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I've been hinting at getting a bike for a while now, but couldn't really justify the expence. That was until a mate at work told me he was practically giving away his winter bike as he needed the room in his garage. So for £200 I have just inherited a 1992 Kawasaki GPZ 500S :D Along with a set of Apachi leathers that are bearly used and no longer fit my mate (he's had a bit of a middle age spread since they were purchased).

So all thats left for me to get is a helmet and the small matter of a Direct Access Licence, which I won't have time to do now till after christmas. Although that does work out pretty well as the bike has been stood for the last year and needs a good servicing and cleaning up so will give me a cance to get it sorted and then join the motorbike world in the spring :beerchug
 

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what do you want written on your head stone? :crackup
 

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Nice one mate, you will really enjoy biking. Since I got my Trumpet I've not been happier, trouble is I'm kinda getting addicted to them and want to buy another bike as well! I'm after either a Suzuki GSX-R 750 or GSX-R 1000. Really can't afford another bike but we only young once! (ummm ok I may not be so young on the outside now but uinder the skin I'm 5!)
 

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Well done, your choice of learner bike is good as well, quick enough to give you a buzz but not mental in it wants to kill you...

When passed, check with your local constabulary to register for the Bikesafe scheme, you go to a presentation where you get lectured in safe riding and a couple of weeks later you get to go on an escorted ride, one on one with a motorcycle police person, they dont expect you to ride like a granny, they wont nick you for doing 85, they just observe and give you tips on improving your safety (ok, like if you do stupid things you will get nicked), I advocate it as one of the best things I done, better than the pi5h you get when learning for the test...

Good luck and have fun... :beerchug
 

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Thanks for the encouragement guys :beerchug I'll try to get round to adding a section on my website about my bike, with plenty of pictures to boot.


Jixaman... was definatly looking to do some sort of further training after my test. I'll have a look into the police bikesafe scheme in my local area.

Will keep folks posted as to my progress. :roll:
 

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Thats lookin good mate, guessing an aftermarket paint job or am I being bone, not seen it like that before?

Good starter bike as cheep and reliable and also a big bag of fun!

If you decide the sports bike route either myself or Excel620 will point you in the direction of some very friendly forums and I kow that you will have no trouble finding some peeps to ride with!

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D Proper happy for you mate, btw ride through the winter, you can't beat the experience you will learn from it and when the weather turns nice again you will ride like a god coz you'll be used to the back skipping out and all that :)
 

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Aaaaaagghhhh, evil one... Winter bad... Cold...

And expensive or life threatning, depending on how you maintain your bike...

Not for me, September the Gixxer gets wraped up for the winter never to get out in the open air again till Easter...

I sat my part 2 (god im getting a raisin) in the winter on a cg125, that was enough...

Oh and im not ashamed to say this, if its raining then forget it, if im caught out in the rain then so be it but I dont set out to get wet n miserable, (as Neil from the young ones) I just dont see the point, you know, like all the car drivers laugh at you when you stop...

Two of the most miserable days of my biking life were...

I remember doing my part two (god i'm getting an old raisin), Glasgow, sleet, drenched cold and wet. My instructors last words to me when going out on the test were "He (the examiner) will take you out onto an A road, remember, when you see the national speed limit sign, just whack it open and get up to 55, he's a stickler for that, you dont want to be doing 40"... Ok so cattering away (the bike as well as me) after a while, I sees countryside up ahead, national speed limit sign, twist it open and... It died... Dropped down to bring it back to life but no....... But yes, coughed into life and sang like its head was going to pop clear off...

the other was Eurotrip 03... We were heading from the ferry at Ijmuden to Groenedijk Bikers hotel, Belgium, it rained soooo heavy, I was soaked through to the skin, I had decided to save bulk and not take waterproofs (lesson there). The next day I bought waterproofs at the Mazda/Triumph shop down the road and (touch wood) it hasnt rained on any Eurotrip since bar one or two light and one heavy 20mins this year in Germany...

The bike looks nice as far as a grainy photo can show, be good to it, pass the test and see you out there... :beerchug
 

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Thats lookin good mate, guessing an aftermarket paint job or am I being bone, not seen it like that before?
Yeah the guy that had it before my mate was a mechanic I believe. He rebuilt the engine and had the bike profesionally resprayed. I think the fairings and front mud guard are from custom moulds too. If you compare it to some standard 1990 GPZ's theres a couple of discrete differences.

Really the bike just needs a new battery oil chane and a new offside wing mirror and its good to go. I just need the time to do my test.. which as much as I'd like to do it now, won't be till mid January at the earliest. I'm really desperate to get her sorted and on the road as soon as I can though. :D :D :D :D

Havent been this excited since I got my first 180 :roll:
 

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Not bad for £200.00.
I expect the insurance is more than that! :hammerhea
 

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Insurance isn't too bad, I got quoted £180 for the year. :D It uses about half the petrol my ZS does too, so a couple of months riding in teh summer to work, and the petrol savings will covert the cost of the Tax and inurance anyway.
 

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Jixaman said:
Aaaaaagghhhh, evil one... Winter bad... Cold...


Two of the most miserable days of my biking life were...

I remember well the daily year round commute on the bike - sold when I got married (truly no regrets, though I didn't really ought to look at this section:)), but

A February evening ride from the north lakes to Walthamstow, E17 on my GPZ900r was very cold. Riding down the bottom of the M11 it was all I could do to control the bike and I had to accelerate a bit to try and get the blood to circulate. Finally I was passed by a couple on a kitted goldwing with their heater on:) The forecast said it would get warmer overnight, so I stayed over and set off for Chichester at 5am the next morning - the air temp was about -7.

Another unpleasant ride was a winters evening run from Woodbridge to London on an XJ750. The A12 was crawling lorries and cars and the air was full of drizzle and that grimy roadspray you get at that time of year. I had to ride with a gap in my visor and when I arrived I had a neat black 'square' on my face, with two lighter patches where my specs had shielded my eyes.

Happy days??
 
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