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  • I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

    Hi, everyone I have never ridden a bike before but hey it is never to late to start something new right, but i am stuck in a dilemma hope you'll will be able to help me out.To start with I have only ridden a activa once and got the hand of it in a go,So my first question is that how hard or easy would i be able to ride a bike?. None of my friends have a bike so I have no used bike on which i can learn to ride however one of my friends knows to ride one and has told me he will tech me if i get a bike , so my second question is that i am planning to purchase a susuki Gixxer 155cc to start with is it OK to start learning on a new bike?. I know many of you'll will tell go me for a second hand bike , but i was thinking rather buying a used one first and then a new one might as well by a new one all together , I have not kept this option closed so i am open to suggestions .Thanks in advance .

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    Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

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    An oft repeated question. It depends on the individual entirely. If you think you are responsible enough to look after your new bike, then go for it. If you are one of those young 'uns who believe in a crash course, then buy a used bike!!!
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

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    • #3
      Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

      Originally posted by denoxx View Post
      Hi, everyone I have never ridden a bike before but hey it is never to late to start something new right, but i am stuck in a dilemma hope you'll will be able to help me out.To start with I have only ridden a activa once and got the hand of it in a go,So my first question is that how hard or easy would i be able to ride a bike?. None of my friends have a bike so I have no used bike on which i can learn to ride however one of my friends knows to ride one and has told me he will tech me if i get a bike , so my second question is that i am planning to purchase a susuki Gixxer 155cc to start with is it OK to start learning on a new bike?. I know many of you'll will tell go me for a second hand bike , but i was thinking rather buying a used one first and then a new one might as well by a new one all together , I have not kept this option closed so i am open to suggestions .Thanks in advance .
      Hello There,

      Irrespective of your age, If you have graduated from cycling to gearless scooters and then geared bikes, there should be very little risk.
      Since you have used activa for a while you do have an idea of the throttle and brakes, just need to get hold of the gear shifting and associated things. Ask around for a mature and level headed biker in your community and then request for riding "lessons" instead of going for a friend who is from same peer group. If you have brought the bike with your hard earned money, you would be more than careful with how you ride it and also take good care of it.
      Used bikes come with a set of their own headaches and think 10 times before buying one specially if buying from a dealer. If going for a used bike, get a spelndor or any 100 cc bike that is in reasonably good shape and once you are very confident with riding a geared bike, upgrade to a more powerful one.

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        Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

        Originally posted by denoxx View Post
        Hi, everyone I have never ridden a bike before but hey it is never to late to start something new right, but i am stuck in a dilemma hope you'll will be able to help me out.To start with I have only ridden a activa once and got the hand of it in a go,So my first question is that how hard or easy would i be able to ride a bike?. None of my friends have a bike so I have no used bike on which i can learn to ride however one of my friends knows to ride one and has told me he will tech me if i get a bike , so my second question is that i am planning to purchase a susuki Gixxer 155cc to start with is it OK to start learning on a new bike?. I know many of you'll will tell go me for a second hand bike , but i was thinking rather buying a used one first and then a new one might as well by a new one all together , I have not kept this option closed so i am open to suggestions .Thanks in advance .
        Let me tell you how I learned. Back in the day when Hero Honda were together, I graduated from Cycle riding to Passion Pro. If you can balance the motorcycle easily then you are ready to learn to ride it. However for the first couple of weeks you cannot ride your bike in the city or for daily commute. You will still have to use your previous method of transportation. You will need to learn riding your bike first specially during nights after work of college timings or during the day on weekends.

        You can safely purchase the Gixxer and learn on it during the nights or on weekends but you shouldnt ride it for daily commutes. Initially you may fall, thats ok, engine will be safe, you may scratches on the bike here and there. Thats fine, it doesnt cost much to fix it. Once you get hang of it, the bike is there to keep.

        Buying a second hand bike and then a new bike is just pointless considering the cost of repairing the damage of a new bike isnt that significant. And for a sub 200cc bike it makes even less sense to get a second hand bike just for practice. Get a new bike, it will serve you for atleast 5 years.

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          Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

          Thanks everyone for your suggestions , i think i am ready for a new motorcycle and as per your suggestion i will learn to ride in my by lanes before i start using it for my daily commute,thanks once again

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            Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

            Originally posted by denoxx View Post
            Thanks everyone for your suggestions , i think i am ready for a new motorcycle and as per your suggestion i will learn to ride in my by lanes before i start using it for my daily commute,thanks once again
            Thank you denoxx. Since I was facing the same problem about my first bike as I too am new to biking and am currently using my uncle's activa. I have ridden my friend's pulsar (the one with the round headlamp)and faced no problem in gearshifting and balance.

