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My first bike was....

- Aprilia Freestyle 125...small version of the Nordwest 600
- Piaggio Exagon...what a sh*t....only had it for 6 months.
- B*W F650..another great mistake in my life.
- Then next had 2 Honda CB750...(not the nighthawk version)
- A BMW R something...silly bike to me...boxer shaking the balls out of me and not running anywhere :crackup
- A gap of 2 years and back to it on my current bike a Honda CBF 600S...rides nicely and can be pulled hard enough to enjoy....chasis is a bit git though :D but overall balance is fine if we think of it as a long distance rider.

Actually I have a Triumph specialised shop just at about 5 meters from work and my eyes can't help but look at them everytime...

Alex :beerchug
 

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Kelvin Fagan said:
Do mopeds count?
Yes they most deffinately do. So many people knock them but I had the best, most fun, (and most Sh*gs!) on lil bikes. They ARE COOL no matter what any person says; 16yrs old and mobile, almost makes you a man! (or woman)
 

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I've only owned 2:

Suzuki Bandit 600
Honda VFR 800 Fi-X

I "learnt" to ride on the Bandit for 3.5 years and I knew it was time to move up when I went out for a ride with some guys who were on 1000cc bikes and they couldn't keep up woth me through the twisties in Wales. They knobbled me on the straights though!

My VFR is fantastic. I love it to bits and it sounds wonderful with it's road legal until you take the baffles out Blue Flame exhaust on it. It makes the V4 burble like nothing you've ever heard.

Do mopeds count?
No they don't!!! My opinion only of course. If you're goning to learn, GET A BIKE. Kids on mopeds are a harzard I feel. They're let loose on the open road with no perception of ehat goes on out there and scream around like they know what they're doing :frust :frust :gunsfirin :gunsfirin :frust :frust A personla view point and I'm sure that I'll get a flaming for saying so. If it's the only way you can do it, then ride responsibly!
 

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No they don't!!! My opinion only of course. If you're goning to learn, GET A BIKE. Kids on mopeds are a harzard I feel. They're let loose on the open road with no perception of ehat goes on out there and scream around like they know what they're doing :frust :frust :gunsfirin :gunsfirin :frust :frust A personla view point and I'm sure that I'll get a flaming for saying so. If it's the only way you can do it, then ride responsibly!
The reason I believe that 16yr olds SHOULD ride a moped is because of what you have said, they have no road experience/hazard perception so they in no way should be allowed to ride a bike capable of breaking any speed limit! Yes it still hurts when you fall off but no where near as much as when you fall off a cbr600 at 90mph!

I must say in your defence tho that mopeds do teach only 2 throttle positions- ON or OFF and mybe why I seem to have an obsession with speed as I pretty much have driven all my bikes this way! But I learnt a lot about the physics of riding bikes by starting small and gained some road craft on a bike that wasnt going to get me caught out and out of my depth!

I as a lad wanted to start on a 125cc bike but my old man insisted that I had the MT5 1st and though following his advice I moved up through the engine sizes without killing myself! (I have however fallen off each and every bike I've owned!)
 

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over the last 14 years i have had...
dt50
mt5
ar125
gpz 305 [dont laugh i was 15]
cr 500
mtx 125
cr 250
kx 250
rg 500 [awsome but like riding a hand grenade with the pin pulled just waiting for it to blow[
kh 250 triple
z 650 [spoked wheel version]
gsxr1100
yzf750 r
xjr1300 [only new bike i ever had and it blew up!!]
zx9r e1

due to ********* back and neck not allowed them any more sux in a huge way

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pete247 said:
The reason I believe that 16yr olds SHOULD ride a moped is because of what you have said, they have no road experience/hazard perception so they in no way should be allowed to ride a bike capable of breaking any speed limit! Yes it still hurts when you fall off but no where near as much as when you fall off a cbr600 at 90mph!

I must say in your defence tho that mopeds do teach only 2 throttle positions- ON or OFF and mybe why I seem to have an obsession with speed as I pretty much have driven all my bikes this way! But I learnt a lot about the physics of riding bikes by starting small and gained some road craft on a bike that wasnt going to get me caught out and out of my depth!

I as a lad wanted to start on a 125cc bike but my old man insisted that I had the MT5 1st and though following his advice I moved up through the engine sizes without killing myself! (I have however fallen off each and every bike I've owned!)

my observations

recently was at a set of traffic lights waiting to turn left with indicator ON two cars in front in gear waiting for lights to change , when 3 mopeds pulled up directly behind me 3 abreast saw them expected the worst as all kids messing about .good job i did because as lights changed one shot up my inside before cars even moved other two shot down right hand side , wasnt much of a gap i can tell you on the left but they didnt care "MUPPETS " comes to mind .
 

