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So today I did this thing....

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  1. Havoc70

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    X-post from Facebook Victory group, but wanted to share here as well because damn it felt good!

    Well, today was supposed to be my total control rider course but thanks to Bay Area traffic I was late. So got home and saw the XCT sitting in my garage connected to the battery tender like a patient in ICU.

    I was determined to be on a motorcycle today so what did I do after not riding anything larger than a nighthawk 650 in 1989?

    Why I disconnected the tender, replaced the chin fairing, made sure the tires were inflated properly for my 6’10 (208cm) 313 pound (142 Kg/22.3 stone) self, and inflated the air shock to 60 PSI (4.14 bar), and rode it!

    Now here is where I wish I could say that I was a smooth operator. Never duck walked and wasn’t wobbly at all.

    But if I did say that I’d be lying like a rug. I was wobbly. I was erratic. Had a hard time with the floorboards. Had an even harder time finding the rear brake and realized I need to lower the shifter a bit more.

    I stayed on two wheels for the short ride (two long suburban blocks) and managed to get it up my driveway without hitting anything.

    As we said when I flew in the USAF:
    Any landing you walk away from is a good landing. A landing in which you can reuse the aircraft is a great landing.
    So by that logic, it was a great ride. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit terrified. But man did it feel amazing to be on two wheels again.

    But definitely need more practice. Might find a smaller bike I can still fit on to practice with.

    And I can say I rode a motorcycle today!

    I will say that while I was not solid and smooth, the bike was. I can see now why people love them. Even at a top speed of 25 MPH and about 1/2 mile, I could feel it just wanted to cruise. I think I chose wisely.
     
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    Baby steps. Even if they are aircraft carrier feet.
     
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    Fun fact, each foot needs its own Zipcode.
     
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    Well done. Congrats.
    Feels good to be back on two wheels huh?
    It won't take long until you are very comfortable on it.
    Have fun and ride safe.
     
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    It felt amazing and terrifying. Not unlike the first time I was the pilot of a plane doing the take-off.
     
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    You rode the CCT under some of its less than perfectly admirable scenarios:slow speed.

    Remove the trunk if you’d like as that removes some of the high weight. Then relax, lean back and don’t overthink it. These bikes are very easy to maneuver and will treat you right.

    Thank you for your service!
     
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    You're welcome, I'd do it again if my body was up to it lol. Yeah, I think the trunk needs to go while I'm getting to know her.
     
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    And they look a whole lot better too
     
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    I grew up in the Bay Area. Traffic from hell was one of the many reasons I left
     
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    @Havoc70 - glad to hear about your maiden voyage! The more you ride, the easier it will get.

    Word of advice since you’ve been off bikes for so long. Next time, make sure the bike gets up to operating temp and dries up all the condensation that forms. Running for short periods is not good for condensation in the case and the exhaust.
     
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    Good advice. I had it at idle for about a minute before the short ride, then about 5 minutes after I got back but yeah, I'll make sure to do that.
     
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    Well, she went to Weight Watchers. I wish I could lose 40+ pounds that fast.

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    Congrats, sounds like ur ready for runnin 90 dwn a four lane in rush hour traffic! Kidding of course, find a big open parking lot, some decent secondary roads & practice, practice, practice!! It’ll come back quick, you’ll get more comfortable with every hr of reacquaintance of riding. Your feet position is the most different & lil weird until it’s familiar, ride that thing
     
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    You're not kidding. I'm so used to mid controls deep in my subconscious that it felt wrong. But at the same time a lot more secure. I'm getting a Condor Garage Dolly to make it easier to move around in the garage and hopefully be able to park in it again. I think the plan will be to tow it to some private lessons and parking lots and just push through. It felt so comfortable.
     
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    It will honestly be easier when you get above 35 mph, it just wants to carry you along the highway. Once moving slide your feet forward & back on the boards to find place your most comfortable mentally until you get your sea legs back. The faster the smoother she’ll feel
     
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