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            • #7
              Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

              Originally posted by KID MONK View Post
              Thank you denoxx. Since I was facing the same problem about my first bike as I too am new to biking and am currently using my uncle's activa. I have ridden my friend's pulsar (the one with the round headlamp)and faced no problem in gearshifting and balance.
              Thats a pretty old bike, practice riding on a newer motorcycle. Technology has come a long way since then.

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                Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

                my suggestion is before taking to city learn on open road first thing,
                secondly,u wont become peefect until u remove 360 or 8 structure on a small road once u did that ul be qualified n pls ger a license ur post says u require geared licenc so do tht most imp thn buying a bike

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                  Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

                  Originally posted by denoxx View Post
                  Hi, everyone I have never ridden a bike before but hey it is never to late to start something new right, but i am stuck in a dilemma hope you'll will be able to help me out.To start with I have only ridden a activa once and got the hand of it in a go,So my first question is that how hard or easy would i be able to ride a bike?. None of my friends have a bike so I have no used bike on which i can learn to ride however one of my friends knows to ride one and has told me he will tech me if i get a bike , so my second question is that i am planning to purchase a susuki Gixxer 155cc to start with is it OK to start learning on a new bike?. I know many of you'll will tell go me for a second hand bike , but i was thinking rather buying a used one first and then a new one might as well by a new one all together , I have not kept this option closed so i am open to suggestions .Thanks in advance .

                  Step1 - Get the basics in your mind. Ask a friend or someone older than you
                  Step2 - Just grab a bike(your father's or one from your family)
                  Step3 - Just ride that thing!!!
                  Step4 - don't go changing gears so early.. get your hand on the clutch and throttle.

                  Note. - I started on my uncle's 2-stroke vespa which i stole one early morning, at which point i didn't even know how to ride a bicycle!!! So if someone is there to teach you, then great!! but just ride the damn thing, whatever it is new or old!! It doesn't matter!! You'll be ready enough when you would want to own your own bike.
                  The key to happiness is a "key"!!!
                  Like the key in my DP.
                  That's why it's called the "key to happiness".

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                    Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

                    Originally posted by KB Reborn View Post

                    Note. - I started on my uncle's 2-stroke vespa which i stole one early morning, at which point i didn't even know how to ride a bicycle!!! So if someone is there to teach you, then great!! but just ride the damn thing, whatever it is new or old!! It doesn't matter!! You'll be ready enough when you would want to own your own bike.
                    Sometimes you gota run before you can walk
                    -Iron Man!

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                    • #11
                      Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

                      He had an inventory of suits ... If this guy breaks his brother's or father's bike ... It will be Leonidas kicking that fellow into that pit :-P
                      When I'm on the road, I'm indestructible. No one can stop me... but they try.

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                        Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

                        Originally posted by denoxx View Post
                        Hi, everyone I have never ridden a bike before but hey it is never to late to start something new right, but i am stuck in a dilemma hope you'll will be able to help me out.To start with I have only ridden a activa once and got the hand of it in a go,So my first question is that how hard or easy would i be able to ride a bike?. None of my friends have a bike so I have no used bike on which i can learn to ride however one of my friends knows to ride one and has told me he will tech me if i get a bike , so my second question is that i am planning to purchase a susuki Gixxer 155cc to start with is it OK to start learning on a new bike?. I know many of you'll will tell go me for a second hand bike , but i was thinking rather buying a used one first and then a new one might as well by a new one all together , I have not kept this option closed so i am open to suggestions .Thanks in advance .
                        Your situation is exactly similar as mine. I wanted to ride a motorcycle but none of my friends had bikes. Those who had, didn't allow me to to practice which is understandable. Plus my parents were dead against anything which has two wheels (they usually tell it's a devil's wheel). But I was adamant so after saving for almost 2.5 to 3 years finally bought an RE Thunderbird and learn to ride on it. There is pros and cons of learning on a new bike-
                        Pros-
                        1. You get a brand new bike without any niggles or problems.
                        2. Because of point 1 you don't have to buy second hand thus saving extra money.
                        3. You get a good connection with the bike and you know that you don't have to sell it, resulting an unending love between you and the machine.
                        Cons-
                        1. If you by mistake fall then you know how you feel.
                        2. Since you will be learning so there will be lots of accidental revving, sudden braking or unnecessary application of clutch & so on and so forth.

