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1Back to top Go down   Hello from Latvia Empty Hello from Latvia Sat Oct 29, 2022 11:51 am

Gast1y

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Hello,

I hope you guys are doing great!

As for why I am here.. My dad had purchased a bike (BMW R1150R 2002) two years ago and for a those two years we were driving the bike a lot. I mean it. Almost every weekend and the bike is his daily driver, even in early spring or late autumn. I was always a passenger and I really enjoyed it. Probably around 30k km put on the clock.

He is so enthusiastic because he had a license from his early twenties, yet he never had a bike since he had a family to raise. After almost thirty years the first motorcycle came into our family. He completely changed after. In a positive way, of course.

So here I am. Got into bikes because of my lovely dad.

One day we went to see a BMW K100RS which we stumbled across on the marketplace. We drove to see it on his BMW R1250R and we could not miss out on the purchase. Of course it had some flaws, but it was such a beauty. Dad looked at me and said that I have to ride it back home. I was stressed out yet confident. No experience. Nothing. Just his jacket and my helmet. Since I drive a car very well and I have a great feeling with mechanics, for example, the clutch. I sat on the bike and rode for the first time myself. It was a gravel road. Started slowly then proceeded to increase the speed. The feeling, I just cannot explain in words how good I felt. My dad was waiting behind at the house where we brought it from, at I wanted to make my first U turn. Suddenly the euphoria kicked out and I understood what a machine it is. I felt scared, how will I manage this? It felt so difficult to turn it. That's the moment when I realized that I have things to learn. I have always been a responsible driver but that made me extra cautious.

We drove around the city and It was scary. Really scary. All the cars, trying to feel the bike, making wide turns. It was an experience. Later that day, we got on the highway and drove a lot. Started to get more confident and I felt the bike really well. Still the wide turns, of course, but a slow throttle and the feel from the bike was spot on. I think that is because I drove as a passenger for those two years and it made me have a feeling of how to manage a bike. After a full day of riding we came back home and so it was one of my best days in my life. We drove for the next day as well, which started scary and ended up really well. It was great!

After the weekend my nails were itching. I wanted to ride again and again. During my lunch break (I work remotely) I would wash the bike, sit on it and just stare at it. But I have no license and since dad is teaching me, I am riding together with him.

Thanks dad for getting me into bikes.

    

2Back to top Go down   Hello from Latvia Empty Re: Hello from Latvia Sat Oct 29, 2022 12:45 pm

Bricklayer

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Greetings from the USA!

A K100 will be a real challenge as a learner bike- good luck. Do they have motorcycle riding courses in Latvia?

Anthony

P.S. I used to teach Motorcycle Safety Course and here's a copy of the handbook we used, it may add to your new learning experience.

https://anthonymrugacz.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/BRC_Handbook_Vs7.1_2.pdf


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1978 Suzuki TS185
1976 BMW R90/6
1973 Yamaha LT3-MX
1970 BMW R75/5
1970 Suzuki T500

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3Back to top Go down   Hello from Latvia Empty Re: Hello from Latvia Sat Oct 29, 2022 2:17 pm

bad boy

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hi Gast1y

Hello from Latvia 177912 here

Your story brings back some memories when I started many years ago.
I felt quite awkward and tensed in the beginning, gained confidence with increasing experience and capabilities and look what 'Zeppelin' (signature below) is my daily driver since 2009
Like everything in life - it just takes practice

Good luck and enjoy!



Last edited by bad boy on Sat Oct 29, 2022 2:21 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : attached signature)


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1997 Peraves Super Ecomobile: a Kevlar reinforced monocoque with outrigger wheels, seating two.
K100 fork, monolever, headlight, indicators, K1100RS gearbox and K1200RS 589 engine, rear wheel
    

4Back to top Go down   Hello from Latvia Empty Re: Hello from Latvia Sun Oct 30, 2022 1:55 am

Point-Seven-five

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Welcome!  Your story made me smile.  It's been almost 60 years since my first motorcycle, but you made me remember how it felt to ride for the first time again.  Thanks!

One small piece of advice.  The most dangerous time in your riding career is the first year after you become comfortable on the bike.  The sense of false confidence combined with the lack of fully developed skills and reflexes often gets new riders in trouble.  Most riders have at least one accident during this period.


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1994 K75RT
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Past:
1988 K100RS SE
1994 BMW K75S
1992 BMW K100RS
1982 Honda FT500
1979 Honda XR185
1977 Honda XL125
1974 Honda XL125
1972 OSSA Pioneer 250
1968 Kawasaki 175
    

5Back to top Go down   Hello from Latvia Empty Re: Hello from Latvia Sun Oct 30, 2022 11:07 am

Bernie_K100

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Hi,

Hello from Latvia 177912 to this forum!


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6Back to top Go down   Hello from Latvia Empty Re: Hello from Latvia Sun Nov 06, 2022 12:48 pm

fishboy316

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Welcome from the USA!

    

7Back to top Go down   Hello from Latvia Empty Good luck from Australia. Mon Nov 07, 2022 10:32 pm

barney t weasel

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What a wonderful story. Keep it up. good luck and enjoy the ride!

    

8Back to top Go down   Hello from Latvia Empty Re: Hello from Latvia Thu Nov 10, 2022 7:32 pm

Arlina

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Welcome Gast1y Smile


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