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

  1. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,841

    Location: West mids

    I've got a Shark S900C nice little helmet, the drop down sun visor is a life saver don't think I could use a helmet without now.
     
  2. Captain

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 1, 2011

    Posts: 18,252

    Location:

    You actually like yours? Mine is **** in my Frank Thomas helmet, is no good at blocking out the sun at all lol.
     
  3. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    The one in the GT-Air is excellent, especially with a pin lock as the helmet can fog if not well ventilated.
     
  4. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,841

    Location: West mids

    Yep it's great, my eyes really suffer in bright sun as well to the point I look like I've constantly got one eye shut if I've not got shades on and it works for me.
     
  5. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jul 13, 2004

    Posts: 42,104

    Location: /* */

    The GT Air has one of the worst internal visors I've come across!

    Great helmet otherwise though.
     
  6. The_Abyss

    Capodecina

    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Each to their own I guess. There's no distortion, it is easy to operate and the tint is just about right for me.
     
  7. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,779

    Location: Kent

    Not a fan of internal visors, the Arai solution of an external flip down tinted visor works well.

    I want a Shakey Byrne Shoei NXR for me next helmet :D
     
  8. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    I was going to wait a while to sort out my DAS... but got itchy feet so been in touch with a local school.

    Booked up for an afternoon on a big bike, they'll then use that to judge how many days etc. I might as well get it sorted before all the summer riders start booking up :p.

    I've been doing a load more riding on the 125 and have been working on mirrors, gears, junction approaches and taking on feedback from guys at work who etc (bought the police riders handbook from the rainforest place for 1p(!) too) and been having a lot of fun. Actually had a dry day recently, so I could really lean into the corners ahah.
     
  9. Flack88

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Sep 22, 2011

    Posts: 1,679

    Location: Staffordshire Somewhere

    Try get it done ASAP, in the summer it can be a month or two between mod one and mod two.
     
  10. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,779

    Location: Kent

    Yep, once spring hits and the weather starts to turn everyone and their dog wants to get a bike licence. March/April/May time will be busiest depending on the weather.
     
  11. misterjingo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 21, 2006

    Posts: 1,476

    All signed up!

    I have got a quick question, but think this might be more of a 125 thing.

    On my 125, the gear / speed / rev boundaries are fairly narrow, so lots of changing up and down. On approach to a small roundabout, or tight corner, if I want to try and take it with a nice bit of lean (not knee down ;p) I reduce speed, and have been gearing down. This seems to give me more power and lets me accelerate out of the corner - but it pushes the revs up high.

    So should I just take such corners in a higher gear, but have less power around / on the way out, or gear down and push up the revs to give me power if I need it on the way round and out?

    Does this make sense? :p I'm guessing on a bigger bike this isn't such an issue.
     
  12. wazza300

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 11, 2009

    Posts: 27,065

    Location: BenefitStreetBirmingham

    its usually slow in fast out,of a corner so id say a lower gear as your approaching the roundabout and soon as you start to exit accelerate and change up

    you just need to find a suitable gear for the speed your entering the corner
     
  13. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,779

    Location: Kent

    In the corner you want a constant, very very slight throttle - only just accelerating, this will give you the most stability. Therefore, you need to be in the right gear before the corner. You're thinking about it a little too much IMO - it's a 125, so full revs everywhere if you're accelerating, get into the right gear before the corner, so the engine isn't screaming or lugging, a bit of throttle through the corner and more on the exit.
     
  14. spookywillow

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 3, 2006

    Posts: 3,235

    Location: Atcham, Shropshire

    Just passed my CBT on sunday first time with no training other than on the day, Was riding a moped for about a year a long time ago (1999) so had a bit of knowledge to help me.

    Was offered a 2005 CG125 before I even thought about getting a bike etc so thought what the hell! Just got a helmet (LS2 FF384, Pinlock visor and Motus waterproofs for just under £110 off the bay, Didn't want to spend too much as it's only a summer thing to get to work and the odd day out.

    Can't wait for the warmer weather!