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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-16-2012, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Newb to newb: fine-tune the controls

I've only been riding a couple months, but I thought I'd toss this up.

I bought a '78 KZ200 a little while ago.. and after riding it for about 100 miles I thought I had it tuned in pretty good.

Then I took a basic rider's safety course. I rode a Yamaha 250 dirtbike thing... with a super smooth clutch, smooth shifting, smooth brakes.. it felt great.

From there I hopped onto my KZ200 and realized it wasn't tuned in at all. The clutch needed to be adjusted to be smoother for both take-off and ease of shifting, carb needed help to idle smoother when hot, rear brake lever needed to be down lower and adjusted, and the clutch/brake levers needed to be adjusted back to make everything much, much more comfortable and easy to operate.

After I rode, adjusted, then rode again it almost felt like a brand new bike.
Small adjustments can make such a difference!

Oh, and the safety course taught and solidified a lot of very important things I know I'll use for years to come so I hopefully don't die Def suggest it.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 05:56 AM
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Re: Newb to newb: fine-tune the controls

I just bought and learned how to ride my bike on the Oct. 6, 2012 with a 164 miles journey home from the dealer. I road a dirt bike here and there as a child and that helped a little with knowing the controls. But I promised my wife I would take the safety course to better my skills. Funny thing is my friend and I bought our bikes the same day (not planned) I bought mine in Austin, TX he in San Antonio, TX. He too learned on this 150 mile ride back to town. HAHA Well anywho after two weeks we went for a cruise and after wards we stopped at a creek and talked about our learning experiance. We both feel confident after two weeks of riding but know that there is still many things to learn.

Thanks for sharing your store Clutch1.
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