Motorbike licence

smcapstick

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Kirkby Lonsdale
Get a 125 for the cbt, ride that around until you get the confidence and used to it then do the big bike test.
As said, when on your bike you drive for everybody else around you, so you want to be comfortable and confident
I think @smcapstick was going to do his
Yep, it's still on the list.

A new .308, buying the house and expecting another baby in September come first, though :rolleyes:
 

Bald Rick

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Anglesey
Get a Bike fair enough there are some beauties new and old if i could ride a bike that I cant I would probably buy a honda CBX 1000 from around 1980 6 cylinder across the frame in my eyes a thing of beauty.

I dont get the harley or chopper thing at all , they look better but still stupid in california sunshine why grown men would buy a harley then attach leather saddle bags as if its horse :scratchhead: and tassels to the handlebars let alone wear chaps when riding them is well beyond my logic , but everyone to there own .
I was riding a CB250/4 when they came out and thought I'd have one of them too when i passed my bike test (this was 1979) until I read about the reviewer of Biker Magazine dropping the first one in to the UK on a railway line crossing because the 6 cylinders made it unstable across the bottom of the frame. Bought a Suzuki GS550 with a Rickman fairing & had a radio fitted (totally useless because the HT leads werent suppressed :)) then bought a Honda CB750FA in silvery green. Happy days!

Unhappy days was destroying a brand new Aprilla RSV4 on the track a few years ago :(

Any in answer to the OP, don't run before you can walk. A Goldwing weighs over 1200kgs (so unweildy that it has a reverse gear) so if you drop it, it will probably crush you (you are more likely to drop it a set of lights through over balancing). Start with something small & relatively benign and build up. Remember that insurance will be expensive until you build a NCB and as others have said, take as much training as you can get. Most Councils run a Bike Safe course run by Police & Advanced (RoSPA or IAM) riders.
Bikes are brilliant and NOTHING beats the feeling of drifting passed a line of stationary cars with screaming kids in the back
 

Dr. Alkathene

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Livestock Farmer
Also your leathers are more important than the bike, I hate seeing lads wearing jeans and trainers while on a superbike, if they fell off at speed you would be skinned alive!
Saw a lad knocked off his rental moped in Majorca when I was 16/17. He went down the road wearing a helmet, shorts and a pair of trainers. After seeing the result of that accident I ALWAYS wear leathers or a full textile suit even when just nipping out for a short ride. It's not always what you do, but what other people do or don't do that can cause you to come a cropper.
:eek:(n):(
 

Nithsdale Farmer

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Livestock Farmer
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...I dont get the harley or chopper thing at all , they look better but still stupid in california sunshine why grown men would buy a harley then attach leather saddle bags as if its horse :scratchhead: and tassels to the handlebars let alone wear chaps when riding them is well beyond my logic , but everyone to there own .

Oh i don't know... i could never see the Harley thing either. Til i parked up beside one of these one day last summer


I don't know why, but in the flesh i couldn't take my eyes off it.

Guy that owned it came out of the building he worked in to make sure i wasn't lining up to steal it :oops:


I kind of get the Harley thing now... even though i cant (but would like to) ride a bike.
 
Do it, i did and loved it currently bike less atm but iam looking for the right bike to buy then i will have one again
Cbt turn up an youve passed then the theory can be the test where you win or loose the practical was straight forward just think ahead and be sensible nothing to worry about bikes safe
Book it now something to look forward to
Get a block course all in- job done.
 

Ducati899

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Location
north dorset
Buy an enduro bike and go racing off road! Much safer and no Kia's doing uturns
not true unfortunately,a good friends brother had a low speed incident couple years back off roading..got hit by something that went in between his helmet and back protecter,now paralysed from the neck down :(
 

Ducati899

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Location
north dorset
Do it, i did and loved it currently bike less atm but iam looking for the right bike to buy then i will have one again
Cbt turn up an youve passed then the theory can be the test where you win or loose the practical was straight forward just think ahead and be sensible nothing to worry about bikes safe
Book it now something to look forward to
Get a block course all in- job done.
know of a lovely white 899 with carbon wheels coming up for sale at the end of the summer :whistle:
 

Dman2

Member
Location
Durham, UK
I used to have a Honda cb250 when @ 19 year old
One day coming back from Northallerton the bloody spark plug blew out and punched a hole in the window of a house on the side of the road.
You would be surprised how fast a twin cylinder will go with only one plug in it.


Never did pass my bike test:whistle::whistle:
 

Ducati899

Member
Location
north dorset
First ride on my gsxr 750,dealer had delivered it and the next day I was off for a big ride out to get some miles in,going round a bend the thing didn't feel right...bloody battery terminals come loose and she come to a sudden halt,few months later hit a deer on it so got rid as swore the thing was jinxed,Shame really as was a lovely bike
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Also found this old pic the other day of me on uncles new zxr 400 we think around 90/91
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John100

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I bought a KTM 1190 to go adventure riding, Charlie boorman style.
But the handlebars were too low, I tried everything to raise them but the spacer kits were all crap,stupid ktm crushed my dreams:cry:
 

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