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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2017, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to say hi! I am new to motorcycle riding and this forum as well. The G310R will be my first bike that I've ever owned.....I live in Vancouver, Canada if anyone is interested in riding together....that's if the bike gets here.....sigh....been waiting since Jan.......
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 05:12 AM
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Welcome!

Make sure you have proper kit. Dress to fall...

There are 2 types of riders: Those that have fallen and those who are going to fall. Do not be a squid!

The Black Top is hard, and low sliding down the road while watching your beloved ZX6-R go under the front end of a Honda Civic is not cool.

Ride for 6 people: Front, Back, Left, Right, Yourself and then that random guy who comes out of no where.

Do advanced riding courses, they will help! and ride in a way that you are comfortable. After 7 years of riding with the past 4 years being Monday to Friday to the office in all weather conditions, take is easy. Enjoy the ride, enjoy being out and build up experience.

And take it from a guy who has had just as many bikes as years riding, I have more fun on the G310R than I did on the R1200GS. I guess that is because my bike has gone from being a toy to my everyday transport.
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Welcome to the forums. I'm also a new rider and this will be my first bike too so you're not alone on that one. Have you placed an order or anything yet?
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 05:48 PM
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Being your first bike make sure to get sliders. Last thing you want is to drop a new bike and damage a lot. Sliders are just about the best form of bike insurance, after the first drop it basically pays for itself

What other bikes were you looking at before coming to the G310?
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-10-2017, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Make sure you have proper kit. Dress to fall...

There are 2 types of riders: Those that have fallen and those who are going to fall. Do not be a squid!

The Black Top is hard, and low sliding down the road while watching your beloved ZX6-R go under the front end of a Honda Civic is not cool.

Ride for 6 people: Front, Back, Left, Right, Yourself and then that random guy who comes out of no where.

Do advanced riding courses, they will help! and ride in a way that you are comfortable. After 7 years of riding with the past 4 years being Monday to Friday to the office in all weather conditions, take is easy. Enjoy the ride, enjoy being out and build up experience.

And take it from a guy who has had just as many bikes as years riding, I have more fun on the G310R than I did on the R1200GS. I guess that is because my bike has gone from being a toy to my everyday transport.
Thanks for the advice. Yeah I've gotten all my gear and I will only ride with gear on. I have to daughters that are still pretty young so not taking any risks. I am not looking to go fast or stupid but more to enjoy and learn more about it. I did take the motorcycle class to get my license and I. The future I am planning to take to more advanced courses and hopefully be good enough to try out my skills out at the track.

I've been looking into frame sliders already but don't know if anyone makes one for the g310 yet. Anything else you guys would recommend as a must get to protect me and my bike.

Thanks in advance!!
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Don't rely on gear to keep you "safe". Learn to ride and look out for others. Gear is there in case you F up; my advice: don't F up!

Here in the US we have the MSF. They offer great programs and you don't even have to own a bike for the beginners course. Don't take the advanced course until you've practiced slow maneuvering a LOT.

Practice, practice, practice. They say it takes about 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. I tend to agree.

Going on 30 years of riding and never a vehicle accident (bike, plane, boat, heavy equipment or otherwise).

Before riding in traffic, make sure you can operate your bike without thinking about it. Shifting, clutch, brakes, throttle, signals. This can then focus your attention to looking out for every other idiot on the road that can kill you.

Just when you feel like you're wanting to push the envelope of your bike, knock yourself down a few notches and don't. That's exactly where I see people (including the gear nazi's) get into trouble.

Stay off youtube. 99% of the idiots making videos are loudmouth punks who have no idea how to ride. Entertaining, yes. Useful: HECK NO. You know who I'm talking about.

ATGATT (gear nazi's) want to justify their existence and purchase of thousands of dollars of useless gear by having you join the bandwagon too. The MAJOR downside to gear in the summer months is heat exhaustion and dehydration. Whoever thinks: "hey, it's summer time, let's bundle up like it's 30 outside" needs their head examined.

If you're going to race, gear up and go to a track. Otherwise ride within your ability, and don't lay your bike over like you're racing on public roads. If you want thrills, stay off the public roads and go sky diving.

Me: I wear jeans, long sleeved t-shirt, boots, gloves and a helmet. If someone creams you, it's not like you're wearing an exo-skeleton and you'll just get broken bones, tired, dehydrated and hot. Most accidents are due to hot-dogging or exhausted / mentally capable riders.

If you dress to fall, you're going to fall. Don't fall.
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The MAJOR downside to gear in the summer months is heat exhaustion and dehydration.
I agree with everything you wrote except this. All you need do is think about how people dress in the hottest parts of the planet (think the Sahara) to realize how wrong that advice is. There they cover themselves from head to toe. The reason? You are at far more risk from heat exhaustion from skin exposed to the sun and the wind dehydrating you rapidly than if you're covered. It may be counterintuitive to those living in cooler climates. But covering yourself in good, vented, armored gear will not only keep you safer from ordering up a big slice of road pizza, but lessen the risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion as well.

I regularly ride in blazing hot conditions in the deserts of northern Nevada and eastern Oregon, and have even ridden Death Valley in August (121°F/50°C) and keep myself covered and protected at all times. I've never been at risk for a heat-related injury.
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Good advice, cant fault you.
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