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buying a motorbike - help please!
    #3107845 - 09/08/04 11:55 AM (19 years, 9 months ago)

hey shroomerites!

today i re-learned to ride a motorcycle, many years after using one to commute to work in Taiwan (where licenses, helmets, MOTs etc were irrelevant - for foreigners anyway). in the UK this involves taking one day 'Compulsory Basic Training', with lessons, carpark riding and finally road riding. You can choose to use an automatic moped or a geared motorcycle, so of course I chose the proper deal, as i wanna take this somewhere. After much self-doubt and a lotta help, I passed  :smile:, and am eligible to ride on the road with L Plates. Yay!!!

so my muscles are aching, and now i gotta (wanna) buy a bike. the roolz sez up to 125cc, so i got my eye on a few models they had in the garage.....

Any input? I don't wanna buy a lemon.....


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3107876 - 09/08/04 12:07 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

sounds like you really want to have fun on your bike...
you should go higher than 125! 
start off with a 650 cruiser or something like that... you won't regret it.  you might however regret getting a 125 or a 250 :grin:  of course for beginners something small is definately good to start on, but you may be dying for more power in a few weeks when you get used to riding.

i too am shopping for a bike... i want it yesterday but i realize it's good to shop around... go to dealerships and check bikes out.  test drive as much as you can!  keep an eye on the classified ads as now is the perfect time of year to buy motorcycles.  good luck!

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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3107905 - 09/08/04 12:17 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: Loki]
    #3107915 - 09/08/04 12:20 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

nice moped.
i wanna bike, dammit.


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3107916 - 09/08/04 12:20 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

CBR 600

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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3107920 - 09/08/04 12:22 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

you can ride upto a 125 lmao, you cant get a bike :wink:


though aprilla make some ok 125s


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: Loki]
    #3107928 - 09/08/04 12:24 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

i got my eye on this one in their garage - a Suzuki Van Van

that's me on it this afternoon.


anyone heard of it?


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3107955 - 09/08/04 12:30 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

no

Though i hope you will visit more when you get it :-)

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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: Loki]
    #3108019 - 09/08/04 12:42 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

awwwwww.... you listening in?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/fivelive/listings/day.shtml?focuswin

here's another shot:  ... but this is an orange one  :smile: :cool: :thumbup:


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3109072 - 09/08/04 04:37 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

^shameless bump^

cmon guys, gimme some input. how's the VanVan?
i'm seriously thinking about it.

anyone heard any stories, good or bad, with VanVans in 'em?


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3109275 - 09/08/04 05:17 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

Aprilia makes some good 125's  i would get aprilia rs250 good power (2-stroke) and handels like a dream.:drooling: this is a grey market bike i might get. aprilia doesnt import the street legal version here in the US since its not street legal (2-stroke over 50cc) but there are loop holes  :smile:


my dream bike :loveeyes:

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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: buckwheat]
    #3109297 - 09/08/04 05:22 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

post a pic. i can only ride a 125 til i get the next bit of the test - it's a longass process that costs a bundle


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3109328 - 09/08/04 05:28 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

the apilia rs125 is the one loki posted. i think the last year for it was 2003.you might have to buy used the only Rs's they make now is the rs50.

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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: buckwheat]
    #3109354 - 09/08/04 05:32 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

hmm. i don't want a scooter, though.
i want a motorbike. seen 'easy rider'?


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3109374 - 09/08/04 05:34 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

second pic he posted not the scooter :wink:

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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: buckwheat]
    #3109396 - 09/08/04 05:39 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

oh. ok, sorry  :rolleyes:  :rasta:

i don't like the look of that thing though.
i don't want a racing bike.


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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3109399 - 09/08/04 05:39 PM (19 years, 9 months ago)

sounds like the testing process is  more extensive over there..
in the states it's 2 days in a classroom, 3 days riding the range, and you can get your liscence to kill yourself on a brand new crotchrocket :cool:

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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: Clean]
    #3112366 - 09/09/04 04:12 AM (19 years, 9 months ago)

im not dogging on aprilia here or anything, there dam sexy and yea fast but they spend more on the looks then performance. id rather go for a jap bike. like kawasaki or suzuki
if you read the stats for the new ninja zx10r the power to weight ratio kicks arse over any other
but obviously you cant start off on a zx10r. (in aus you can start off on a 250cc)

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Re: buying a motorbike - help please! [Re: shirley knott]
    #3112408 - 09/09/04 04:57 AM (19 years, 9 months ago)

Never heard of the vanvan, though my brother has that aprilla i posted for sale at the moment, his has more scratches though lol.

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