I feel stupid for posting this but I am looking for some advice from others on whether or not to buy a motorcycle before the academy. This would be my first motorcycle. I have the money for it but worry about getting injured learning to ride which would prohinit me from entering the academy. Any advice would be great. The bike I am looking at is the kawasaki vulcan 500 ltd.
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04-21-2008, 08:33 AM #1
To buy or not to buy before the academy
04-21-2008, 09:25 AM #2
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Wait till after the academy and I would wait till after you are off probation.
If you are like most who enter this profession you had to endure a lot to get your dream job and it would be stupid to go and throw it all away by getting hurt.
Most departments have the right to get rid of you for any reason during your probation. If you get hurt on your bike during the academy hopefully they would put you in the next class but who knows when that will be and if that will happen.
This is the best job in the world don't do anything to jeopardize it. Be an adult and wait."Far better it is to dare mighty things than to take rank with the poor timid spirits, who know neither victory nor defeat." FDR
04-21-2008, 11:25 AM #3
^^^^^what he said^^^^^
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04-21-2008, 11:25 AM #4
First off, take the local MSF course. They provide the motors, usually a 250cc Rebel or something. Then when you decide this sport is for you, get a learner's bike. Something used, nothing too big, nothing high performance. Play with it for a few months. If you dump it practicing slow speed riding, no big deal. Remember everyone in a cage wants to run you over, and ride accordingly.
Welcome to riding!!
04-21-2008, 06:13 PM #5
Good things come to those who wait."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
04-21-2008, 06:22 PM #6
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04-22-2008, 11:40 AM #7
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