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# 183945 4-Nov-2015 10:38
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Hi all,

I have just bought myself a new motorcycle as my wife and I are having a baby and she told me to get a bike since we only have one car. 

My new gear
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I have got my learners motorcycle licence, had it for around 10 years and haven't ridden in about that long so I am almost starting off completely new. When I test rode the bike I was okay with the gears, apart from stalling a bit when taking off uphill. Last night when I rode the bike after the shop dropped it off I put all my gear on and I had a lot of difficulty with changing gears/stalling, particularly when going from 1st to 2nd gear. Not sure if anyone has advice for learning when wearing quite thick gear. My boots in particular are Alpinestar Roam and I am having difficulty feeling the gear lever with them on. 




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  # 1420532 4-Nov-2015 10:55
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What new bike did you get?

I got a new Ducati Monster 821 Stripe few weeks back




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  # 1420533 4-Nov-2015 10:57
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That looks like a nice beasty.

I got the Hyosung X4R / GD250R
http://hyosung.co.nz/sports/x4r-efi.html




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  # 1420534 4-Nov-2015 10:58
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johnr: What new bike did you get?

I got a new Ducati Monster 821 Stripe few weeks back



Is that your bike ?  Sorry about the drool on it yesterday I gave it a few licks after I parked next to it ... :-)

 

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lokhor:

Last night when I rode the bike after the shop dropped it off I put all my gear on and I had a lot of difficulty with changing gears/stalling, particularly when going from 1st to 2nd gear. Not sure if anyone has advice for learning when wearing quite thick gear. My boots in particular are Alpinestar Roam and I am having difficulty feeling the gear lever with them on. 


You'l get used to it basically :-)

I would however suggest going on a Pro rider course if you've been away for a bit, they run good courses!



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  # 1420541 4-Nov-2015 11:02
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@Mark drool is OK it washes off easy LOL

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  # 1420545 4-Nov-2015 11:03
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lokhor: That looks like a nice beasty.

I got the Hyosung X4R / GD250R
http://hyosung.co.nz/sports/x4r-efi.html


Great learners bike what part of NZ are you located? .



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  # 1420557 4-Nov-2015 11:22
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johnr:
lokhor: That looks like a nice beasty.

I got the Hyosung X4R / GD250R
http://hyosung.co.nz/sports/x4r-efi.html


Great learners bike what part of NZ are you located? .


I am in Lower Hutt.






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Mark:
lokhor:

Last night when I rode the bike after the shop dropped it off I put all my gear on and I had a lot of difficulty with changing gears/stalling, particularly when going from 1st to 2nd gear. Not sure if anyone has advice for learning when wearing quite thick gear. My boots in particular are Alpinestar Roam and I am having difficulty feeling the gear lever with them on. 


You'l get used to it basically :-)

I would however suggest going on a Pro rider course if you've been away for a bit, they run good courses!




I am definitely planning on taking a few courses but want to make sure I don't embarass myself first. At the moment I am just riding around the streets near my house. I got my mate to give me a lesson before I took some bikes for test rides. I am okay without all the gear, I am having difficulty adjusting to wearing gear though. Also I am a little bit scared of throttling too hard during the break-in period as the manual recommends not going more than half throttle for the first 800km. 




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  # 1420591 4-Nov-2015 11:48
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Why buy a bike? Is it a parking issue?

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  # 1420593 4-Nov-2015 11:49
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johnr: What new bike did you get?

I got a new Ducati Monster 821 Stripe few weeks back



Hey I recognize that car park ;)



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gzt: Why buy a bike? Is it a parking issue?


If you've never ridden or you aren't a bike person you wouldn't understand. 




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  # 1420602 4-Nov-2015 11:59
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lokhor:
gzt: Why buy a bike? Is it a parking issue?


If you've never ridden or you aren't a bike person you wouldn't understand. 

Ok so not a parking issue then. Traditionally the partner is told to sell the bike at maternity not buy one. : ).

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The whole "run-in" thing is largely a myth, I wouldn't worry about it, just make sure you do an oil change after ~1000Km for something decent.

As Mark says, you pretty much "get used to it".

Throttle snatchiness at low speeds is unfortunately a side effect of the lower-end EFI units that most bikes seem to use, it can usually be improved upon by adjusting the throttle cable for an absolute minimum of slack, and calibrating the throttle-position-sensor (TPS) which often involves plugging it into a computer (I've got a couple of spare OBD2 cables if you want one) remapping it or getting a PowerCommander involved (which are expensive), or you just learn to deal with it.

Good on ya for joining the ranks of the 2 wheeled.




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Last night when I rode the bike after the shop dropped it off I put all my gear on and I had a lot of difficulty with changing gears/stalling, particularly when going from 1st to 2nd gear.

I will guess you might be changing just a little too soon, or just the speed dropping while you change. If you drop the throttle slightly it is possible to change without the clutch, or very little. With a brand new bike I will guess everything is a bit stiff either way.



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  # 1420615 4-Nov-2015 12:14
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stevenz: The whole "run-in" thing is largely a myth, I wouldn't worry about it, just make sure you do an oil change after ~1000Km for something decent.

As Mark says, you pretty much "get used to it".

Throttle snatchiness at low speeds is unfortunately a side effect of the lower-end EFI units that most bikes seem to use, it can usually be improved upon by adjusting the throttle cable for an absolute minimum of slack, and calibrating the throttle-position-sensor (TPS) which often involves plugging it into a computer (I've got a couple of spare OBD2 cables if you want one) remapping it or getting a PowerCommander involved (which are expensive), or you just learn to deal with it.

Good on ya for joining the ranks of the 2 wheeled.


Yeah I'm not mechanical enough to do modding, probably not game for it yet either. Also unsure if it would impact the manufacturer's warranty..




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