                        But I will suggest learn in a new bike because since you are learning you will be extra cautious so falling from the bike is way out of question. Accidents happen either from somebody's mistake or form one own over confidence. So buy a new bike and learn from it. If I can manage on a 350cc bull then you can also..

                        Ride on brother!! May this post found you with new bike brother.
                        IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO RISK IT ALL, THEN YOU DON'T WANT IT BAD ENOUGH

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                        • #13
                          Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

                          Since you know how to ride a Activa , try getting some of your friends bike and get a hang of it. Its not a big deal , just getting used to clutch and gears . Once your comfortable buy a new bike . You can decided on the bike at that time.

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                            Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

                            Dear OP... after low siding a rental HH Splendour (because of youthful stupidity), while learning, I had not touched a motorcycle for almost 10 years. Then 5 months back got a new Classic 500 and did the rest of my learning on it.

                            I did drop her two or three times, but it was not when I was learning, but after clocking a couple of thousand km's when I was more (over) confident and because the road was wet. So I would say, don't worry, chances are you will not drop it while learning, when you are extra cautious, but when you become extra confident after riding a few thousand km's.

                            If you decide to get a new ride, right away, get a friend to ride the bike from dealer to your home. Then first you can try to get familiar with the clutch and its point of engaging. this you can do in your parking area itself. You release the clutch till the point it just starts to roll, while applying sight throttle. As soon as it starts to roll, you break, roll the bike back, and repeat. You do this 15-20 times, till you are familiar with the clutch.

                            Then you get familiar with the breaks. On a straight road, with Full riding gear, you get to 40 and apply both front and rear breaks till full stop. Use 2 fingers on front lever. You repeat the exercise, a couple of times and then slowly increment the speeds in factor of 10. Better pull in clutch in the initial phases of learning, to avoid stalling. Then you can later downshift and learn to use engine braking.

                            Also chances are in the new bike idle rpm will be set a bit higher, so it will be easier for you to release the clutch without stalling, but they will readjust it during first service.

                            PS: there are 100s of vids in youtube for newbie riders. Search for MSF course videos and try to learn the basics first.
                            After booking my C500 in Feb, I got delivery in July, so in the mean time, I got a good helmet, jacket and gloves. I suggest you also get proper gear before getting the bike. Because even new bike parts are replaceable, body parts are not.
                            Last edited by deejayrox; 03-01-2016, 04:20 PM.

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                              Re: I am a beginner ,Is it ok to start learning on a new bike.

                              Originally posted by denoxx View Post
                              Hi, everyone I have never ridden a bike before but hey it is never to late to start something new right, but i am stuck in a dilemma hope you'll will be able to help me out.To start with I have only ridden a activa once and got the hand of it in a go,So my first question is that how hard or easy would i be able to ride a bike?. None of my friends have a bike so I have no used bike on which i can learn to ride however one of my friends knows to ride one and has told me he will tech me if i get a bike , so my second question is that i am planning to purchase a susuki Gixxer 155cc to start with is it OK to start learning on a new bike?. I know many of you'll will tell go me for a second hand bike , but i was thinking rather buying a used one first and then a new one might as well by a new one all together , I have not kept this option closed so i am open to suggestions .Thanks in advance .
                              I learnt how to ride a bike 11 months ago.
                              I was planning on buying a secondhand bike to learn, but ended up buying a new Suzuki Gixxer instead.(I went for a new bike since it would be impossible for me to judge the ride/engine quality of a second hand machine, as I had no idea how they were actually supposed to feel.)
                              I was really worried about riding it home from the showroom, but it turns out that riding a bike isn't difficult at all. And the Gixxer is pretty easy to handle.
                              As long as you have traffic sense you don't need to worry.

                              The showroom guys showed me how everything worked, and besides their tips I've been self taught.
                              I've had one fall, when I was travelling at less than 5km/hr. This was in my first 2 weeks, on a kaccha road, covered in gravel, when I jammed the brakes. I wasn't hurt, and neither was the bike, and it taught me a valuable lesson : to brake and accelerate smoothly, and gradually, especially when the roads are not in great shape.
                              Keep that in mind, don't let traffic make you nervous, be aware of your surroundings, and you'll be fine.

                              And while there's no harm in getting a new bike, if you get a good deal on an old bike, and have a friend who'll vet it for you, then getting a used bike as your first ride is a good option too.

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