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I am about to go on my first ride today. Just waiting for my girl to get home who will follow me in her car (going to the inspection station). Anyone got tips for a first season rider on a cbr600f4i? :X I know it is a lot of bike, and isn't one I would have picked out to be my first bike, but I got in in trade for my 240sx, so let's avoid the 600's vs beginner bikes debates. I do respect the bike, in fact it scares me because as a track-day driver, I understand power:weight. So, I am looking for any tips, especially as the area that I live in is 45mph-50mph posted.
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Re: Any Tips?

haha 600's aren't that bad dude youll be alright. but just don't be stupid, no your limits. and here's a tip... don't wipe out in front of your girl.haha but I mean do you know how to ride at all?
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Well I took the permit class, and I have road downhill mountainbikes for a few years now.
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So I'm back and guess what. I'm alive from my short (approx 1mi) ride. Had to force myself to lean with the bike on the turns, noticed I was leaning the bike under me on my first corner. Also, leaning too much on my arms, and almost focused on the guardrail but caught myself. So how'd I do?

EDIT: One thing I just realized I was doing, my upshifts are very lurchy. Is this normal for starting out?

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Re: Any Tips?

haha good recognition, but dot be scared to lean in. shell hold true if you got good tires and the roads are clear. but take it slow til you feel comfortable, thats the big thing is to no your limits and only push it when you can handle it. oh and showing off is a bad idea haha til you know what your doing. that's a good tip.. haha wrecked two bikes showin off for chicks.
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heh yeah...anything about what I just edited? I got a feeling I edited it as you were typing.
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Re: Any Tips?

well how do you shift into the next gear?
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ummm...how else? clutch in, let off gas, shift gear, clutch out, back on gas.
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haha alright tough guy but if your revvin it and pop the clutch out or quickly berore its set in gear. itll feel like that
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nope. im not touching the gas at all until AFTER i have let the clutch out completely. I'm getting the jerkyishness just from going to a higher gear. Am I switching gears at too low of a speed?
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it's more about RPM's, how low do you think your shiftin?
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Must be the revs your changing at but its nothing to worry about, with time it will become smooth, I know a much better way of changing up or down but Ill tell you when youve mastered the basic first




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haha^ I didn't wanna say it either.
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So I'm back and guess what. I'm alive from my short (approx 1mi) ride. Had to force myself to lean with the bike on the turns, noticed I was leaning the bike under me on my first corner. Also, leaning too much on my arms, and almost focused on the guardrail but caught myself. So how'd I do?

EDIT: One thing I just realized I was doing, my upshifts are very lurchy. Is this normal for starting out?
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You did great! Just as Setanta says, your shifting will come with experience.

As for almost touching the guard rail, look through the turn and you sort of naturally fall into the apex of the turn. Trust yourself. You had no trouble doing it in a car or bicycle so it will come on the bike. Just experience and practice.

As for leaning the bike, nobody even HAS to lean it but you will and the bike will want to, to make the turn smoothly. When I ride in the rain or when there's frost, I barely lean at all. When it's dry, it just feels natural to lean. Comes with practice, no special secrets.

Sounds like you've gotten the hang of controlling the bike and not the other way around.

Now all you do is find every chance you get to ride and try things in a safe place. Learn to ride really slow as well. The control you get there will make the fast stuff so much easier. Riding fast is easy, any idiot can do it - look on youtube , riding controlled and smoothly is lifelong learning - and freakin' fun!

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