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Old 08-17-2017, 04:02 PM   #21
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:18 PM   #22
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Congrats on the new bike! One piece of advice I was given years ago that has always stuck with me, is that you can nearly always lean more than you think. If you realize you are entering a corner faster than you feel confortable, look through the turn and lean more. Chances are as a new rider, you aren't anywhere near the capabilities of the bike, so rather than grabbing a handfull of brake and going off the road, just lean more and go. Looking through a corner really helps!

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Old 08-17-2017, 04:43 PM   #23
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Congrats on the new bike! One piece of advice I was given years ago that has always stuck with me, is that you can nearly always lean more than you think. If you realize you are entering a corner faster than you feel confortable, look through the turn and lean more. Chances are as a new rider, you aren't anywhere near the capabilities of the bike, so rather than grabbing a handfull of brake and going off the road, just lean more and go. Looking through a corner really helps!
Thanks. It is easy to know that's the case, but trusting that is hard.

I'm well behind the capabilities of the bike, that's for sure.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:04 PM   #24
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Congrats on the bike! Looks like a good fit for you.

Ok, my turn to give advice...
Ride with folks who are better riders than you are (and who will support a new rider.)
You will pick up good habits just by riding with those good riders.

Conversely, riding with inexperienced riders or those with poor skills will not only contaminate your own skills but will undermine your confidence in sneaky ways.

Also (can't help myself) to expand on the very good advice about looking thru corners. If fear grips you, you mightthink you are looking thru the turn, when in fact you aren't. However, if you train yourself to 'point your nose' where you want to go, you are more likely to actually turn your head and really look.

Good luck and congrats again. Hope to see you at a pie run or meet n greet.
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:16 PM   #25
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Nice bike, congrats and enjoy.


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Old 08-17-2017, 10:30 PM   #26
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However, if you train yourself to 'point your nose' where you want to go, you are more likely to actually turn your head and really look.
TOTALLY true!! It makes a BIG difference whether you just turn your eyes or turn your whole head. You WILL go where you look.

The 1150 GS is an awesome bike and it can lean WAY over if you have decent tires on it. It was not uncommon for my Jesse bags to touch down when I was corner carving at a brisk pace. I eventually ground holes through the leading corner of both bags

The GS is real easy to maintain as well. Valve inspections/adjustments are a breeze. Once you have the feeler gauges, you never need any other parts or special tools. Syncing the throttle bodies is easy as well, but you will need a special tool. I found that the 1150 GS I had REALLY liked have the TB sync done with every oil change (6K miles). Valves are every 12K miles. If you are cruising in town around 30-40 mph and feel a slight pulsing in speed at constant throttle, you likely need to do at least a TB sync and possibly check the valves. IF they are both good, the pulsing goes away. That was always my seat of the pants indicator for when I needed to check the TB's and or valves. After you've done the TB's and valves once to figure out how, you can get it done in about an hour or so even if you are taking your time.

Be warned... That is a heavy bike. Pay attention to where you are parking and which way the ground is sloping. If you don't getting it off the side stand can be a real chore

And now, here are a few gratuitous pics of my old GS (long gone now).







I put about 40K miles on it in just under two years. I had a LOT of fun on that bike!! You will as well
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Old 08-18-2017, 08:54 AM   #27
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Isn't that the truth!

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Be warned... That is a heavy bike. Pay attention to where you are parking and which way the ground is sloping. If you don't getting it off the side stand can be a real chore
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Old 08-18-2017, 10:25 AM   #29
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I kid you not, this was in my fortune cookie yesterday.

Thanks, everyone, I'm so excited.

My wife... less so.
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Old 08-20-2017, 09:54 AM   #30
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How could anyone argue with such a powerful fortune cookie.


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Old 08-20-2017, 01:40 PM   #31
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It was nice meeting you today at the meetup in Lampasas! I was the guy next to at the end if the table. Great bike you have and what a terrific deal you got.


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Old 08-20-2017, 03:59 PM   #32
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Was nice meeting you this am. Congratulations again on getting your licenses and that great deal on your bike.
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:40 PM   #33
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Thanks, Doyle and Regina, it was good meeting you both.

I've now got 225 miles under my belt, looking forward to many thousands of more.
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Welcome to the site and congratulations on the new bike and life style...
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