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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-24-2016, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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New(b) to the Community - First Bike 500F

This past weekend I passed my MSF course and written test, Class M endorsed Drivers License in the mail and just got approved for a loan, its actually happening! Decided I'd be much happier with a 500 as a first bike rather than a little go kart 250/300. Excited to be on the road!
Located in the Kansas City area, if anyone has any tips or whatever on the 500F's let me know as I'm a newb.

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Most likely will eventually be getting the typical accessories-
Frame Sliders, Windshield, and who knows. Going to get a feel for the bike first to my liking.

Heres to starting a new way of life and building social acceptance with my family now that I have 2 wheels haha

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-24-2016, 02:25 PM
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Welcome.

I hope you got your safety gear also. If you need any, check with http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/
in Smithville, Mo. That may be close to you.

If you read about the 500F, then you have a good idea about accessories.
I use a center stand, a luggage rack (+tailbag) and a windshield.
I tried an engine guard and highway pegs but there was too much vibration so I removed them.

Otherwise the 500F is good to go.

Ride safely,
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Not gonna lie it was super awkward at first riding on the street with other cars lol being as this was my first time ever experiencing this on a bike. Especially sitting at stop lights I found myself nervous because I didn't want to make a mistake. After riding the bike home about 20mi I started feeling a lot more comfortable with the clutch (a million times better than those MSF bikes) and overall feeling of the bike.

Thanks for the comment ExTex, yea the amount of wind force on your chest after 50mph is pretty intense lol In due time...

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Yes, the 1st time in traffic was intense. It was a long time ago for me, but not forgotten.
Take your time riding and getting extras for the bike. MY list was a mile long and I didn't need most of them.

A good ride is Kansas highway 69. Interstate quality and no traffic.
Go to Ft.Scott some Fall day and enjoy the fort.

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These are great bikes and you're going to love it the more you ride it. You'll get used to the feeling of the wind pushing on your chest over time and eventually it wont bother you at all. Take your time, get used to the feeling of having cars around you and most of all be safe.
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This past weekend I passed my MSF course and written test, Class M endorsed Drivers License in the mail and just got approved for a loan, its actually happening!
Welcome! Stay safe, and enjoy the rest of your riding season, as I know things will start really cooling off up there soon!

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These are great bikes and you're going to love it the more you ride it. You'll get used to the feeling of the wind pushing on your chest over time and eventually it wont bother you at all.
I agree 100% regarding the wind. The first time I took my 500F out I was quite concerned about the wind on my chest. Now I don't even think anything of it, even at high speeds. (130+ km/h) It's a total non-issue after you've been out several times. Many new riders will immediately run out and buy a windshield, which kinda defeats the whole idea of buying a naked bike, in my opinion. Ride it as it is for a month, THEN decide if you still want a windshield. (you likely won't!) In fact I know of many riders who complain of increased buffeting with a windshield.

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I've got a 2016 500F and I purchased a windshield which now sits in the closet. Lot of noise from the darn thing. Much better without it.
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Haha no doubt, cruised for about an hour or so today around the lake and already noticed how much more comfortable I was getting 0-50mph. These are all great tips and I believe the wind wont be such a big deal. Never knew how beautiful an experience it was not having a steel cage around you :P

Just purchased some stuff to burn my wallet-

Kickstand Pad Support, just in case. Thought about doing the center stand but for now this is a much cheaper option...
TUFSKINZ | Motorcycle Gas Tank Protector- Real Carbon Fiber.. Pulled those dang warning labels off the tank today ha much better
Rapid Outer Rim Liner Stripe for Honda CB500F Reflective Red.. for sexyness
Nelson-Rigg CL-1060-S Black Sport Tail/Seat Pack

The real question here is, Tail Tidy kit or nah? haha
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Welcome and congratulations on your endorsement.
Here's a little secret. Wheels turning at 6 AM on a Sunday morning and you'll have the roads all to yourself for a few hours. It's a day of rest for the working crowd but a day of fun for you.
Plan ahead to ride some nice country back roads. It's a good way to get comfortable on your bike.
Enjoy.
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