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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-14-2018, 08:59 AM
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That is a lot of bike for a beginner imo ........ Kawasaki KLR650. ... I would recommend that bike to any .. rider.
^I Second this^

I was going to say exactly these two things... but I don't know enough about the Tiger to comment and know what I'm saying.

I think trading in my KLR was the worst decision I have made with my bikes, and would recommend it to anyone, especially a beginner.
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-14-2018, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Wiltshire is in the South West of England. A mix of rural and towns, with generally a slower pace of life than some of the country.
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post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-14-2018, 07:26 PM
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Is it normal that when you tell family and friends you've brought a motorbike that they look at you like you've been self-harming or have caught some sort of sad disease?
This is precisely how my mother reacts whenever I tell her I got a new bike. I’m 40 and been riding for many years. It’s true that everyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle will die, but for most of us one thing has nothing to do with the other.

Anyway, lots of good advice here! Welcome!
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post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-14-2018, 08:51 PM
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Funny.. I usually say, when someone says "organ donor" or "you're gonna die" ... "We all gotta die sometime, I'll just have a bigger smile than you"
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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-15-2018, 07:30 PM
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If you can find someone near you who rides enduro or dirt, ask if you can come along. Most have a spare bike and riding (and crashing) in the dirt will teach you fast (without injury, to you or the bike). You can fall down (when wearing the right gear) and not hurt the bike or yourself, just get back up and keep going. Practicing figure eights, sliding, braking and weighting your body from side to side to keep balance for slow maneuvering. Don't be afraid to stand on the pegs to accomplish this. People might look at you funny, but less so than falling over and breaking bits!

BTW, smart, smart, smart move to take classes like that. Wish they'd been around when I started. Might have saved a few bones (and many turn signals - till I gave those up entirely, mirrors, side cases, etc.)

Be safe, continue to be smart and welcome to the brotherhood!
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-17-2018, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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BTW, smart, smart, smart move to take classes like that. Wish they'd been around when I started.

You don't get a choice in the UK. The government put in a rigorously enforced training and examination system some years back after a lot of deaths. I had to spend maybe 700 pounds (maybe a thousand bucks US) to rent the minimum bike size (650cc ish) and go through weeks of practice, tuition and exams. It was frustrating at the time, but money well spent. I'm glad it is place.
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You are getting some really good advice here. One thing I might add is if you are stopped at a red light and your left and/or right view is blocked by other vehicles, wait until they move before you start. You never know when someone could still be walking in the intersection or someone is running the red light.

As for people's views of motorcycles, that is their problem, not yours. I started riding again last year after about 30 years without a bike. Best decision I ever made as I feel so good when I am on it.

Welcome to our world.
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