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yo..

So I just picked up 1997 Monster Chromo from a really cool guy here in SF. Sweet bike with some groovy mods. I have wanted this bike so bad it hurt....I saw it up for sale and drug my friend (chic rider) to look at it and immediately bought it. She literally had to restrain me from just throwing the cash at the seller so she could ask a few key questions first...

I have not ridden much on the street since I was 18.....oh yeah...that was about 12 years ago... :-/so...I am doing my best not to crash the bike I have coveted for about 3 years now...or do any permanent damage to myself. I know that during the lasy two days...as I ride by Monroe or Scuderia.....that they all sense I'm a newbie....so how the heck do I get in with the monster crowd?? ???

Maybe not the "I catagorize model years, numbers and engine displacement before bed" crowd....but the "Hey cool bike...I have one too....do you wanna know all about it and maybe go for a ride" crowd. I'm no wuss, but I will need a little time to get confortable riding again.

Maybe if there are other newbies we could form a monster "geek" club...you know....spent all the $$ on the bike...so the helmet, jacket etc. are all assorted styles and colors...still serving the important role of keeping the grey matter inside the cranium...and off the pavement....

So if you see me on the street......Red helmet....various hand me down jackets....probably not riding the bike like it should be ridden.....say hello.....gesture politely.....point....maybe yell... and give me some pointers!!

Well...thats my story....and I'm stickin to it.

Later ;D
 

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Don't sweat the newbie thing - we were all there once, and a bunch of us have come back to riding after some sort of hiatus.

Probably the best single thing you could do for yourself at this point is to take the MSF course. There are a number of places in the bay area that offer it, although I think the classes fill up quickly in the spring. Even though you know how to ride, we all pick up bad habits from prolonged exposure to 4 wheels (for example that brake=foot). After that just ride all the great roads around SF and enjoy yourself.

If you ride any of the group rides listed here you'll find other new riders so you shouldn't worry about keeping up a blistering pace.

So just relax, have fun, and enjoy your new bike.
 

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Right there with you on the hand me down riding gear. I've got my brother's old BMW jacket, some old First Gear pants, and an old pair of Red Wing boots. Did get a nice Aria helmet though. I've got about 6k miles under my belt now which ain't so much, but I ride a whole lot better than when I started. I'm trying to keep with the "Zen mind, beginner's mind" approach.

Michael's right on the mark with the MSF training suggestion. I talked to a guy once who'd been riding for years and had been carted off in an ambulance 7 times. He said he finally figured out how helpful it was to look ahead (not immediately in front of you) after taking a racing class. I guess that's what we call learning the hard way! That's something they teach in the MSF coarse too.

Congrats on the bike! Sounds like a sweet one. Hope to meet you on a ride some time.
 

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Congrats and welcome to the family!

The best way to refresh your riding skills and get to know the area roads is joining a newbie oriented group ride.

There is a newbie ride organized for the 25th in the Santa Cruz mountain by some very skilled riders on BARF who will be putting their time into escorting new riders first time to the back roads in the area. It's been a great success in the past and people had a blast.

Ride on the 25th:
http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=68334

Pics from last newbie ride on the 4th:
http://www.southbayriders.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4023&highlight=newbie+ride
 

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I think the worst thing you can do is be "extra careful". Trying too hard to not screw up, imo, ultimately results in screwing up.

MSF teaches some great techniques. I always follow the same get-on/get-off procedures. Depending on your size, the Monster is a very manageable size...and tip overs can often be saved by the wide bars and low weight.

So, don't sweat being cool. Don't sweat "screwing up". Just enjoy your bad-self! Establish routines, follow them religiously. Ride your own ride, not someone elses.

Yeah, it'd be a shame to dent up that cromo...but it'd also be a shame to not ride it like it was meant to be ridden. Or sell it to me, and I'll ride it for you. >:)

Chris
 
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Thanks for the replies.

I'm on day 4 with the Chromo and any semblence of aprehension has been gobbled up by the monster. WOW...I wish I had gotten one sooner. So far, the general population seems to really dig my ride. I swear people accross the room can somehow read lips and make out D U C A T I..then comes the onslaught of "what size is it"..."can I see it" and "can I ride it right now" :eek: ....how long I've waited to hear those words uttered with abandon....about my mode of transportation of course. There has only been one size queen...."Oh...it's only a 750"....only a 750....you wanna go? creep [smiley=veryangry.gif]

So far I'm having a blast. I find that I talk to myself....more than usual anyway....as I ride...making bets with moi about the intentions of maniacal drivers and planning my escape route. Oh, and I got rained on yesterday. That was fun. I really need gloves with a squige (sp?)..wiper thing-a-ling.

More than anything, I need a shop manual. I've been looking online, but in my experience with my Italian 4 wheeler, most of them are crap. Any suggestions as to who makes the best manual?

later
 

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More than anything, I need a shop manual. I've been looking online, but in my experience with my Italian 4 wheeler, most of them are crap. Any suggestions as to who makes the best manual?

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Haynes makes a shop manual for the 2V monsters. It is fair, but only covers up to '96. Unfortunately not a lot of other choices out there.
 
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