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    New rider getting their feet wet

    So, hi everyone. As you can probably tell from the title I'm a new rider (taking the basic rider safety course next Thursday). I've been wanting to ride since about middle school, and it took until now and some gerrymandering by my dad to get my mom to cave. It might also have something to do with clocking almost 20,000 accident and ticket-free miles on four wheels.
    Initially, my plan was to just ride dads '97 BMW R1100RT until I could go down to Canoga Park and pick up my own ex-LAPD Kawasaki Kz1000P. As luck turned out, though, there was an ex-CHP '02 R1150RT-P with 48k on an eBay classified ad for only $2000 in San Francisco, about 20 minutes from me. Because we're opportunists and we figured the 1150 would be very similar to the 1100 we already know how to work on, he emailed the seller, rode it around, and the next day it was ours.
    Some people are wary of ex-law enforcement bikes, with good reason, but we somehow stumbled across a diamond in the rough. Both front and rear shocks have been replaced with Ohlins, and we got a stack of service records about half an inch thick documenting about $3000 in service done, including a replacement final drive. The PO said he didn't like how it rode since he's more used to cruisers. Our bet was that the he wasn't too handy and got sick of the dealer emptying his wallet. His loss.

    So here I am, a newbie with some wheels and nothing to do with them.

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    rsbeemer 22600's Avatar
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    New Braunfels,Texas/Taichung, Taiwan

    Welcome to the Forum

    Congratulations on all those accident and ticket free miles; I salute you and your parents for that. Enjoy your new ride and be extra careful.

    1978 R100rs MOA#22600 125cc Kymco , 180cc Kymco Racing King
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

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    Chambersburg Pa.
    As an ex RTP owner, I always enjoyed freaking people out when I would pull up behind them. And by the way ,those riders courses, I would recommend them to everyone. BEST OF LUCK!!!
    I have met the enemy, and he is us
    2011 R 1200 RT

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    Small road corner junkie pffog's Avatar
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    Apr 2006
    WNY, Further fron NYC, than 6 entire states!
    Great deal, ride safe and enjoy life.
    2010 F800GS Full Ohlins package, '04 R1100S Replika
    '01 F650GS Wife's bike
    Maritime Alps and Vosges 2012
    Tuscany and Central Italy 2010

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    2011 R1200RT ka5ysy's Avatar
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    Oct 2006
    Prairieville, Louisiana
    Good morning and welcome to the group.

    You are going to love riding the RT-P as it is a really nice machine. I want to congratulate you on your decision to take the (MSF?) new rider course as it will teach you things that will literally save your life. Pay special attention to, and continually practice, the "stopping in curves", "quick stops", and "Swerving". At some point in your riding you will absolutely need these skills to avoid a bad situation. The other thing to be aware of at slow speeds is to use rear brake only when maneuvering at less than about 10 mph. If you touch the front brake with the handlebars turned the bike will probably fall in the direction of the turn. Square the handlebars straight ahead before you use the front brake and you will be ok.

    The RT-P is a lot of motorcycle for a new rider. It is an easy bike to ride, but is still a handful when you are first learning to ride. It is possible to use it as a first bike if you take it easy and ride around your neighborhood and get familiar with its handling and your skills. Stay off major streets for awhile and work into traffic slowly.

    In reality, you might want to get something a bit smaller and lighter to ride for a bit before you tackle the RT. Used 250cc starter bikes are plentiful and you can always get your money out of them on resale. They are also a lot cheaper to fix after you drop them.
    Doug, 2011 R1200RT Polar Metallic
    MSF #127350, Instructor, Louisiana Dept of Public Safety
    Motorcycle Safety, Awareness & Operator Training Program
    NAUI Instructor #36288, Board Member, Divers Alert Network

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    Registered User okiegman's Avatar
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    Feb 2012
    Eufaula, Oklahoma

    Welcome aboard

    Take it easy out there and be extra careful.
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    NE Oklahoma BMW Club; BMW Riders of Oklahoma
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