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Just starting out

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

  1. Captain

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    3 day courses start at around £500, that should include test fees, 4 days you are looking at £650-£700 including test fees.

    If your CBT runs out before you do your DAS you'll have to do another one before they let you do your DAS.
     
  2. Jae-So

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    Thanks, I doubt a 4 day course would be enough so maybe I start I'ma 125 with my local school on a pay as you go basis and go to an intensive course once I've ridden for a while.
     
  3. Captain

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    4 days is plenty even for a novice, I know people who's never ridden and passed their course in 2 days! :)
     
  4. Jae-So

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    Haha I barely passed my CBT in 1 day lol. I would feel better getting time in saddle at my local school as they are cheap. Maybe a bit during spring then during the summer I will have an intensive 4 day course.
     
  5. bowey

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    I personally wouldn't like to see a person who's had 2 days flying about on a r1. Just from my experience I wasn't confident in myself on the road in 2days at all and I had drove for 11 years
     
  6. Junglist

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    I'm pretty much a rookie bar the odd time in a field on a pit bike.

    Due to where I work I can't really do the extensive course so I have done it they way you described as 'pay as you go' lol.


    So far I've done my CBT which was about £135
    Theory which was £23
    I booked 1 day at the end of November for Mod 1 training - 8 hours for £140
    Another day of Mod 1 training and test which I think I paid about £220
    I've booked and paid for 2 days training and mod 2 test which was £430


    I wish someone would've told me how expensive learning to ride can be!

    Remember, I was basically a novice and I think depending how easy you find riding a bike, mod 1 can easily be done with just 1 day training
     
  7. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

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    £1k, that's about right for everything from CBT onwards - most places will charge £700-1000 for a 4-5 day DAS course round here. And you've not even got to the expensive bit yet, buying a bike/kit/insurance etc. etc. :D
     
  8. Junglist

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    Yeah it's dawning on me how much more I need to spend. I've got boots, gloves and a jacket so far. Need my Helmet and bike next.

    Then a lock and chain.............

    does it ever end? haha
     
  9. tom_e

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    No, because once you've bought it all there's always extra shiny bits that can be attached or gear that can be upgraded :o
     
  10. TallPaul_S

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    This. It never ends. :D

    New bike, new bits for new bike, new helmet/leathers, new exhaust, new levers, more carbon... then once you have everything you could need for the current bike... you get a new one and need new bits for that one. :D

    Then there's tyres/satnav/luggage/rucksacks etc...
     
  11. Junglist

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    I might as well just keep my car the amount I'm spending! Though I did consider selling my car and getting something smaller engine wise and have the bike for commuting and fun
     
  12. tom_e

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    If you can resist the need for Gucci kit all the time then running a bike in general day to day terms will be much cheaper than a car.
     
  13. Junglist

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    I'll probably start of with cheap kit, currently have a hand me down A* textile jacket! But Once I'm riding I'll gradually buy myself a nice leather jacket and so on.

    I think the only bit of kit I'll be getting which is semi decent will be a helmet. Not something super fancy but in the £200-£350 bracket.
     
  14. russell664

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    Shark Helmets tend to be at a nice price point, and are lovely to wear. Mine is really comfortable. Have you looked into the s700 or the s900?
     
  15. Captain

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    Up to £350 it has to be Bell or shoei!
     
  16. TallPaul_S

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    If you're only doing a few thousand miles a year, only riding when it's dry etc then you can spend a lot less on kit. It's when you're doing 12k a year, in sub zero temperatures, and lashing rain, and 35 degree heat, that better kit is worth the extra money.

    Helmet - get one that fits. That's most important thing. A £600 helmet that doesn't fit isn't better than a £100 one that fits perfectly.
     
  17. Junglist

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    I haven't actually looked into them but now I will, thanks for the recommendation.

    I did have my mind on a Shoei or Schuberth. If only because I know some F1 drivers have them as their helmets :p


    Yeah I think I'll probably find some local motorbike shops and try them on but unless they offer a decent deal I'll buy online for sure.
     
  18. Captain

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  20. Junglist

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    That Shark S900 looks really decent and quite cheap.

    That website looks good, Abyss. There's a nice AGV helmet and Dainese textile jacket for quite cheap on there. I only ever look at sportsbikeshop but now I know else where to check :)