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 Post subject: Any motorbikers?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:57 pm 
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Hi all,

Any bikers amongst us? I am tempted to buy a bike, i did pop a bid in on eBay for a Honda 125cc but got outbid and went for a couple of hundred more than i was prepared to pay.

Purely as a sunday/summers day bike, whereas i'd still use my Coupe for long journeys and travelling to/from work.

Anyone got any advice they can offer regarding bikes? I'm a bit of a newbie :o so anything will be useful to hear :!:

cheer :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:18 pm 
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Hiya mate,
Yep there are some bikers on here not sure who though other than myself. I ride a Honda VFR800 VTECH. Bit different from the 125 :b . If you only have done or planning to do your cbt to ride the 125 class then to be honest the honda cbr125 will prob be the best for you in my eyes anyway if you want a sporty bike. They can be a bit slow but yet plenty of fun to ride on the odd sunny day. There is plenty of 125s out there its just what kinda bike you want i suppose.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:00 pm 
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Newbie biker here too, was going to go for cbt and then just hav a 125, but the bug bit me bad and i went the whole hog and did direct access, recently bought a honda cbr 600f(see other vehicles forum fro a pic) so im getting used to that.


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Hate to say it Daz86 but in that pic in other vehicles isnt a cbr600 its a suzuki sv :confused
Still a nice bike though


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nice bikes guys - talking about them makes me want one even more :b


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my mistake, forgot what i owned :o :lol


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:37 pm 
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a up ive got a bike licence skipt cbt and done direct axcess and brought a honda vfr 400 stunnuing machine and not bad to insure.problems of a 125 is you may get board with it quickly


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skipped cbt? unless you got your licence before 2001, you have to do cbt?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:21 pm 
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Hello

I have had three bikes in the past. I was under 21 when I first started (17 in fact). I did a CBT on a 125cc. As I was 17. If your 16 you have to do it on a 50cc. I then bought an Aprilla RS125, very sporty bike but was a two stroke engine so was load and had blue smoke similar to what all scooters do. It was quicker than all my mates cars at that time too. A rider on L-Plates is restricted to a bike of circa 12bhp but most are de-restricted.

After a year of riding that on L-Plates I did my test (restricted licence) which requires you to restrict your bike for 2 years to 33bhp. I did the test on a 125cc, then bought a Honda CBR 250cc. It was a four stroke and was still alot faster than the 125 whilst being restricted. It sounded great too, just like all supersports bikes. If your younger than 21 you have to do a restricted licence (restriction comes off in 2 years). If your older you can do the direct access of which you can get whatever powered bike you want.

After bout a year I got Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R. Incredibly quick bike and was perfect for me. I sold that two years after and have since stuck to cars. I wouldn't rule out getting another bike as I love them. But if I did I would possible get a track bike instead of a road bike. I do believe that bikers make better car drivers as you need to be very vigilant on a bike.

All in all they are similar to cars in respect of if you pass your test on a scooter (automatic) your licence is restricted to automatics only. Jap bikes are more reliable especially Honda, whereas Italian bikes are the best when running perfect, but most of the time they are in the garage getting fixed.

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Yep, as a long time biker I agree with what's been said above - start at the bottom and work your way up taking training as appropriate. After years of riding decided to do the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Motorcycle Training (it's not a test, you have to achieve a standard to become a member) - I only thought I was riding well before this ! That was back in 1999 and bikes have 'come on' even since then. My current bike is a Honda Varadero 1000 with ABS and linked brakes - a far cry from my first proper bike a Honda 250 Superdream. Go touring - the farther the better.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:15 am 
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long term biker here but just getting back into it

got my module 1 test on the 30th this month

my m8 also getting back into it

i bought a scooter for 75 pound and did it up for getting a feel of road riding again before my test

my m8 bought a brand new yzf r125 for 3500 and yep after 2 months he selling it he bored of it

told him to get a 300 pound cg125

hope you enjoy biking as much as i have

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Hi,
I have had bikes on and off since the late seventies...starting with a FSIE DX at the age of sixteen..XS250 at seventeen..past motorcycle test at eighteen..had many types of bikes over the years,XS750,GS1000,XJR1300,GSX1400,ZRX1200,GSXR1300 and more ..current bike is a Aprilia Tuono 1000..Bikes are great fun in the summer months,need a car for the winter lol :cool:


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I have a friend who works at streetbike in the midlands so if anyone is after buying anything give me a shout and i may be able to go with you and get you a discount ;)


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I have had bikes on and off since the late seventies...starting with a FSIE DX at the age of sixteen..XS250 at seventeen..past motorcycle test at eighteen..had many types of bikes over the years,XS750,GS1000,XJR1300,GSX1400,ZRX1200,GSXR1300 and more ..current bike is a Aprilia Tuono 1000..Bikes are great fun in the summer months,need a car for the winter lol :cool:



Hey same as me - I had a Fizzy too! Old JSH 661 P ;)

Had a string of "strokers" after that and still currently have an old Suzuki '80 GT250X7 and a partially "fightered" '86 GSX-R750 that I bought in Hong Kong back in '97.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:53 pm 
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X7 eh? Now there was a bike. Passed my test on one of them 3 weeks after my 17th birthday. Progressed to a GT 380, GT750 then switched to Kawasaki. :D

Have a Super Blackbird now.

