Hey everyone! So, after wanting a bike for 15 years now I finally went out and got one (wifey only mildly fuming, but she's ok). I got me an '08 Ninja 650R. So, any words of wisdom re:staying alive? From what I hear and read, taking it easy on the throttle and laying off the booze (before riding) reduces the risks a good bit. I also hear the the biggest problem is more people running stop signs and stop lights as opposed to rider error. Obviously anything is possible. I'm taking the VDOT approved rider safety course in May. I have my learner's permit but can't legally ride without "supervision" from an existing class M licensee. I've ridden up and down my driveway a few times, that's been fun!! Seems like one of the biggest things to get used to is just the weight of the bike. To that end I've been spending time just getting used to it, tipping the bike from side to side, seeing how to best shift my weight to bring it back up. I've been driving a manual transmission for 17 years and I'm pretty good on a bicycle so I think I "get it" about leaning, not leaning when turning slow, etc. I'm pretty confident in my abilities but I'm also smart enough to listen to those with experience! Help a new rider stay up! Thanks! -Stooxie Wanna kill these ads? We can help!