2019, 11:46 AM   #4
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Welcome to BARFing, Matt! Gear up, please. Full armored leather or armored synthetic, full-face helmet, gloves, and over-ankle boots.

BARF has the "Gear for Sale" subforum, there are places that have consignment gear, and there's that has last years stuff for lower-than-new prices. Although if you just bought a 'Guzzi and are living in Frisco, you're probably making enough coin to have any gear you want...

Come on out to our Social Gatherings, hit up some group rides (we don't block traffic or (generally) have huge masses of asshat clowns on bikes), have fun in the best area for riding on the planet.

Shoot me a PM if you want to get out & discover some great roads, or hit one of the "Ride with the Hun" events, etc.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:13 PM   #6

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Thanks for the welcome all.

One minor benefit of starting late in life is that I had some disposable income to budget for gear. Believe me gear was my absolute first priority and I'm fully armored from head to toe.

Will definitely do a CBT vs CMSP comparison once I've completed the CMSP. The main difference practically is that the CBT includes a mandatory 2 hour road ride (with instructors) including all types of roads, traffic and junctions except freeways. That really gave me a head start on riding the roads even if it was on the wrong side!!

Once I get a bit more confidence I'll definitely be looking into social events and rides, but maybe not quite yet.

Really proud of myself this weekend as I did a tour of the Presidio including the very tricky left turn at Arguello & Washington. If you don't know it that baby will really test your clutch and throttle control.

Thanks again for the welcome!!
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:02 PM   #7
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:36 PM   #8

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@motomania2007 Hi, thanks for the welcome. I'm taking it at Northern California Motorcycle Training in San Mateo on Feb 9/10 if anyone else happens to read this thread and will be attending I'll see you there.
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:07 PM   #9

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I almost bought that bike; well, the v7iii. I hope to see you on the road and be able to check out your sweet motorcycle. Ride safe!
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