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Old 07-05-2012, 05:27 AM   #16
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I learned more about.proper riding technique.from the ninja250. Then all of my.prevous bikes.combined.

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Old 07-05-2012, 03:38 PM   #17
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Get off your high-horsepower machines. Got me a YSR50 that had 7 hp when it was new. By now, I'm rocking 5 hp on a well used engine. You squids know nothing about riding properly with those gargantuan 35 hp monsters. Trust me, you learn a lot about power to weight ratio and cornering speed with 5hp!
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:13 PM   #18
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35 HP is fine in the hills where you don't need to stop and can play with momentum. It's a PITA for the commute with stop lights and standing starts.

While my DRZ has been a great learning tool, I'm not sure if one couldn't use a high-power bike sensibly for learning. When I ride the ZX-10R in the hills I always challenge myself to be as smooth as possible to link the turns together, focusing not on power but finesse. The DRZ is so forgiving I can be a little sloppy on it; the 10R is less forgiving and it keeps me more focused on the techniques.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:30 PM   #19
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Great post Capt. I watched all your YouTube videos when I decided to take up riding and took the MSF class. The beat the box advice you gave was so helpful that the Rider Coach said he had never seen such a good figure 8. Cornering, however, was my lowest score.

My first bike was and still is the CBR250R and after half a year I am very satisfied with it. I'd like to think I've gotten better at corners and I use it regularly for commuting to work. There are times I think the bike is too light (on windy days) or I could use a tad more horsepower. Does this mean I'm going to trade up my 250? No. I love it, it's my first bike and it has extraordinary mileage. Will I get another bike? Most definitely.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:28 AM   #20
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I can't understand why more people don't enjoy going fast on a slow bike rather than going slow on a fast bike. Our "gang" of low weight and low HP riders have so much fun on our rides "racing" around at redline while still within legal limits (in most cases). We frequently pass cars and bigger bikes on our rides without issue and with no more than 18hp in most cases.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:32 AM   #21
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:32 AM   #22
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I can't understand why more people don't enjoy going fast on a slow bike rather than going slow on a fast bike. Our "gang" of low weight and low HP riders have so much fun on our rides "racing" around at redline while still within legal limits (in most cases). We frequently pass cars and bigger bikes on our rides without issue and with no more than 18hp in most cases.
That looks like a fun list of bikes. The thought of getting on a bike like the CCW Misfit and running for time between McKittrick and Paso Robles on 58 on a bike that will barely do 70 mph sounds fun to me.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:01 PM   #23
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Get off your high-horsepower machines. Got me a YSR50 that had 7 hp when it was new. By now, I'm rocking 5 hp on a well used engine. You squids know nothing about riding properly with those gargantuan 35 hp monsters. Trust me, you learn a lot about power to weight ratio and cornering speed with 5hp!
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:48 PM   #24
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This is why I'll most likely be picking up a cbr250 before I start track riding. Even though I want to take the 675r out, I feel like I can learn much more with a 250 as my first track bike until I feel ready for the 675
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:11 PM   #25
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I learned more about riding by racing an RS125 in the AFM than I think I ever could have learned anywhere else. It was, by far, an easy bike to ride but the most difficult one to ride well. There's a reason all the Moto GP racers start on the smaller bikes. I've never ridden a bike that was faster in a corner.
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Old 11-08-2012, 12:23 PM   #26
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:32 PM   #27
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:14 AM   #28
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:29 AM   #29
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I guess it all fall apart when you need to overtake 2-3 cars on a two lane country road.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:05 PM   #30
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My Yamaha TMAX may be putting down 34HP at the rear wheel, but of all my bikes (of which the TMAX has the lowest power), it is the best, safest feeling bike for the freeway. It has plenty of power to pass at 70mph, stable in cross winds, handles like a much smaller bike around town, and can split lanes like nobody's business. It is also amazingly capable in the twisty mountain roads. The biggest problem with it is the scooter stigma!
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