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Yikes.... I only just went and did it!

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by DarkShadow, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. BUDFORCE

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 3, 2012

    Posts: 1,839

    Its great if you are not going out in the wet. Get a brush and just brush it on, this is easier I find then the spray on one's.
     
  2. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 14, 2005

    Posts: 17,435

    Location: Bristol

    So basically, no good in the UK. :p

    It's easy enough to apply normal lubes imo, especially if you have a centre or paddock stand.
     
  3. DoggyX

    Gangster

    Joined: Oct 21, 2004

    Posts: 199

    Location: West Yorkshire

  4. Malt_Vinegar

    Underboss

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 15,158

    Location: In a house

    Welcome to the club :

    I only got my full license last summer, and had a CBT for 2 years beforehand.

    The gearing up thing does take some time, but I quite enjoy the process, and you can usually safely make up the time on a commute if needed, and if you are riding for fun, why worry about it :D

    You will get faster at it, and streamline it a bit the more you do it, but it's good time to spend getting mentally ready for the ride :)
     
  5. DarkShadow

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 14, 2004

    Posts: 11,730

    Location: Sheffield

    Thanks gents. I'll get a paddock as it's has more uses.

    My riding (albeit limited) has massively improved.

    I finally have all my gear together, rides have been much more pleasant.

    I installed my first mod last week, some bar end mirrors. I can finally see! :D The original mirrors were shockingly bad.

    I'm so in love with the bike

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  6. Evian

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 3, 2014

    Posts: 1,595

    Very nice, I'm jealous, Wanted to start out this year but of course the lockdown is in the way at present!
     
  7. Mickcas

    Gangster

    Joined: Jan 21, 2017

    Posts: 389

    Location: County Durham

    True not the best year to start, this was going to be my first summer with a full licence and a bigger bike...
     
  8. Malt_Vinegar

    Underboss

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 15,158

    Location: In a house

    ditto!!

    but it does give me some time to work on the bikes to be very ready when the time comes :D
     
  9. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jul 13, 2004

    Posts: 42,044

    Location: /* */

    That scratch on an otherwise immaculate bike would wind me up.

     
  10. DarkShadow

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 14, 2004

    Posts: 11,730

    Location: Sheffield

    Scratch, where?
     
  11. DarkShadow

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 14, 2004

    Posts: 11,730

    Location: Sheffield

    The manual states 29psi for the rear and 26psi for the front. Does that sound right?Does being tubeless make a difference?

    I had the rear at 22psi at the petrol station and it feels like a brick. I was afraid to pump it further.

    Can anyone pitch in?
     
  12. Scythe

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 23, 2005

    Posts: 5,220


    That's what the manual says, so put that in. Google seems to match that too.

    Tyres will 'feel like a brick'. They're not soft like bicycle tyres, they're motorcycle tyres.

    In comparison, if your tyres are under inflated your bike will handle like a big heavy brick. Most new rider's complaints of poor handling or lack of confidence tends to be associated with incorrect tyre pressures. It's SO essential for motorcycle handling, pump them up to the correct pressure.
     
  13. FireTwo

    Gangster

    Joined: Jun 16, 2015

    Posts: 147

    Welcome to the club dude!
     
  14. DarkShadow

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 14, 2004

    Posts: 11,730

    Location: Sheffield

    Thanks for the reassurance!
     
  15. LeMson

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 21, 2012

    Posts: 2,982

    Loverly looking bike, love the colour of the wheels!
     
  16. lltfdaniel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 23, 2009

    Posts: 2,206

    Location: Bournemouth

    Nice looking bike there sir!

    I am interested in getting a 125cc motorbike license but am new to all of it so when this coronavirus goes i will pursue it.

    I have been looking at 125cc bikes, one is the honda monkey > https://www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/125cc/monkey/specifications.html#/ but sadly won't support my body weight because i am 20 stone.

    For me i need a motorbike that does 100 mpg on average which will be easy enough to find.

    Will continue researching.

    Dan.
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2020
  17. lltfdaniel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 23, 2009

    Posts: 2,206

    Location: Bournemouth

    Been looking at the honda super cub c125,

    What i like about it is that there is no clutch to mess around with but still a manual gearbox, very economical at 100-120 mpg real world use.

    I am interested in the super cub as it is more beginner friendly for people not used to a manual gearbox but without a clutch it is more easy to master.

    Dan.
     
  18. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 14, 2005

    Posts: 17,435

    Location: Bristol

    Have you done your CBT? If not, I'd recommend you speak to a training centre that does them and has geared bikes (first google result for Bournemouth is http://www.lets-ride.co.uk/cbt-compulsary-basic-training ).

    I went from zero bike knowledge to managing just fine on a geared 125 for my CBT and it means you have some that can help you learn to use the clutch and shift properly in a safe environment, instead of somewhere randomly down the line in your riding career.
     
  19. lltfdaniel

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 23, 2009

    Posts: 2,206

    Location: Bournemouth

    Thank you, i will wait until this virus is gone then i will pursue it.

    Anyways more experienced professional riders know about using the gears without using the clutch at all!

    Here is something about it with below link.

    https://www.quora.com/If-I-shift-ge...ng-the-clutches-is-it-good-or-bad-for-my-bike

    And here below

    https://www.bikechatforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=228102

    Here is some how to guide below

    https://lifeatlean.com/how-to-perform-clutchless-upshifts/
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2020
  20. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 26,758

    Location: West mids

    Mastering the clutch is pretty straight forward no need to avoid it.

    Clutchless shifting is a whole other ball game that doesn't need thinking about until you can ride a geared bike using the clutch.