Learing to Ride Big Boy Bikes

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  1. RS_rob

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    1st lesson this morning & jumped straight onto a Yamaha XJ600 bypassing the 1st day 125cc part (y)

    & I fecking loved it :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    What a big difference to the 125's however I did find it harder to lean but so much grip in the ridiculous rain aswell...... a 125 in the same weather would mean tippy toeing around & almost falling over at every opportunity but the big bike wow it just wanted to stay upright.

    The instructor was pleased & all the practice we done would have been a pass on the mod 1 but was clearly pushing us further & I have to work on my U turn clutch & rev control but I would still pass.

    Out on the open road a single carriageway & with the instructor screaming at us to open up the tap I only managed 47mph :LOL: but hey I was doing better then the other guy & well for me that was as far as was going to push a bike unknown to me in those conditions (n):whistle:

    Next lesson is Friday afternoon & it looks to be much drier than today :D
     
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  2. G7UXG

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    Well done.

    Once motorcycles get into your blood it's difficult to give them up. I've been riding for 38 years.

    Keep up the training... in my opinion, in the world of motorcycling, it's the most important and rewarding accessory you can spend money on.

    Too many people will spend £1000 on a shiny new, noisy exhaust and not even bother to think about spending a couple of hundred quid on decent post test training.

    Keep it up and enjoy it. It's a fantastic hobby.

    Mike
     
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    You can never get enough training, even after the test, see if your local police force have public training days, or take the IAM motorcycle test, I did aand was well happy, even now, I still learn new things regularly.
     
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    Love riding in the rain great way to perfect your throttle and braking skills.

    Find out if your local police run the linked scheme its very worthwhile.

    http://www.bikesafe.co.uk/
     
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    worth doing the advance course.
     
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    I am aware of Biker Down course's locally run by Herts emergency services where they teach First Aid & do a ride with an advanced police rider.
     
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    Passed my test last year good luck
    54years old now got 2bikes wife and I enjoy going old(when not raining) also take the transalp with the motorhome great fun
    Again good luck
     
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    Lesson 2 today...... & my hands ache........
    Plenty of slow speed clutch control with good revs & spent most of the session going round in circles & figure of eights.
    I practised the swerve today & the instructor wanted us to swerve back earlier then what is recquired in the test & pushed us to hit the 30mph speed & to be honest it felt really un-nervy swerving back to the line but I have the comfort of knowing that that is not required in the test.

    I pity the guy I was with today as he has no biking experience & almost crashed on the emergency stop, poor guy needed a change of underwear as the bike went from under him when he locked the rear wheel & released the lever & repeated it twice more before he came to a stop.

    One more lesson before the Mod 1
     
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    Module 1 Passed (y) :party:
     
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    Well done.
     
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    Nicely done sir !!!
     
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    First of all - always remember that if it doesn't feel right don't do it - ride your own road.

    Jumping on the rear brake is a rooky mistake, all the weight in an emergency stop is on the front wheel, the rear wheel is almost in the air and off the ground, it is bound to skid.
    Many experienced bikers will tell you to stay away from the rear brake until you have mastered hard braking with the front brake. You probably don't realise how powerful that front brake can be, although I hope you never have to find out! The problem with using the front brake may stem from riding push bikes as a kid and remembering getting turfed over the handlebars, its almost impossible to do it on a motorbike
    I may be old fashioned but I rarely use the rear brake. Mostly when coming to a gentle stop at the light or on a steep slippery down hill. In these circumstances you have a better chance of saving a rear wheel slide than a front, as your mate found out!
     
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    That guy done his mod 1 right after me & failed, he put his foot down on the U turn & skidded on the Emergancy stop.
    Nerves got me on that one when I realised I over cooked the speed.
    I have seen the videos & experimented with the front brake to see how powerful it is in a straight line ;) luckily Im a HGV driver so ive got eyes up my bum & 6,7 & 8th senses plus a Telepaphic ability to know what the other drivers are going to do before they do ;)
     
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    I've Only gone a Passed my Mod 2 today :D:D:D
    Its official I'm a Biker (y)
    Now to find me a Bike..........
     
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    Congratulations
     
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    Well done!
    Now find the local iam and enroll for the 'skills for life' if its still called that or the Rospa equivalent.
    I did then went on with the training to become a senior observer. Probably saved my life but I don't ride now even when you know what to do the wankers on the road can still take u out.
     
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    Well done enjoy can not wait for it not to be raining what, bike are you thinking of, if taking pillion make sure they are happy on the back and enjoy good fun meeting other bikers has been a new hobby that me and the wife enjoy together.
    Again well done
     
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    Well Done RS _rob(y)
     
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    Congrats on your achievement, now the learning really starts... (y)
     
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    Well done, now your past the test you can learn how to ride in the real world. :LOL:
    Good kit is important too and if your taking a pillion out get them to check out the bike for comfort before you buy. I bought a VFR 800 Vtec without Angela being with me and it was so different to what we were used too I got rid of in in weeks. Mind you I did end up with a PanEuro. (y)

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