A few Bike questions...

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  1. /////AMG

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    I've had my car for about 9 months now and basically I can't afford driving around with petrol at almost £1/L and having to fork out on insurance/tax/MOT etc., on top of uni fees so I'm thinking of getting a bike.

    These questions might be a bit dumb but I have no clue about the bike system in the UK (only been driving in the UK for the last year).

    Will I need another license (bike license)?
    Do I have to start off with one of those small noisy scooters/mopeds? Or can I go on to a 600cc bike or something similar?
    And what’s this thing I've been hearing about where you have to have a small 125cc or something bike for at least 2 years before you can get and actual bike.
    Also, what would insurance be like? I assume quite a lot cheaper.
    Hows Tax, service and MOT price like(I'm assuming bike would do this too, maybe its called something else)?

    Any suggestions for a beginner bike and where to take lessons?

    Thanks.:)
     
  2. Mylo

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    Check out the thread by Ipod crazy, just below this one, for a couple of helpful links :)
     
  3. Curry Monster

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    I wouldnt even consider getting on a bike on the roads in the UK these days...The burrberried chav corsa driving scum is everywhere and love nothing better than pulling out infront of motor bikes.

    A friend who works in the A+E calls bikers 'donors' ...I will leave it at that
     
  4. Mylo

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    thanks for another really helpful contribution, got any stats to back it up :rolleyes:
     
  5. jenic

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    You have many options.

    1st do your CBT, a £90 all in 1 day easy course, if you can ride a bike you will find it easy, you can then ride anything upto 125 cc 15bhp (roughly).

    Then you can either do your restricted test on a small 125cc 15bhp bike, you can then ride any cc up to 33bhp for 2 years then anything

    Or you can do you DAS, this is an intensive course for about a week followed by a test on a bike of about 40bhp, you can then ride anything. You must be 21 to do DAS so youre ok

    You must take theory aswell if your going for a license (not with cbt)

    Insurance will probably be cheaper but it really depends on area etc, do some dummy quotes on bike trader.

    Tax is £15 for less than 150cc and about £60 for a 600cc

    Mot is about £25 i think.

    Hope it helps
     
  6. /////AMG

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    Mylo: I was about to post this in ipod crazys thread but didn't want to hi-jack it. :rolleyes:

    ipod crazy: I'm not 21 yet so I guess I'll have to do my CBT and wait the 2 years, eh? (I'm 19).

    Thanks for the info.
     
  7. jenic

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    For some reason i thought you were 22, i must have got mixed up with another thread i had just read.

    You'll have to do your bike test and then wait 2 years before you can ride anything, but you will be able to ride any cc up to 33bhp in the meantime.
     
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    "ride any cc up to 33bhp in the meantime."

    Which is basically a moped/scooter right?
    Or is there anything else which is a lot more quiet.
     
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    Bought my first motorbike last year, a Honda XLV650 Transalp...

    Going everyday to Lisbon to work, I spend much less in parking, tolls, and the same is gas (diesel car).

    I'm 34 and love it, recommend it, only use the car once in a while.

    And I'm a car lover, not bike lover...
     
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    Scooters nowadays are awesome for everyday commuting.

    I hardly keep in pace with them , even above 160Km/h...:eek:
     
  11. jenic

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    No, you could get a the new suzuki 1800cc harley copy and restrict it, it probably wouldn't go but you could ride it.

    You can go up to about 600cc and the restrictions are taken well, except with the super sport 600s which tend to be too sluggish with the restrictors.
     
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    Have a look at my Honda Bros in the pic thread.Its only a 400cc and is 33bhp.A much better option than a 125,especially in the sound department.
     
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    Thanks for all the very helpful info guys!
     
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    Just bare in mind that if you are thinking of the large sports bike route once you've passed your test then they actually cost more than most cars to run!

    I get about 30mpg max out of my TL1000 and about 6k miles from a front tyre, 3k miles from a rear tyre at about £170 a pair.

    Servicing every 3.5k miles at around £250.

    Not a cheap form of transport but the most fun by a long long way :smashin:
     

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