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Old 05-29-2001, 11:01 AM   #1
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i was hoping to be able to get my M1 license before i go back to school this fall, but everywhere seems to be booked. any suggestions in our area? if i get a permit and find a bike to use can i ride without having completed the course even though i am under 21?
thanks in advance for all your help!
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Old 05-29-2001, 11:35 AM   #2
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Yeah, unfortunately this is the BAY AREA, where everybody and their mother has already been wherever you're going. I had to wait 3 months for a spot at the Two Wheel Safety Training school in Hayward. Wish I could help you out ... but I don't really recommend you to do without the training, as it's very helpful...
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Old 05-29-2001, 04:59 PM   #3
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I called 1-800-CC-RIDER. They'll read off all the schools in the bay area. Every place was a 3 month wait however. Gilroy was not quite 3 months so i went with it. Get Kevin McDonald if u can, a full time instructor at Gilroy. it's hard to imagine a better instructor than him. good luck! -g
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Old 05-29-2001, 05:07 PM   #4
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hm... my instructor over at prospect HS was also named kevin. his one rule of thumb: EEEEEAAAASY... if it's the same guy, then i highly recommend him as well. gives insight from his many years of ridiing experience. and he took the course not too many years ago. good guy.
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Old 05-29-2001, 09:36 PM   #5
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Call the guys at Scuderia West in SF. They probably know of a school not booked up. They're pretty dialed in with the bay area motorcycle scene.

I recomend you go to CC Rider (Beginning Instruction) then if you have the $$$ California Superbike School with Keith Code. You will really learn how to ride and drive really Faaaast and Smoooooth.

Scuderia: www.scuderia.com
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Old 05-30-2001, 12:22 AM   #6
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I also recommend the training course wholeheartinlly. It is worth its money in gold.

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Old 05-30-2001, 12:51 AM   #7
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This one is highly recommended by my friend who is an expert rider, but it's in Santa Rosa.

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Old 05-30-2001, 05:13 PM   #8
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my problem is that my car insurance is costing me an exorbitant amount... i need to find a cheaper way of getting around. so is the permit thingy doable until i can attend the school? and is anyone here willing to give me some advice on a good used bike for under 2500 or $3000 and maybe give me a few riding tips? i just need to get around town and to school for a while until i move.
thanks!
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Old 05-30-2001, 06:33 PM   #9
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Get an old Suzuki 650. Pretty heavy but a good ride. Plus insurance is cheap on these things especially at progressive. I have it for 380 bucks a year. The bike was only 750 too.
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Old 05-30-2001, 08:54 PM   #10
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kier!!! where have you been man?!!

i think you should get a moped for getting around town, and use your car for long trips. its safer IMO....


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Old 05-30-2001, 10:24 PM   #11
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haha,
hey cal, ive been outta town and in santa cruz looking for housing. i htink i may as well get a bike. mopeds are week... heh!
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Old 05-31-2001, 12:09 AM   #12
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any other suggestions as to a good first bike?
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Old 05-31-2001, 01:21 AM   #13
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You're taller than me, so I'm not sure how well these fit you. But they fit me perfectly -- a good compromise between sport and touring position makes it easier to learn to ride.

'92 Yamaha Seca II
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Old 05-31-2001, 02:10 PM   #14
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kier,

housing in santa cruz? i heard its quite expensive down there! eh..
if you really want a motorcycle, check this place out in Emeryville. its called WorldMotor (i hope they are still around). they import rare japanese and Euro sport bikes. one of my friend bought a CBR400RR from them.. yup.. a 400cc.. that thing was very easy to toss around!

happy bike shopping!
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Old 05-31-2001, 03:07 PM   #15
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doh, i just did a search on yahoo yellow pages. nothing! hope they're still around.

how much was the 400 cc?
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Old 05-31-2001, 06:14 PM   #16
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yulatek,

i think my friend paid $4000+ for it.. its a used bike of course.
yeah i just called 411 and they said the place and number are no longer listed in Emeryville. i guess they went out of business or probably moved to elsewhere..

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Old 05-31-2001, 10:35 PM   #17
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Just so I probably won't drop by my insurance agent for another two weeks -- how expensive are insurance for motorcycles? They don't usually cost more than a car insurance, do they? Sorry for the naive question, but horror stories abound...

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