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    After watching a giant motorcycle rally In the South of France it's kinda got me looking into learning to ride. I've never driven apart from a handful of lessons and only been on a 50cc scooter twist and go, my only real worry/scare is the speed the bikes can achieve

    I'd be looking at getting a cruising type bike so I can throw some bags on the back and be able to get away for a weekend.

    My main question for this post is... Do you get used to the speed eventually or is it more of a thing where you want go fast initially and just opt to ride because it gives you that speed rush.

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    well ive been on a 125 for the last two years. and that was a little wierd to get used to. but as with anything, just because itll do X speed doesn't mean you have to go that fast. you have all the control in the world.
    yes i have stuffed it before. the metal in my knee will attest to this. has it stopped me riding? nope. it was a stupid mistake i made, toned it down a bit since then. i'd not like to stop riding though!
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    Yea me. I rode from Reading berkshire to Barcelona last year. 2500 miles in 6 days. Used a Bandit 650. Epic ride. Ridden a fair few bikes now.
    No big crashes in 33,000 miles of riding. Don't get scared of being knocked off. Get something sensible and treat the road with respect. Learn not to go stiff into corners etc then move on up to bigger stuff. I haven't gone past 650 because that is enough. 130 mph top end is plenty.

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    Ps rule one. Don't ride out of your limits. That's when you fall victim to target fixation in corners. Get use to going fast. That depends on the bike and what kinda wind protection from the wind you have. Doing say 60mph on a naked bike will feel like 90mph. Do 60mph on a gs1200 and it will feel like you are doing 60mph or less.

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    Cheers guys I think I'd like to stick with a 125 for a lengthy period before I contemplate getting a full licence. By naked bike I guess you mean one that's not got windshields and leg Shields? Would be looking for something along the lines of http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/310985571952?nav=SEARCH

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    been riding for 31 years, including a few years as a countrywide courier so god only knows how many miles under my belt on numerous types of bikes.
    fastest recorded speed was 160ish on the m20 one night, but the bollocking (& slaps lol) the missus gave me was enough to slow me down.
    only had one "off", but it wasn't nice hitting the road at +80mph, now ride occasionally for pleasure only on my old xt600e, great workhorse, even ride it to skirmish's sometimes.

    only advice I will give you is:
    Get trained, use the best firm you can afford & take an intensive "supercourse", with a test at the end of it.
    number of good reasons why you should take this route,
    1. the reputable courses/firms are usually recognised by most insurers, & what the course costs you can usually be saved in the first years premiums.
    2. most schools have a selection of bikes, sizes/styles etc, get the feel for what suits you rather than which hyper fast dick extension your local showroom will push on you.
    3. learn properly the first time around from instructors with proven pass rates, as opposed to wizzing about on L plates on your own for a year, & picking up all the bad habits that will cause you to fail.
    4. some people aren't cut out for riding bikes, they look like great fun but for some are a real lesson in co-ordination & safety.
    & it can be a painful lesson learning this, but going via the school route will establish this much quicker with proffesional advice & minimum cost.

    whatever happens, good luck & take care.
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    Yeah there is a bike training place near me for 125 for cbt but goes at your place so if you don't pass the first day you can go as many times as possible they do offer higher end deals but I'd rather Potter about on a 125 for a while before going balls deep in to something you quite rightly say might not be for me, a friend who rides and has a 600 says bike riding is alot more fun and cheaper to run then a car which I'd prefer + with the side bags I can still dissappear for a weekend If I'd like

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    I am doing a lot of reading and watching of videos of bikes on YouTube tho coming across a few near misses compilation fills me confidence haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Operator_Jester View Post
    Cheers guys I think I'd like to stick with a 125 for a lengthy period before I contemplate getting a full licence. By naked bike I guess you mean one that's not got windshields and leg Shields? Would be looking for something along the lines of http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/310985571952?nav=SEARCH

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    Buy a Yamaha or Honda or even a Suzuki. You can't go wrong!

    Start with a 125 and work your way up! Plus buy some decent kit!

