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  • dogbot 22 May 2012 14:46:05 2,272 posts
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    jakuande wrote:

    @dogbot Sounds good, nothing like a good long ride to put an accident behind you!
    Yeah, definitely. Had a fantastic time, honestly. Went from Bristol to Cirencester, then Stow, Chipping Norton, Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Hitchin. Right across the Cotswolds on a pleasant Friday afternoon. Nice roads, little traffic. Great trip.

    Got a few bargains at the BMF myself, too. Good weekend all around.
  • Salaman 22 May 2012 15:00:13 18,870 posts
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    dogbot wrote:
    Chopsen wrote:
    Don't really know Kawasaki's range, but looked up the ER6 and.....luggage? Really? Where?


    There. :)
    lol ... well if you're going to strap things on it, sure. But wouldn't just about any bike be able to handle being weighed down with a load of shit like that?
  • dogbot 22 May 2012 15:12:57 2,272 posts
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    In theory, if you've got the right luggage, sure.

    Those Kriega bags will go on the R1 for instance, but you'd be pretty fucking stupid to stuff them that full and then try to ride it...

    ;)
  • sirtacos 25 May 2012 02:28:08 7,268 posts
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    What's a good cheap bike for a beginner? One that has easy to find replacement parts (I hear some bikes are a bitch when it comes to that).

    Googled this already but figured I might get different answers here.
  • mal 25 May 2012 06:16:54 22,339 posts
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    http://images.sub-studio.com/images/2009/0930kid.jpg ?

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • FairgroundTown 25 May 2012 10:13:05 2,522 posts
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    @sirtacos Honda CG125. (Model was discontinued about 3(???) years ago, but they are totally bullet-proof; and there are so many of them, that parts are easy to find. Also good on running costs. Not so good on acceleration or speed though.
  • glaeken 25 May 2012 10:50:19 11,098 posts
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    @sirtacos Get one of these.

    http://www.monkeybike.co.uk/acatalog/info_ZH_CJL125.html

    They actually have a great range on that site and the prices are all pretty reasonable.

    http://www.monkeybike.co.uk/acatalog/Zhen_Hua.html

    Just check out this bad boy.

    http://www.monkeybike.co.uk/acatalog/info_2010black124.html

    Edited by glaeken at 10:54:16 25-05-2012
  • dogbot 25 May 2012 11:28:30 2,272 posts
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    I'd second the CG recommendation. Ideal for a learner, well balanced, reliable and economic to run. :)
  • billythekid 25 May 2012 11:32:42 11,025 posts
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    Use a school's bike to learn on, pass your test and get a proper bike. Riding about on a 125 is fun for about 5 minutes.
  • dogbot 25 May 2012 15:17:10 2,272 posts
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    I just lent the R1 to a colleague for a test ride.

    :eek:
  • billythekid 25 May 2012 15:22:42 11,025 posts
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    /o\
  • billythekid 25 May 2012 15:23:59 11,025 posts
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    I'd never seen my Dad so happy to see me as the time I returned from a quick test ride on his Ducati 748sps!
  • Salaman 25 May 2012 15:31:44 18,870 posts
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    I came to work by bicycle yesterday + today.
    Would've been more fun on my bike but I'm picking up the little one at kindergarten today and with the awesome weather, the bicycle seemed a bit more fun than by car.
    Then I had to do a test run yesterday to gauge timings and stuff of course.
  • dogbot 25 May 2012 16:00:18 2,272 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    I'd never seen my Dad so happy to see me as the time I returned from a quick test ride on his Ducati 748sps!
    I can totally understand this, now.

    He brought it back unscathed, of course, and full of gushing praise...

    But longest 20 minutes of my life, I think. I'd rather lend a girlfriend! :D
  • BillMurray 25 May 2012 16:00:34 7,620 posts
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    @billythekid the 916/748 has been my dream bike since as long as I can remember. One day..
  • billythekid 25 May 2012 16:14:52 11,025 posts
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    This is the one he had before the SPS, it started as a regular biposto.

  • dogbot 25 May 2012 17:07:41 2,272 posts
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    That's lovely. I won't post the pic of my friend's from last week. He walked away, despite ending up on the bonnet of a Citroen C2.

