It used to be summed up as : "It wasn't *my* fault" - be sure to let everyone know that by having it chiselled on your gravestone. Riding a motorbike you have to take responsibility for everyone's mistakes.Nice bit of advice on watching out for other drivers, have to do this even on my pedal bike, drivers in luton seem to all be arrogant idiots.
3 miles? Stick with the bicycle and get a motorbike for weekend entertainment!
I think the advice everyone has given so far has been excellent. I rode for 12 years (before I had to get a car due to children etc.) and my best advice would be to echo @Andrew_C.
Get decent protective clothing. Even off eBay if you have to, and get some good waterproofs too. Don't be concerned with how you look. As long as you are warm and protected that's what counts. I used to ride from Germany to Lancashire on a regular basis and having good gear made all of the difference. Once you've got it, it lasts for years.
As has also been said, don't trust anyone else on the road. Look around, don't rely on your mirrors and don't take stupid chances. If you don't think you can make a maneuver then don't commit. And buy a decent lock. Don't skimp there either!
In my 12 years of rising I only had one accident. I was taken off at low speed by a drunk cyclist who shot straight out into the road in front of me after returning to Germany (a 500 mile trip that one). I broke lots of fingers and toes on my right hand side. And that was at about 25mph with full leathers on.
Most of all, enjoy yourself, it's great fun
abillybob (12th February 2014)
Glad to see you are considering joining our minority group!
1. It doesn't matter ultimately if you buy 2 or 4 stroke but you do need to understand the differences in terms of riding style and maintenance. Several other posts have covered this so I won't cover old ground. I would personally stick with the Hondas at 125cc they are bulletproof!
2. You will probably need to spend as much money on your gear as you do on the bike. Please only buy a gold standard helmet it is definitely one thing you do not want to skimp on. My advice would be to buy waterproof jacket, gloves, trousers and boots with the british standards kitemark as a minimum. I know that only the helmet is a legal requirement but seriously it doesn't take a high speed crash to do serious damage.
3. Once you pass your CBT don't forget that you must have an L plate on your bike. And you can't ride on motorways, that includes the A38m if you're in Birmingham!
4. If you are serious about your riding look to take your full test ASAP, then consider joining an advanced motorcyclist group such as RoSPA or IAM.
Take care and ride safe.
foofigterjim RoSPA Gold rider since 2005.
If you haven't booked your CBT yet, get some recommendations from local bikers. The one I went on was brilliant. Ask them all the questions that are popping into your head - they'll be full of information and very willing to talk about it if they're any good.
If you already drive cars start adjusting your driving style - look further ahead and expect anything to happen. Assume everyone is going to pull out in front of you so you're prepared when they do. You need to ride motorbikes defensively.
Enjoy it - it's great fun.
Do it. Do it now. Riding through all the wind, raind, snow, hail, floods will make you a better rider and give you a greater appreciation for the dry sunny days. Nothing more exhilerating than riding to work with ice on the inside of your visor.
Make sure you get a good deal on the bike at this time of year too.
I have been off my bike twice - once through not paying attention, once through a car driver not paying attention. Still the most exciting thing I have in my life.
Another vote for the Hyosungs - the mrs had one for 3 years and it stood up well and was a bargain at £900 for a 6mth old one.
Once you have done your CBT get some proper lessons, get RoSPA'd or IAM'd and go for it.
Good for you.
Tips I learnt during my time:
1. Wear HiViz vest/jacket to ensure you are seen
2. Avoid riding over white paint markings and drain covers as much as possible - they can be very slippery.
3. stay away from bus stops - they are generally very slippery with diesel etc.
4. Do not get into arguments with cars - its not worth it. No matter how frustrated yu might be with them sometimes!
5. The lifesaver is taught for a reason - USE IT!
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