I am no longer a newbeee ! Just finished my motorcycle course at JIBC and passed MST ! Ready to buy and get my bike insured !
Anyone have the link to Beacon's website? can't seen to find it.
Where do you guys insure and what package do you buy?
a lot of the replies on here are likely to be overly blunt or harsh, mainly because the people who've been here for a number of years have seen it happen repeatedly and I guess after a while it becomes harder to be tactful about it.
The excitment level is awesome to see, but as some have put it more bluntly, the licensing and a course is a great first step, but the newbie phase lasts a heck of a lot longer. I've been riding a year and about 10000km and still am a newbie! Insuring a bike in October is also something I did right after I passed my mst, and I did ride (mainly on nicer days) all through the winter, but I did ride quite a bit more in the spring and summer. You'll really need to be cautious starting to ride on the road this time of year. Visibility is generally worse with the wetter weather, roads are in worse condition, wet leaves and black ice are two of the hazards that can cause you to lose control before you know it's happened. Drivers will also have a harder time seeing you in the wet weather, and that's not including the ones who lane change without looking.
Keep the level of excitment but realize that you're just starting to ride and you don't even know what you don't know yet. Make sure you have warm or heated gear, don't ride when you're not feeling 100% and leave more room for yourself in traffic.
Ideally, if you can find a quiet area to ride and get more familiar with whichever bike you buy/bought and practice braking and low speed manouvers in an empty parking lot if you have one near you
congrats on passing the course and MST, and officially BECOMING a motorcyclist newbie like a lot of us. This is all the info I can give you, I'm sure some of the more experienced riders here will have a lot more useful info