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The John Norwich Riders Corner In honour of our fellow moderator: John Norwich R.I.P. September 17th, 2014
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:11 AM   #1601
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So.. weather is finally getting better, and I m planning to get my MST.

I took the written a year ago and then got my class 5, 6 months ago. they told me I could take my mst one day and the road test the next. (not sure if this is correct? thought there was a month wait for the road test)

any how, was wondering if you guys think theres a need to take PRS?
I have never ridden a bike, was speaking to a friend and he said he didnt take it and he just rides safe.

was wondering if PRS is something that will improve my riding skills significantly.

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So.. weather is finally getting better, and I m planning to get my MST.

I took the written a year ago and then got my class 5, 6 months ago. they told me I could take my mst one day and the road test the next. (not sure if this is correct? thought there was a month wait for the road test)

any how, was wondering if you guys think theres a need to take PRS?
I have never ridden a bike, was speaking to a friend and he said he didnt take it and he just rides safe.

was wondering if PRS is something that will improve my riding skills significantly.

Thanks gais.

It depends on how confident you feel. I learned how to ride on Youtube, there are so many videos out there you can watch to learn, like your friend said just ride safe and keep an eye out for idiot drivers. PRS will probably improve your riding skills a lot and make you a way safer rider though. I Heard a lot of good reviews about them too.
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So.. weather is finally getting better, and I m planning to get my MST.

I took the written a year ago and then got my class 5, 6 months ago. they told me I could take my mst one day and the road test the next. (not sure if this is correct? thought there was a month wait for the road test)

any how, was wondering if you guys think theres a need to take PRS?
I have never ridden a bike, was speaking to a friend and he said he didnt take it and he just rides safe.

was wondering if PRS is something that will improve my riding skills significantly.

Thanks gais.
YES!!!!!! It doesn't matter how confident you are. Confidence doesn't trump being an educated and skilled rider which is what taking a proper course will teach you. So take a course and greatly reduce the chances of becoming a statistic and a stain on the pavement.
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So.. weather is finally getting better, and I m planning to get my MST.

I took the written a year ago and then got my class 5, 6 months ago. they told me I could take my mst one day and the road test the next. (not sure if this is correct? thought there was a month wait for the road test)

any how, was wondering if you guys think theres a need to take PRS?
I have never ridden a bike, was speaking to a friend and he said he didnt take it and he just rides safe.

was wondering if PRS is something that will improve my riding skills significantly.

Thanks gais.
A lot of people here including myself will recommend someone who hasn't ridden a motorcycle to take schooling for the reason that it's more of a validation of how to ride defensively and build a good solid starting foundation to any doubts or questions you have. In my opinion anyone can ride a motorcycle, like anyone can drive a car. But it's the mistakes and time of reflection that you want to reduce. If you were to make mistakes it can result in an injury which is so much higher on a motorcycle than a car. I don't know you at all, but I can say you will gain a lot of information and development going to these schools which will make you question many things that you may not have thought of and therefore put you in a better situation.

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Riding schools teach more than how to ride. They teach you how to stay alive.

I have had both car and mc licenses from 1978, when I started riding in 2012 I took a riding course and learned alot about riding and driving.

Last year I took West Coast Superbike A.R.T. course and learned a lot more.

This year I will be taking both Roadcraft and WCSS
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I learned to how to put on a tie with YouTube.

I learned how to ride/stay alive at PRS.
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Riding schools teach more than how to ride. They teach you how to stay alive.

I have had both car and mc licenses from 1978, when I started riding in 2012 I took a riding course and learned alot about riding and driving.

Last year I took West Coast Superbike A.R.T. course and learned a lot more.

This year I will be taking both Roadcraft and WCSS
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Exactly what Gwilo stated, taking a riding course is the proactive thing to do as they teach you defensive riding skills and the pitfalls to avoid before you actually make those mistakes and have to learn from it. Lets face it, making mistakes are a great way to learn, but some mistakes are difficult to go back on once made. Especially if they concern your physically health and well being, you're on a motorcycle exposed to the elements and other 3000lb vehicles around you.

These schools instill the necessary mixture of defensive and aggressive riding tactics in you giving you a sturdy foundation for you to build your skills as you progress. Kind of the basic tools you'll need if you will.
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I learned how to ride/stay alive at PRS.

I still can't put on a tie
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Thanks for the input gais, I ll be taking the course.

anyone know when they re-open?
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I take about 5 ties and knot them at the same time after a youtube refresher and then infront of a mirror
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Open Road school has classes starting next week I believe.

They are in Langley.

If you are interested give me a pm and I will forward the information to you
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Big thanks to Quoc today for helping me out.

Sitting in my garage now and getting ready for the season.

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That looks like the stock pipe, previous owner probably removed an aftermarket slip on prior to sale and tried to reattach the stock canister. All slip on exhausts for the sv650 actually require hacking off the oem muffler. Unlike a lot of other bikes out there the mid pipe and canister are one piece.
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Story is that a lady hit him and knocked over the bike crushing the previous Yoshi. So kinda had to rig up the stock one.
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Story is that a lady hit him and knocked over the bike crushing the previous Yoshi. So kinda had to rig up the stock one.
Dented or not, it still goes BRAPP BRAAPPP. It's still fun I woulda kept it on.

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This bike has had much love and I'll keep the love going
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Fuck man. I can't wait to get a bike... I know I want wheels and coilovers and exhausts and all that for my car, but i know that once i get a bike ill be "over" modding a car. It will become my grocery getter.

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$8500 for a last gen fireblade? LOOOOOOOOOL PLZ

I've seen 08's with 6000km being sold for $7000


edit: oh and check out repo places. they're known to come across some pretty nice bikes that get sold for pennies on the dollar.
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Fuck man. I can't wait to get a bike... I know I want wheels and coilovers and exhausts and all that for my car, but i know that once i get a bike ill be "over" modding a car. It will become my grocery getter.

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For a first bike I'd be looking at something like a new/newer CBR 250R with ABS. It won't give you any reliability problems, is a nice light bike to learn on and will save you a lot in insurance costs by being in the lowest bracket. They're around the same price as most of the bikes you posted and hold value well.
There are other good choices too, but most of the bikes you listed though are rather large and heavy; plus anytime you go that old even if the bike is well maintained you still have to leave room in the budget for possible repairs/parts (which also equals down time). ex: That cbr 400rr is a neat bike, but was never sold here so any parts you'll have to find in Japan and have shipped.
As someone who has done down to the frame full restorations on a couple bikes from the 80's; I love them but wouldn't want one as my primary ride if I didn't want to miss out on any sunny days.
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I'd strongly suggest going fuel injected if you can afford it. I can appreciate older bikes as much as the next person but as the bikes age the carburetors will need tending to, if not now then sooner or later. To rebuild a set of old carbs that are dirty and clogged can easily take 3-4 hours. There is also the wear and tear just from old age and prolonged usage on the bike components itself. Scarcity of replacement parts and limited aftermarket support, if any, is something easy to overlook initially. Take something as simple as replacing brake lines for example. Overtime the 14 year old rubber lines stretch, looses moisture/dries if not eventually cracks.

Brake fluid itself is corrosive, its why brake fluid goes dirty. It ever so slowly eats away at the insides of the line. Braided lines, aside from resistant to stretching, are teflon coated on the inside. Reason being is that Teflon is innate and does not react with anything including corrosive chemicals.

Plus with fuel injected you won't have to worry about warming up the bike in the mornings playing with the choke, and having to rebuild the carbs every few years.

It'll typically cost you less money in the long run to go fuel injected.
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