- 600cc for the first time on Sat!
So after some advice on here – I did a CBT (first time ever on a bike) it went well and I enjoyed it – other than leaving the indicators on by accident a lot… guess this was to be expected with no riding experience and used to a cars self cancelling indicators.
Anyway – I’m back in the UK for a bit – did my theory test the other day just to get it out the way and now I’m booked in for a 2 hour session on a 600cc bike this Saturday to see what it feels like…
Any advice – or does the same go as on a 125 and the engine size doesn’t really matter apart from obviously taking it gentle with the right wrist?
I think I have 2 hours on the bike and I’m sure the instructor will give me lots of good advice but is there anything specific I should ask for or look out for ?
Cheers AlPosted 5 years ago
It’s a brand spanker I think – not sure on make but my moneys on a honda or a suzuki as thats what they had for the 125s.
The 125 I was on was old and pretty well used so I’m sure the brakes will surprise me!
Trying to find some boots on the net that will get to me before Saturday.. if they don’t fit I’ll just buy locally – any suggestions? I don’t plan on doing wet weather riding so no need to be waterproof.Posted 5 years ago
I think most instructors are putting out new bikes at the moment as the rules changed and there’s only a narrow band of models that are acceptable for the test. Or something.
Im going to start my 600 lessons in the new year hopefully. 1000cc valadero is what I want 😀Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Ah sorry, I meant, what are you used to- we can’t say what’ll be different if we don’t know what it is you’ve used before. Could be your 125 experience is on a CG or a scooter or an RS125.
I’m assuming it’ll be some lardy, low-powered unfaired inline 4, old Bandit or similiar. Hefty but forgiving. But you never know.Posted 5 years agob rMember
Im going to start my 600 lessons in the new year hopefully. 1000cc valadero is what I want
Back to the OP – You’ll find a new(ish) 600 a lot nicer to ride than any 125, but the weight may catch you out on low-speed stuff. And it will, even a crappy one, accelerate faster than pretty much any car (except super cars and the like).
You need to protect the bits that stick out; head/feet/hands then knees/elbows/shoulders. And you can’t go wrong with a back-protector.Posted 5 years ago
The jacket I got was off ebay 2nd hand for £30 – looks immaculate and has a built in back protector “Weiss Psycho Jacket” is the one.. might be a little short though but I’m not sure as the trousers are quite long.
I’m a size 10 but based in Cumbria so your probably not near but thanks for the offer!
The 125 I rode was a old suzuki – not sure on the type possible a cg but can’t remember too well. I just remember thinking the pegs looked terrible (round metal with no grip) I think the rubbers had fallen off but it was ok riding it.
600 sounds good – very excited now! 😀Posted 5 years agorickmeisterSubscriber
Alex, I may be able to help here. My mate has just sold his Hayabusa and I have all his kit to sell
Hein Herike Jacket and trousers (leather)
Loads of Alpine stars kit, gloves, windproofs, jackets
Magnetic tank bag,
And I will be in the north Lakes / Keswick on Friday afternoon…
Any good ?
RickPosted 5 years agoPeterPoddyMember
1000cc valadero is what I want
FYI, they DRINK fuel. 36-37mpg at best. Very bad. Honest. And I like them….. 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Our Ducati ST3s will easily do 10mpg more, fully panniered up, 2-up, and be faster at the same time.
If you like that style of bike, I’d try pretty much anything else – V-Strom, Caponord, 1000/1100 Multistrada, Tiger 1150/1200GS…. anything, personally.
But, each to their own 🙂PeterPoddyMember
I just want a nice big Honda that can do 100s of miles a day, at good mpg, with full panniers and packs and keep lil’ol 6’4″ me out of the wind. Ideas?
CBF1000. Africa Twin. Pan European.Posted 5 years ago
Africa Twins are proper cool, massive, and built like tanks.
But why limit yourself to Honda? 🙂crosslandMember
Really pleased with my new ER6-F on the short rides I have done, also pleased with the Weise kit i bought to go with it, seems warm and is supposed to be waterproof too. My Shoei XR1100 was a lot of money but is a lovely bit of kit. Wrap up, the cold gets to you very quickly otherwise.Posted 5 years ago
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