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Smile Brand new rider, building his first bike!

Hey there everyone, I introduced myself in the new member section but since I am also a first time rider I wanted to come here for some great advice! I recently purchased an RC51 Engine/Frame/Minor parts and will be rebuilding it over the next month or so. Thankfully I have a very experienced rider and mechanic to help me with this task but I wanted to come here and ask one important question to you all.

Over your years of riding what is the most important lesson you have learned that you maybe wish you knew sooner? You can take that even farther and apply it to the RC51 specifically versus other bikes!
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Sounds like an essay question..

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This is a hard one, have you ridden at all? Dirt bikes?

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I have never ridden anything before that didn't have 4 wheels, unless you count my Big Wheel as a kid haha
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I have never ridden anything before that didn't have 4 wheels, unless you count my Big Wheel as a kid haha
Oh wow, yea you should find a friend with a dirtbike and putt around for awhile, get the feel of the clutch, brake, balancing, etc. If I were you, I'd get a beater ninja 250 or something small-ish and ride it while you build your dream bike! If you ever wanna take a trip to the greatest dirt/rock playland in missouri let me know, I live 15 min from chadwick!

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Hey there everyone, I introduced myself in the new member section but since I am also a first time rider I wanted to come here for some great advice! I recently purchased an RC51 Engine/Frame/Minor parts and will be rebuilding it over the next month or so. Thankfully I have a very experienced rider and mechanic to help me with this task but I wanted to come here and ask one important question to you all.

Over your years of riding what is the most important lesson you have learned that you maybe wish you knew sooner? You can take that even farther and apply it to the RC51 specifically versus other bikes!
This isn't something I needed to learn because I was blessed with a great Dad who was a great teacher who also had many many years of riding experience to pass on. He told me to always respect the bike. The minute you don't respect the bike it'll bite you in the ass.

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This isn't something I needed to learn because I was blessed with a great Dad who was a great teacher who also had many many years of riding experience to pass on. He told me to always respect the bike. The minute you don't respect the bike it'll bite you in the ass.
Same here! Dad taught me everything!

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Don't fall for peer pressure!!!
Ride your ride, meaning NEVER ride above your skill level.
Theonly place to push yourself is on a safety course, or the track!

Oh,... and do a trackday!!!
Definitely get you a smaller bike to putt around on a learn.

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Don't fall for peer pressure!!!
Ride your ride, meaning NEVER ride above your skill level.
Theonly place to push yourself is on a safety course, or the track!

Oh,... and do a trackday!!!
Definitely get you a smaller bike to putt around on a learn.
Completely agree with ^Lucky. Take your time and ride within your limits. Anyone can learn to ride and I personally don't think bike size matters a whole lot (weight and power), but just don't go all out on the throttle and you'll be fine.

Trackdays are GREAT and one of the best places to learn. You don't have to worry about traffic, road debris, and most trackday events have tons of rider coaches and even offer classes.

Take your time to learn the capabilities and limitations of the bike and more importantly learn your caps/lims.

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If this really is your first bike, I can guarantee your going to drop it, and your going to crash. There's no way around that. I would never use the RC51 as my very first bike to learn on. They're not beginner bikes.
Do yourself a huge favor, buy a cheap bike that you're not all that attached to to begin learning.
For instance, my daughter was 24 when she started riding for the first time. We bought a 92 CBR 600 F2. It was high milage, looked good, wasn't nearly as powerful as the 1000's, and it was cheap. It turned out to be a great beginner bike for her.
I myself only started riding about 10 years ago, but I got about 3 years of dirt biking on a 250 and worked up to a 450 before I went to street bikes.

I'm not saying to get rid of your RC51, I'm just saying, it's not a very good choice for a total beginner.

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