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Just starting out

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by misterjingo, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    I'm 35 and never seriously considered biking. I climb and used to paraglide, so I've no issue with the perceived greater risk.

    I recently started a new job, and a lot of the guys there have bikes, so on a whim I decided to book onto a CBT course, luckily the school I called had slots free within 2 weeks. I did my CBT last Sunday, and it was a lot of fun.

    I'm 6'2" and I was riding a van van, which was a little bit small. My first few attempts at moving the bike were a bit jumpy, but I soon got the hang of the clutch at lower speeds. Soon I was getting up to 3rd gear on the car park - but that was a bit awkward, as I was told not to gear change whilst cornering, so as soon as I jumped to 3rd, I was having to slow down to get back to 2nd for turning.

    Getting on the road was great, strangely I felt no fear. I was taken around Redditch and surrounding areas, and got separated sometimes due to busy roundabouts - also due to stalling a couple of times whilst waiting at said roundabouts :).

    I managed to get up to 45ish when safe, which again felt great. So, all-in-all, it was a great day. It would have been good to get more road practice, as I still didn't feel totally comfortable with approaching junctions when in 3rd - 4th gear. Start back breaking to slow? Change down to second as getting nearer, and if clear go, else stop, gear down to first? I know it will come with practice

    This week I managed to pass my motorbike theory test, so all set to push for my DAS.

    I also went to look at bikes earlier this week, and perhaps a bit prematurely, I put money down on a 125. So on Tuesday I'm going to pick up a WR125X, it's crazily tall compared to the van van, but I can put both feet flat when seated.

    I'm excited to pick the bike up, but am nervous about getting it home! I'll need to drive it from Halesowen to near Cannon Hill Park, so lots of crazily busy roads near central Birmingham. Some of the fear stems from not being able to use sat nav to find my way home. It'll be a bit of a baptism of fire if nothing else, I plan on taking it nice and slowly :D
     
  2. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 19,907

    Don't do it. It's boring, expensive and stupid.










    Said no one ever. :p

    Welcome to the club! Get used to the 125, get as many miles in as you can before it gets too cold (read:slippery).
    Don't worry about getting lost, that's half the fun on a bike. Take the long way.
     
  3. Junglist

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 11, 2015

    Posts: 5,367

    Location: Bristol

    Congrats on the CBT/Theory and booking your DAS! The WR125X Looks like an awesome bike too! I'm jealous
     
  4. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,779

    Location: Kent

    Welcome to the club :D

    The basic stuff like changing down etc will come with experience, there's stuff they can't teach on the CBT, like changing into 1st before you stop, so you don't get stuck at the lights in 2nd unable to change into first (bikes don't like changing into first when they're not moving).
     
  5. Junglist

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 11, 2015

    Posts: 5,367

    Location: Bristol

    I found I was changing into first when coming to a stop or junctions anyway. I do that in a car so perhaps that's why I was doing it on the CBT.

    Now getting the bike into neutral, that is the tough part for me
     
  6. wazza300

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham

    Did you buy from streetbike?

    Congrats and be careful on it
     
  7. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,842

    Location: West mids

    If it's being a pain which is quite common on 125's their gears aren't as nice as bigger bikes, then roll the bike a little backwards or forwards while applying pressure to the gear change.

    Should slot into neutral a bit easier without you having to just smash it in.

    OP you'll love it riding round Birmingham isn't too bad to be honest, and the best bit of advice I've ever been given by another biker was "Assume everyone is trying to kill you and you won't go far wrong" He was right.
     
  8. Captain

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

    Posts: 18,252

    Location:

    What school did you go with? If you rode around redditch (which is where i live) it was either RMT or openroad? :)

    The freedom you have being out on your own is great, it's like when you pass your driving test and you go out in your car for the first time, but on a bike, that feeling never fades :cool:
     
  9. Scooby_WR1

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 20, 2007

    Posts: 1,020

    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    I always put it into neutral while the bike is still moving as its easy then. I prefer to select neutral from second though as I find it easier than going down to first then flicking it up to neutral.
     
  10. Yaayuh!

    Capodecina

    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 19,907

    This, on 50cc and 125cc bikes it can be a pain for some reason. Do it whilst moving, or rock back/forth and it should click in easier.
     
  11. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    Thanks all :)

    @wazza300 It was from street bike!

    @Clov!s I went with Goldies Motorcycle Training. They do the CBT on a car park by Arrow Vale Sports Centre in Redditch.

    I went and paid for the bike and bought my gear today. Fingers crossed, I might be able to pick the bike up tomorrow. I figure the roads might be a bit less busy on a Saturday.

    Here's a picture of the bike too:

    http://1drv.ms/1MBgunT

    :D
     
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  12. Captain

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

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    Ah yeah goldie, he's got 2 areas he does, redditch and rubery :) My dad went with him, nice bloke. :)

    Bike looks good too. :)
     
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  13. wazza300

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham

    invest in a big strong chain and a disc lock,those style of bikes are a thieves favourite

    always chain it up to something solid
     
  14. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    I've ordered a Almax Immobiliser Series IV Uber chain, and it'll be anchored to a huge concrete post in my back garden. I'm also considering getting a CCTV pointing at the bike, so if the worst happens and someone tries to take it, I'll have evidence.

    I figured it doesn't hurt to be too paranoid.
     
  15. peggyschalk

    Associate

    Joined: Oct 28, 2013

    Posts: 22

    true. getting lost is what makes it fun in the end of the day.
     
  16. Craig321

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 2, 2004

    Posts: 19,971

    Awesome first bike, reminds me of the Nuda, which I really really want :D

    Not a great time to be getting into it (cold/wet/salty)! Don't let the weather put you off, soldier through to summer!
     
  17. Stovepipes

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 20, 2010

    Posts: 1,109

    Location: Greater London

    Nice bike although it's not the best time to start riding it's much better than waiting. Only thing I kinda regret was wasting time and money on the 125cc, that being said it did help with the confidence.

    Have fun & ride safe.
     
  18. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    I was impatient, and rather than wait an age for summer, I figured I could clock up some miles over winter, and hopefully, by the time summer comes I'll feel confident on the bike and can enjoy the nice weather :).

    @Craig321 There's a guy on youtube who rides a Nuda, he's called RoyalJordanian. His 'observation' videos are amazing, watching him filter through busy London traffic is just mesmerising - his Nuda sounds amazing ahah :D
     
  19. Craig321

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 2, 2004

    Posts: 19,971

    He's one of the big reasons the Nuda is my favourite bike. Been watching for years :D
     
  20. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    I picked up the bike this morning!

    I was a little bit nervous about getting it home, there was more traffic on the road than I expected, and the guy who handed me the bike was telling me to be careful, talking about ice, and how the tires were new so they needed 100 miles to bed in etc :D

    As I started it, perhaps over revving it slightly due to it being my first post-CBT ride and never having been on a wr125x before, it started raining, and one of the mirrors were loose, so I had to keep pushing it back into position ahah.

    I followed the road for a few miles to get a feel for it, and just took it nice and carefully. I then drove the 30 minutes home. It actually felt really good, the bike felt solid, and once I started moving, all nerves had vanished.

    Getting it into the garden was a bit of a squeeze, so I might need to widen the gate, but over all, it was a great first ride :D

    I have recorded it, so will push it to youtube when it's been edited down.