Motorbikes..........

#1
Chatting to my Welsh uncle the other day about his days riding Royal Enfield's as a dispatch rider in Osnabruck in the 50's, started me thinking again about getting a bike

question is, are they an extremely cool way to get around fast or are they just a death trap........

Any Arrser bikers out there?

Haven't got a car at the moment, and am thinking bike might be a cheaper way to get around but not sure it's practical (i.e. might be good when it's 25 degrees and blue skies now but when it's icy mornings in december is it gonna be hell?).
 
#2
Go out and do your CBT, you will know soon enough if biking is for you or not.

Oh yes and the fun does go up in direct proportion to the CC of your bike ;)

msr
 
#4
Great fun - falling off hurts

Riding from September to May can be... interesting.

When the sun is shining and the roads are empty of volvos and Gatso's, it's more fun than a fun thing.
 
#5
It's like getting an extra pair of legs...
...that let you run VERY fast...
...and make you grin like a loony most of the time...
...get one :D.
 
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msr
 
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HH_2 said:
Chatting to my Welsh uncle the other day about his days riding Royal Enfield's as a dispatch rider in Osnabruck in the 50's, started me thinking again about getting a bike

question is, are they an extremely cool way to get around fast or are they just a death trap........

Any Arrser bikers out there?

Haven't got a car at the moment, and am thinking bike might be a cheaper way to get around but not sure it's practical (i.e. might be good when it's 25 degrees and blue skies now but when it's icy mornings in december is it gonna be hell?).
Do your CBT get a cheap bike and you will know.

Winters are tolerable.

If you want practical a scooter might be better for you. You get storage under the seats, in the footwell (there is a hook there) and in a top box. Bikes are rubbish for storage.

Beware though - alot of scooters are ridden by underage scrotes/immature cnuts so there is a tainted by association factor...
 
#11
Get two. A scratcher for summer and a super motard for winter....great fun :p

Its true though that you heal quicker when younger.
 
#12
Mine is a Champion Interceptor with front suspension and disc brakes, Shimano chainset and gears, and a choice of 21 gear ratios to choose from.
 
#14
Just added this Mt500 to the other 4 classic lambretta/triumph scooter and modern twist and go I've got, Found out it's come frm my TA unit getting a stainless steel pipe and cam upgrade shortly 8)
 
#15
Being a keen biker, i certainly wouldn't put you off, unfortunately with everything there are pro's and cons. I'm more into sports bikes and attend a lot of bike meets, racing events etc and i get great satisfaction and have a lot of fun. It really depends on what you want the bike for ie work, hobby etc. I would agree with some people on the weather front, as when it's pi**ing it down it does become a bit of a drag and can become a lot more dangerous.

One peice of advice though, if after passing your CBT, are over 21 and you do your direct access, do not be tempted to go out and buy a big sports bike or your days will be numbered few. buy a more lesuirely bike (they are fast enough) get used to riding for a while and possibly do a few track days to build up your confidence.

Anyway whatever your decision, ride safe and have fun.
 

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HH_2 said:
(i.e. might be good when it's 25 degrees and blue skies now but when it's icy mornings in december is it gonna be hell?).
You've got that bit right but as msr says get your CBT and see if it's for you.

It's an awesome way to get around when the weather is right and the suffering is just the price you pay for the good times ;)


Current - Trident 750
 
#17
Ronnie8781 said:
CBR600RR= Absolutely fantastic
seconded. My sphincter healed over after half an hour!

Not as good as my old home tuned Yamaha RD125 LC though :p (1988) Gulp!!

First proper bike is always the best!
 
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HH_2 said:
question is, are they an extremely cool way to get around fast or are they just a death trap........
I started riding 3 years ago after passing my DAS. Had bikes when I was younger but was never road legal so I decided I wanted to get back into it legally. I ride 70 miles a day commuting to work. Look far ahead and never underestimate the stupidity of a car driver. I have a bright yellow BMW1100, Xenon 30% brighter headlight bulb on dip, 2 front spotlights and a further 2 spotlights linked through the high beam circuit, wear a flourescent jacket and still get idiots pulling out in in front of me from junctions, failing to check their mirrors and manouvering over into my lane, cutting me up etc and saying "they didn`t feckin see me"??? :x :x

HH_2 said:
Haven't got a car at the moment, and am thinking bike might be a cheaper way to get around but not sure it's practical (i.e. might be good when it's 25 degrees and blue skies now but when it's icy mornings in december is it gonna be hell?).
I ride 365 days a year. Get the right kit and the right bike is paramount. I started off with a Honda Deauville NT650V for 2 years. Good all round reliable V Twin, half faired for weather protection, heated grips fitted. Came in at 55 BHP but cruised nicely at 80MPH returning 55MPG.

Wanted some extra power when I started becoming pi$$ed off with Audi and Mercedes drivers tailgating me flashing their lights to get past. Now I just slow down to infuriate them, wait until they try to undertake, give it a fist full of throttle and see if they can match the 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. :twisted:

Insurance is £130.00 a year, tax is £64.00 a year and I still return about 51MPG on an 1100cc tourer. A lot cheaper than a car with the bonus of no traffic jams and (when they impose it nationwide across cities) no congestion/environmental charge.
 
#20
McVitie said:
Is anybody a fan of the easy rider type bikes?

<Prepares for incoming :wink:
Im partial MvVitie, you can get the pegs scratching so much easier, my mate were`nt impressed when I did it to his Harley 833 though. No sense of humour.
 
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