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Its going on 3 weeks now that I've had my bike and I'm approaching 1000 Miles so I wanted to just express my rookie riding experience so far.

Its been great riding Definitely a different experience not being surrounded by windows and metal, and dealing with all of the elements that mother nature and even man throws at you out there. I never realized how much little tiny pieces of rock/gravel come off of dump trucks when your behind them, its like driving through a sand storm. Bugs taste like **** the bigger they are the worse they taste, I solved that with my skull face mask. Getting caught in storms with 50+ wind, rain drops the size of cicada's and lightning that feels like it going to strike you down at any given time is pretty intense. But its thrill that I can really put into words, kinda make me feel like a kid again when I rode my bike in the rain. Other drivers, yeah most of them are stupid and when they see a bike its like their brain shuts down or something, but I tend to stay away from car as much as possible. Even before I started riding 3 weeks ago I always looked out for bikes and made sure to try and keep them safe or make them feel safe while I was driving my car if they were around me. So its interesting to see how other people are now that I'm riding. I don't have many friends that ride so most of the time I'm riding alone. Its very relaxing out on the country roads enjoying the openness and killing bugs. I have done one bike run so far, while I did enjoy it I'd much rather be with a small group of people going at our own pace. Most of the roads I ride I've been on dozens of times, but its a lot different riding them on a bike.

When I first got my bike I was dead set on a windshield, now that I have been riding I really don't think I want one, they seem to take away from the whole experience I kinda like that feeling of the wind feeling like its about to rip me off my seat haha. I put an exhaust on my bike, which I recommend to anyone with out one. Its nice to be heard now, plus it sounds so good. Storage is must right now I have 1 leather tool bag, Haven't decided on saddlebags as i hate how they take away from the curves of the bike. Im very picky when it comes to keeping my vehicles clean so the bike keeps me plenty busy, damn thing gets dusty fast. Brake dust is terrible, thinking about getting some ceramic pads to cut down on that. Putting gas in the tank stresses my out haha, it freaking splashes even when I hardly let the gas come out of the nozzle, I have learned to use a paper towel now.

Im still getting used to leaning the bike but I'm getting much better now, this bike handles like a dream actually. I have some hours on a 98 Road king and I was scared to death to lean that beast. But this bike takes the turns really good once I commit to them.

I have the itch and really cant wait to start making the bike my own, customizing things. Hopefully I will get my tune and air box this month. Most of the work I do will be this winter so I don't feel so bad making payments while its snowing out.
Well hopefully I didn't bore you all but I just wanted to voice my opinion. Looking forward to learning more from all of you, See you down the road!!!
 

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Welcome! I'm pretty sure most of us remember those feelings. I suggest you stick to very small groups and solo rides on familiar roads for a while. Riding in a pack has a very long list of do's and don'ts for the safety and comfort of all involved. Besides the best "Zen-Moments" happen alone or in small groups. Enjoy and be safe. All those things you're conscious of now will become intuitive in time.

Ride On Brother, Ride On
 
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