Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Maricopa, Arizona, USA
Model: 1985 GL1200 LTD
Coming from probably the least experienced (aside from you of coarse) rider here, these guys have all hit the nail on the head. Where ever your head is pointed is where you go, and NOBODY see's you, so make sure you are never beside other cars, be an ass if you have to and rabbit out in front of everyone. I took the class, VERY worth it. I also started on a shadow 500, I'm 6' 190lbs, that bike was even a little too big for me to start on, but I got the hang of it in about two weeks. Another thing I learned that they didn't even cover in the class... throttle control. You have to be smooth and delibrate with your throttle. You'd be amazed how easy it is to put too much or too little throttle in and the bike will react violently. That was the hardest part for me, the rest is covered very well in the class. Good luck, and you really should consider a smaller bike to start.
1985 LTD.... 121,000 miles and counting
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." _ Ben Franklin
"Oops, that wasn't suppose to happen" _ Kevin (me)