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Author Topic: My journey to getting a full motorcycle licence  (Read 5161 times)
Darth Knox
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« Reply #30 on: February 12, 2018, 11:17:41 AM »

I like the look of Bobbers, but wouldn't personally want to own one. Fortunately, Triumph have me covered with this bad boy (which will be my second bike down the line in a few years)
http://www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk/motorcycles/classics/bonneville/2018/speedmaster


And today I 'found' an interesting Cafe Racer:
https://www.fbmondial.co.uk/model/FB-Mondial-HPS-125

I saw this one up close during a break in my CBT course. It was in British Racing Green looked amazing
https://www.hanwaymotor.co.uk/model/Hanway-Scrambler-125

(Yes, I'm a sucker for that retro-style look Grin )
Me too Grin
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« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2018, 06:12:08 PM »

Okay, I'm gonna do a combo on-topic brag that my motorcycle is featured in Mazinger Z Infinity, which I saw yesterday and posted about in http://www.saberforum.com/index.php?topic=37453.0. It's about as close as an anime representation gets.

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« Reply #32 on: February 13, 2018, 12:50:34 AM »

Nice (even though I have no idea what Bazinga Infinity & Beyond is), although I would be more jealous if you owned the bike from Akira.
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« Reply #33 on: February 13, 2018, 07:54:28 AM »

I saw this one up close during a break in my CBT course. It was in British Racing Green looked amazing
https://www.hanwaymotor.co.uk/model/Hanway-Scrambler-125
Oh, that's a nice one, too Grin
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« Reply #34 on: February 13, 2018, 11:31:19 AM »

Oh, that's a nice one, too Grin
I think they were channeling the spirit of Steve McQueen when they designed it.
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« Reply #35 on: February 13, 2018, 08:46:15 PM »

I sat on a Bonnie Bobber with the mini-apes today. Liked it. Even though it looks small, it fit me pretty well.  I also sat on a leftover Speed Triple and I'm like YES... I might have to pull the trigger it's pretty cheap.  Also some leftover Tigers.  The prices are starting to drop as the 2018's are about to land.  Can't make up my mind.
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« Reply #36 on: February 14, 2018, 11:34:45 AM »

I like everything about the Bonnie Bobber except the lack of a rear fender. I know that that is the point of the bike, but it looks weird to me. However, the Speedmaster on the other hand, is beautiful.

I am already considering what my second bike will be (either Triumph Speedmaster or Indian Scout Bobber). It will be a minimum of three years from now, by which time I should be able to get one of those on a good deal.

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« Reply #37 on: February 14, 2018, 04:00:14 PM »

I thought you may all like to have a look at the motorcycle gear I have got:

Jacket 1 - https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/284493
Jacket 2 - https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/331819
Boots - https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/230545
Jeans - https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/281658
Gloves - https://www.78motorco.com/products/speed-glove?variant=3476126083 (in dune yellow)
Helmet - https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/333071 (for riding inside London)

I plan on getting a full face helmet for day/weekend trips outside of London and a waterproof winter jacket and trousers for the very wet days.

Even though my first bike of choice will be a cruiser, I won't be having panniers. Instead I'll be getting a magnetic tank bag (https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/221810) and a waterproof travel bag to strap to the pillion seat behind me (http://chainspeed.co.uk/products/sw-motech-legend-gear-tail-bag-lr1.html?gclid=CjwKCAiAksvTBRBFEiwADSBZfOiyfvZgvidyRA3t9fa4HJQsld5SNQcumpYXz3mBOtdgh6uZmy0ZphoC0woQAvD_BwE)

 
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« Reply #38 on: February 14, 2018, 07:01:32 PM »

I'm glad to see you are getting proper gear. And I can vouch for Shoei helmets - definitely the best. For your long trip helmet, might I suggest the Shoei GT-Air in whatever color pleases you. Never leaks air or water and has the best internal sun visor. I've ridden in 2 C with 35 kmh crosswinds and pouring down rain for three hours with no problems before. It was my first and still best helmet - I will get another one and/or an X14 next time.

Might I also suggest another magnetic tank bag for your consideration? Cortech Super 2.0 18L convertible bag... https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/cortech-super-20-18-liter-magnetic-tank-bag.

The reason is twofold: (1) it has a zipper around the bottom to expand the bag from a normal 12L to 18L when you need it. Second, and more importantly, it has built in and hidden backpack straps.  When I ride/travel, I NEVER leave my tankbag on the bike; I always take it with me.  And with the backpack strap that pulls right out of the bottom, it is easy to toss over my shoulder and go. When done, just stuff it back in the bottom of the pack. I've had mine since 2013 and it is a champ. Probably the best tank bag I've ever seen; I would replace it with the same one if I had to.

Cool post. Looking forward to what's next.
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« Reply #39 on: February 15, 2018, 08:02:54 AM »

Thanks for the helmet recommendation. I'll check it out. As for the tank bag, the one I have my eye on will only be for carrying my locks, firat aid kit, tools etc. Everything else will be in my rucksack or bag strapped on the back. And I was planning on strapping the tank bag to the bike on day trips out of London (maximum of 70 miles one way). But i'll check out that bag you mentioned and see it's sold over here.
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« Reply #40 on: February 15, 2018, 02:42:27 PM »

Essential reading for UK road users. Which means you read it before you take your test in order to pass the theory and then never read it again, while simultaneously forgetting the majority of the information contained within!  Cheesy

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« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2018, 08:41:33 PM »

congestion charge ?  Wow, charged a fee just for going to work.

Anyway, good luck Knox.
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« Reply #42 on: February 18, 2018, 03:37:11 AM »

congestion charge ?  Wow, charged a fee just for going to work.

Anyway, good luck Knox.
The congestion charge was introduced in an effort to reduce the amount of people using their cars to come into London. Supposedly less cars means more use of public traffic which reduces traffic jams and pollution from car exhaust emissions. Fortunately, motor bikes are exempt from the charge.

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge
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« Reply #43 on: February 18, 2018, 08:59:02 AM »

The congestion charge was introduced in an effort to reduce the amount of people using their cars to come into London. Supposedly less cars means more use of public traffic which reduces traffic jams and pollution from car exhaust emissions. Fortunately, motor bikes are exempt from the charge.

https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge


I guess in a place like London where there is a reliable (I assume) mode of public transportation it makes  sense.  Really wouldn't fly here in the states.
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« Reply #44 on: February 18, 2018, 10:53:37 AM »

I guess in a place like London where there is a reliable (I assume) mode of public transportation it makes  sense.  Really wouldn't fly here in the states.
I know some people like to complain about public transport in London, but when you look at it objectively we are really really fortunate with all the options we have: The Underground (or Metro for my American audience), overground rail, buses running 24/7, night buses, trams (in certain areas) and that's before you get to national rail services that provides trains to the rest of the country.

The longest you have to wait for something is maybe 4 mins during rush hour, unless something is cancelled due to engineering problems or an accident. And we haven't even mentioned London Black Cabs, taxis in general and Uber.

As I said, the congestion charge is an effort to reduce the amount of pollution and traffic. Has it worked? Not really sure. People moaned and complained about when the announcement was made, but they eventually accepted it and moved on (same thing happened when supermarkets decided to start charging people 5pence for carrier bags instead of giving them away for free). Maybe it's an English thing: we complain, accept and move on.

Anyway, I have had my head turned a little by another bike choice - Yamaha XV950
https://www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk/products/motorcycles/sport-heritage/xv950r.aspx
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