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I want to Ride a Motorbike

Where Do I start?

Well, RIGHT HERE, and this list of Frequently Asked Newbie Questions is probably as good a place as any!

Right from the top, all the ins and outs of going from learner rider to full, unrestricted licence holder.

Last Changed 31/05/12

Scary stuff motorbikes; but to help get risks in perspective and let reason rule your fears.

Last Changed 31/05/12

An explanation of CBT, content of the CBT course, and advice before and during doing one!

Last Changed 20/06/12

Everything you never even thought to ask about Learner-Legal and 125cc motorcycles! Everything from what is and isn't legal to ride on a provisional licence, to the different types of bike and their merits as a 'Learner-Bike', to help you choose a good 'First Bike', though simple enough to just say "Yamaha YBR125" and leave it at that!

Last Changed 15/06/12

Learner-Legal's, Small but Tough! The humble 125/commuter bike, may not be big, fast, glamorous, or sexy, but the typical little learner bike takes all the thrashing and abuse and neglect that can be thrown at a bike, works hard for its living, craning up the miles in all weathers, never really getting the care or recognition it deserves, yet, it still keeps going...... THAT is a 'tough' motorbike! A little look at all Learner-Legals have to endure, and what makes them remarkable, where sporting success and magazine statistics dont.

Last Changed 02/01/11

How mush is it ALL going to cost? CBT, Training, Bike, Insurance, Helmet, Gloves, Boots, and WHAT do I need to know, WHAT should I be looking for? What is 'important'?

Last Changed 10/12/12

A lot taken from answers to queries by Newbie riders on the forums, this feature looks at some of the 'Mantras' I have offered over the years and aid-memoirs to better riding, and explains the philosophy and mechanics behind them. Its not a how to ride manual, but a how to 'think' guide, which starts, perversely with the advice.... "Stop Thinking - Start Riding"!

  • Stop Thinking - Start Riding

  • The Worry Warehouse and the Fret-Factory

  • RELAX! - Its supposed to be FUN!

  • DONíT RUSH Ė it is a Quick way to get Hurt on a bike!

  • DON'T Panic!

  • Accidents happen when COMPETENCE outweighs COMPETENCE!

  • It's ALL about BALANCE!

  • Attitude & Approach

Last Changed 10/12/12

 

The Honda CG125 was THE learner-commuter bike, and in little over ten years has been written into legend as if it has ALWAYS been the epitome of motorcycling virtue. A machine you cant go wrong with, that never goes wrong! It's a good bike, and still a 'bench-mark', but they do go wrong, and often because they are victims of their own reputation. This is a little look at the UK History of the model, and how good they may be, in the cold, dim, damp light of a UK day, without the rose-tinted specs or propaganda that's promoted the 'Legend'.

Last Changed 02/01/11

I have been handed Copper Exhaust gaskets by 125 riders who have told me that they took it out because it's the 'restriction Washer' that was in their exhaust, so having removed it, thier 125 now makes 33bhp and does a hundred and ten miles an hour, and that that is a really great thing to do on L-Plates, and a brilliant way to beat the system. Actually its not. Unfortunately, there are far too many myths, and far too little sense, and de-restricting bikes to go faster than licence restrictions allow is a fools paradise, where you can only LOOSE. This looks at a few of the implications and just how rediculouse it is for the rewards that often aren't even there!

Last Changed 28/02/11

 

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