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All,

OK, I'm going to show my "newbie" status with this question. I road extensively as a young man (which was way too long ago). I haven't ridden in almost 20 years. SO! I registered for a basic rider course in Florida to get my endorsement (good move #1). I purchased a 200cc beater (Honda TwinStar) to give myself experience again (good move #2). But, I have already purchased my 2006 FJR (maybe not so good move #1) which sits pristinely in the garage. I have never ridden anything this large (or this expensive if I dump).

So, is this just a bite the bullet thing? Any experiences you all can share to take the edge off this sinking feeling in my stomach? ***chuckle*** I love the bike. I can't wait to ride it (class finishes on Wed.) Your input is appreciated.

Bill
 

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If you are really that worried, get some frame sliders for just in case. Until you get used to the bike they are cheap insurance if anything unexpected were to happen.
 

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Get the frame sliders fitted anyway.

Even the most experienced riders can catch a foot on a piece of gravel etc.

The main piece of riding advice though is to take it really, really steady at first. The FJR is quite easy to ride at town speeds. It will bumble along quite merrily at sub-traffic velocities- I used mine for cycle race escort duties without problem.

However, it does get exciting when you twist that throttle, so avoid the temptation. For a while.

Enjoy!!
 

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All,

Thanks for the input. I already had the frame sliders on order. So, it is comforting to know I am on the right path. Funny ... when I was younger, riding Dad's goldwing was a burning desire (one which he never let me indulge). Now that it is MY MONEY on the line, I can more clearly see his perspective! ***laughing out loud***

Also good to know that it handles so well from those who ridden it. To say I am excited would be the understatement of the decade if not the century.

Bill
 

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Once you get it moving it will probably be a piece of cake. However, until you get used to the weight and the balance, you will want to be really careful doing things like starting out from a stop (especially when you decide to abort a turn out into traffic and you stop slightly leaned over with your front wheel turned), getting your feet ready to plant securely when you come to a stop, getting it in and out of the garage, moving it around in tight spaces, and especially getting the sidestand down properly. Don't ever let it get leaned over too far when you are stopped or barely moving...pay special attention to keeping it balanced upright...it is a handful when it leans over and once it reaches a certain point, it's going down unless you have superhuman strength!!! Don't know if the '06 sidestand is the same as the earlier models, but a lot of us have dropped it because we didn't get the stand engaged properly. Be sure the sidestand is all the way forward and that it stays there before you lean it over and start to get off. Good luck, keep your wits about you, and enjoy.
 

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If you don't need them, take the bags off. Makes the bike seem smaller (mind thing) and will keep them from getting banged up in case you have a tipover. If you ride it like a tourer and leave the sport out for a while you will be fine.
 

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FJR vs Harley/Cruiser

Thanks for the excellent points. I've just transitioned from a H-D cruiser to an FJR and have already encountered most of the potential problems you have noted. I know I am a clutz and have therefore tried to be extra careful. The biggest changes I have noticed are that the FJR's center of gravity seems to be forward and above the H-D and of course, I am sitting a bit higher. The FJR also has better front brakes, which have to be accounted for when I try to stop the front wheel when moving any direction other than straight ahead.
On the plus side, the FJR is a sweet ride and takes the corners way better than the H-D, which is why I switched in the first place. Of course, I'll have to get used to hearing wind noise rather than exhaust again.
Good riding!
 

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Welcome

Welcome - another new guy like myself - One less of them and one more of us.

Take it easy like the other guys say until you get used to it, then it's like having a missile at your command. What a truly awesome machine. You will learn to enjoy this motorcycle very quickly. I would also say take care with the weight and the sidestand. I always make sure its left in gear tight against the clutch when i leave it on a slope on the sidestand. Get the frame sliders too £60 is peanuts compared to the cost of a new fairing. Be confident, and be safe. Good Luck

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Everyone did the kickstand mod on the Busa. It looks to me that it has the same problem. when the stand is all the way to the front. it is only straight. grind out about 1/8 at a time of the stop. this will allow the stand to swing more forward. preventing a easy tip over.
 

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I think 20valves has the best advice. I rode sub-500's on and off for 20 years, then got the 2006 FJR. It has took about 500 miles to shake the nervousness and get comfy. Now there is no looking back. You never feel out of control.
 
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