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Old 07-31-2017, 03:05 PM   #1
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Hey yall!

I'm Matthew, I'm new to these parts (and bikes). I'm in South Austin.

I'm taking my MSF this weekend and will be riding on a friend's 08 BMW F800ST for a few months until I buy a bike of my own.
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Old 07-31-2017, 03:45 PM   #2
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Welcome from Houston!

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Old 07-31-2017, 03:50 PM   #3
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:36 PM   #4
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Welcome to the site!

Must be a good friend to let a new rider borrow an F800ST

Any ideas what bike you want to get?
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Old 07-31-2017, 04:49 PM   #5
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Welcome to the site!

Must be a good friend to let a new rider borrow an F800ST

Any ideas what bike you want to get?
One of the best friends one could have.

Something adventure-y and from Europe, though with a more street/touring focus than offroad. I'm leaning towards Cagiva Gran Canyon or Multistrada the most, I think.

We'll see when it comes time to give the F800ST back though. I'm well aware my desires may change dramatically after spending real time on a bike. So far, my experience is limited to a few dirt bikes years ago, Vespas in traffic in Rome, and the F800ST in a gated community.
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:14 PM   #6
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There are so many great choices right now, it can seem overwhelming! Not a bad "problem" to have
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If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist. — Joe Sobran

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance. – Murray N. Rothbard

When one possessed of the Truth suffers from a heavy heart he is susceptible to a more dangerous affliction — the craving for power to eradicate error, to cause Truth to triumph by force. - Frank Chodorov

Where politicians flourish, long history has harshly taught us, people and their liberty wither. Where the state is god and the "public interest" worshipped, individual man will be found bleeding upon the altar. - Karl Hess

The accepted wisdom is that without the state, society would collapse into lawlessness and crime. In fact, lawlessness and crime define the very nature of the state and the society organized by it. - Bionic Mosquito

But the myth of the rule of law does more than render the people submissive to state authority; it also turns them into the state's accomplices in the exercise of its power. For people who would ordinarily consider it a great evil to deprive individuals of their rights or oppress politically powerless minority groups will respond with patriotic fervor when these same actions are described as upholding the rule of law. - John Hasnas
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:20 PM   #7
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Enjoy the class and the beamer (that is a good friend!) and welcome to TWT.
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Old 07-31-2017, 07:25 PM   #8
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Welcome and have fun
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:47 AM   #9
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:45 PM   #10
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& enjoy!
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:57 PM   #11
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Old 08-02-2017, 01:32 AM   #12
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Vespas in traffic in Rome? You got this. Welcome
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:31 AM   #13
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Welcome to TWT. The F800ST is a great bike and has the stuff to see you safely through your first year of riding, or be the dream bike you ride for life. After a few months, you'll be much better attuned to what you want, and what you DON'T want, in your next bike.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:42 AM   #14
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Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone.

Words cannot express my excitement or my wife's ire.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:56 AM   #15
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welcome and enjoy!

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Old 08-02-2017, 02:31 PM   #16
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I'm in south austin as well, right off southwest parkway. If you'd like to go for some quick rides after work or something let me know. I ride a Scout, buddy has a Concours, and we both have plated enduros as well for dirty stuff, beta and a ktm.
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:13 PM   #17
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Got my MSF completed today, time to get my endorsement tomorrow morning.

Class was fun, I ended up getting 1 point on the course for not carrying enough speed in the decreasing radius turn at the end of the test. The next lowest score in my group was 8.

Most of the bikes were brand new, 125CC Kawasaki Z125 Pros. Fun little bike.
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Old 08-17-2017, 02:02 PM   #18
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I ended up not borrowing my friend's F800ST

I bought an R1150 GS!


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Old 08-17-2017, 02:20 PM   #19
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Congratulations on he bike and passing the course. Be safe out there.

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Old 08-17-2017, 03:13 PM   #20
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Congrats on passing the class and getting legal. People will give you lots of advice, mine is simple. Stay aware and keep learning. Oh, and in a group, ride your own ride. ie, ride at your comfort level. A good group will adjust and accommodate you.
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