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Question New to riding help needed

All right guys advice is being solicited. I am NEW to riding, I haven't ridden since I left the farm 30 years ago. This past summer my son got a 1984 GL1200 and is now moving to Colorado for work and he is leaving the bike with me. I am 50 years old. I have scheduled a beginners safety course at the local community collage, and have made contact with some of the GW motor cycle drill team here in eastern NC and plan on hanging out with them some maybe it will rub off on me, any good articles to read or videos to watch? or advice you can pass on. Thanks for your help.
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Robert, First off, you have made some wise choices all ready, 1. you have a son that has given you his goldwing, Awesome, 2. you have a son that appreciates goldwings, again, awesome, 3. You have signed up for the basic riding course, great move, and finally and most of all, you sought out and joined this site.

This site is probably the most comprehensive GOLDWING site out there. It is world wide, and you don't get much more then that. I'm good at this type of thing, but if you ever have any questions about the wing itself, this is the place to ask. There is more live knowledge on this site then there is at any honda dealership. The members are smart, in more ways then one, generous with their opinions, but generous of heart as well.

Check out the site, do lots of reading, and ask as many questions as you want, heck they haven't kicked me off yet.

Welcome to the site and welcome to the world of the GOLDWING, probably the most comfortable ride on 2 wheels. Oh and hats off to your son.

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What did you ride 30 years ago?

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome Robert!

Do you have access to a small bike so that you can get the feel of two wheels again? I know you've had some experiance with bikes in the past, but it's been some time. A Goldwing isn't exactly a beginners bike!

If you feel comfortable on your son's 1200, then be sure to get some parking lot time in before you put your neck (or anyone elses) on the line in traffic.

Enjoy your return to riding!!

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No I dont have access to a smaller bike but I have rode the GW and my other sons 750 H Shadow around the yard a bunch this past summer but your correct I plan on getting lots of parking lot time befor hitting the road. I beleave I have two things to my advantage I am 6.3 and 250 lbs and I teach a drivers saftey cource for GE so I know alot of what to be on the lookout for but just dont have the behind the handel bar time, Looking forward to the summer
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Take a class

With you being a class instructor you should realize the importance of proper training. Invest in your well being and take a MSF Learn to ride basic training class.
When my son wanted to buy a bike I inisisted he first take the class.
When he was done he was an accomplished confident ride lacking only in experience rather than ability. This showed me the value of the class..he learned things in 1 week that I learned the hard way over 30 years of riding motorcycles.
I wish I had taken a class when I started too...but now we are talking about taking an experienced rider class next year...
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My son took that corse and had a great time and learned a lot and that was one of the requirements of him leaving me the bike "that I take it as well" I have it on my schedual in Feb its a Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday. PS was just up in Wi Milwalkie for 3 weeks went to see the HD meusieum great place this time of year had a lovley time
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PS enjoy your class with your son
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My story is similar to yours. I rode on a Honda 175 up until a big wreck at age 15. Waited until I was 35 to get another bike and bought a brand new 1500, took off , and was on the interstate and all roads as if the 20 years had not passed. The Wings are so easy to handle I never looked back. Been riding Wings since 1998. (14 years this December). I love their versatility.

Just get on it and ride and of course be careful.
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