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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 2-24-2018, 9:59 AM Thread Starter
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Whats up!

Hi everyone.

I just picked up a 2007 500R, it happens to be my first motorcycle. I completed MSF back last spring, and bought all of my gear back then. Had a lot going on so watched my gear collect dust until last week, so now I am finally getting around to riding! Loving the motorcycle so far and looking forward to sharing that experience with everyone here, it seems to be in excellent condition and only @ 7500 miles. Will have some updates on the bike shortly as I do have a few plans for it but nothing too crazy. Here's a few pictures attached and one of my friend riding it home, I'm going to practice for awhile before I hit the highways. I suppose I should come up with a name for her! Peace.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 2-24-2018, 11:50 AM
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I suppose I should come up with a name for her! Peace.
Nah. Just ride it. As you do, your motorcycle will either speak to you or not. If it does, it will earn its own name.

Welcome to the forum.....good to see so many new guys joining. It's good for this place to have more/new members.........sean


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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 2-24-2018, 2:48 PM
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Nice first bike!! Ride it. A lot. You've done the MSF, so never forget - everyone else is going to turn at you at any time, for no reason, so never let your guard down and always have an escape plan. Be defensive, give space and you won't end up under that SUV. The life-saving paranoia frame of mind becomes second nature eventually and takes nothing away from the riding fun. Watch accident videos on you tube (yes, really) - learn from other people's mistakes, not your own! Accidents are almost all completely avoidable. And whenever you're doing anything to your bike which is not a necessary repair or standard maintenance, say 10 times... "if it ain't broke don't fix it". This forum is full of people wanting help fixing something they just did to their bikes themselves.
To finish on a lighter note - you've got yourself an excellent versatile machine... let it put a big smile on your face.
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Well so far so good. I've been commuting everyday that the weather has been nice, and sometimes not so nice. I'm comfortable riding in traffic of all shapes and forms now. On Sunday's I've been riding the nice back roads of KY. It's been an awesome time on this motorcycle.



The only real bad thing that happened is this girl backed into and slammed my motorcycle over and broke the mirror off of it while it was parked, after checking everything over the only damage was the mirror miraculously, and a scuffed up ohio motorcycle tag. The company she drives for is going to pay for it. That sucked but if that's the worst thing that happens I can't complain.



Now I'm planning on buying a bunch of small cones and working on my skills more in some parking lots.
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Thanks for the update. It's great that you've been getting so much riding in.

The cone idea is a great one. Are you familiar with the "Ride Like a Pro" videos? Perfect for what you want to do. The guy is a retired motorcycle cop who teaches low speed control and street survival skills. He has DVDs for sale and a Youtube channel.
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Congrats. I just got my MSF also and my Ninja was my first purchase also. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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They’re a good first bike, nice and easy to ride and just fast enough, however lots of us who have owned multiple bikes over the years also like them, after years of sportsbikes I just like the easy going nature of the EX500, I don’t also feel the need to wear full leathers every time I ride it.

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Thanks for the update. It's great that you've been getting so much riding in. The cone idea is a great one. Are you familiar with the "Ride Like a Pro" videos? Perfect for what you want to do. The guy is a retired motorcycle cop who teaches low speed control and street survival skills. He has DVDs for sale and a Youtube channel. It's a huge benefit.


Thanks for the heads up on that. I'll check those videos out and start performing the exercises.



Once I feel I'm greatly improved on those maneuvers, I'm going to sign up for the BRC2, and then the ARC class which is an introduction to racing maneuvers. Should be fun!
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Welcome to the forum!

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Welcome, I am in the same situation as you, my first bike, just got it Thursday! So much fun. Took the class too..
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 5-30-2019, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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Quick update, hope everyone has been well here on the boards.


I've got over 10k on the 500 now and it's been smooth sailing for me, in fact I've greatly enjoyed the motorcycle.


Recently, a deal came up that I couldnt pass on-- a new 17', white zx6r, $3700 off msrp.. So now I own my dream motorcyle. Will have to start a thread about it. I still have the 500, and I'm thinking..... I'm going to go ahead and track it.
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Recently, a deal came up that I couldnt pass on-- a new 17', white zx6r, $3700 off msrp.. So now I own my dream motorcyle.

Congrats! Post some pics of your new beast!
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Congrats! Post some pics of your new beast!
[emoji1318] what he said!

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I've already installed a TST fender eliminator kit and frame sliders. Slip on and LEDs going on next week. The motorcycle is a joy to ride.
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Here's a rolling shot someone took , I'll have better photos soon.
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