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    Hi All,

    Okay - finally decided to get round to going for a full bike license and all the joys of biking. I would like to get some advice from people in the know - riders and people currently learning or recently passed the test.

    I have experience of off road bikes from my teenage years and can 'ride' a bike quite easily off the public road. I am booked in for my theory test mid May and have got the DSA DVD's to help me with learning the theory/ Highway code.

    The advice I am looking for is more biased to the overall process - I understand that I need to re do my CBT (Lapsed in 2002) also the process of a Direct Access course and the new sections added in April . My questions are:

    * Should I buy a 125 learner bike to play on and get used to the road/ enjoy the process?
    * What have your own experiences been of the test and or which route did you take?

    Any advice welcomed, Matt

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    firstly beware of the new test, many are falling off on the emergency stop ! one broken arm already at rotherham!

    find a local bike meet, go and ask them! us bikers are always a friendly bunch are always willing to talk over a coffee on a sunday run out! or wednesday evenings is a popular one up here near leeds!!

    i did the 125 route for 1 year.

    but now i would go straight at it. i had no experience on bikes and weighed less than 9 stone so was always worried about the size of 600! to be honest the 600 was easier to ride.
    just remember you can stand up on the pegs and control the bike better with your legs for the slalom parts. i know this from a very good source! one of the first examiners to do it!!! he couldn't do it any other way!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesignforLife View Post
    My questions are:

    * Should I buy a 125 learner bike to play on and get used to the road/ enjoy the process?
    * What have your own experiences been of the test and or which route did you take?

    Any advice welcomed, Matt
    the answer to your questions are,1 it depends on how quick you intend to do your test,if you do a quick 5 day intensive course then i would not bother with a 125 if you intend to get a bigger bike straight away,if you intend to keep the 125 after you take your test then yes get one now,if you intend to take a while to take your test the getting a 125 now is a good idea as it will get you a lot of road experience.
    as to the test i took mine over 20 years a go,i started on small bikes and went bigger as i got older and the insurance prices went down

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    dont buy a 125 save your money do the direct access test then get yourself a nice midrange bike 600 bandit or a hornet..have a ride out to sherburn and have a chat as said before we dont bite{well not before 10pm } cant really comment on test as i passed my test 26 years ago and it was a totally different test then......hth

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    a 125 will get boring after about a week lol

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    125 got very boring, so power hiked. restrictor dropped off oops!

    a nice mid range 600 is so much better, even if you go down the restricted route of 33bhp. carole nash for insurance. were not always the cheapest but brilliant when i was taken out by a red light jumper in a van. stayed with them for 8 years. most of those they were either the cheapest or a couple of quid out.

    just get yourself out on 600 as soon as possible. decision will be made for you.

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    Maybe even have a look at some 400's. They're good fun and not intimidating. A god one will hold it's value when you come to sell it for something bigger aswell.

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    As has been said, go for the direct access. That's what I did and it gets you onto a big bike quicker. Far far easier to ride than a piddly little 125. I struggled with the 'U' turn on a 125, got onto the CB500 that my school was using and nailed them immediately. Don't buy a 125, put the money towards your direct access is my best advice, you'll be pleased you did.
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    Thanks everyone for the advice and experience sharing. You have reaffirmed my initial thought to do the intensive direct access course. I have been talking to Riverview Rider Training who are local and seem very thorough and friendly.

    Fingers crossed I will be soon on a bike and enjoying sunday jaunts

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    get an organ donor card mate thats the best advice!

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