Well 17 people took the survey and here are the results:
Hope you enjoy and thanks to everyone who took it. Not sure if the link will continue to work much longer but if it does and you want to add to this by all means I welcome it.:
Male = 15
Female = 2
16-20 - 5.88%
21-25 - 5.88%
26-30 - 23.53%
31-35 - 17.65%
36-40 - 11.76%
41-45 - 17.65%
46-50 - 5.88%
> 50 - 11.76%
<1 - 1
1-5 - 7
6-10 - 1
> 10 - 8
Type of bike ridden
A) Sportbike (crotch rocket) - 11.76%
B) Naked/Standard - 17.65%
C) Metric Cruiser - 17.65%
D) Harley Davidson - 5.88%
E) Other - 47.06%
1. Complete list of all “Other” responses given to this question
a. V-Star 1100
b. Sport touring
c. 2006 Suzuki SV650S
d. Suzuki Boulevard C90
e. honda gl 650 i
h. Yamaha FZ6
Have you ever been involved in an accident?
No - 7
Yes - 10
What is the single most important piece of safety equipment that a new rider should have?
2. Helmets are mandatory so a high quality jacket.
4. A quality helmet, not a cheapie skid lid. Decide, what is your brain and face worth to you????
6. Aside from a helmet and jacket and gloves, they need a good set of boots
10. Full faced helmet, good jacket, riding pants, ankle boots, proper training, and a sound brain - all are equally important to me.
13. Riding jacket
16. DOT and Snell approved full-faced helmet that fit properly
Do you believe in motorcyle superstitions?
No - 14
Yes - 3
If you answered "Yes" to question 7 (changed from 6 after second post) please explain?
1. I believe in gremlin bells, if they don’t work they at least make you feel better.
2. Do you mean #7 I checked yes but didn’t understand question
3. you have to protect your head the most.
4. I believe in the gremlin bells prevent the little road gremlins from keeping a hold of your bike and wrecking havoc.
If you could give one piece of advice to a beginning rider what would it be?
1. Go steady
2. Ride within your limits. If it does not look or feel right then it isn’t. You don’t have to push your limits to become a better rider, as you become more experienced your limits naturally increase on their own.
3. Ride with an experienced rider for at least the first month of ownership
4. Take a rider safety course beyond the basic course required, such as a "Rider's Edge" course like that offered Harley Davidson.
5. Take a riding course for beginners. They are designed to teach someone with no experience the basics to survive.
6. Do NOT buy a sport bike as a first bike. Get a small bike.
7. Ride like you are invisible
8. Practice riding skills before hitting the road
9. Take the locally approved riding course, ATGATT, don't buy an overpowered bike. Oops, that’s three...
10. take the motorcycle safety foundations basic riders course and wear all your gear all the time.
11. take it slow and respect the motorcycle
12. safety course.
13. don’t buy a faring bike. buy a naked bike because you are going to lay it down.
14. Learn as much as you can. You will never know it all and can not learn too much.
15. Start small, it's your first bike, not your last...
16. Get a used small bike as your first bike and stay away from 600+CC sport bikes
17. Take a motorcycle safety course.
Should a beginner attend an MSF course?
No - 5.88%
Yes - 94.12%
What size engine and type of motorcycle should a beginner learn to ride on? (Please explain your choice)
1. Depends on the rider One you're comfortable with
2. metric cruiser 650 or below. It has controllable power and smooth torque. Most are light and easy to handle and the clutches are usually very forgiving
3. Enduro, on/off road type. No bigger than 600cc. It enables the rider to learn how to handle many different surfaces and will minimize cost due to an accident involving damage to the bike. A 600cc engine is more than enough power for a beginner.
4. 350-500CC for highway/urban training. Any smaller makes the rider a hazard on the local highways.
5. 400-800. It depends on the size of the person. They should choose a bike that will have the power to get them out of trouble.
6. An old Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) Most don't have too much value to worry about wrecking it, and most are not too powerful and are very forgiving.
7. Cruiser 600. Well balanced and not overpowered.
8. This depends on the physical size of person
9. Engine size isn't as important as engine power. I think all beginner riders should be limited to a bike with under 30HP. My reasoning is that a 400cc cruiser and a 400cc sport bike are not equal, but if the bikes were limited to a specific HP, then it puts them on a more level playing field.
10. a sport bike that is smaller than 600cc or a cruiser that is smaller than 1100cc
11. 600cc are good for smaller riders but I believe a 750cc is the best for all riders since it has the flickability like a small bike but also has a nice a perfect mixture of power for all size's of riders.
13. gs500. no plastic. not a lot of power.
14. 125cc dual sport (if you can find one)
15. On a sport bike, either a 250, 500, or, if they have dirt experience, a 650. Those are all powerful enough to haul around anyone. They'll also let you learn to corner and control the bike better. On a cruiser, same logic, except anything 800 or under.
16. 250CC to 400CC standard such as the Ninja 250 or the old reliable Honda CM400
17. Cruiser or Sport bike would be fine. For a sport bike nothing bigger than a 500cc engine. For a cruiser nothing bigger than 800cc engine. This would be for an average size person.
Do you have any other information that may be useful for the beginning rider?
1. Take your time, talk to more experienced bikers Enjoy yourself
2. Always watch out for "the other guy" on the road. most people are oblivious to the presence of motorcycles and therefore cut in, cut off, brake hard and generally make life more hazardous for the rider. I always tell people its never you that you have to worry about out on the road, it's everyone else.
3. Yes, use extreme caution every time you ride. Anticipate the worst and think about reaction time. Do not show off, i.e. speed, wheelies etc. Almost all riders killed or injured were responsible for the mishap. Respect your bike and the law and you will have many days of wind in your face.
4. Its not about if you are going to be involved in an accident, but about when. If you ride always prepared will all your gear all the time, you will be.
5. Wear your gear for every ride. Yeah it can be a pain sometimes, get used to it.
6. Don't buy the first bike you see, or the bike of your dreams. Neither one will be suitable for a beginner. Do your research, find out what you like, then buy a bike that will truly give you a great set of skills so that when you do buy the bike of your dreams, both you and the bike will have a far greater chance of survival out on the road...
7. all gear all the time
8. take it slow and don't try to out ride your more experienced friends that is a recipe for disaster
9. Way too much to put here. My wife and daughters took the MSF course and passed with flying colors. I still would not let them go out on their own until I was satisfied with their progress. This phase took a while and all 3 said that I was much tougher on them than the course instructors.
10. ATGATT All The Gear All The Time. At least have a helmet, jacket, and gloves. Preferably riding boots or leather boots, and hopefully some protective pants. (Denim doesn't do it)
Also, start small, don't let your pride get in the way. It may not keep up in the straight-aways, but a Ninja 250 with an equal rider will out corner ANY super sport race replica, will do over 100 MPH, and will out-accelerate a Corvette.
11. Learn to drive first, get at least two to three years of experience behind the wheel of a car. Buy a full set of riding gear, jacket, pants, boots, gloves, helmet and wear the damn things all the time. And most importantly, don't get pressured by your peers to ride beyond your capabilities and skill set.
12. Wave at all other motorcyclists. It's a way to say "How you doing".