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

    Quote 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-
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    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..

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    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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    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.
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    Quote 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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    Hi,
    guys wanted to give you'll an update , i brought my new bike on 6th January 2016 (got the gixxer 150), my experience so far is great. I had my friend teach me some basics for the first 4 - 5 days, then eventually i started to take my bike out in the night for some practice runs ( For next 2 weeks) ,eventually after exactly 1 month ie. on 7th Feb 2016 i started to take it to work , and now i am become good at it , even had gone for a 100 km ride on it , I feel confident about it and this week i plan to go for a short trip to alibaug. My only advice to the ones starting to ride a motorcycle is that as mentioned in many comments if you know to ride a bicycle you will eventually learn to ride a motorcycle . one tip ,if the motorcycle cluster has a gear indicator it helps a lot .

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