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Old 10-22-2012, 08:06 PM   #1
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Joined: Oct 2012
From: Vancouver, WA

I Ride: 2003 Suzuki Bandit 600S
Just another chick on a motorcycle! ;)
It took a lot of dreaming and wishing, spending bunches of money, and breaking up with my fiance...but I finally got to fulfill my fantasy of owning and riding a motorcycle!
I used to ride with my dad when I was 3 years old, holding onto the handlebars, sans helmet or any protective gear, and I still remember that jolt of excitement when that little green Kawasaki took off...and ever since then, well, I wanted to feel that jolt again...
I took the MSF course in April and after taking the re-test, I passed with 98/100 on my score. I was literally jumping up and down I was so excited! I had my sights on a Suzuki GS 500f and spent countless hours perusing the ads looking for one. Then a friend steered me towards a previously unthought of option...
So, on July 13th, I purchased my 2003 Suzuki Bandit 600s...without even a test ride, thanks to a broken finger from a bicycle accident two days prior...and we brought her home. I obviously couldn't ride for a couple weeks, but once I had the gear and my finger healed up, I was on her...slow, steady runs up and down the driveway. Eventually making it around an easy 5 mile loop on bare, country roads. And on the third trip around, I did the obligatory first drop...a typical newbie mistake...I gave it too much throttle, lost control, panicked and grabbed the front brake. Low-sided and slipped off the bike while she ended up in a field...broken turn signal, bent rear brake lever, dented fairing, and her first serious scratches...I came out pretty much unscathed except for a busted up wrist. And some pretty kick ass bruises.
But I got back on and started riding...further and further each time. And I'm loving every mile of it...I've commuted with my bike and taken some fairly long country rides with her. And when I come home from a ride, I'm refreshed and exhillarated. My mind has been swipped clean of all the negative crap that gets stored up there and I'm left wishing the sun will be out the next day so I can go again. This sport has magical powers. All I can think of is why the hell did I wait so long to get into it?




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Old 10-22-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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Joined: Mar 2006
From: spokane, wa

I Ride: 2013 Gasgas 300xc w/lic plate + 1985 RZ350 + 2010 YZ250F +
All I got out of this was that you are single? Ya-ya!

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:18 PM   #3
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Joined: Sep 2008
From: where they don't have lawns.

I Ride: on the storm.
You should contact Melbs5150 immediately.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:23 PM   #4
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Joined: Aug 2012
From: Seattle

I Ride: Ninja 650 or somebody elses.
Hey, I got divorced before I owned a motorcycle. Maybe we can form a club?! Welcome to the forum.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:28 PM   #5
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Joined: Mar 2010
From: The shallow end of the gene pool

I Ride: Faster than I should
Welcome to the forum, ignore the leg humpers, there is some great information here, and congrats on the fulfillment of your dream.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:33 PM   #6
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Joined: Oct 2012
From: Vancouver, WA

I Ride: 2003 Suzuki Bandit 600S
It was either man or machine...
I think I made the right choice!

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:36 PM   #7
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Joined: Sep 2007
From: Kent, WA

I Ride: 05 KTM 625 SMC
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All I got out of this was that you are single? Ya-ya!

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:38 PM   #8
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Joined: Apr 2011
From: Sandy Oregon

I Ride: 05ZX10R
Welcome.

Glad you kept at it despite the low side. Keep at it and take as many classes as you can. When you are ready for the ART class take it. It is well worth taking a day off work.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:58 PM   #9
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Joined: Mar 2009
From: Battle Ground, Wa

I Ride: 05 Triumph Tiger Triumph Lucifer Orange, 09 BMW F650GS, Triumph T595 (sold) and 98 Tiger (sold) and 04 MV Agusta Brutale' (sold)
Welcome to the craziness that is PNWriders........I knew in short time you would joint up for the mayhem and fun.....

BTW: I am the friend that test rode and brought the bike home for her. I've always had a fancy for the air/oil cooled Suzuki engines since I raced one back in the day.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:59 PM   #10
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Joined: Aug 2012
From: Renton, Washington

I Ride: switch
to PNW! Grab some , sit back, and enjoy the madness!

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Old 10-22-2012, 09:03 PM   #11
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Joined: Jul 2009
From: Beaverton

I Ride: Harley FLHTCU
Welcome to the Asylum.


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Old 10-22-2012, 10:11 PM   #12
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Joined: May 2007
From: Vancouver, Washington

I Ride: 2008 Ninja 250R
Welcome and enjoy the hobbie...er...no thats not right. Obsession!....no still not right........ .... ......ADDICTION!!!! THATS IT!

Again Welcome!

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Old 10-22-2012, 10:14 PM   #13
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Joined: Aug 2009
From: Aloha, Oregon

I Ride: Kawasaki Concours 14
Welcome to the insanity!

Gratz on the new ride!

Always ride your own ride, and have a blast!

UD

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Old 10-22-2012, 10:49 PM   #14
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Joined: Jun 2012
From: Kirkland, WA

I Ride: 2001 GSXR1000, 2012 Triumph 675r
grats on the bike, be careful out there!

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Old 10-22-2012, 11:01 PM   #15
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Joined: May 2009
From: WA
Welcome, Nice Way to introduce oneself...
Very nice bike, was impressed with your passion for the sport. Most folks here share the same enthusiasm. Please be extra cautious if you ride in the wet, as stopping/emergency maneuvers are greatly dimished...AJ

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Old 10-22-2012, 11:27 PM   #16
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Joined: May 2011
From: Tacoma, Wa

I Ride: 2008 Buell 1125R
got your lay out of the way...errr.....WELCOME !! I got a Harley and got married.....got divorced and got a Buell 1125r LOL

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Old 10-23-2012, 03:04 AM   #17
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Joined: Aug 2008
From: hillsboro OR usa

I Ride: red 2013 cbr600rr
Welcome

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Old 10-23-2012, 03:13 AM   #18
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Joined: Apr 2009
From: Renton, WA

I Ride: 05 KTM450SMR, 04 YZF250 and one bad ass Truck hehe
Welcome to the zany world of the PNWR and to the world of 2 wheel fun

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Old 10-23-2012, 04:10 AM   #19
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Joined: Oct 2011
From: Vancouver, Washington
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I Ride: because it makes me happy.
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Welcome to the craziness that is PNWriders........I knew in short time you would joint up for the mayhem and fun.....

BTW: I am the friend that test rode and brought the bike home for her. I've always had a fancy for the air/oil cooled Suzuki engines since I raced one back in the day.
Really Brent you told her about this crazy place? Did you give her adequate warning?


Welcome to the forum Katie...take everything with a grain of salt around here and stop out for a coffee or bike night.

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Old 10-23-2012, 04:42 AM   #20
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Joined: Sep 2012
From: Mukilteo Wa

I Ride: 07' Yamaha FZ6, 06' BMW k1200s
Dittos on the mid swipe. Beats therapy any day!

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