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    Aye that's the type of bike like a cruiser/tourer I'd be after not that EXACT bike.

    Is it easier to save up one massive amount and do the cbt get gear and everything all at once or do the cbt and wait for the bike/gear later? As I think I'll be night riding around the town for a while whilst it's quiet to maybe get used to the roads and lanes

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    Best thing you will ever do buying a bike. As regards to the speed I had a gsxr600 k2 for 5 years and I got so used to the speed it eventually wasn't fast enough and I got shut but that's just me. To echo above learn properly to avoid bad habits. Their not scary things and they will only go as fast as you tell them. I went from an aerox 50 to and rs50 to the gsxr. You just need to have a lot of respect for something that will do 80 in first gear lol. Most importantly bike gear. I always wore the full gimp suite and the boots and gloves etc and never came off my gsxr. Came off my little aerox doing less than 30 with a helmet and a school uniform on and ended up melting the nylon into my arm and dislocating my knee.

    Basically go for it but remember things can go wrong very quickly if you don't have respect for the bike and a bikers mindset.

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    I spent 40 years as a Motorcycle Mechanic or "technician" as they like to be called now. I think it makes them feel modern but anyway, I digress! In that 40 years I saw an awful lot of people get hurt on their bike because they simply had no experience or very little experience ( back then you could buy and ride off on a 100 plus mph RD250 with nothing but a provisional licence and a deposit) Riding a bike takes skill! Get properly trained at a reputable Bike Training Facility and learn as much as you can. Anybody can make a bike go fast! No problem! Try stopping it in a hurry and not only your life, but the lives of the people around you are in danger. Bikes are wonderful and exhilarating to ride but they are extremely vulnerable on today's roads. The biker must be constantly alert and aware of what's around them. My advice. Is get well trained. Listen to your Instructor and learn from him/her because they're bikers, they know what you need to learn. I hope your plans work out. There's nothing like riding a bike, big or small, we belong to a brotherhood of bikers. Once you get on the road you'll know what I mean by that. Go for it! Cheers! Col

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    was hoping to start biking soon to work up to a super sports

    because im nearly 23 my mate advised me to get a 125cc untill i do my full A license instead of doing a A2

    hmmm hes probably right but L plates make any bike look bad imo lol

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    Been riding for 15 years, I started on a Yamah Virago which is the type of bike you want although it was 500cc.


    But as others have said buy a yamaha/honda/suzuki and stay away from the cheap china clones on the market. Problem is they are so cheap brandnew its hard to resist.

    Above all buy decent kit, that will save your life if you should come off, definatly dont skimp on a helmet
    and go for full face, it even truer in biking than in airsoft. With a half face in airsoft maximum you will get your teath knocked out, in biking you will leave your whole jaw on the pavement
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    ride a scooter 2 years

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    Passed my full test yesterday (28th of sep), now ride an 09 Triumph street triple R.
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    Passed my full test yesterday (28th of sep), now ride an 09 Triumph street triple R.
    I also passed my few days ago I now have a cbr 600 rr
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    Give it a try... you'd be hard pressed to find someone in the world who 'retired' from riding a bike; its something you'll do from the first day you try it till you're too old to move... and that says it all really. Never a day or a dime wasted if its spent on two wheels.

    Learned to ride a bike when I was three and no more than 4 weeks has past in my entire life where i've not been riding or racing; and i wouldn't change any minute of it!

    Plus its a club for life, you'll meet some great folk; you'd be surprised how much it levels people out when you've all just got a common passion.

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    Now you're just showing off...
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    I'm also interested in learning to ride. However I never intend to get a full license or full powered bike. As I drive already, all I want a bike for is a slightly more fun way to pootle about when I don't need extra seats and a boot.


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    ^ you sound like a old woman
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    Maybe I am...


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    Take the CBT and get a 125 then

    If you don't get a bike licence, you'll need to renew the CBT every 2 years
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    Having a google, it seems to be more complicated than I thought! I was under the impression with a full driving license already, it was CBT covers me to 125. But according to Gov.uk a CBT only covers me to 50cc, and if I want a 125 I'll need the take the A1 test?


