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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-24-2017, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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First Bike! Classic Honda

Hi all! Just started riding a bike that I have spent the past few months putting together. Found her on craigslist for $200 and thought it would be nice to have a project to tinker on. Also helped me to learn the bike inside and out! And I know who to blame if something breaks... Got about 200 miles on her so far with no major issues. No previous riding experience but I practiced in an empty lot for a couple weeks before I took to the streets.

Any tips for a newbie? And how to avoid those pesky texting while driving jerks, which seems to be almost everyone these days.

Here's my 74' CB360 with 10k original miles. Very fun little bike, and it fits me well since I'm only 5'7 ~135 lbs.
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Tip #1 take the basic rider course from MSF. I have seen the prices range from $155 to over $300.

Things that you will learn in the class inclues to treat all other drivers out there like they can't see you.
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Ya, pay attention to everyone because they're probably not paying attention to you.

That's a great old Honda you have! Enjoy it!
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Welcome from Oregon.
Cool old honda.
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Wow...awesomely classic bike!

Yes, the MSF course is a "must". And when riding, always be constantly scanning in front of you for ANY upcoming potential dangers. And when stopped, also keep checking behind you (those texting while driving could slam right into you while you're stopped). Watch out at intersections. I could go on and on, but all of this will be covered in the MSF course, along with many other things you need to know.
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Love the bike! I have a vintage CB, too. Fun bikes to ride. I'll add my recommendation for the MSF course, too. It is a must have, in my opinion. Find a course here: https://www.msf-usa.org
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Sweet bike. I sold many of them.

Cages will pull out in front of you from drive ways, side roads, and other places that you did not think possible.
Cages will cut corners going the other way than you. They will cross the center line to pass a bicycle, on to your side of the road, going the other way than you. When going the same way, they will change lanes beside you and in front of you, or anywhere that you might get hit.
Watched their wheels, for much of the above. Stay back about twice as far as the road code suggests. Avoid solid objects.

Have fun and enjoy your bike. Unkle Krusty
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Nice bike! I like the idea of that 1st bike being of modest size and easy to handle.

My current ride is a CB-1100, reminds me of my CB-750 back in the day.
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That's awesome! Props to you for taking the time to really learn your bike inside and out, if anything happens to it, you will know how to fix it and that's super important in my book.
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Great looking bike. Take the riders course, and practice, practice, practice.


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Thanks for all the support and the tips! Still working on getting her in tip top shape before I make it a daily driver. Will definitely be registering for the msf course sometime this year also.

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