Newbie on the first step

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  1. mk3golfcab

    mk3golfcab Active Member

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    Congrats on the CBT mate. Keep us updated :)
     
  2. Marzie

    Marzie New Member

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    A very distinct possibility!!

    Though i wouldn't want to restart on a provisional licence again if i got 6 points within the first two years of passing. I know that is highly dependant on my right wrist, but with the more power there would be more temptation.
     
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  3. nigelrb

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    Also dependant upon road choice. I know in my area there are some really good 'B' roads that never seem to attract blue and yellow attention.
     
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  4. dmc12

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    Well done Marzie - one thing I’d also suggest before jumping up to a blade once you’ve passed your test is looking into some track riding / tuition.

    Passing your test is all well and good but riding a motorbike isn’t like driving a car, and I got quite a shock when I went out and starting test-riding Ducati Supersports etc just after passing my test and realising I actually had no idea how to go round a corner. I would definitely recommend a few months in the saddle on a 600 and then get a bit of track time and tuition in before going up again.

    Look at it as life insurance - you only have to get it wrong on a wet roundabout once...

    (And it’s awesome fun too...)
     
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    Hi and welcome !
     
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  6. Bishbosh

    Bishbosh New Member

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    Welcome to the mad house :D The CBR6 is a great bike and will be a sharp shock from your 500cc etc test ride. I still regret selling mine as it’s all you’ll ever need for the road :)
     
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  7. Spygoat

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    Hi and welcome! Best of luck, try not to get a bike with the thought, "I will grow into the bike." Because that is a recipe for disaster.

    My personal experience with this (as a motorcycle safety instructor and trackday rider coach) has shown me on numerous occasions that the best course of action is to get a bike you can manage, get better and move up.
     
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  8. mk3golfcab

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    Absolutely great advice there
     
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  9. Marzie

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    Sat the theory & perception test this morning and passed so one more step closer to getting the full licence. Just need to sort out some DAS training now. Just out of interest what is the ball park figure for DAS training? I've been quoted £700 for the mod 1 then another £180 for the mod 2. Seems expensive as i thought both mod 1&2 would be included in the training.
     
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    Friggin' old news:rolleyes::rolleyes:.

    I adopted that philosophy in marriage. Moving up to the 4th tier in about 2022:D:D.
     
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    I am very passionate about rider safety.
     
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    Sorry if I offended. I know and respect your love of motorcycling and improving rider ability.

    My sarcasm is sometimes too deep for my own good. I merely took your words about getting better and moving up and applied it to my own marital circumstances. On re-reading, it is perhaps not as clear as it could have been. Cheers, N.
     
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    No offense taken mate. In 1998 my own brother bought his first bike, a CBR900RR. He wasn't a fan of training or gear even though I always tried to get him pointed in the right direction. I wasn't here when it happened, but his first summer on a bike, he went down while trying to wheelie in a parking lot. It took him 3 days to die and I wasn't able to get back to the US in time, so it hits close to home for me. This past summer was 20 years, James would have been 42.
     
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  14. Barstewardsquad

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    Welcome! Get a 600, learn and more importantly get experience and enhance the 6th sense you need on a bike.
     
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  15. dmc12

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    It's going to depend on how many days training you do before attempting the tests. That's not a totally unreasonable number, although it's probably going to depend a bit on where in the country you do it. I think I spent £7-800 all in a couple of years ago on it.
     
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  16. Marzie

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    Had another quote yesterday, 650 in total 3 full days and half a day for each test. So not too bad, school is run by ex police too and sound quite good.

    Struggling with getting time off work though so might have to postpone till Jan when holidays allowance kicks back in.
     
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    See how you get on. You might decide you want another day or half day on the bike before going for the mod 2 (I did) so put a bit aside for that. And if you're learning in January - buy some decent gloves! Don't rely on whatever they give you. Learning to ride with hands made of ice turns out to be quite hard! Might also be worth getting your own helmet and decent quality textile jacket too if you're planning on getting a bike not long after.
     
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  18. mk3golfcab

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    Good kit is a definite for that time of year. And wear multiple layers! I did my lessons and test in February 2010, in freezing conditions. You’ll be concentrating so much you won’t want your mind wondering because you’re cold!
     
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  19. nigelrb

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    Wow!! Makes me glad I got mine in 1970. Cost about as much as a box of Cornflakes and just as easy to obtain!

    All I had to do was ride around a market square, and so long as I could keep my balance and use a hand signal (legal requirement then) to stop I walked out with my licence. :)
     
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  20. AndrewQ

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    Welcome! I have real mixed feelings about what to start on. A 1000 'blade? Brave choice?, a stupid choice?, I don't really know.
    I passed my direct access and a month or so later got the 900 Fireblade and never regretted the decision. I actually found the larger bike far easier to ride than the 125's and 250's I learnt to ride on, far more stable and balanced, and not bullied by tin can drivers.
    That said, I have always been a quite sensible person, to a point (see mildly boring!) so I think I rode pretty sensibly and never pushed the limits of my comfort zone.
     
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