1997 Suzuki GS500E

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Bought it today, learning how to ride this weekend. My mother isn’t pleased.

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    1. Fuck Yea dude! make sure you do stunts! Internet peer pressure is onto you!

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    2. She just doesn’t want you riding it in the house.

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      • Haha actually, I think she’s actually just really scared. I mean, her uncle did die on one 15 years ago now. Kind of a weird set of circumstances. She made me give one of my roommates all of my family’s contact info in case anything happened.

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        • Mothers are like that, but funny how they always know someone who was killed on a bike but never say I knew somone who was killed in a car when you get your first car.
          Anyway mate take it easy watch out for all the other idiots on the road and enjoy the experience of life on a bike.

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    3. Tell her you’ll let her ride it. That should make things ok with her.

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    4. Enjoy. Riding is one of the funnest things ever.

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    5. i can tell you how to please your mom if it’s an issue

      lol

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    6. don’t wear laced shoes!
      the laces get tangled in the footpegs then you can’t put your foot down in time at the lights and you fall over and a truck squashes you!

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    7. Oh you’re going to be a donor. How nice of you.

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    8. Oh you’re going to be a donor. How nice for you.

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    9. well you got the helmet. Now real pants and boots and you will be good to go.

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    10. Good choice for a first bike. Always wear protection. Always ride like the cars are trying to kill you. Never hang in a blind spot, keep in sight of their mirrors, etc. If you have zero experience, find the local Motorcycle Safety Foundation and take their introductory course. Go to the bookstore and pick up a book on riding basics. Learn about countersteering. Learn proper braking technique. But most of all, enjoy.

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    11. THE FRONT BREAK IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. Unless you are going down hill, still you only tap it or when going very slow.

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    12. Don’t take braking advice from someone who can’t spell “brake.”

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      • i concur. the front brake is most DEFINITELY your friend. 70% of your braking ability comes from your front brake.

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      • Just from what other riders have told me and the safety stuff I’ve read, I’ve realized this. I actually think this is related to how my great-uncle died. No one ever saw it, but my theory (based on the last couple of days) is that he was swerving, accidentally locked the rear wheel, released that wheel, and since the direction of travel of the bike and the direction of spin on the rear wheel was different, he got thrown off and broke his neck on a stupid little 3-inch tree. I think that’s called “high-siding.”

        Anyone who watches a lot of motorcycle racing or rides themselves would most certainly know more about this than I do.

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    13. Older bikes aren’t engineered very well, ESPECIALLY pre-2000.

      Anyways have fun on your $500 bike!

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    14. if you’re ever in the eastern north carolina area, give a post on here or something and we’ll go ride!

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    15. So, from the posts here I take it that you don’t need a specific motorcycle license to ride one of these in USA?

      Here, in Denmark, you need to do the whole procedure again with driving lessons and theory lessons to be allowed to ride a motorcycle. And there even are two size classes, with the larger one (anything above 125 cc) requiring you to be over 21 to get the license.

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    16. I’d never ride a motorcycle just because so many people around here don’t seem to have a clue they’re there. In fact I sometimes wonder if all the stupid shit I see motorcycles doing (wheelies, etc) is just so the other drivers will notice them. But hey, your funeral, right? 😛

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    17. Looks like a good ride. Enjoy, be safe, wear a helmet, etc. 😉

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    18. Try the state safety courses first, the one I had to attend for the Navy in Jacksonville was pretty decent…but that was 17 years ago. If you have ridden a bicycle, the basics of steering and braking are the same, you just have a LOT more power at your disposal to get into trouble with. Keep in mind my favorite Dirty Harry quote:” A man’s got to know his limitations.” and you will be fine. See you at the Fire and Ice someday.

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      • I just finished with the second of two days at Volusia Motorcycle Training, which is a state safety/licensing course. It’s awesome. And you’re right – very much the same as a bicycle, but with far more power (and controls). Dirty Harry rocks and if I ever head towards New Mexico I’ll look you up.

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