First solo... (a ride report, of sorts...)

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by GB, Dec 17, 2003.

  1. GB

    GB Guest

    Dunno what the protocol is here, but over in aus.aviation,
    where I'm much less a newbie, it's customary to announce
    the first time one goes it alone...

    Bought one of these today (2003 ZZR250)...
    Look again, it's actually not black, it's a really nice
    dark dark dark dark dark dark blue...

    Private sale, drove it out the door with (count-em)
    one hundred and one kilometres on the clock, ventura
    rack/bag, a little tank bag, and eight months of
    rego for around $1600.00 less than the drive-away
    price of the same thing (sans extras) new. (This one
    is 03/2003 complianced, first registered 08/2003).
    Given the prices people have on a lot of lesser
    motorcycles, I'm pretty happy with this effort. The
    bloody thing still had the coloured chalk stripes
    in the grooves in the tyres!!! I'm pretty much ready
    to ask the woman who sold it to me if she'd like to
    have my children!!!

    And yeah, I did my first solo!


    While I'm at it, I'll put in a plug for MCA/Motorcycle
    Accessory Supermarket in Wentworth Street in Sydney
    City. I rocked up there this afternoon at about 4pm
    and they looked after me very well helmet/jacket/
    jeans/gloves wise. Gave an excellent discount on the
    strength of my membership card, and
    generally looked after the newbie well. Those folks are
    happy to let you frig around in their shop trying shit on
    all afternoon without trying to "salesman" you at all.
    I like that very much. I'll be shopping there a lot more
    in the future.

    A striking contrast to the salesc*nts at Sydney City
    Motorcycles in Lane Cove, whose door I'll not *ever*
    darken again. Their motto is "learner == cash cow",
    apparently. (There's supposed to be an apostrophe in
    'whose' somewhere, sorry, I can't figure it out!)


    Yeah, so anyway, first solo scared the shit out of me:
    "I can't see out of this helmet. I can't bend my head
    enough to see out of this helmet. My mirrors aren't
    BIG enough. Oh, the learnerbike school instructor was
    right, if I stare at that car hard enough, I *will* ride
    right into it. Who T.F. made these mirrors so small and
    helmets so hard to see out of? Fuckin' indicators won't
    cancel, WTF, OMFG, GRIN".

    For what was quite possibly the first time in my
    entire life, I was glad to get stuck behind a truck
    that never made it over 50Km/h. Took the pressure off!

    They didn't teach me nearly enough at learnerbike
    school. Contrary to my proud perception of a week ago,
    I'll need about another twenty-seven years of experience
    before I know it all!!!

    Bikes is fuckin' good fun but!

    GB, Dec 17, 2003
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    Moike Guest

    GB wrote:

    So you mastered lesson 1.


    Moike, Dec 17, 2003
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    Manning Guest

    Dunno if we have a protocol - I think we can adopt aus.aviation's rule in
    this case without any probs.A striking contrast to the salesc*nts at Sydney City
    You'll pass the grammar nazis this time - 'whose' is perfectly correct.
    That they are. Welcome to the clan.

    Manning, Dec 17, 2003
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    Smee Guest

    You gonna tell us about the first time u went solo in the toilet as well:)

    Nice very nice:)

    First mistake.

    again with the private fetish.

    Nope that's correct.

    Welcome to the fold Grasshopper
    As your confidence grows so will the grin factor.
    But as always take care.
    btw goanfuggyaself (Harsh week Salutation)
    Smee, Dec 17, 2003
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    atec77 Guest

    Uh HUH . from smee I sort of expected this , coke + mars bar.
    atec77, Dec 17, 2003
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    aus.masturbation is the same.
    Knobdoodle, Dec 17, 2003
  7. GB

    Knobdoodle Guest

    That's your hilarious paedophile-joke again is it?
    Knobdoodle, Dec 17, 2003
  8. GB

    GB Guest

    No no, that was *last* week! *This* week I rode a motorcycle
    on a public street for the first time.

    Get with we're program! sheesh!

    GB, Dec 17, 2003
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Get a grip?
    Knobdoodle, Dec 17, 2003
  10. GB

    Knobdoodle Guest

    Pfft! I ask that of ALL women!! (You just never know.....)
    Are they a photo ID?
    How big's your helmet that you have to bend your head to look out? (And
    how "bent' is your head now?)
    Sorry; but no, you won't.
    It's been almost 27 years since I got my licence and I don't know it all.
    (OK 26!)
    It's probably been around 47 since Theo got his and HE doesn't know it all!
    But of course, that's part of the fun.
    By Jove; the lad's got it!
    Knobdoodle, Dec 17, 2003
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    Dave Mojo67 Guest

    Welcome to the fold. In case you haven't been told, every new poster gets a
    free kickindanuts from the ausmotian nearest you.

