This afternoon I went for a brief 45 minute ride.
I'm a new "biker" in that I didn't grow up riding dirt bikes. The most time I've ever spent on a bike was during the basic rider course I had to take to get my motorcycle endorsement.
So my normal riding routine is just to putter around the neighborhood for a bit to make sure I remember how to stop, turn, and what not at slow speed. Then I get on a back street and ride a couple miles out to an industrial park to practice low speed maneuvering. Someday someone is going to call the cops on the idiot practicing U turns and turns from a dead start in an empty parking lot.
But since I'm a new biker I have some questions that maybe some of you know the answers to...
Is it the bike or early onset arthritis that is causing the pain in my right hand? I think I can make the problem go away by increasing the diameter of the throttle handle, anything wrong with that?
Is the rhythmic sound that resembles rocks being shaken in a coffee tin? I thought it was the transmission, but the more I think about it the more I think that the drive chain is involved somehow. Would greasing the heck out of it possibly help? Or is it a sign of something more serious like transmission or clutch wear?
Finally found fifth gear. Pretty nifty.
Anyways, if you are in the Lacey/Hawk's Prairie/Olympia area and you see a guy with triangular reflective stickers on his helmet, give him a wide berth, new biker.