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Hidrio 2006-10-10 17:36

Anyone got a motorbike?
I prefer 2 wheels to 4 - cheaper to run, generally cheaper to buy/insure, more practical in heavy traffic etc.

Not sure about how it works in other countries but in the UK you have to ride anything up to 50cc (after some basic training) for a year then you can get anything up to 125cc. After passing a test and having held a full license for a year on anything up to 125cc you can get anything.

My first

My second

just bought a third and it's being collected in 2 days

Has anyone else got/had one??

*insert name here* 2006-10-10 21:25

I have a few, trail bike and a quad.

Down here its not about the engine size, its a power to weight ratio. So, it used to be here maximum of 250cc.But, if you get a tiny Japanese 250, something really light, if would fly compared to say a cruiser with a larger engine.
Hence, the power to weight ratio was introduced. 50cc for beginners in the UK seems rediculous though. We just have to do a driving test, then we can drive by ourselves.

blizzard_beast 2006-10-10 21:41

Yep, a 1961 Francis Barnett Plover. Pretty weak at 150cc, but I don't use it fro transport, just to fiddle about with and ride around on private roads.
This isn't an actual picture of it, but mine's identical.

Oh, and Hidrio's wrong about UK licensing:

CBT - Every motorcyclist must pass this. Pass it at 16, you're limited to a 50cc moped. Pass it at 17, you're limited to a 125cc bike. After your CBT, you go for a variety of licenses.

If you're 17, once you've passed the tests you're limited to 33 bhp (there's no engine size restriction) and a power/weight ratio I can't remember. You've got these limitations until two years after you get your license, at which point you can ride anything.

If you're 21+, you can go for an accelerated license plan where upon completion, allows you to ride any motorcycle you want.

*insert name here* 2006-10-10 22:20

That sounds more reasonable. Classy bike you have there, too. What type of private roads are you riding it on though?

blizzard_beast 2006-10-10 22:33

Cheers. I usually ride it around in secluded residential areas and the garage in my apartment complex.

problematic 2006-10-10 22:37

Haha, silly poms with their little faggoty bikes.

Here's my first bike

Here's my second, and current for road usage

*insert name here* 2006-10-10 22:44

Originally Posted by blizzard_beast
Cheers. I usually ride it around in secluded residential areas and the garage in my apartment complex.

Ah sweet. I have a property out west, nothing but bush and trails. I go up there and stay for a few days sometimes, its good fun. I would like a road bike, just cost's too much.

xgrafcorex 2006-10-10 23:24

i don't own a bike but i started to learn on a 93 cbr 600 f3 (i think its an f3) ...looking to get one sometime in the not to distant future.

*insert name here* 2006-10-11 01:29

CBR's are great. Perfect begginers bike, for the 250's, they go really cheap brand new.

BassBehemoth 2006-10-11 02:22

In Canada it's "after you pass your bike license, you can drive whatever you want."

Motorcycles run in my family, I need to get this license soon.(I have a pic of my late grandfather on a 1929 Harley)

Hidrio 2006-10-11 11:26

Originally Posted by blizzard_beast
Pass it at 16, you're limited to a 50cc moped. Pass it at 17, you're limited to a 125cc bike. After your CBT, you go for a variety of licenses.

Oh yea, shit. That's what I meant to write but I wrote it from what I did personally.

I just looked - the laws in Jersey differ slightly from those in the UK:

Moped (category P)
i) An engine capacity which does not exceed 50cc
ii) A maximum design speed of 30mph
iii) A kerbside weight which does not exceed 250kg.

Light Motorcycle (category A1)
i) An engine capacity of at least 75cc and no more than 125cc
ii) A maximum power output of 11kw
iii) A power to weight ratio of 100kw/tonne.

Heavy Motorcycle (category A)

i) An engine capacity of at least 250cc
ii) An unladen weight which does not exceed 407kg.

Over here it's one year of having a full license on a 125 until you can get anything.

L,B'XXX 2006-10-11 13:21

We've got a black Harley similar to this only it has a custom flame paint job, different pipes, lots of chrome/gold flames, and soft expandable bags on the back. I had pictures of it on my old pc, but none with the new pipes. It's got a cool security system on it, too. It was a Harley store owner's personal bike and he decided to sell it. We've had it a few years now.

Blood Red Bass 2006-10-11 13:25

Both my dad and my uncle have had one at one point. My uncle got in two wrecks though, but nothing mroe serious than a little road rash. My dad sold his old honda a while ago, but when iIwas little he took me on a few rides. It seemed really fun but now he says I am forbidden to ride one, too dangerous. :rolleyes: Ha, it was funny though cause I never really had expressed an interest in riding one, and he kinda said that out of nowhere.

L,B'XXX 2006-10-11 13:48

I don't ride much and I'm not worried about hubby's riding habits. He's very cautious about it which is good. This is the first in a few years I got on it again. I've heard of too many people closeby either dying or getting horribly hurt on them and I don't like pain of any kind. I did ride a few times this year and I might ride this weekend in Covered Bridge Run if he goes, but I don't know yet. That depends on weather, too.

blizzard_beast 2006-10-11 14:01

I'd never ride on US roads. I've heard too many horror stories from US bikers.

L,B'XXX 2006-10-11 14:10

Definitely don't drink and ride and watch who you're riding beside if there's more than just you. Sometimes he refuses to ride next to people who don't have side by side sense. And he rarely takes any passengers unless it's me or someone he knows knows how to ride. And no, I don't mind him letting other women ride with him. I know from his past he behaves himself.

Blood Red Bass 2006-10-11 14:26

I have heard that the reason bikers tend to stay away from teh middle of the lane they are in, is because tha tis where the oil from cars usually builds up and it could cause them to slip. Is this a true concern for bikers or not?

L,B'XXX 2006-10-11 15:24

Yeah, I've heard that. Denny rides toward the center usually because it's easier to see things that might run out from the side of the road. He does mostly country riding. He does the same when he's on high ways, too, because deer sometimes come out. It's a visibility issue a lot of times.

Hidrio 2006-10-11 16:16

I've had a rabbit and a cat run out from nowhere before and have run them both over (unintentionally of course cos I had no chance of stopping in time). Always thought if I ran something like a cat over it would maybe knock me off course slightly, but it didn't.

btw only the cat survived, well it ran off. Actually I've heard that cats run off then die but I have no idea.

L,B'XXX 2006-10-11 16:22

It's like that with any animal. It depends on the injury.

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