Learner motorcycle buying advice please..

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Ok... I'm setting the ball rolling on passing my motorcycle test ..

    Will do my CBT as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer.. Did it years ago but never followed through with a test .. so it's back to square one.

    so I need advice about buying a 125cc learner bike..

    * budget under £1,000 .. so obiously not new

    * don't want a Chinese made, so probably a Jap ?

    * easy to maintain, service and get parts for ..

    * reliable

    * what models to give a wide berth

    * 2 stoke or 4 stroke... pros and cons.

    * don't want a scooter

    anything else to consider ?

    think that's covered it.. over to you guys who know what's what ..

    thanks in anticipation
     
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    Can't help Jim but ...hey ... what a thrill:Wink: I want to pass lorry test ... but need 1500eur at the least ... won't ask for which lorry to buy though ... just want to be able to drive any motorhome :BigGrin:

    Good luck to you:thumb:

    Frankie:Smile::Smile:
     
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    I would advise NOT to buy a 125....

    Get your CBT passed using a hire bike and buy a half decent 500 to learn and pass your test on,,,,CB500....GS500
     
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    My choice would be a 125 Honda, simple, reliable, economical, inexpensive. There are others, equally as good, but, l am a Honda man.
    Four strokes are my choice, l think 2 strokes are on their way out. Certainly are not in racing anymore.

    Craig
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    as far as I know you can't do that.. you need two years on a 125cc with a full licence before getting bigger
     
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    Direct access scheme

    Direct access is a scheme which allows a person over the age of 21 to avoid the two year/25 kiloWatt (kW) restriction by taking a test on a machine of at least 35 kW (46.6 brake horse power (bhp)). A pass allows you to ride any size of bike. Any instruction given on a machine that exceeds the normal learner motorcycle specification must be supervised at all times by a certified motorcycle instructor who should be in radio contact. You should also wear fluorescent or reflective clothing and follow all other provisional licence restrictions
    * reliable
    You might be aware of this Jim,you are not resticted to 125 if over a certain age,so I would suggest might be a better course of action than a 125,the other thing to consider is a 125 is a bit underpowered,okay if you are just using it around town.Think you will find that a bigger bike is not that much more expensive than the 125,and for under £1000 there is quite a choice.
     
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    Thats not correct Jim for someone your age....look up direct access...Its what I did last year and passed mine....took about 3 months....
     
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    The only advice I have Jim is stick with a four stroke:thumb: genaraly more reliable and less smelly:Smile: of course there will be someone along in a minute who will totally contradict me:BigGrin:
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    I was aware of this type of training .. hadn't really looked into it.. it's worth considering but it would work out quite expensive I think .. ?

    I think I'd rather get the smaller bike and do a my test in my own time .. In no rush to get the bigger bike..
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    how much did it cost for the training.. all in ?
     
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    Daughter had Suzuki 125, great little bike, good for 70. Huge fun. 125 mpg. £1k would buy a real good un.
     
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    Motorcycle choice

    I had a Honda CG125 a while ago, I commuted to work and did other short journeys on it, around 100mpg, low maintenance, very easy and unthreatening to learn on, teaches you road positioning, life savers etc, would highly recommend an IAM motorcycle course later on as well, makes you a lot better rider. Have fun. !!!
     
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  17. kickstart

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    Jim, it will cost you about £900 all in to get your direct access,don't worry about it at the moment,just get yourself something like a Yamaha SR125, they are low with a big wide seat,the training schools love them as well as they are easy to ride,4 stroke and well made.
     
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    Sorry but no it won't...mine cost me £600 last year....including All bike hire....
     
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    Well I visit bike dealers and bike training schools every day of the week and that's what they tell me,I want to encourage Jim not put him offbut he will find out.
     
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