jkv45 (Regular) View all posts in this topic  
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:26 am

Have you ridden at all before?

A few safety related issues that you should get covered -

Full gear. Not just a helmet, but also gloves, boots, pants - everything. If you don't have it all, check Craigslist for quality used gear. Don't buy any super-budget stuff. Better to get good used than bad new gear.

Tires. Chances are (depending on the miles) that your bike has the original tires from 2009 on it. They are junk now, no matter how much tread is left. Search around for opinions on the best tire for you. At this point anything new will almost certainly be better than what's on there.

Look through the maintenance section here for ideas of what needs to be done to make your bike safe on the road. It sounds like you are ready to do some wrenching - which is good to hear!

Lastly, if you haven't taken a Basic Rider course you should look into it. It would take you years, and many mistakes, to learn what they can teach you in a weekend.

Have fun, but be prepared!

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