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I was thinking about getting my motorcycle license and I was thinking about how shifting works?

Is it similar to a cars clutch or is it different? I'm just a bit unsure of how the levers work. And pulling the peg up is shifting up?

Haha, sorry guys. I'm sure I sound like an idiot but I don't want to go buy a bike and get my license and not even know how to ride it.

Thanks in advance. :)
 

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Clutch and shifting

The clutch is simalar to a cars clutch but you use your hand. the sifting works from neutral you push down for first gear and up for the rest of the gears.

If you can practice as much as possible before taking the test. Once you get the hang of it it's no sweat.
 

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The clutch is simalar to a cars clutch but you use your hand. the sifting works from neutral you push down for first gear and up for the rest of the gears.

If you can practice as much as possible before taking the test. Once you get the hang of it it's no sweat.
Thanks. What's a good first bike? I'm just looking for a little heap of junk that I can just learn on. So it won't matter if I drop it or something.
 

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I was thinking about getting my motorcycle license and I was thinking about how shifting works?

Is it similar to a cars clutch or is it different? I'm just a bit unsure of how the levers work. And pulling the peg up is shifting up?

Haha, sorry guys. I'm sure I sound like an idiot but I don't want to go buy a bike and get my license and not even know how to ride it.

Thanks in advance. :)
I suggest taking a MSF course. they'll not only teach you how to ride the bike but they'll also teach you how to ride safely.

Good luck.
 

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it looks like ther is only one city. Kelowna. Are you anywhere near there?
I'm from Kamloops... it's about a 2 and a half hour drive away. I would prefer to do it in my own town.

Maybe I could get the license and practice for a month then get my unsupervised Learner's and take it somewhere for the course. I think the local Ministry of Transport building has some sort of program, I'll have to head down there and ask.
 

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CUB,

I don't know how big you are, but you will out grow that 500cc bike in about a week. If you are really thinking of getting a big bike, then get one. You just can't push it right up front. I own a 03 ZX12R Ninja and an 04 ZX10R Ninja and I am having a custom chopper built by the boys of Darkside Chariots out of FL

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Do you know which one will get me killed faster???? Either one brother. The size of the bike really shouldn't come into play if you are learning to ride. If you can ride a 10speed, you can ride a Mtn Bike, same holds true in the motorcycle world. This is just me, I wouldn't waste the money on a small 500cc bike then move up. Buy what you want and take it easy. Just my 2 cents brother.

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Depends on what you want. For a sportbike you could get either a Kawasaki 500 Ninja or a Suzuki GS500. Both are easy to ride. For cruisers you could get a Kawasaki Vulcan 500, a Honda Shadow VLX600 or a Suzuki Savage M40 or whatever it's called now and the Yamaha V-Star 650. Easy to ride and look good too. Those are all the new models I can think of off the top of my head not to mention all the older ones out there.

I don't think a 500cc bike is a waste of money. I have a 500 Ninja and to be honest it does everything I need it to. I've owned a slew of both bigger and smaller bikes over my 20 years of both dirt and street ridin'. There are lots of reasons to purchace a smaller bike. They will cruise highway speeds no problems. Cheaper insurance (example; the difference in insurance between mine and a 600 sportbike is $300 to $400 a year, full coverage). Lower priced than their bigger counterparts. Sometimes less headaches, you know what I mean? Nobody wants to street race a dude on a 500, where's the braggin' rights?

Don't get me wrong, get what ya want just know what ya got.

Yeah you can get killed on any motorcycle but give a new rider an almost 200 horse sportbike or a 50 horse sportbike which one do ya think will kill the guy or injure the guy quicker? Kind of why i don't let my 12 year old ride my Raptor. He's physically big enough but don't have the seat time.
 

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Very true, it is all depends on individual needs. Reason why I wanted to upgrade myself is just to try out the "feel" and performance of higher cc bikes... so, I thought of slowly upgrading in terms of speed till I really know someday that I can control or I really enjoyed higher speed (provided I don't get killed before that).. :D
 

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The theoretical top speed of my Ninja 500 is 137mph. I figure it be good for 130 easy with me on it in that case being it can crack 100 fairly easy. Do I need to go that fast? No and nor do I want to. Why not look at a 600cc sportbike? They are plenty fast enough to scare the daylights outta you.
 

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I don't feel they are a waste. I'm havin' a blast with mine. You can't beat the 60mpg or the price brand new either. I plan on keepin' it for a long while. I came real close to buyin' a Katana 600 until I saw the difference in insurance. Yeah, I'm a cheap *******.

Some folks like a bigger bike. I do also but the 500 suits my needs.
 

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750, true very true. I am 6ft 3in and 280lbs of twisted steel and sex appeal :D :D :D :D , so the 500 wouldn't work for me, nor the 600, so for my size, I had to go 1000 or higher or it would have been a huge mistake on money and the fact that I would look like a damn retard riding a minibike. So Cub, look at your size and what is in your back pocket (money). If you can afford to upgrade to a bigger CC in a year or two after you get bored with a 250 or 500 cc then by all means do so, but if you are like me and you can only have money for one purchase, then go BIG. A 600cc is an awesome starter bike for sportsbikes. Again, keep it safe and don't try to take the bike to the limit, ride within your riding ability and you will be fine and at the same time save some cash vice upgrading later.

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