Join Date: May 2018
Location: So Western Ohio
Enjoy the new bike! I have an '09 myself, I just got her out of storage yesterday.
By 'pass the test' I assume you mean motorcycle license test. If this is your first street bike be extra careful the first 90 days or so of riding. Many new riders get into trouble in the early going. No passengers, please!
I would recommend you always look where you want to go. If something is lying in the road, don't look at it as you approach, instead look where you want to be to go around it. We tend to steer where we are looking.
Another good tip is to stay loose. If you find yourself tensing up in the curves slow down a little, relax your core muscles and take the easiest line through the bend. No need to play Ricky Racer at this stage.
Practice counter steering. We all do it, but consciously practicing it gives you an edge. Some guys think they have to shift their weight around to lean the bike, this is too slow when things are happening quickly. Counter steering helps you get around the curves smoothly and easily. And always plan ahead. What will you do if that guy at the stop sign suddenly pulls out? By planning, when someone does do the wrong thing, you'll just motor around them without drama. Keep your head on a swivel, especially near intersections. Sitting at a light you can get hit from behind without warning.
Pretend you are invisible and nobody sees you. This is a good mindset because half of them don't.
On these bikes especially the front brake does most the stopping. I keep a couple fingers on the lever all the time.
If you already know all this stuff, that's great, but some new kid on here might be a better rider for reading stuff gleaned from 40+ years of riding experience.
Good luck to you, and ride safe!
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