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    Erm, your Googlefoo may have failed you...

    At 16, with nothing more than a provisional licence, you can ride a 50cc bike providing the CBT has been completed

    At 17 onwards, completing the CBT allows you to ride up to a 125cc bike, not exceeding 15bhp or 11Kw (no need to get hung up on these figures)

    The CBT lasts for 2 years. If, in that time, you haven't taken a bike test, you need to renew the CBT
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    I got a 1250 Bandit. Done two major tours in Euros. Over 2000 miles each week. Its great. I even take my airsoft gear to skirmishes on it. I would always choose my bike over my car. For me there was no going back once i got a bike. My path was 250cc 650cc 1250cc

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    More like gov.uk failed me. Mentions nothing about legalities with L plates on. My plan isn't ruined. Huzzah!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Dog View Post
    Give it a try... you'd be hard pressed to find someone in the world who 'retired' from riding a bike;

    I'm partially retired (that's after travelling around the world a few times on two wheels).

    I'm retired as a car did a right turn in front of me on a 50mph road. I went into the side of this car, wrote off my bike my car and my left leg. I am now driving around an automatic as my ankle and tendon are damaged.

    It also makes me an easy kill in airsoft as I can't kneel down and stay low or climb on and over things.

    I'll still looking to get another one though. A tasty FJR1300 (a 1st gen 220 kilo one not the monster 270kilo gen 5 version) is on my shopping list once the insurance is sorted out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boo-Sabum Ben View Post
    More like gov.uk failed me. Mentions nothing about legalities with L plates on. My plan isn't ruined. Huzzah!
    Have a bike in mind?
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    A Sinnis Cafe 125. I know it's not the best out there, and probably won't last a lifetime, but as a first go at it, a brand new one sets me back 1600 with 2 years warranty, so I can't argue with that. And the cafe racer style is what I would look for every time.


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    I know someone who bought his Sinnis from here, said they were decent to deal with:
    http://www.blackdogmotorcycles.co.uk/cafe125.html
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    Yeah they're local to me also. This is all going to be at the start of next year I think, as I've got a new house to get in before Christmas. Next big thing though 🙂


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    for me it's not the top end speed, it's the rush of the acceleration, the sheer way the bike picks up speed. as you get on to faster and faster bikes the acceleration will scare you with each increase but you do get used to it.
    for going away for weekends don't worry which bike you get, get one you like the look of and that you enjoy being on. any bike can be used for touring , yes tourers and the like(vfr 800 ) are better suited but YOU might not like how they feel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by george74 View Post
    for me it's not the top end speed, it's the rush of the acceleration, the sheer way the bike picks up speed. as you get on to faster and faster bikes the acceleration will scare you with each increase but you do get used to it.
    for going away for weekends don't worry which bike you get, get one you like the look of and that you enjoy being on. any bike can be used for touring , yes tourers and the like(vfr 800 ) are better suited but YOU might not like how they feel.

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    VFR800 is an underpowered over heavy lump. It's got a worse power to weight ratio than an old CBR600F4i

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    had a Ducati 748 biposto, GSXR 600, KDX 250, IT 175 years ago (15+ years ago), then a few years ago got a Rieju RS3 125 just to get me back into the swing of things (as the missus did not like bikes at all), then after that I sold it with the intention of purchasing a Harley 883 sportster with 2nd stage upgrades with the sale proceeds as a deposit....and there we go.. just never happened, so four years down the line i'm still regretting not doing it yet.. but it will come. once you have been on a few bikes its always in the blood.

