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  1. #16
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    Before the first ride anything I should know?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tess_T View Post
    Thank you all for taking the time to reply!

    The bike arrived Tuesday. But didn't want to take it out until the highway bars were put on. That was yesterday.

    Took it out around the block a few times. Great ride...except...kept getting it into neutral when I didn't want to. After some sharp words between my boyfriend and myself, (he was following in a car), we figured out I wasn't keeping my foot forward enough. So without realizing it, I was using the heel shifter. I'm really going to have to concentrate on foot position. He thinks we should swap out the heel / toe shifter to just a toe version.

    Also had some problems with right turns from a stop. Was taking them wide. But my left turns, even the tight ones were surprisingly good. Now have the fear of riding the new bike for the first time behind me. I was really (!) worried how it was going to go.

    More practice today. Unfortunately there isn't any ideal place to do that around me. The closest parking lot is far enough away that I would need an experienced rider to get the bike there for me. I don't have one of those available. The riding course is over an hour away so that's not an option either.

    Which means getting seat time on the street. Not a lot of traffic but enough. Roads are also not in the best condition. I have to pull out of / into a gravel driveway that opens onto a gravel alley with potholes. I may be learning the "hard" way but at least it is getting me ready for the world of riding.
    You seem to have a good head on your shoulders. That's the most important thing to have when you start riding. Being mindful of the dangers alone will keep you out of most of the bad situations.

    You'll do fine. Best of luck to you. And post some pics of the new ride!

    EDIT: get rid of that heal toe shifter. Your husband is right, easy fix.
    I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure...

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  3. #17
    Y2K
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tess_T View Post
    He thinks we should swap out the heel / toe shifter to just a toe version.

    Quote Originally Posted by dantheman View Post

    EDIT: get rid of that heal toe shifter. Your husband is right, easy fix.
    Yeah loose that thing for sure, some people like them and others (like me ) hate them.
    My last two Harleys had the heel shifter and I took it off both.


 
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