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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 4-12-2019, 2:13 PM Thread Starter
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Good afternoon, just bought an 09 ninja500r. Should have it on the road may 6th providing I pass my test. I'm from Kitchener, Ontario. Excited to finally get a bike on the road.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 4-12-2019, 4:53 PM
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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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Thank you for the info. I rode bikes back in Belfast, Northern Ireland from age 16 to 21. I had 125's right up to a 900 before I moved to Canada. That was 11 years ago. Haven't been on a bike since. I doubt I've forgotten how it works and I agree with all your pointers and advise all riders to follow the basic principles of safe riding.
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Sorry if it sounded condescending. I thought maybe you were a dirt rider just going to the street.

Still, useful stuff for anybody. I need to keep those things in mind myself, today was the first ride I've had since last fall.
Welcome to the forum, if you have questions about anything on an EX there are guys here that can give solid advice. They helped me plenty when I first got mine.


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Not condescending at all. It was still good advice to read, new or not. Thanks for the welcome
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Welcome and congrats on your (new to you) EX500! They're excellent bikes and, no matter what type of rider you are, you're sure to have a blast on these things!
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Welcome......from your description of riding in NI and your choice of forum name....I'm gonna go out on a limb and presume you owned/rode Aprilias for a bit?.......sean


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^ and I'll go out on a limb and envision requests for opening a new Aprilia dedicated forum section soon?
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Yes sir lol. My first bike was an 04 rs125. My "handle" has been aprilia18986 ever since.
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Good afternoon, just bought an 09 ninja500r. Should have it on the road may 6th providing I pass my test. I'm from Kitchener, Ontario. Excited to finally get a bike on the road.
I just purchased a 2006 EX500r. Iím from London, Ontario (well a bit West) but itís nice to see locals on here!
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