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Old 11-13-2012, 04:12 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I may have mistyped. A Bonneville is a fine bike for a beginner based on what others have said. I would never consider the Bonneville strictly a beginner bike. It is a great all around bike for anyone at any level and when you are ready to step up to a Scrambler (Sorry, a little Harley humor).
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:02 PM   #32 (permalink)
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If you park in neutral, the terrorists win.

Actually, it is to hold the bike. I have seen bikes that were parked in neutral move on their own and fall and I think it is a weird teaching that the MSF promotes. I have always parked in first, I don't understand why one wouldn't.

Not looking to argue, cuz then the terrorists win too. Just stating an opinion and you know what that's like...
It's funny now I think about it I park my cars and vans I. First gear every single time. My bike however I always park in neutral.

I guess I trust to luck more than I trust to hand rakes. I will consider parking the bike in first now if I'm leaving it somewhere people are about or it's slopey.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:06 PM   #33 (permalink)
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One thing you should consider about a first bike... Get something that won't make you uncontrollably angry if you drop it / scrape it up. Everyone thinks they can just be more careful and it won't happen to them, but it most likely will. Luckily Bonnies look good with a few scrapes... You however, would not. Invest in a good set of leather everything. And enjoy.


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Old 11-14-2012, 12:15 PM   #34 (permalink)
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One thing you should consider about a first bike... Get something that won't make you uncontrollably angry if you drop it / scrape it up. Everyone thinks they can just be more careful and it won't happen to them, but it most likely will. Luckily Bonnies look good with a few scrapes... You however, would not. Invest in a good set of leather everything. And enjoy.


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It's funny now I think about it I park my cars and vans I. First gear every single time. My bike however I always park in neutral.

I guess I trust to luck more than I trust to hand rakes. I will consider parking the bike in first now if I'm leaving it somewhere people are about or it's slopey.
Exactly. Or, an automatic is parked in Park, which locks the transmission. I guess I have never thought about parking in Neutral. I just ride up, stop the engine with the key, put down the kickstand and get off. I then get on, pull the clutch and ride off. Even on a flat surface I do this.

Maybe I am just weird.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:02 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I have always parked in first, I don't understand why one wouldn't.

Some kick start bikes are difficult to find neutral when not moving so many riders find neutral before they park and keep it there so they don't spend 5 min. trying to find neutral when starting.

Since we're on the subject of parking, I always am a bit cautious where I park my bike. I always try to park the bike at the front most part of the parking spaces on the street. In other words, I try to park so nobody can park in front of me. Cars, mini vans, suv's, pick up trucks etc. have a tendency not to see your bike if you park behind them or if they park in front of you when you are already parked. When they are leaving, they back-up, knock your bike over, and 99% of the time leave the scene with your your bike laying on it's side spewing out gas.
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