Originally Posted by Letapyaj
Its raining in Oregon so I can test 9R rightnow in parking lot but as soon as sun comes out in next few days I will all over this bike. I can't wait to test drive this monster.
First off we're riders, not drivers :)
2nd, I didn't want to chime in since everyone was doing a great job, but yes you got a hell of a deal, but you shoulda started on a smaller bike. Anyways, too late now, just please be careful and take your time and put pride out of your vocabulary and life at least while on 2 wheels. You have a long way to go since this is your first street bike.
Last, where in Oregon do you live. I'm in Portland. Since you are new I'll give you a heads up on where you can get some skills and where a weekly ride begins.
Doc Wong Clinic (rider training):
Place: Behind Beaverton Honda Yamaha Suzuki dealership that you can see off of the 217 on the west side of the freeway. It is in a wharehouse that they own right behind the shop by the Office Max. The Harley dealership is back there too for a point of reference.
Time: Right now I think we meet at 10am now but we used to meet at 8am. Not sure if we're gonna go back to that time. You can check our local board at http://www.sportbikes.ws/forumdisplay.php?f=137
and look for a heading "Doc Wong" or something similar and they will post the time. It is always the 1st Sunday of every month unless the local races get in the way.
Route: It's always the same route so that you get familiar with it so that you can spend the time working on improving a skill set and not be concerned about unkown roads. It's pretty much Bald Peak Rd. and several local backroads near Bald Peak. Total I think it's only about 70-80 miles. Afterwards everyone meets for lunch or goes on their way and often you can hook up with another ride if you want.
Purpose: We do a riding clinic branched off from Dr. Harry Wong's clinic down in Calif. where you can come to learn and refine riding skills based off of the book Twist of the Wrist II which I highly recommend you read. It is for all skill levels and street riding styles and tends to be 30-40 min classroom session and about a 1.5 hour ride. There tends to be coffee and sometimes donuts, there tends to be 20-30 people and the riding groups tend to be no more than 6 broken up by ability, there is a truck sweeper just in case it's needed, IT'S FREE but as a courtesy to the sweeper usually people donate gas money and if you're a coffee drinker usually people donate coffee money to a can or jar.
Sweet ride Sat night (just a fun ride):
It groups at Hillsboro Motorsport by the Hillsboro airport at 5pm every saturday evening after the shop closes.
This ride is very dependant on weather. It isn't as organized as the Doc Wong so it is your responsibility to ride your own ride. People tend to group themselves based on skill level and who they know and a route is planned before the weekend and posted on the same forum as above.
Rides are as short as an hour or so and as long as 3 hours or so dependant on how much sun we have. Usually the routes are very fun. All rides end at Dairy Queen and if you stick around you get a free sunday or ice cream or whatever out of it on the bill of Hillsboro Motorsport.
There's many more rides of course but you won't be ready for all of that for a while. I found it best to stick with close friends and learn from them until my comfort level rose then I tried group rides and my buddies pretty much looked out for me and kept me up on two wheels.
Maybe I'll see you out there. Have fun on that beast and be safe. Get gear. It'll save your life... if you don't like full suits yet just ask my buddy if you ever get the chance how he likes them after crashing a month ago at over 120mph and only getting a torn muscle.