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General Chat Thread, Looks like I have my first bike in General; Originally Posted by richard_s Could be a good idea I'd be up for it, I'm fitting a new engine on ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by richard_s View Post
    Could be a good idea
    I'd be up for it, I'm fitting a new engine on my sidecar outfit this weekend

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    I'd love to get a bike but I don't need my wife to tell me it's not a great idea. I am toying with the idea of getting a Chinese 125cc scooter to keep in Portugal. Might enable me to cut down on hire cars. The roads are much quieter out there and drivers are used to small bikes chugging around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    I love winter bike riding, it should be made compulsory for all.
    2 years riding a motorcycle before they can take their car test would stop a lot of the stupid accidents we see today on the roads, caused by car drivers inability to read the road ahead.

    So many young drivers I see today do not even indicate and only rely on the car in front for action instead of reading the road ahead and being prepared.
    Amen to that - it would at least give the youngsters the ability to read the road ahead which is lacking these days. I remember when I first started having proper car lessons many many years ago. I had just got over a really bad bike accident, busted up leg etc - almost killed me and it shook me up pretty bad so I thought I had better learn to drive a car. So I started my first proper lesson and the instructor said after about 5 mins: 'you ride a bike don't you ?' I asked how he knew [ as I had not said anything ] - and he said well your foot is poised over the brake on every junction, you slow down at points in the road which is dangerous and you are talking to yourself whilst driving about what you can see ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    I'd love to get a bike but I don't need my wife to tell me it's not a great idea. I am toying with the idea of getting a Chinese 125cc scooter to keep in Portugal. Might enable me to cut down on hire cars. The roads are much quieter out there and drivers are used to small bikes chugging around.
    Don't get a Chinese bike, I've seen frames sheer in 2 at the headstock

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    And who mentioned the side car ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by truslack View Post
    Don't get a Chinese bike, I've seen frames sheer in 2 at the headstock
    Agreed. Require a LOT of work to maintain. My friend bought one and things came loose/fell off constantly! Might be cheap, but better to invest in something that will last and are built to a much higher standard

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Sounds like a nice beast
    My first bike was a Suzuki GT250 back in the days when they were bigger than 400s are now!
    Was that back in the early 80s? I had one back then. Great machine.

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