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My one and only bike is a 2000 Honda Hornet 6000, which I have owned for 5 years!!

I don't get to ride as much as I would like to.

The bike has had a few mods, pics here My Hornet

My greatest achievement was buying a scorpion can for £30 from Yahoo Auctions and when it arrived it looked a wreck, 2 hours and lots of Autosol later it looked the business :)
 

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I know that there are arguments for and against mopeds etc, but I just can't bring myself to accept them, no that's not fair,I can't bering myself to accept the fact that 16 year olds are allowed to ride them on the public highways. I know that this will also open up another can of worms but look at how kids are conducting themselves of late, I'm not going to tar them all with the same brush, but on a scale of 1 to 10, how much respect do they show other people of late probably closer to -10 I wouuld say?

It's quite an emotive subject, but I personally feel that they should learn to drive before they even sit their ar5es on a moped or scooter so that they can appreciate what goes on out there in the big wide world and learn how the road works.

This could rage on for a long time I know, but when you see them acting as described Mr Yellow Peril, I feel quite strongly about letting them out there. For every sane, sensible rider that is out there, there must be 10 nutters. The same could be said of car drivers, but in the case of scooter riders, they terrify me and as a biker who is trying his very best to improve the image of bikers in my neck of the woods, it makes my blood boil to see them mucking about the way that they do. How protected are you with a t-shirt, tracksuit bottoms and an ill fitting helmet? When I ride out, it's full leathers or no riding at all. Sorry a little :topic: but scooters and I don't mix. Hence the reason why I waited until I had the opportunity to do the Direct Access Course.

Returning to the topic, I don't know what to have next. A Honda Blackbird is a potential possibility before age creeps in and the Pan European takes pride of place in the garage for those long European holidays with the wife when the opportunity arrives in a good number of years time!
 

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Rincewind said:
I know that there are arguments for and against mopeds etc..... I can't bering myself to accept the fact that 16 year olds are allowed to ride them on the public highways...... It's quite an emotive subject, but I personally feel that they should learn to drive before they even sit their ar5es on a moped or scooter so that they can appreciate what goes on out there in the big wide world and learn how the road works.
I hear what you are saying.

But I think that all new car drivers should spend a year on a moped. This is to give them an understanding of how vulnerable bikers are to unattentive car drivers, and will make them ultimately more aware of their surroundings- looking for the safest way to crash if worse happens/is there a bike on my blindspot etc. It also give them a chance to learn basic engine maintenance as they are so simple to work on How to check tyre pressures/oil levels/brake pads etc. 2p worth
 

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theres clearly arguements for both and as said views will differ greatly im sure but it does make me wince to see some of these "idiots" loose on the road , another one recently guy on moped on open road with helmet high on head answering his mobile while riding along couldnt believe how stupid that was . it beggars belief some times it really does . and rincewind totally agree no leathers no ride period!!!!!!!!!!

a true biker will ALWAYS protect himself as best he can , and leathers is compulsory in my book .sorry for being off topic

this thread needs more pics !!!
 

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Just looking into getting my lady a DAS course. The possible idea would be she has my CBR and i get a new blackbird. :roll:

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She would have to pass first and she has very short legs, so maybe a Hornet or Bandit is better.

The scooter and clothing nargument is a great one.

A rode a scooter in France with a pair of shorts and lid only. ( always wear a lid )

But i have also riden my bike in t-shirt and shorts as it was just too hot to wear anything else, and i was just going a few miles. I did do something silly, had a very lucky near miss and after that set myself a limit of 30mph whilst riding wioth no kit on.

In England i WONT go proper riding without full kit.

I have been known to go to Pub for a bit of grub and a shandy !! in jeans with proper jacket, lid and gloves. ( always wear gloves - its the first part of your body to go down )

Most of the scooter lads round here are idiots and when they over / under take me on my bike is p***es me off, espcially if i am caught up behind something and the over take is not on / dangerous. I then feel its nessacery to take the p*** and upset them as much as possible by preventing them an overtake by accelerating a touch, especially when they are nearly flat out, a couple of blips tends to put them in their place.
 

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Only had 2 bikes and still got them...

2000 Honda 125 CityFly
2001 Suzuki SV650s

Just need to sort the finances so i can keep both. A little trail bike for playing on the paths and a decent road bike for getting places fast!!
 

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room for one more ?? anywhere i see a bikers section i get all giddy lol......

heres my baby....




stew im thinking of changing bike not 100% sure but would you be interested in the trick bits etc [double bubble screen,akrapovic exhaust,full set of crash bobbins engine,swing arm, front spindle and bar ends,gsxr heel plates] it just gives me an idea of what to let the bike go for leave bits on or off....im not sure if i will change just wanna know if u would be interested at all....chhers...andy
 
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