I have held a car license since 1988. In the 1990's I took an intensive motorbike course simply for fun. I failed the test but I never retook it as the motivation at the time wasn't around getting the license itself. I recall at the time it significantly improved my car driving as I was very aware of how vulnerable motorcyclists are. I would now like to learn to ride again. But with two kids money is very, very tight now. So I am considering buying a cheap used 125 and learning. I am unsure whetehr I'd sell the 125 for a bigger bike afterwards or just keep it. I appreciate I have to take my CBT before anything else. But I have a few questions. * Am I allowed to ride the bike to the CBT course in the same way you can drive a car to an MOT station? Or do I need to hire one there? I assume I can't drive it so perhaps taking the CBT with a hired bike before buying my own would be a better approach? * Are there any recommendations on 125's? I really can't afford a new bike so it would have to be cheap. I need to do this as cheaply as possible or not at all. I am OK to do my own basic servicing or repairs on a car/bike. If I sell the bike after passing the test I would obviously like to lose as little depreciation as possible. So buying at the bottom of the curve would be the target. * Although I can't afford an intensive training course, would it be possible and beneficial to have a days training after the CBT to learn best practices from an instructor? I've been driving (a car) for 30 years so am certainly not a new driver, but that has all been in a car. I need to do this cheaply but not at the expense of safety. * Where to go for cheap clothing/helmet/boots? I don't care whether I look like a ninja or a fashion model as long as it's safe. * Any other advice? Thanks. EDIT: I've just seen this on a motocycle training company website. I'm an old fart so does that mean I could hire a 125 for CBT and then buy a 250 to ride as a learner? It would negate the need to upgrade after a test and presumably 125's are more expensive due to learner demand?