    Surprised no one has told you the ZZR is a girl's bike. Either 1. They
    actually reckon it looks alright. or 2. they're cutting you some slack for
    your first post and will **** you over next week when you troll your first
    newbie question.

    More likely number 2, so make your next question bulletproof.

    And fuckya its a girl's bike. (Not jealous at all. Now if you'll excuse me I
    have to go clean the pink chain on the Fizzer).
    Dave Mojo67, Dec 17, 2003
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    CrazyCam Guest

    Dave Mojo67 wrote:

    Where did you get the pink chain?
    How pink is it, anyway?

    CrazyCam, Dec 17, 2003
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    BT Humble Guest

    That seems fair, although if it was customary to post *every* time one
    went it alone Clem would be #1 in the stats every week... hmm...
    Mmmmm, that sure is purty! And it has a GPX250 motor, at least... ;-)
    Looking at the "Someone took my baby" thread, I'd suggest you get some
    kind of disk lock pretty sharpish.
    Hurrah! How was it?
    At a guess I'd say it did for the previous owner too! ;-)
    If then! I reckon there's only a few hundred people in the world who
    *really* know how to ride a motorcycle, and most of them are competing
    in the various world championships.

    Welcome to the fold, Kwak Boy! ;-)

    BT Humble, Dec 17, 2003
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    Mike.S Guest

    What happened to the GPX having that claim Dave?
    Pink chain? hehe, well at least it'll be visible.

    Mike.S, Dec 17, 2003
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    Centurion Guest

    Ignore the rest of 'em GB - I've been cruising aus.av for almost a decade
    both as a pilot and as a grounded pilot. I knew what you meant :)
    Nice :) My first machine was a maroon 2000 ZZR250. You'll enjoy learning
    to ride on it. It's a bit like doing ab-initio in a 182RG. Everyone else
    is jealous coz their stuck in crappy 25 year old Tomahawks, but you can't
    wipe the smile off your face! Ignore the girl-bike comments.
    Bargain! Well done!
    Woot - feels good eh?
    Yep agreed. I made the mistake of buying my first bike from them. Got a
    good price but that was it. They tried to screw me big time on the
    helmet/gloves/jacket so I told 'em I'd buy it all elsewhere. Arse holes.
    Yep - not unlike flying really . Now you know why this grounded aviator
    bought a bike to maintain his sanity :)
    Affirm - that it is! Just keep the rubbery side down and the shiney side

    A random quote of nothing:

    Love sometimes expresses itself in sacrifice.
    -- Kirk, "Metamorphosis", stardate 3220.3
    Centurion, Dec 17, 2003
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    Conehead Guest

    Amen. Have fun.

    Conehead, Dec 18, 2003
  17. How that timeless piece of advice for teenagers go?

    "Quit school, get a job and start paying your own bills now, while you
    still know it all."

    Its not _that_ surprising that those of you who've been doing it longest
    are the ones who are most aware of how much _more_ there is to know.

    I'm coming up for 5 years riding now, so I still have a _bit_ of the "I
    know everything" attitude, I'm getting over it though... ;-)

    Iain Chalmers, Dec 18, 2003
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    Dave Mojo67 Guest

    Its fluoro pink. She spent over $200 on it, and its a good quality chain and
    will last a while (unfortunately). I cringed when she brought it home. I
    mean what was she thinking buying a pink chain for a fluoro orange bike? It
    went with her pink leathers I suppose. I make sure there is a generous layer
    of chain lube covering it all the time, but that pink shows through all too

    It was the last thing she bought for the Fizzer before she sold the bike to
    me and bought the VFR. Well sort of sold it, I bought her an $800 dishwasher
    and she gave me the Fizzer. Considering I have a bike and don't have to wash
    up, thats a win win for me!

    She got it from Tyres for Bikes in Brisbane, not sure of the brand.
    Dave Mojo67, Dec 18, 2003
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    Frank Warner Guest

    Sorry Mate I didn't see you .. I was watching the pink chain.
    Frank Warner, Dec 18, 2003
  20. GB

    Frank Warner Guest

    Was the dishwasher pink too?
    Frank Warner, Dec 18, 2003
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