Did my CBT today - Direct Access soon...

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Nick, Jan 29, 2005.

  1. Nick

    Nick Guest

    Hi all. Just introducing myself

    I was a regular in some uk.rec.cars.* groups, but I've decided to bin
    my car because I've been paying out £200+/mo in fuel/servicing/tax.

    I flogged my car on Monday, booked CBT for today and completed it late
    this afternoon. This was at Channel Riding School in Folkestone,
    Kent. There were only two of us doing a CBT today, so it was quite
    personal, my instructor was very reassuring and helpful, I couldn't
    fault any of the service.

    Before today I hadn't EVER been on a motorbike (even as a passenger) -
    but I was awarded with a Suzuki SR (RS?) 125cc (I'm 6'6" and a large
    build, so I don't think I could actually fit on a 50cc scooter) - It
    took me a while to get the hang of the gears and the front & rear
    brakes were rather different to what I had expected.

    We were out on the road for around two hours, and after starting off
    in a state of COMPLETE TERROR, the last half an hour was really good.

    My 2nd hill start went a bit badly. I must have stalled the bike
    about 15 times before our instructor came looking for me, and he was
    very, very reassuring and told me that I was just getting in a fluster
    and I should just relax, which appears to work well! But I do need to
    sort out my clutch problem as stalling at junctions is starting to get
    embarrassing!

    I've booked a half-day "Road Rider" course for Friday, and I will
    hopefully book a Direct Access course for mid-Feb.

    I look forward to participating in your group.

    Take care,
    --Nick.
     
    Nick, Jan 29, 2005
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  2. Splendid.

    <Hopeful>

    Do you like Honda CG125s?
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 29, 2005
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  3. Greetings, Earthling.
    Yes, but did you pass!?
    I like it when a plan comes together ;)
    Rock on. Summer's coming!
    I always do.
     
    Whinging Courier, Jan 29, 2005
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  4. D'you know, I had my first *ever*[1] go on one of those only last week!

    [1] Makes signs of holy push rods.
     
    Whinging Courier, Jan 29, 2005
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  5. Nick

    Catman Guest

    We *might* forgive you :)

    Good man. Good luck.
    Heh

    http://www.ukrm.net/faq/

    *really* deserves your time


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    Catman, Jan 29, 2005
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  6. Nick

    Cab Guest

    He's very polite, isn't he?

    Won't last a fucking second of 'e carries on like that.
    MSOTHP.
     
    Cab, Jan 29, 2005
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  7. Nick

    prawn Guest

    You'll fit in fine here, then.
     
    prawn, Jan 29, 2005
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  8. You don't need faith. You are doing the right thing.
     
    Whinging Courier, Jan 29, 2005
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  9. Nick

    Nick Guest

    On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 18:23:45 +0000,
    I have zero knowledge of motorbikes. Selling my car was a massive
    leap of faith.

    --Nick.
     
    Nick, Jan 29, 2005
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  10. Nick

    Nick Guest

    Oh yes, I have a lovely certificate with my name on, and I did my
    Cat-A Theory/Hazard Perception test in November, so now all I need is
    a bit of time in the seat, and hopefully I'll develop some skill!
    Then, hopefully, full unrestriced licence will follow.
    I think it was LEANING that helped me. Once I realised that leaning =
    good I got on far better.
    Wahay!

    --Nick.
     
    Nick, Jan 29, 2005
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  11. Nick

    Nick Guest

    Nick, Jan 29, 2005
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  12. Nick

    prawn Guest

    ^^^^^^^

    What's all that about, then?
     
    prawn, Jan 29, 2005
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  13. Nick

    Salad Dodger Guest

    .... and last, if you've any sense/taste/style.

    Oh, it's you. Carry on.
     
    Salad Dodger, Jan 29, 2005
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  14. Splendid. Well, get yourself a pint - I'll have a glass of wine - and
    take a seat by the fire.
     
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 29, 2005
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  15. **** off!

    I've got taste, sense *and* style. Admittedly I've ignored them recently
    and for the last few years but that doesn't mean I haven't got them.

    Roll on the good times; I know *this* shite ain't gonna be forever!
     
    Whinging Courier, Jan 29, 2005
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  16. Nick

    Ben Guest

    A bike will cost more to run.
     
    Ben, Jan 29, 2005
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  17. Nick

    Nick Guest

    It's my name.

    --Nick.
     
    Nick, Jan 29, 2005
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  18. Nick

    Catman Guest

    Bust .sigsep innit. You'll find the natives are a bit picky on things like
    that, but not without reason IMO.

    FWIW your .sig should be:
    --
    Nick

    The first line is dash, dash, space

    HTH

    Oh and that will really **** up if you reply :)

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    Alfa 116 Giulietta 3.0l (Really) Sprint 1.7 75 2.0 TS
    Triumph Speed Triple: Black with extra black bits
    www.cuore-sportivo.co.uk
     
    Catman, Jan 29, 2005
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  19. Nick

    Nick Guest

    I had my doubts today while doing the course, I just kept stalling the
    bike and was getting all in a state and I thought that I'd made a real
    mistake. Then I got the hang of it and it was quite enjoyable.

    It was scary that even though I was wearing flourescent clothing from
    the riding school, and had my headlight on *no one* appeared to see
    me. I suppose I will have to get used to being on the ball ALL of the
    time and doubting everything.

    --Nick.
     
    Nick, Jan 29, 2005
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  20. Nick

    Nick Guest

    On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 19:18:49 +0000,
    I have a bottle of Jack Daniel's here to keep me happy.

    --Nick.
     
    Nick, Jan 29, 2005
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