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Hey everyone, glad to be on the site. I'm the proud owner of an 07 gsxr 600 red/white, I go to UCSB for school and am down here most of the year, otherwise I reside in Northern California on breaks and what not. I'm still pretty new to the biking community, laid the poor thing down a couple times already but have learned each time (first time I was scared trying not to crash and grabbed the front brake too hard, flipped the bike all the way over...second was a slow lowside, cold tires:dunno)Anyways, I still love to ride and always ready to learn more and improve:workout.
 

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Thanks man, there's so much more out there to learn about riding technique and everything than I realized, especially on sport bikes. I've been reading and practicing a lot recently and I'm getting a lot more loose on the bike. I was pretty comfortable before but my body and arms were way too tense, part of the reason I think I also lowsided.
 

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I suggest "twist of the wrist 1 and 2" google them, great books and lots of helpful information so I hear. I haven't personally read them, but alot of my friends have and say they are great for new and seasoned riders.
 

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calreef18 said:
I'm still pretty new to the biking community, laid the poor thing down a couple times already but have learned each time (first time I was scared trying not to crash and grabbed the front brake too hard, flipped the bike all the way over...
I had a guy that works for me go against all the advice I gave him and bought a brand new 07 R6 a few months back. I tried to teach him the basics slowly and things seemed to be going okay for him. Then he took the MSF and did the exact same thing you did and put the bike right on it's back. I fixed it for him pro-bono, but it was a pretty lousy way for it to happen. The MSF instructor was harping on him about not being aggressive enough with the front brake, he (the guy that works for me) got pissed and grabbed a handfull of brand new R6 front brakes. It didn't work out so good. I had to replace the whole subframe and do a little bit of plastic and gas tank repair for him. He learned from that too.

Welcome to the site, keep your wits about you, and don't do anything stupid as a result of peer pressure.
 

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Yea the MSF course I took also threw me off, I should have thought more before covering with four fingers like I started off doing, a sport bike is such a different machine than what I learned on initially. I now use 1/2 fingers and its plenty of pressure to start me from high speeds. Its all fixed up now, except I still have a scraped/dented tank and windscreen/fairings I need to replace, but I'm in no hurry, the bike still looks decent and performs great.
 
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