    His 749 won't, though. Complete write off. :(
  • KD 25 May 2012 18:13:03 636 posts
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    I'm getting my 125 back on the road next week, Derbi GPR 125 Nude. Cant recommend it highly enough for learners

    Reviews Here

    My model is 2007 and got the 2 stroke engine from a DTR 125 so cheap to get it fixed



    Edited by KD at 18:15:04 25-05-2012
  • BillMurray 25 May 2012 18:54:02 7,620 posts
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    It's a shame 125s nowadays are vastly different from bikes like the early RS125s which had nearly double the power
  • KD 25 May 2012 19:33:54 636 posts
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    its only a fuse to derestrict it, still need to change the sprockets for top speed but its fine for me
  • dogbot 25 May 2012 20:12:39 2,272 posts
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    There's still loads of 2nd hand 2 stroke RS125s, but they've likely had the living shit wrung outta them.

    Commute home tonight was like a nightmare, every last person on a go-slow. I want to live somewhere with big, open roads.
  • MetalDog 20 Jun 2012 13:30:01 23,708 posts
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    Sent off the form for my provisional.
    /drums fingers impatiently and prays foreign birth does not over-complicate things

    So - CBT, then assuming I don't shit myself and bottle it, I think the sensible option will be a 125 to practise on a while (Yamaha YBR125 seems fairly consistently recommended), then possibly go the direct access route before January when the rules get fiddled with? You can part trade a 125 at a dealer when you want to move up, right?

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • JuanKerr 20 Jun 2012 13:32:24 36,201 posts
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    To any bikers in the West Suffolk area - please stop racing up and down the A134 at all hours. It's FUCKING annoying.
  • glaeken 20 Jun 2012 13:39:10 11,098 posts
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    @MetalDog Dealers will part trade anything normally and are usually happy to take 125's as there is a constant demand for them from leaners.

    Of course how much they will actually give you for it is another matter. Trade in prices tend to really stiff you. Still if you start with a cheap second hand 125 there is not that much margin to be stiffed. Something like a CG125 would probably be ideal as they can be picked up pretty cheap.

    Edited by glaeken at 13:40:29 20-06-2012
  • MetalDog 20 Jun 2012 13:54:40 23,708 posts
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    I shall have a poke around and see what dealers there are in my range and what they have up for grabs. Reluctant to buy from an individual, since I know sweet FA about insurance, MOTs, logbooks and shit at the moment, let alone what sort of nick the bikes are in.

    I'm finding the Highway Code to be the most incredible sleep aid. Surprised how much of it I remember from my teens, but the plot's terrible.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • glaeken 20 Jun 2012 14:01:01 11,098 posts
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    It's probably not a bad idea to buy from a dealers if are not that mechanically minded as 125's do tend to be pretty abused. You pay more of course for a dealer bike but will have peace of mind and normally you will have some sort of limited guarantee.

    Autotrader might be worth looking at on the below.

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/bikes

    You can select 125cc as an engine option and traders only adverts plus enter your post code so you can find traders near to you.

    Edited by glaeken at 14:09:22 20-06-2012
  • Chopsen 20 Jun 2012 14:11:57 15,724 posts
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    Yeah, a second hand 125 from a vaguely reputable dealer is probably the best place to start. You'll probably drop it or do something terrible to it anyway, so no need to spend too much. Get the CBT out the way, pootle around on it, and then go for the full test (however that works these days - I've lost track. They're changing the rules *again*?).

    You can do CBT and direct access combined in one course, or at least you used to. You can go from never ridden anything to being allowed to ride anything road legal in about a week. Personally, I think it's far safer to get confident on a 125 and then do the test on it, trading up to a "big" but restricted bike, and then derestricting it after a couple of years.
  • billythekid 20 Jun 2012 14:27:53 11,025 posts
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    To do the direct access you need to take the test on a bike with at least 35kw of power, which I think is 47bhp.
    A CG 125 has all of about 11bhp.
  • MetalDog 20 Jun 2012 14:31:41 23,708 posts
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    I know a place I can use the schools bike for direct access, but I don't think I should go for that until I've pootled about on a tiddler a while

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • Chopsen 20 Jun 2012 14:32:12 15,724 posts
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    If you do it through a training centre, they lend you the bike for the test
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