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2008/05/17 18:46:07 (permalink)
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I Want To Get Into Road Biking.......

A bit of advice needed from people who are into their bikes...

I really want to get a 600cc bike maybe a Ninja ZX636 B1 or something...

However I have not passed my test or CBT etc....

A mate of mine has told me that it is quite easy to do.

CBT - theory - then book 3 days instruction - and a test - job done.


Has anyone been through this recently, how much has it cost, and how easy is it to do?


Thanks,

Chris.
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    Indianabol Jones
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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 18:50:31 (permalink)
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    How long you been riding for Chris?
    600cc sounds like a lot for a first time bike.

     
     
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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 19:04:19 (permalink)
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    Ive had a mess around when I was younger but I am a complete newbie.

    I have had a whole host of performance cars for track days and I am bored of them TBH....

    My mate is seriously into bikes which has given me a sort of hunger to go for it... I want a bike more for track days TBH, a big leap I know!



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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 19:20:32 (permalink)
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    Bikes are only as quick as the person riding them if your set on a 600 you will end up with one sooner or later why mess about with smaller bikes you just have to be responsible. I have a 636 and it was my second bike after a gixer 600 and there awesome bikes but not ideal for road riding there so hard and track focused and if your tall they hurt your back much better with a gixxer 6 or cbr to start with imo.


    I did direct access in four days from never riding before and it cost 500 quid and have had no troubles just insurance is blooming steep to start with

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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 19:24:26 (permalink)
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    CBR 600. Good bike.
    Join the organ donor's club Chris!

    Be careful though.
    Fast bikes are a little different to fast cars. No sodding airbag for a start.

     
     
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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 19:30:42 (permalink)
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    I was/am into my biking a lot, just can't afford to run a car and bike at the moment.

    CBT your looking at £100.
    Theory £30
    Test £50
    1 day of lessons £80ish

    As your over 21 you can do your direct access, which means you can get onto any bike you want at full power, you take your test on a higher powered bike for this.


    I passed my test first time after just one lesson, imo it's a lot easier than the car test. Just constantly check mirrors and watch your road positioning etc.

    As for the riding part itself it's a different ball game to fast car driving, i know it takes precision and skill to guide a car quickly around a track or road, but most people can lose traction in a car quite safely.

    On a bike it's completely different, if you lose traction you'd do a good job of saving it. You steer with your eyes and weight as opposed to your hands. If you look at the curb when going round a corner, you will go into it. Its called target fixation and most newbie bike crashed happen because of it.
    Once you cover the basics and progressively get faster you will love it, and you'll appreciate why the NW200 and TT riders have MASSIVE balls.

    As for picking the right bike, all modern Jap 600's are essentially identical, all very fast, handle very well and will take more than any road rider can give them. Just pick the one you like the look of most.

    Whilst on the subject, a mate of mine picked up a 54 plate cbr600 abotu 3 weeks ago, i took it for a quick spin, after not riding bikes for so long and being used to my 120hp civic. FCUK me, it flies lol.
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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 20:30:11 (permalink)
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    Nice replies guys!


    I did direct access in four days from never riding before and it cost 500 quid and have had no troubles just insurance is blooming steep to start with


    Direct access? I'll look into that. I just had a quote - total newbie that has just passed and the quote from Bennets was £420. I though was quite cheap... any cheaper insurance companies around?

    Join the organ donor's club Chris!

    Be careful though.
    Fast bikes are a little different to fast cars. No sodding airbag for a start.


    I hear that mate! I know quite a few horror stories, however I have had a few in my cars - only the other year ago I wrote off my track orientated VX220 and I am an experienced driver!

    Crunch - cheers for that reply mate... sounds good!

    BTW are there any good forums? I have just been reading on a few but they seem quite rubbish TBH.

    Some nice bikes on Pistonheads, ebay - anywhere else sell them that I can look online?



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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 20:39:13 (permalink)
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    Just Respect the throttle thats all i say. I Do some MotoCross on a CR250. My 1st Bike was a YZ 250, I lasted 2mins before flipping it through a fence!

    I would Defo get some exp 1st before jumping on a big bike imo. Direct Accsses is the way to go im toying with doing mine next yr. Looking at a lil 250 2 stroke to start with road wise.

    Insurence just suf roudn try the compare websites.

    Buying the bikes? Ebay or Atuotrader imo.

    Good luck Bike beats a car any day imo!


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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 21:26:42 (permalink)
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    ebay is quite good for bikes tbh, that and biketrader.

    www.bikechatforums.com is/was a good forum, loads of teenagers have joined in the past couple of years and the moderation of the site has slipped, so its turned pretty **** with loads of useless crap threads. Theres some decent articles though and if you post a thread the good members are very helpful.
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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 21:30:18 (permalink)
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    Also, i suggest you pop down to DK Motorcycles and play with all the bikes in there, they have a massive showroom and every model you'd be interested in and you can sit and fiddle on the ones you like. Just do not buy from there.

    For bike clothing the shop sitting above dk sells gear, across the road is hein gericke but id suggest DH Autos which is a few doors down from where Zanzibar was in newcastle, also next door to the rigger (a hairy biker pub) DH is family run and very customer focussed, helpful staff and good prices.
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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 21:37:36 (permalink)
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    Nice one - very helpful. I pass through that area quite alot when I am out travelling to clients etc.

    I am going to give this some serious thought but I think I am definately up for it, the missus approves [still thinks I am a bit selfish - but she knows what I am like on-track] although I know I will change my mindset as a bike demands so much more respect.



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    RE: I Want To Get Into Road Biking....... 2008/05/17 23:02:27 (permalink)
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    Your love having a bike mate, a 600 is fine anything smaller will get boring pretty quick.
    Ive been riding bike for years (started off road) but I did my thoery, cbt then had a couple of lessons and did test, it didnt take long at all and cost about £600 I think.
    My advice would be do it now you have the idea in your head, otherwise you might put it off for years.

    Good luck.
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