Trouble with bikes is you start off just trying a little one, a scooter here, a 125 there. then you get the taste for 2-stroke & before you know it, you're hooked, wanting more & more cc's to get that bigger buzz :rollin

Couldn't imagine life without one.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:58 am 
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Off the top of my head I had:

Yamaha FS1E
Suzuki GP 100
Honda CB125
Kawasaki KH250
Suzuki GT 250 X7 (still own)
Yamaha RD250LC
Honda CBX 550 FII
Yamaha XJ 550 (with FZ600 engine)
Suzuki GSX-R750G (still own)
Honda NSR250 PGM II

I did enjoy the 2-stroke when insurance was cheaper and the performance ratio higher, however, the 4-strokes are just less hassle at the end of the day and much cheaper to run really... must be getting old ;)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:50 pm 
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Yup Biker here, been riding 4 years.

I have a GSX-R 600 K2

Also owned :

Sachs XTC 125
Suzuki Bandit 400
Kawasaki ZXR 400 L4
Kawasaki ZXR 400 L2


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:19 pm 
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wish i had the guts to ride one. Ive spent an awful lot of time looking at them in shops etc.... beautiful machines, but i just couldnt have one.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:27 pm 
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hers a pic for all you bikers out there,mite scare you tho it a bmw r1100rt

this is whats involved when a new clutch is needed
im a long time biker mainly cruisers harleys etc,but i also do a sideline on maitenance as ive been a bike tech too
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 9:39 pm 
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WOW :shock:

The couple that came and got my gen 1 - when he said he rode a yamaha R1, i only had a feint idea what it was...... after looking, christ no wonder he said the coupe was slow :lol


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I've had bikes on and off since 2000. Currently have a Ninja 250r which is so much fun, and a more manageable height/weight for little old me, gone down to a 250 until I get back into riding.

http://www.xorro.co.uk/vehicles/ninja250r/

Previously -
http://www.xorro.co.uk/vehicles/er5/
http://www.xorro.co.uk/vehicles/hornet/ (this got modded almost as much as my Coupe :lol I guess it was a phase)


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Got a Honda Vision when I was 17, can off that once, then traded it in for a Suzuki AN125. Was hit by a BMW wrote that off, waited a year and bought a Peugeot Elesyo 125 came off that twice. Hit by a BMW wrote that off and got a Susuki CB125, came off that and gave up, losing 9 years no claims :(

I fair a little better in cars, only hit 1 BMW so far, but that was within 3 months on buying my first car.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:54 pm 
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Feels like I started biking just after I started walking.
First real bike on HP was a 250 superdream
then got the bike bug and went through loads,
KH250, GT380, CB400N, CJ250T, Cagiva 175sx with square carbs,
CB750KZ with 4 into 4 exhaust & Vetter Windjammer fairing, GS425en, Harley V-rod etc etc.
my current ride is a BMW1200RS SE, heated grips, 6 gear indicator, 12v socket, panniers, linked brakes, ABS, etc etc and it'll do about 0 to 60 in 3.6 secs, not bad for a touring shafty.

Once you start biking - its difficult to get it out of your blood.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:38 am 
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thought i may as well confess to my biking passion.
i have been riding for just over 4 years now, 2 years on cbt and last 2 on full licence.
started on an rs125 then sold that for a more comfy bike a hyosung gt 125 that like the coupe people seem to hate them cos they dont know them where as in actuall fact unlike most unknown bikes ther cost £3k+ new.
then did my test and got a 600 bandit and after a year thought id do a bit of touring so got a yamaha tdm 850 but coulfdent get on with the screen and wind so went all out and got a 2003 triumph tiger 955i
so far thats my biking life but im hoping for lots more! need to fill my leather jacket with more patches lol


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:55 pm 
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hi, motorbiker here, i ride a virgin race replica R1, airbrushed paint all done by castle customs, loads of mods done including wavey discs, high lift cams, induction kit and dyno, polished frame/wheels/swingarm, carbon bits including screen,fillers and caps, plenty more done to it but my brains gone dead right now, i live in essex and go to a few meets now and then so if anyones ever up for a ride out n about, gis a message an we can go from there ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:10 pm 
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I passed my bike test in 1975, so I've been a biker for longer than some here have been around.

Currently running a Kawasaki ZR750 (To be strictly accurate I currently have a taxed & insured ZR750 in the garage that's not going anywhere till the snows gone)

I did a bike tour of California in 2007. Pacific Coast Highway, Route 66, Death Valley, on a Harley D Sportster.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:28 am 
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Go for the bike mate but dont spend too much on it because pretty soon you will want something bigger. Trust me at 16 i had no interest in bikes at all - until i got a 50cc scooter. got a cbr125 1 week before my 17th birthday (hardest week of my life). Had the obligatory first crash then done my test after 6 months. got myself an SV650s (didnt worry about the restriction as i was used to powerful bikes anyway - but thats for another discussion :) )

In short - go for it!


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