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Boris also thought gammon was fish, but my app isn't working. IDST


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Yeah, I think I might go for that. Perhaps not straight away, but it will be the next stage. There are plenty of nice 125s out there, so it's not bad at all.

I imagined it would be like riding a bicycle with the controls of a car, and it's a totally different beast entirely. Really good fun, but I don't think I was prepared for the coordination required.

That said, a lot of the time I was doing better than the other riders whom were aged ~16 and ~40 who were doing their CBT on a twisty 50. My lane position and slow-rider skills were the only thing that weren't perfect, but the observations and reactions were good. A car tried to pull out on us but I was able to see the event coming and avoided it. I think the slow-rider stuff was a bit of a weird one because it is different to how you operate the gears on a car (namely, being fully in gear and off the clutch when slowing down for a corner), so that threw me a bit. I also, shamefully, kept hitting the rear brake after changing gears because I mistook it for the accelerator "pedal".


But hey, a lot learnt and I'm glad I did it.
It's just practice really, and having a 125 on the road for a bit will give you that. I didn't mistake the brake pedal for the accelerator (that's a new one) but that was because I did my bike test first and my car 2 years later . Slow riding is difficult, but once you get a feel for the bikes biting point and improve your clutch control you will get better, although its not the most fun thing to do !
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Currently reading "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance", and it's awesome.
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Ugsy did filtering today!

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As I said, you did get a bargain and for a first time rider, less mods is key to your insurance. I have been riding almost 8 years on a full license, am an old man and insurance companies aren't too picky . But mines only 2 previous owners (1 when I bought it) and I've owned it since 18,000 miles so it has been much loved and cared for . If it hits 2.5k then great, but I definitely wouldn't take anything less than 2k for it.
I don't mean to say I told you so but..err :P
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I don't mean to say I told you so but..err :P
Well don't then. Wiggles and Fallen know more about bikes than we do, even if we throw Boris into the mix.

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Well don't then. Wiggles and Fallen know more about bikes than we do, even if we throw Boris into the mix.

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Speak for yourself love.
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I don't mean to say I told you so but..err :P
Well its worth more than the £1,500 it went for. Hence I have relisted with disclaimer and it is still receiving bids so it should now hit at least the 2k mark.
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Hey guys I did my CBT at the end of August and have since done over 6000 miles on a variety of scooters (hired so they just swap them over when due a service) I'm hoping to do my A2 licence fairly soon (first lesson tomorrow) on a geared bike just wondering what to expect from the bike, lessons and test? Will it be essential to get myself a geared bike to practise without supervision on or will the lessons and practising on the hired scooters be enough?

Also any advice on scooters/bikes I should be looking at after I've passed? There have been days when I've had the under seat storage full, a backpack, a bag on the floor and a topbox so most bikes look like they'll struggle to match for storage so considering sticking with scooters for now. I might have missed some suitable bikes though.

Considering the problems I had with my hired 110 (flat out at 45 on some hills!) I'm unsure whether I need to look at the 300-500cc range or is that particular 110 just underpowered and a 125 would be fine? I did have a 125 from them a couple of times and it was faster but I didn't have to take it out of Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire which in the parts I was in are all largely flat.

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the 110 in question is a Honda Vision (I think, still have it so will check but it's something like that) and was not loaded up at the time. It had me, a chain and a few sheets of paper.
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Well its worth more than the £1,500 it went for. Hence I have relisted with disclaimer and it is still receiving bids so it should now hit at least the 2k mark.
Yeah I think around 2k is fair
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So today Ugsy hit a car

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Does anyone have any tips for a touring holiday in Europe? Looking at you wiggles! (or fallen :P)

I'm thinking about going to Misano with my Dad next summer, it's a fair distance of 1000 miles each way! How much time would be best to take about it since obviously it's best to do some alpine exploration on the way!? Is a fortnight enough or too much time for the whole trip? Any tips for making it cheaper? Good places to stay?

Tbh I may be being a bit ambitious but I want to do it. Ambitious is good (if I plan it right)!

Bear in mind that atm my dad is on an RSV Mille and I'm on an SV, but he's thinking about buying a Pan or similar. Would a Mille be unreasonably uncomfortable? I think I'll be taking all the stuff on the SV-might be time to do that rear shock swap.
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So today Ugsy hit a car

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Well, he was very bad for doing it :mad:

He's OK, the car was fine, but my foot hurts (and my back, but I think that's just normal for me).
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what do i want to do to a bike when bringing it out of storege?
(and by storege, i mean its been just parked up on my driveway for 3 years )

so far ive got:
- oil and filter change
- new petrol (with redex?)
- an MOT
- Checking tyres
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what do i want to do to a bike when bringing it out of storege?
(and by storege, i mean its been just parked up on my driveway for 3 years )

so far ive got:
- oil and filter change
- new petrol (with redex?)
- an MOT
- Checking tyres
Turn it on before checking the electrics
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what do i want to do to a bike when bringing it out of storege?
(and by storege, i mean its been just parked up on my driveway for 3 years )

so far ive got:
- oil and filter change
- new petrol (with redex?)
- an MOT
- Checking tyres
brake fluid? brake pads/pistons are probably seized, air in the tyres, make sure the chain is useable, not rusted solid (check each link) Might want to check to fork seals?
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(Original post by Imperial_Maniac)
Does anyone have any tips for a touring holiday in Europe? Looking at you wiggles! (or fallen :P)

I'm thinking about going to Misano with my Dad next summer, it's a fair distance of 1000 miles each way! How much time would be best to take about it since obviously it's best to do some alpine exploration on the way!? Is a fortnight enough or too much time for the whole trip? Any tips for making it cheaper? Good places to stay?

Tbh I may be being a bit ambitious but I want to do it. Ambitious is good (if I plan it right)!

Bear in mind that atm my dad is on an RSV Mille and I'm on an SV, but he's thinking about buying a Pan or similar. Would a Mille be unreasonably uncomfortable? I think I'll be taking all the stuff on the SV-might be time to do that rear shock swap.
We camp, if we could afford not to we would just be taking a tank bag of stuff and that would be it. It is suggested you do no more than 250 miles a day, you will find that mileage over a prolonged period of time tiring if you aren't used to it. I'd suggest keeping it at 200 or so. Or do 100, then a longer day of 250, and mix it up. I do it on the sv with no adjustments to either shock. Your dad would have to decided how comfy the mille is. My sv seat is far more comfortable than f4ll3ns.
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We camp, if we could afford not to we would just be taking a tank bag of stuff and that would be it. It is suggested you do no more than 250 miles a day, you will find that mileage over a prolonged period of time tiring if you aren't used to it. I'd suggest keeping it at 200 or so. Or do 100, then a longer day of 250, and mix it up. I do it on the sv with no adjustments to either shock. Your dad would have to decided how comfy the mille is. My sv seat is far more comfortable than f4ll3ns.
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brake fluid? brake pads/pistons are probably seized, air in the tyres, make sure the chain is useable, not rusted solid (check each link) Might want to check to fork seals?
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