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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-25-2019, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from a complete newbie :) - Australia

Hi everyone,

I have just bought my first ever bike (Honda CBR500RA (ABS)) yesterday.

I live in Australia. I am 52 years old (an old man now).

My step-son (22yrs) got his first bike last week (Kawasaki Ninja 300 (ABS)) and he thought it would be nice for us both to go riding...so I agreed It is a nice gesture for a son to suggest this with their step-dad

Anyway, so today I went and bought a bunch of gear (AU$1000+) on Helmet, Jacket, Pants, Gloves. I have work boots that be ok I think.

I haven't had the courage to ride my bike yet, quite nervous. I did the mandatory learners course a few weeks ago and it was fun. But it's in a controlled environment. My step-son thinks I am a chicken...LOL

So I am watching youtube clips on riding skills and hoping to overcome my fear of corners...which is weird because I have spent 30 years building and driving fast cars...hmmm

One thing I noticed is that my bike has solid mirrors that do not swivel inwards like my step-sons, and he has some mirror extenders that make his mirrors higher so he can see over his shoulders better. That would be good for me because I am quite tall.

Anyway, I am looking forward to chatting with other people here and getting out of my driveway soon

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-25-2019, 09:19 AM
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Welcome to the madhouse Pookie.

Just start by riding round the block until you feel confident. Then a gentle trip around some country roads and don't try to be a boy racer out and about with your step son.

I have been riding motorbikes since I was 12 (over the fields) now over 70 and still enjoy riding bikes.
Also I have 12" high motorcycle boots that protect you ankles etc. Learn't the hard way when I got side swiped and damaged my ankle and nerves to my toes when only wearing shoes.
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Welcome to the forum. As OldRocker said, start slow & take it easy. I have no idea what taking up the sport at 50+ would be like, but I imagine you will do fine if you read & watch instructional materials, there is plenty out there, & RELAX. At first cornering will seem odd compared to an auto, but after enough practice it will feel like poetry. Just take your time & don’t rush things. A more advanced training class might be in order as well at some point after you get comfortable with the basics. While work boots are better than shoes, proper motorcycle boots are best. It is a large initial investment, but a small price to pay in the long run. Cheers, mate.
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Look for days & times of day when the traffic is absent in your neighborhood.
I find 10:00 AM to be good where I live. My wife started riding when she was 60, on a scooter.


Enjoy. You have a good bike for a learner.
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You have probably noticed, the reference of "old man" seems to attract us like-minded riders. Sort of like waking up in the morning and automatically enjoying a cup of coffee... while I'm checking the morning paper's obituaries to see if I have time for a second cup... before I'm forced to check into where ever I'm assigned. Ride Safe and Enjoy your new Bike.
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1967 was a good year, from one 52yo to another.

In all seriousness, don't let yourself be cajoled by your step-son into doing things you may not be comfortable with nor ready for. Take things at your own pace. The ideas espoused above re riding around the block and when traffic is minimal are great.

Be careful if you go riding with him; don't be goaded into riding faster than your own comfortable pace, don't try to keep up nor race. 22yos aren't known for having great judgement and when they fall they bounce like toddlers; we old farts are far more conscious of our frailties mostly because we don't heal up as fast as we used to.

I think when you get some saddle time you'll relax a bit. Always wear all your gear and enjoy the ride.

Summer is close to starting "down under"; there are a lot of us in the Northern Hemisphere that are very envious as we store our machines for a long, cold winter.
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1967 was a good year, from one 52yo to another.

In all seriousness, don't let yourself be cajoled by your step-son into doing things you may not be comfortable with nor ready for. Take things at your own pace. The ideas espoused above re riding around the block and when traffic is minimal are great.

Be careful if you go riding with him; don't be goaded into riding faster than your own comfortable pace, don't try to keep up nor race. 22yos aren't known for having great judgement and when they fall they bounce like toddlers; we old farts are far more conscious of our frailties mostly because we don't heal up as fast as we used to.

I think when you get some saddle time you'll relax a bit. Always wear all your gear and enjoy the ride.

Summer is close to starting "down under"; there are a lot of us in the Northern Hemisphere that are very envious as we store our machines for a long, cold winter.
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...One thing I noticed is that my bike has solid mirrors that do not swivel inwards like my step-sons, and he has some mirror extenders that make his mirrors higher so he can see over his shoulders better. That would be good for me because I am quite tall.
If they are stock mirrors they should be able to swivel inwards, might be a bit stiff, but definitely designed to rotate at the base on the R models.

Welcome to the forum, didn't see if you mentioned where in Oz you are, I'm in Brisbane 😉
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Hi everyone,

Thank you for your kind greetings and advice

I have checked my mirrors and they definitely do not swivel, they are bolted to a block that is bolted to the bike. No swivel possible


I haven't had much chance to ride since last week due to starting back to work. I did have a couple of short rides in my cul de sac which were ok, but when it came to turning at the end of my dead-end it was not fun I found myself almost running up the gutter a few times and slowing down to almost a stop while turning. I need LOTS more practice at turning.

I will try again over the weekend. I don't know why it is such an issue for me? I love anything dangerous, loud, fast, scary, etc.... but for some reason I have an issue with turning a bike :/

It's getting frustrating...

More practice, more practice ..... ok..

btw, I am in Wollongong NSW Australia. It has been extremely smoky here this week due to bush fires nearby.

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Turning at low speeds is difficult. Usually you can do one way (left or right) easier than the other way.


From a stop, be sure to go straight forward a bit before starting a turn.


My wife puts her feet down and "duck walks" when making a 180° turn even if there is traffic.
But she started riding in 2010.
... and it is a scooter.


Keep up the practice. and have a Merry Christmas

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