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    [QUOTE=puzzel;1268125]this is the reason why i always suggest
    a new rider to go and take a spin on a dirt bike in the sand somewhere
    go borrow a dirt bike for a couple of weekends
    learn how to get off the bike if you dump it
    you can also learn or get the feeling for what it
    feels like when the bike is going to high side or was
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    my wifes xt225 is a great starter bike i have hit 130km on it and i'm 210lbs if you could borrow or try something like that it would be good ..a ttr230 is the same bike just trail rated the xt is a duel sport
    i have a piped and jetted, blue plated wr450 if you get the chance to ride one like this just slap your self in the face it will hurt less .this will still lift the front wheel at 140km ..

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    I would not worry about hight and weight of the bike I am 5' 4" and just over 120 and have no proplems with my 600 sort bike.. and have never had any proplems with bikes from 125 dirt to 1000 sport bikes only bike i would not ride with out lowering it is a gold wing.. as long as the bike is up right you can balance it at a stop on just you big toes and onece its moving it will seam even ligther... and as for lowering kits be careful as most cheap kits will cause handling proplems.. to lower i bike properly is very expsensive.. I have riden bikes that have been lowered with "over the counter" lowering kits and they do not handle as well and can even be harder to ride than a stock bike...

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    Update: I wrote my M1 on Monday and passed! Woohoo! I am taking the Learning Curves riding course this weekend. In class portion tomorrow and riding Saturday and Sunday then bike shopping next week!

    BTW - Hell really does exist, it's called the Drive Test Centre at Vic Park/Lawrence!
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    Congrats!

    Quote Originally Posted by TOYJ View Post
    Update: I wrote my M1 on Monday and passed! Woohoo! I am taking the Learning Curves riding course this weekend. In class portion tomorrow and riding Saturday and Sunday then bike shopping next week!

    BTW - Hell really does exist, it's called the Drive Test Centre at Vic Park/Lawrence!
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    Congrats dude!

    I'll pass on the same advice my dead ol Dad gave me when i first went on two wheels:

    "assume every other driver out there is a ****ing idiot, expect them to try and kill you and be prepared for it"

    Be scared of the bike, and never lose the fear, it's the fear that will keep you on yer toes and aware of whats going on around you, thus keeping you alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOYJ View Post
    BTW - Hell really does exist, it's called the Drive Test Centre at Vic Park/Lawrence!
    That's where I did my m1 in 07. I see nothing has changed there. When you cash in your M2 find another location it will be worth the drive (or ride).


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    Congrats! Sarge gives some good advice there, H.T.A. laws be dammed, the laws of physics are almost always on the other guy's side. Let us know once you get a bike.
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    Thanks for the kind words and advice! I'll be sure to post pics of the bike I eventually go with.

    Vic Park/Lawrence was a gong show! I had to wait 2 1/2 hrs before my number was called! I'll definitely be going somewhere else to get my M2.

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    I passed my M1 Exit Course this weekend! It's bike shopping time! Woohoo!

    Man, it was freakin' hot, I lost 5lbs over the two days from sweating. It was so bad the sweat dripping out of my helmet was black because of the dye in the fabric. It dripped all over the tank and the front of my jacket! It was hot but I'm glad I got it over with.

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    Please DON'T ride a lowered bike.
    Next time you're at Kahuna, feel free to ask me anything...I'm in the shop...happy to help.
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    While at kahuna talk to Norm if he's still there. I ended up at Suzuki only because they don't Carry any.
    Love my gixxer !!
    Gear up and ride safe.
    Whent down early this year at 90 km/h, got up and not a scratch. On me that is / 4k in damage to the bike.

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    Ugh, I'm about to shoot myself in the head! I found a 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250 with 7,500 km, plasma blue in colour, yoshimura full exhaust, dyno jetted, fender eliminator kit, etc but it's in Ottawa. This bike has all the aftermarket parts I want, it's the colour I want, it's perfect. I call uhaul tonight to book a motorcycle trailer and when she asks me what I am going to use to haul the trailer I tell her a 2002 Jeep TJ and then she asks "is it a hard top?" I say "no, I have the soft top on right now". "Oh, I'm sorry we can't rent the trailer to you unless it's a hard top vehicle, it's a safety issue." WTF!!!!!!! I'd have to drive back to my parents' place in St. Catharines, remove the soft top, put on the hard top, drive back to Toronto, pick up the trailer and drive to Ottawa. I considered renting a mid sized SUV but most rental offices are sold out because of the long weekend and if they do have vehicles I have to rent it for 4 days because they are not open on Sunday when I would be returning the vehicle and Monday is a holiday so I'd have to return it on Tuesday. The rental would cost me over $400. Something in the universe is telling me this bike is not meant to be. So frustrated right now!
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    Did you try the motorcycle limo delivery service?

    Also asking a buddy for a landscape trailer? Much cheaper often the cost of some grub and beer.

    If I weren't workin I'd road trip for ya.

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    Get someone with a truck to pick it up and bring it to your house and put it on your jeep ( if they ask after the truck broke down)
    my wife (RIP) hated my jeep too so i ran her over with it and now we are both happier (me and the jeep)

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    @lil loco: thanks that's very kind of you

    @mugsy: my sister lives in Kanata and she has a Saturn Vue with a trailer hitch but none of the uhaul offices in Ottawa had motorcycle trailers or they closed at Noon, long before I would have made it down there and one was open on Sunday but they didn't have any trailers. It was soooo frustrating.

    Anyway, happy ending to this story. I found a couple of 2008 Ninjas in Guelph and Cambridge and I put a deposit down on the one in Cambridge and the guy is delivering it to me tomorrow night. He's a first year university student starting at Waterloo next week and he needed the money for school. It's a black Kawasaki Ninja 250 with 11,000 km on it. HMF carbon fibre exhaust, fender eliminator kit and integrated LED turn signal on the back and comes with the solo seat cowl too. I picked it up for $3,500. It was a few dollars more than I wanted to spend but it had all the aftermarket parts I wanted so I don't have to do anything to it. It was dropped at low speed on the right side so there's some scratches on the right side fairing and two small cracks about an inch and a half each. I'll see if I can post some pics of the bike.
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    Good luck with the bike,
    Remember, rubber side down
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    but the cards were all the same.."

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    Here it is!

    @Direwolf: I'll try to remember to keep the rubber side down.

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    Congrats.

    The previous owner's bruises will help confidence.... IMHO the fear of the first scratch is frustrating. My 2000 ninja 250 was mint and it scared me so every bike since must have at least a scuff (I even went full out and bought a writeoff BMW f650gs twin for my current ride)... It was like night and day without worrying about hurting the bike cause it already was.

    Glad you got a bike done how you like. 3500$ isn't too bad. They flatline at about 2700$ resale stock so you should be holding value

    Just don't forget to check the subframe alignment. Even low speed injuries could tweak it later risking high speed disaster.

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    Congrats... Watch out for the drivers and make sure to spend time in a parking lot to get to know the bike. And above all else, don't forget to have fun (note: "have fun" != "be stupid")

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