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    Had my license for about 4 years now. Started out on cheapo chinese pulse adrenaline 125 and have had a fair few bikes soncea then.
    I also rode my bike to just about every RAF station in a week for charity with 3 mates. Was an epic trip and probably something ill never manage to do again as it was alot of work, planning and fundraising to make it as successful and enjoyable as it was. Worked out at just under 3000 miles all in.
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    Just an update on this (forgot i posted) I passed my cbt and hope to be on the road soon on nothing amazing as im still VERY unsure of myself *lots of alone nights in an empty carpark i think*

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    125cc are actually alot shitter to ride than a big bike

    Big bikes are just more balanced

    That's why I went straight to a big bike...btw riding a 125 will only make u good at that cc

    You will still need to learn the power and Weight of a big bike so imo 125cc are a waste of time for someone over 24
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    Quote Originally Posted by Infantry92 View Post
    btw riding a 125 will only make u good at that cc

    You will still need to learn the power and Weight of a big bike so imo 125cc are a waste of time for someone over 24
    Although for someone with no road experience, it's a good way of learning the basics.

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    Just an update on this (forgot i posted) I passed my cbt and hope to be on the road soon on nothing amazing as im still VERY unsure of myself *lots of alone nights in an empty carpark i think*
    Just be careful, pootle around until you get used to the bike and gain some confidence. Have you an idea of what bike you'll be getting?
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    I have a sanya 125 im rebuilding with a mate (into a cafe racer style), it's a cheap bike which i won't care about dropping. I'm riding it about occasionally in a private yard to get used to it, I know it's slow and atm I don't care about that I just wanna get to places, learn the road and eventualy get my full license.

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    Don't worry about it, no learner legal 125 is 'fast'. Mine's a commuter. 120+mpg and free parking, can't argue with that
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    Jester, that's exactly what I intend to do also


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    Default Re: Any motorcyclists about?

    Quote Originally Posted by Infantry92 View Post
    125cc are actually alot shitter to ride than a big bike

    Big bikes are just more balanced

    That's why I went straight to a big bike...btw riding a 125 will only make u good at that cc

    You will still need to learn the power and Weight of a big bike so imo 125cc are a waste of time for someone over 24
    Having now had several bikes, my 125 was probably the most fun. I have stepped down from a 800vtec to an inline twin 650 to get less power.

    When you have to work the engine and gears, the ride is engaging, fun and basically not boring. I would rather rev the tits off an engine, be on the brink of grip on the tyres on a 125-500 and keep my license, than sit on a 800-1000+cc machine that to get the same thrill, I would be doing porridge, or eating through my nose in ITU

    I'm only on a 650 now as I love the bike and need to commute when I can on it so not goin all screaming eagles at 4am is preferable.

    Enjoy your time on a little bike and consider the next one carefully.

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    Default Re: Any motorcyclists about?

    I've benn riding for 30 plus years now and the bike that gave me most fun was a Suzuki DR125.

    I'd just passed my test and moved to London for a new job. It was great for city traffic but I also used it to ride all over the country as it could cruise all day at 60mph. In the end I got my act together and got a bigger bike, but it did not increase the fun afactor onlt the cost!!

    I've just got a Sinis Retro Star 250cc, out of a similar mould to the DR, great fun, and great value for money.

    As Minimi says enjoy your 125 and consider carefully your next bike. Being on any two wheels is better than being in a car!

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    Or look at these bikes for style as 125s

    http://www.muttmotorcycles.com/

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    Cruiser not about stupid speeds, it's about looking boss af

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    Default Re: Any motorcyclists about?

    Only real photo I have atm got a new seat, still far from finished but looks alot better than a big standard sanya sy125
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    Default Re: Any motorcyclists about?

    Anybody have any thoughts on the following?

    I'm split between another sports bike or a grant tourer.

    While my head says grand tourer ~ you're getting old you've damaged your joints (from a motorbike crash into the side of a car that pulled out without looking). A bike like an FJR1300. big heavy, fast and can munch miles like nobody's business. Shaft drive so zilch chain maintenance.

    OTOH a devil sits on my shoulder and says you want a sports bike like a 2007 ZX6R. It's small so good for filtering, exceptional brakes but no ABS, no luggage and I'm no longer a super hero I once was. Back in the day I'd actively chase 1000cc bikes and think wow that was stupid. But they're back breakingly uncomfortable.


    Plus I may well take women pillions on the back a whole load more in the future. AND I found the FJR1300 panniers fit a P90 snuggly inside too

    I can't decide.

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