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Old 07-16-2015, 08:40 AM   #821
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Have you ever ridden one before?
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:11 AM   #822
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So guys, I'm a complete newbie when it comes to bikes, having being a car driver for about 4 years now, do you guys have any advice, any tips or just any personal experiences to look out for when I start biking it about?

Don't turn the handlebars when moving faster than when you can put your feet on the ground (I don't know how to put it), lean to turn.

Watch out for car drivers, they will be massive arses to you specifically occasionally.

Don't ride on wet grass if you can help it.


Just what various riders have told me over the years
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Old 07-16-2015, 04:15 PM   #823
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Watch out for car drivers, they will be massive arses to you specifically occasionally.




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Old 07-16-2015, 07:33 PM   #824
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I'll rephrase that then, Cars will be dicks most of the time
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Old 07-17-2015, 05:19 AM   #825
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Have you ever ridden one before?



Absolutely never.

Never thought i'd even be interested in motorbikes, but here I am about to buy one in the next few days!
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Old 07-17-2015, 05:27 AM   #826
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Just a few basics on movement then.

Like a car, give yourself some revs to play with as you release the clutch. A lot of trainers seem to tell you to find the bite on the clutch before revving. You'll just end up stalling a lot trying that. Learn to be smooth with your clutch release as well. Dumping the clutch is asking for a horrible shunt stall or the front end to kick up if you rev like a fool.

If you are moving, you are not falling. Keep that in mind when you do the low speed figure 8 at the CBT.

Where you look is where you go if you intend to turn.

And pay attention to EVERYTHING once you hit the road. Everything and everyone will try to kill you at some point, it's up to you to make sure you are safe.

Besides that, it's a cracking time and a feeling that a car just doesn't give you. It's awesome.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:29 AM   #827
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Thanks!

Safe to say I am a little excited - bike picked - test booked - gear bought, hopefully I actually enjoy it and it's not a waste of money!

Driving a car has started to bore me, so I am looking forward to trying something new on the road, and plus bikes look and sound amazing!
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Old 07-17-2015, 04:48 PM   #828
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Argh. I was knocked off my bike in March. I was stopped at a roundabout and van was turning right so I waited. A young driver behind me was texting whilst they were driving and they did not see me. Suffice it to say I was hit from behind and rolled off the bonnet. I fractured my facet joints in my back, whiplash and a hairline fracture in two neck vertabrae.

... The police have decided no charges will be filed as after three months of investigations. No evidence the driver was on the phone despite admitting to me they were and they cannot prove it was dangerous driving or driving without due care as there were no witnesses... Sucks.
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