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Learning to Ride a Motorcycle Photo Gallery

See photos of MotoUSA's Byron Wilson learning to ride a motorcycle in the Learning to Ride a Motorcycle photo gallery.

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Make sure you have the right gear, regardless of the type of bike you ride.
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Hitting some twistys my first time out was an unforgettable experience.
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Looking a little tense heading into this right-hander.
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The "congested" streets of a little town in Southern Oregon tested by stop-and-go abilities.
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Commuting to work is a great way to get comfortable on two wheels.
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It looked nice enough at the outset, but this bit of trail quickly turned to a rocky, single track ascent into the trees.
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Lots of gravel roads made the C course easy enough for even a noob like me.
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If you look to the distance, you can see the four cows that gave us a bit of trouble on the trail.
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Me (left) and Doug (right) stop for a photo after a winding portion of trail through the trees.
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There was a different task at each checkpoint during the Diamond Lake Dual Sport ride. Here we got a chance to earn points by hitting targets with a Red Rider air rifle.
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Stopping in for lunch.
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There were some awesome photo ops along the trail, just had to stop and catch this clearing.
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Erik got a shot of me crossing a bridge during the Diamond Lake Dual Sport ride.
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We stopped at each turn on the roll chart to collect our bearings, I was usually the last of our bunch to arrive.
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Getting comfortable off-road.
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This is my first used motorcycle, a 2005 Suzuki GS500F.
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The rear brake disc and pads on the GS500F need to be changed and the rear tire has seen lots of straight highway miles.
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Some minor fairing damage was due to the bike being stored in a tight space, according to the seller.
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2005 Suzuki GS500F odometer a few days after purchase.
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The front fairing and headlight appeared to be in great condition.
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The 2005 Suzuki GS500F could definitely use a fresh set of rubber.
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The seat was in pristine condition, showing nearly no signs of wear at all.
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The header pipes show some wear and will need to be cleaned and/or replaced.
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Minor signs of rust were also present.
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The bike does have heated grips installed, which work great and were a real luxury riding in February and March.
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The odometer on the GS500F read a little more than 8000 miles and it was free of any major damage.