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Old 10-15-2018, 01:14 PM   #1
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Well the wife has done it....

She has decided to trade in passenger pegs for grips and controls. She grew up on 4 wheelers and mopeds but it has been many years since she has driven either.

So what did she get?? A new 2018 Raven R3. ( Iíll post pics tonight. )

We got the bike home and she ran inside and got her gloves and helmet on and wanted her first lesson immediately. I have to admit I was a little apprehensive at first but she is a sponge for the info and she is picking up on the clutch and brake usage pretty good. We havenít left first gear yet but she has ridden about 50 yards without a problem and even turned it into the driveway on her final 50 yard pass.

Iím trying to get her ready for the MSF course. Iíve seen folks show up to the MSF without any knowledge about riding or function. I donít want her to be that person. Iíd like for her to have a basic knowledge and confidence about herself so she will get more from the course.

Iíve covered the basics with her and she is doing well. Iím reaching out to you guys and gals for some input for getting new riders ready for the street. Iím sure some of you have some best practices to share.
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Old 10-15-2018, 01:55 PM   #2
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That's awesome! I like those little R3s.
I have no advice after totaling mine in June, except don't crash!
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:34 PM   #3
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That's awesome! I like those little R3s.
I have no advice after totaling mine in June, except don't crash!
Indeed!!!


And yes I could immediately see the fun factor in the R3!! Itís quite a departure from the liter bike HP but man can you throw it around!!!!
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Old 10-15-2018, 02:38 PM   #4
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Milk jugs in a large parking lot work wonders. She will be comfortable and relaxed (as will you)since there is no concern about running into anything.
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How to get her ready for the msf course ? Help her with the written if anything. Donít teach her to ride yourself. Let the msf do that.

Ever see a husband try to teach his wife to play golf, tennis, or wall paper together? Guys rarely can resist the temptation to be Godís gift to the world on such matters. Your goal is to have her learn to ride well and not kill you in your sleep. Which by the way she probably would be completely justified LOL.
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Milk jugs in a large parking lot work wonders. She will be comfortable and relaxed (as will you)since there is no concern about running into anything.
Great idea!!!!
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:08 PM   #7
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How to get her ready for the msf course ? Help her with the written if anything. Donít teach her to ride yourself. Let the msf do that.

Ever see a husband try to teach his wife to play golf, tennis, or wall paper together? Guys rarely can resist the temptation to be Godís gift to the world on such matters. Your goal is to have her learn to ride well and not kill you in your sleep. Which by the way she probably would be completely justified LOL.
Sage advice my friend!!!
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:16 PM   #8
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At most I would just try to get her used to starting off in first and riding around in that gear - starting, turning and stopping. The milk jugs sound good too. Don't worry about shifting.
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Old 10-15-2018, 04:03 PM   #9
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At most I would just try to get her used to starting off in first and riding around in that gear - starting, turning and stopping. The milk jugs sound good too. Don't worry about shifting.
Thatís exactly what we have been doing!!! Iím not going to even dabble in anything more unless SHE asks...even then itís taking a chance.

But I still think the jugs are a great idea for low speed 1st gear practice.
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Shoulder checks save lives and/or paint. My girlfriend thought she didn't have any blind spots first time she was riding. Then I had to pull the bike out of the bottom of an suv. Everybody was fine. $1 hammer from the dollar store nearby to make the shifter good as new and she was back on the road.
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Old 10-15-2018, 04:28 PM   #11
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Shoulder checks save lives and/or paint. My girlfriend thought she didn't have any blind spots first time she was riding. Then I had to pull the bike out of the bottom of an suv. Everybody was fine. $1 hammer from the dollar store nearby to make the shifter good as new and she was back on the road.
Holy cow!!!!!! Thatís scary stuff!!
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I wasn't trying to make it sound so bad, she just merged into an suv going 15 mph.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:14 PM   #13
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I second Mark’s sage advice.

Milk carton lives matter!
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:16 PM   #14
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My advice to new riders has always been... "Start every ride by practicing a slow ride, feathering the clutch/throttle/rear brake to maintain a steady 2mph pace or slower."

I've advised some "experienced" riders to do that too, after watching them fumble around :-)
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:43 PM   #15
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Have her watch "A Twist of the Wrist 2"
You can usually find it on YouTube
It's like an hour and a half or so but well worth every cheesy minute.
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:10 PM   #16
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I see a lot of new riders walking the bike with their feet. For someone not completely used to the controls, it can trip you up and may make them jerk off the clutch and drop the bike. Let the bike and the clutch do the work, +1(2? 3?) on the milk jugs.

Rear brake is important too, especially at low speeds
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:22 PM   #17
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I wasn't trying to make it sound so bad, she just merged into an suv going 15 mph.
Whew!!!!
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Twist of the wrist 2!! Will do!

I love the 2mph drill. I do this OFTEN.

Michael, yes the wife is also guilty of walking the bike. She finally put her feet up on the last 1st gear jaunt. I was happy to see her confidence build.
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I would also invest in a pair of bluetooth intercoms if you don't have it already. You can tell her what's coming up when you are riding together so she isn't surprised by a fast car or a child crossing the road or anything
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