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post #16 of 26 Old 03-20-2017, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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Oh nice man!! I'll check it out right now..

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post #17 of 26 Old 03-20-2017, 09:35 AM
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Thanks for all the input guys, just took the MSF 15 hr course and got my license upon completion.. She's definitely quicker than the 2 strokes I'm used to!! My main concern is trusting the bike in corners, definitely a little hesitant to lean into them.. On dirt I'd just grab a handful of throttle.. Got helmet, gloves and jacket so far, not sure how far I should take it on gear for street riding?? Is there a sight I can get on to find a track near me BC I know of absolutely zero.. And is there usually other newbs there that I will fit in with? As far as the controls, braking, clutching etc it come second nature after being on MX for so long but it still a different feel.. Thanks again for any info and input!! Oh and the warm welcome.

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Get some quality riding boots and some overpants as well. I use Sidi boots, and Olympia Airglide mesh overpants (they have knee and hip protection). Also, if your gloves aren't full gauntlets, I would recommend upgrading.

For track days, it will depend on the organization, but some will allow two piece mesh jacket and pants, but others will require full leathers. So check with the track day organization you will be riding with.

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post #18 of 26 Old 03-20-2017, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, that helps me out alot.. The more I spend the more the wife gives me a headache, lololol!! I will definitely look into some pants and boots!! How different would my Alpinestars MX boots be? Wonder if I could get away with wearing them temporarily? They're in great shape and cost me 300$, maybe they'd work until I find some boots for the new bike.

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post #19 of 26 Old 03-20-2017, 12:01 PM
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Your dirt experience will help you greatly on the street. Yes, things are different but if you are a great car driver then riding a motorcycle on the street is not too hard. Just remember just act like nobody can see you and everyone is trying to kill you. Counter steering is the strangest thing when cornering but it happens naturally. Like PG said, front brake 80% or more, strange right? You already know how to setup suspension if you race off road. The only difference is you have 1/3 of that 12 inch travel that you had on the dirt bike. Wear enough gear to feel comfortable because if you fall off on the street, the road has no mercy. Tennis shoe pop off really quick if you slide backwards. You will be fine. Just find some back roads to feel the LEAN, counter steer and find the right body position. If you a good dirt racer ( top 10%), you will find that it is only riding a motorcycle.
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That's kind of how I feel about it but don't want to disrespect the street aspect of this.. I understand the streets are less forgiving than the dirt but as far as riding it feels almost natural.. I was a pretty good mx'er.. The suspension is definitely much different.. I have a put a small amount of miles on my new bike and did a minor amount of cornering and I didn't feel uncomfortable at all but I'm still hesitant on the lean, I don't think I was anywhere close to where the bike will allow me to go.. As far as the braking, oh boy!! I started out trying to braking the way I would on my dirt bike "90%" rear.. It took me about 3 stops to realize it wasn't right and now I'm using about 70% front brake.. Thanks again and I guess the lean will come with experience.. Maybe if I can find a big enough "empty" parking lot I could practice some turns and leaning, also flicking the bike right and left is something I was good at on MX but I'd like to work on it a little as well!!

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The big difference is cornering when comparing street to dirt, on street you lean off the bike with your body and stand the bike up as to not run off the edge of your tire, on dirt you lean the bike over in the turn and stand your body up. On street you weight the inside peg, on dirt you weight the outside peg. There are a number of fundamental differences but the techniques become instinctual.
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Yeah you said it there, its quite a bit different.. Something I'm just going to get comfortable with over time.. Thanks for the input..

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Welcome!

Very nice find on the bike

Almost all of the accident avoidance skills I leaned when riding dirt come into account regularly on the street.

All the back roads here have obstacles that changes places everytime a storm blows through (turns wash out, leaves and tree branches everywhere).

Riding dirt taught me a lot that I feel applies to the street.

I'm a noob to the track tho so don't worry too much about being new lol

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post #24 of 26 Old 03-20-2017, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks man!! Nice to know I'm not the only one, lol..

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post #25 of 26 Old 03-20-2017, 06:46 PM
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Welcome! I've always loved the black and red 636 models. I had an '06 (black and gold) that I streeted and tracked quite a bit. Let me know if you start looking for track plastics, I still have mine!

The best advice I can give you is to keep your head on a swivel and ride like everyone is actively TRYING to hit you. They simply don't see you, so if you practice that, you'll be much safer.

Also, when you ride with others, ride YOUR pace.
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post #26 of 26 Old 03-20-2017, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks buddy, I love the black and red as well! I'll check out the pace as soon as I get a minute.. Heads up on the advice.

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