Having spent years listening to everyone telling me "don't do it", "it's not you it's other road users" etc etc I'm fed up of listening and am going to look at sorting a bike out in the next 6 months.
1) I've heard the direct access is no longer available.. what's the best way to get a licence these days?
2) Not really sure what sort of bike to go for, sports/ sports tourer or something else?
3) I'm 30 live in a nice postcode with a garage that can have a ground anchor point... what's insurance likely to be on different options?
4) Am I best to start small and get a bigger bike later on?.. my view is I'm good at being sensible when I need to be, I've never crashed a car and have owned some 200bhp plus cars from when I was fairly young.
Obviously what I want it for will have a bearing on the above questions... but in all honestly the answer is just I want one because they look fun and I've enjoyed riding scooters on holiday when I've rented them.
I'll probably to ride to work and back a few days a week when its not raining and I know I'm going to be leaving in rush hour (hope to beat some of the queues). I work 10 miles from where I live with Nottingham city slap bang in the middle of the two points.
Occasional rides for the sake of it out to country pubs etc.
Probably use it when I'm in one of my regular states of annoyance with commuting over 6,000,000,000 speed bumps every day.
Any advice on getting started much appreciated.