That's awesome bro!! Take your time learning. Lookup and read about riding technique. Lot's of good info out there. Better than that, go take a riding course, if you can... Cheers and stay safe.i'm 30. Fist ride at 15yo but since then almost standard, small and automatic clutch bikes and scooters =)). Riding on a manual clutch bike just from 2019. 650F is my first big bike and 1 year of real riding ))
Cool story Mr. Linguini, thanks for sharing it here. The CB's are a pretty nice balance. I did see the VFR in there though, in between the cruisers! Enjoy the bike and stay safe!62, been riding for around 40 years, didn’t actually own my own bike until 1990-ish, a 1983 Honda GL650 Silver Wing Interstate handed down from dad. Had several other bikes through the years, mostly cruisers with a few sport tourers mixed in. My last full size bike was a 2014 Valkyrie that sadly barely got ridden (like 2400 miles in three seasons) - I just kind if lost interest in riding and sold it just over a year ago. A few months later a Honda Monkey if all things rekindled the the flame, so I grabbed one and tooled around on it for a bit last year.
But my first ride of the season on it this year was a little disappointing - as fun as the Monkey is, it just wasn’t up to the task for the suburban back roads I like to ride. I was actually looking for a used CB1100 to replace it, because I like the idea of the retro look with modern mechanicals, but there were none to be found in the area. One night while hitting the classifieds again I stumbled on the CB650R, which although the price was a bit more than I wanted to spend, it checked all the other boxes - light, midsized, enough zip to have some fun (turns out it’s got a lot more zip than that), and styling to die for. The rest is history.
Bikes over the years:
1983 Honda GL650 Interstate <— handed down from dad, rest his soul
1995 Honda Shadow 1100
1992 Honda ST1100
1999 Honda VFR800
2002 Honda ST1300
2004 Honda VTX1300C
2005 Honda VTX1800C <— the one I most regret ever getting rid of
2001 Honda Magna 750
2011 Triumph Thunderbird 1600
2014 Honda CTX1300
2014 Honda Valkyrie 1800 <— sold outright, thought I was done riding
2019 Honda Monkey
2020 Honda CB650R
Total miles? No idea. If I had to guess, I’d say somewhere around 100k miles.
R @Road Hog, 72 years young and riding a hooligan bike like that? God bless you!! 😄
thank bro, still learning how to cornering in proper way. Riding a big bike is a lot harder. Fistly struggle with revmatching - which important to non-slipper & assist clutch like 650f. Ride and learn at the same time and most info i got is from youtube ). I will take a riding course when it's avaiable.That's awesome bro!! Take your time learning. Lookup and read about riding technique. Lot's of good info out there. Better than that, go take a riding course, if you can... Cheers and stay safe.
I've been riding here in Canada on big bikes for a long time, but I've also spent quite a bit of time on a bike in Asia. (riding a scooter in Shanghai, Karachi, etc.) Bro, you have the skills to keep yourself safe on the 650. Don't worry too much about rev-matching. Just practice keeping first couple fingers on the brake lever, the throttle control comes from your wrist after that. It doesn't take much movement on the grip to blip your engine. You already know this, but when cornering just look where you want to go. Be aware of the crazy shit around you but do not stop and look at it. Find the place on the road with your eyes where you want to be, and your body and the bike will follow. The bike you have now will do things that are really awesome. Let it lean and then roll into the power... Enjoy, and again my friend - stay safe!thank bro, still learning how to cornering in proper way. Riding a big bike is a lot harder. Fistly struggle with revmatching - which important to non-slipper & assist clutch like 650f. Ride and learn at the same time and most info i got is from youtube ). I will take a riding course when it's avaiable.