New Rider...How to Get Over Fear of Traffic..

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  1. Pogi

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    Me and my wife both took the MSF Course, and got our licenses.

    We then bought two Honda Rebel 250's.

    We have been driving around our area, but they are just small streets with some traffic, stop signs, etc.

    I always have a fear that I am going to fall over while turning or something goofy in traffic. Its a weird feeling being on a bike and stopped at a stop light/sign with cars behind you.

    Anyone have any tips? I guess just more practice is key.
     
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    experience. i remember learning stick for the first time in traffic, it was different and i was scared as hell in every new situation but it's something you get used to
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    You don't over the fear, you just learn to cope with it, because fear can be a tool if it is used right. You don't wanna be one of those dare-devil idiots who doesn't know his limits, and goes and kills himself.
    You just need to practice, and take it one step at the time, until you get more confident. Meanwhile, as your confidence rises, your skill will as well
     
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    yep. time in traffic is the only way.

    start slow (avoid rush hour and known bad traffic places) and work your way up. I remember having my license for 2 months and a guy went by me going 80ish and I thought "wtf, I'll never go that fast!"

    now it's years later.......... I was wrong :rofl:
     
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    Sweet, thanks for the tips guys.

    Also, after driving a bike around, then getting back in my car...I feel like I'm driving around a giant cage on wheels..and that I'm totally disconnected with the road.
     
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    That's why you get a sportscar. lol
     
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    if i rode a 250 id be scared of traffic too...
     
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    B/c you've never ridden one, i ride my g/f's 250 in traffic all the time
     
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    A 250 will still outrun the average car on the road.
     
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    Are you guys talking Rebel 250s or Ninja 250s? The Ninja 250 is a hell of a lot faster than the Rebel.
     
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    rode one in msf course.....brakes were terrible, pick was terrible.

    rebel....eh not having on the demand power would suck.
     
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    wtf
     
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    wtf wtf.

    he's right.
     
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    It's true. While the Ninja 250 and the rebel 250 don't exactly have the power of the larger bikes, they will still outaccelerate the average mini van. haha.
     
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    Ghost Load i'll see your kidcarson and geekboy and raise you OT Supporter

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    this is the point where i lost it:rofl::rofl:
     
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    I would take a Ninja 250 on the highway, maybe. Rebel.... forget it.

    BTW guys, are ninja 250's, this was an 2005, know for the clutch grabbing at like the very end of the lever's travel?
     
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    sounds like the clutch cable needs to be adjusted
     
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    Not that I know of, and I've only been on like 15 of them. :o
     
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    Werd, where was this bike? Who's was it? What was it used for?
     
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    That's what I thought. He was like, it's normal, I was like... :ugh:
    But the adjustment knob on the end was screw like almost all the way out, which makes me think it needed a new clutch
     
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    Nope it just means he needs to adjust it at the clutch end of the clutch cable, on the right side of the bike. You need a 10mm wrench to do it but it's still very easy.

    Also even if you think you need a new clutch on a 250 95% chance it can be solved with a new set of springs or if you're really cheap just some washers to shim the springs. Springs = $10.
     
  22. Pogi

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    I dont get it?

    I do have a fast car as well...(full bolt on LS2 GTO)..just wanted to start riding motorcycles and learn skills starting small.
     
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    You said it wasn't as reactive. If you get a sportscar, you will feel just as attached. M3 does.
     
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    Ah gotcha.
     

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