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I am also a newbie. I mean a real newbie! I bought my first bike ever (I'm 48 yrs. young!), this past saturday. I still have to get my M license. I am definately going to take a motorcycle safety class. Here in Illinois, if you take the class and pass it, you don't have to take the written or road test, unless you are 16 or 17. The registration is over with for the year, but you can try and get in as a walk-in (to replace no-shows). There are 2 classes this saturday, so I am going to try and get in. The bike I bought is an '86 Aspencade se-i. It has 32,000 miles on it. It's in excellant condition-except for the fork seals, which have to be replaced. I don't know a real lot about bikes, but I am very eager to learn.
I have been checking out this website for awhile, and have already gleaned a ton of information about the Goldwing. It helped me to be informed when I bought my bike.
Thanks for all of the information everybody and, Vic, thanks for such a great website!
Sincerely,
Tim :d

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It's not often that this happens. Someone is actually going to beat roscoepc to the first greeting. Welcome!
Safety course is a priority for first timers. Good luck with the SEI. Pics are required. Okay, not required, but appreciated.
Welcome to the site from Ontario Canada. Glad you are taking the safety course and if you need to know anything about your new bike just ask, there is always some member that will give you an answer.
Welcome to the Wide World of GL1200 'Wings,Tim. We have some great members here, quite a few of whom are real wizards when it comes to answering technical questions. Don't be afraid to ask.
tbiede Wrote:I am also a newbie. I mean a real newbie! I bought my first bike ever (I'm 48 yrs. young!), this past saturday. I still have to get my M license. I am definately going to take a motorcycle safety class. Here in Illinois, if you take the class and pass it, you don't have to take the written or road test, unless you are 16 or 17. The registration is over with for the year, but you can try and get in as a walk-in (to replace no-shows). There are 2 classes this saturday, so I am going to try and get in. The bike I bought is an '86 Aspencade se-i. It has 32,000 miles on it. It's in excellant condition-except for the fork seals, which have to be replaced. I don't know a real lot about bikes, but I am very eager to learn.
I have been checking out this website for about awhile, and have already gleaned a ton of information about the Goldwing. It helped me to be informed when I bought my bike.
Thanks for all of the information everybody and, Vic, thanks for such a great website!
Sincerely,
Tim :d
First bike, new rider, you picked a big bike to learn on. At any rate welcome.....

Kurt
Another welcome from Washington, Sounds like a nice bike. Good luck with the safety class, it will help you keep the rubber to the road 8)
glhonda Wrote:It's not often that this happens. Someone is actually going to beat roscoepc to the first greeting. Welcome!

Gl's right!! This doesn't happen very often! Normaly he doesn't welcome just ANYBODY!!!! :lol: :lol:

Welcome to the Site and Congratulations on your new ride!! The riders class will help you out a bunch and is a great Idea but remember.. The bikes that they let you ride to learn on, (if it's like the classes here, a Honda Rebel 250), are ALOT lighter than the SEi that you've got, by about 400lbs!!!

Enjoy her and let us know if ya need anything!! 8) 8)



Edited per glhonda.... :-@
Welcome to the site from western Pa also. :YMHUG:

The GL is a big bike to learn on, but take your time and you will be fine. The rider safety course is an excellent idea. You will learn a ton. True, the GL is quite a bit heavier than those bikes, but once you get going you should be able to handle it. Take it slow, maybe start out in some large parking lots. Slow speed riding on the wing is much more difficult than at highway speeds.

I've been riding street bikes for over 30 years, and am still learning. Take your time and be careful. I try to approach every intersection as though somebody is going to pull out in front of me. And many times they do. You just have to be real careful.

Again, welcome. Sorry if this sounded somewhat like a rant, but I tend to worry about new riders sometimes. I sure wouldn't want to be starting out in these crazy times!!
Welcome from Georgia!!

I know you will find lots of friendly folks with lots of knowledge on this site.

Good luck with your course, take it slow and easy and you'll be fine.
tbiede Wrote:I am definately going to take a motorcycle safety class. Here in Illinois, if you take the class and pass it, you don't have to take the written or road test, unless you are 16 or 17.

Hi Tim,

Welcome neighbor! :YMAPPLAUSE:

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Here in Missouri, I had to pay $200 for the SAME class you can get for free!!! :-L But it was worth every penny of it. In our course, they provided pretty good 250cc Honda and Yamaha street bikes. I can't be sure, but that may be standard. But never mind, I had been riding bikes for nearly 50 years, and I had to re-learn driving techniques in the AMA driver's safety course to unlearn bad habits! :d

Furthermore, I suggest you buy ($19.95) the DVD produced by a retired motorcycle cop called RIDE LIKE A PRO.
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That's also worth every penny of it.

Since you live next door -- so to speak -- maybe one day we'll bump into one another -- so to speak. :lol:

Granpah

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Welcome Tim! Congrats on your new bike and the world of motorcycling!
As mentioned, you picked a big bike to start off on. Glad you're taking the right first step by taking the program. At 48 years I would assume you have gained some common sense on the road. Just keep your wits about you and resist the temptation to do anything crazy! (Some days that can be difficult)
With a 23 year old bike you will need to tinker from time to time. For that you've come to the right place! Hope you enjoy your time here, and feel free to drop into the chatroom now and then. It's been a little slow but it gets busier in the winter months. Sunday nights there's usually a few of us there.

Walter

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WELCOME to the forum Tim, and you sure got a pretty bike to start things off!! SEi's rule!!
Thanks for the kind words Tim and congrats on taking the course. Where are all these SEi's coming from? I always thought they were rare but seems like everyone except for me has one.
admin Wrote:I always thought they were rare but seems like everyone except for me has one.

And except for me! :lol: But I'm not complaining (wouldn't want to jinx my Interstate which is running just fine NOW ^Smile^ ).

Not being able to leave well enough alone, this weekend I'm wiring in a set of 135 db dual air horns (the compressor type). Why? Because in my city as Halloween and football season approach it seems my neigbors get even goofier and more distracted -- and once in awhile I have to forcefully warn them • • • like Halloween black cats • • • they're about to illegally cross my path! [-X