Join Date: Sep 2011
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Best thing you can do is to get some quality training if you haven't already.
The MSF Basic Rider course will get you started on the right track. There's no time to learn the basics on the street, and every day is a new challenge.
Make sure you have all the gear, and wear it all the time. I don't leave the house without all of it, including armored pants and armored sport boots.
Biggest rookie mistake I see on the street is no gloves, but the lack of proper boots is a close second. You want both - and all the rest of it.
One other thing to look at is the age of your tires. At this point the tires on your 2012 are done - no matter how much tread or miles they have on them. You need a good set of tires at all times, and need to be able to manipulate the front brake with authority in the event that you need to stop quickly. The rear brake isn't going to do squat to slow you when you really need to stop quickly.