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Hello guys

I usually hangout on another bike forum but just thought I should get to know you guys here as well since I recently bought a 97' Vulcan 500 LTD.

Problem is, I ordered it since November 03 but it hasn't arrived as yet.
The bike towing company gave me some snowed in excuses but I guess it could be true. The thing is that it has been 3 months and yet no bike.

Well I hope that changes soon as my patience is running out. The company I bought the bike from has indicated that it was finally picked up 4 days ago and should be on the way to Miami.

Anyway, not to rub my problems on you but its good to be around other Kawi enthusiasts and maybe I could learn a thing or two.

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welcome

welcome to the board :wink: that's seems odd, that they did't pull from another dealer (miami?) - get the frieght company and track the bike,that's too long to wait for a 500

ride safe
 

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Good news came in this morning around 10:00 am!!

My shipping company in Miami told me that the bike arrive there on Friday but will not ship out until next week so that it can clear customs etc...

Either way that's good news... been waiting for 3 months so 1 - 2 more weeks can't hurt especially since I know my guys have it in custody.

PS.. Thanks for the welcome!!
I'll surely be around.

Brian Taylor
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Welcome to the site, is this your first bike ?

Have you had training, if not strongly urge you to find a course and sign up for it.

Enjoy and let us know how it turns out.
 

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Hi Uncle Bob

There are no M/C courses offered here in Barbados so I was learning on a YAMAHA 125 and will take my time to learn in some empty parking lots when my bike arrives before I go into any serious traffic.

Thanks for the welcome...

Brian
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:) good chioce of bike...ride safe in barbados :D
 

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Thanks bud8fan

I'll do my best and I'll let you know how it goes for sure!! 8)

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Well YC, although I would love to, I don't think I,ll be able to give you a full course on this site. Now either you send me a first class airline ticket to where you are and find me a decent place to stay, so that I can train you myself or do the following.

First go click on the following link, it should take you to a PDF file that you can copy and print of the MSF rider handbook ( MSF= Motorcycle Safety Foundation, organisation that trains most of the motorcyclists in North America ).

http://www.msf-usa.org/Downloads/Rider_Handbook_screen.pdf

Then check the following links to the MSF website, lot's more information there, even some on line tests and simulations.

http://www.msf-usa.org/pages/MAIN1.html
http://www.msf-usa.org/pages/ridertrainingfs.html

Next check out this site, Beginners bikes dedicated to helping the newbie, plenty of advice and tips and you can ask anything there are a few MSF instructors on the site that can guide you in the right direction.

http://www.beginnerbikes.com/index.html

Would suggest you buy this book, Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1889540536/beginnerbikes-20/104-6470517-3263951

And do you want to be able to ride like this , check this out.

http://ridelikeapro.com/Video/RLAP_DVD_Video_Clip340.wmv

Well then go to this site and you can order the video.

http://ridelikeapro.com/

Next check out this site for some helpfull and free information from Motorman himself.

http://www.ridelikeapro.com/Motormans Corner.htm

The book is $18us and the video $30us , a small price to pay for all the information you'll get. You'll be a better rider and especially a safer rider.

Good luck and keep us updated.
 

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Thanks for aaaaaalllllll the info Uncle Bob.

I'll be sure to make good use of it before my bike arrives... probably even buy the Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough and the riding video.

Also... I am a member on the beginnerbikes forum. GREAT SITE Dude!!
Been a member for a few months now and have learnt tons of M/C info.
It's actually through that site that I made the decision to buy the Kawi Vulcan instead of the Marauder 800.

I'm 5ft - 5" tall with a 29 inseem, 130.lbs so I believe I made the right choice especially regarding ergonomics, comfort, weight, size and power. Not to mention the Insurance I'd have to pay for an 800cc motorcycle here in Barbados. Can't afford it right now. Hopefully in about 6 years I'll be able to afford the Vulcan 2000 (ooooooohhhh).

I'm on BB site only a few hours of the day (like all 24 hrs).. :D

Thanks again my friend.
 
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