Today I lost my virginity...

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by TMack, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. TMack

    TMack Guest

    I am no longer a wheelie virgin. I have had a great day at Paul Gower's
    wheelie school.

    Paul doesn't claim to teach any sophisticated launch techniques. His
    approach is the shortest, simplest route for novices like me to get the
    front wheel up. There were five of us with two bikes (1200 bandits) so
    there was one group of three and one of two. I was in the two-man group,
    which was really good because it meant more practice. We had five runs at a
    time then swapped over. The day started with a briefing about safety and
    the basics of achieving a power wheelie (on these bandits - accelerate to 30
    in first and then smoothly but sharply open the throttle fairly wide). There
    then followed a couple of familiarisation runs. After that it was "go for
    it" with lots of helpful advice from Paul.

    I must admit I was worried that I might not manage it at all but I needn't
    have been concerned. I was actually the first one to get the wheel up -
    about a couple of feet, followed by panic, a rapid descent and a slight
    testicle/tank interface. Fortunately this didn't put me off and as the day
    went on I gained skill and confidence. I can't claim to be any kind of
    wheelie god but by the end of the day I was getting the front up pretty
    consistently and at times keeping it there for more than just a quick
    up/down sequence.

    Paul is a top bloke - very supportive and helpful and with a really good
    sense of humour. He also had a stint in the afternoon where he demonstrated
    his own skills - very impressive! The other guys there were a good bunch and
    it was a really enjoyable day. I would recommend it to anyone.
    TMack, Jul 31, 2009
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  2. Fantastic, isn't it. I had a whale of a time.
    vulgarandmischevious, Jul 31, 2009
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  3. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Loopy
    Maybe learning what an apostrophe's for?

    Wicked Uncle Nigel - "He's hopeless, but he's honest"

    I have already made the greatest contribution to the fight against climate
    change that I can make: I have decided not to breed. Now quit bugging me and
    go and talk to the Catholics.
    Wicked Uncle Nigel, Jul 31, 2009
  4. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Loopy
    I can only teach those who want to learn.

    A brain-cell or two to spare can be bloody handy too.

    Wicked Uncle Nigel - "He's hopeless, but he's honest"

    I have already made the greatest contribution to the fight against climate
    change that I can make: I have decided not to breed. Now quit bugging me and
    go and talk to the Catholics.
    Wicked Uncle Nigel, Jul 31, 2009
  5. TMack

    Pip Guest

    Simultaneous breathing and punctuating not available with this model at
    this specification.
    Pip, Aug 1, 2009
  6. TMack

    TMack Guest

    Fortunately I am a lighthearted and frivolous motorcyclist. Being silly is
    integral to my motorcycling experience. If I found myself becoming
    "serious" about it I would probably pack it in.
    How did you guess?
    One day maybe, who knows?
    TMack, Aug 1, 2009
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    Champ Guest

    Ha! Excellent answer. I shall remember this the next time someone
    uses the phrase "serious motorcyclist". Really, is there anything
    less serious than riding a bike?
    Champ, Aug 1, 2009
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    Krusty Guest

    Tickling a brick.
    Krusty, Aug 1, 2009
  9. I haven't heard that expression for *years*!
    Mick Whittingham, Aug 1, 2009
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    Krusty Guest

    It's an expression? Well bugger me. I was just trying to think of
    something really un-serious, & tickling seemed like a good starting
    point, & I'd just finished moving some bricks outside, so...
    Krusty, Aug 1, 2009
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    Veggie Dave Guest


    Veggie Dave

    "To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim
    that Jesus was not born of a virgin." Cardinal Bellarmine
    Veggie Dave, Aug 1, 2009
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    Domènec Guest

    Sounds like a nice place from your report.

    Distance from London?

    (yes, I'm just a Dago thinking of possible hols in the UK)
    Domènec, Aug 2, 2009
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    Domènec Guest

    "Riding a BMW C1"?
    Domènec, Aug 2, 2009
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    Colin Irvine Guest

    Good - and I hope you're planning to come north.
    Colin Irvine, Aug 2, 2009
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    geoff Guest

    With the added attraction of a car boot sale on Sundays
    geoff, Aug 2, 2009
  16. I'm with the OP, I've always been someone who wants full control. And
    when the front wheel starts to rise, I put it down. I don't call
    myself a wuss, I have been racing sports sedans for years, I have an
    aerobatic endorsement on my pilots licence, I'm a PADI dive
    instructor, but I'm fucked if I can wheelstand a bike. Had a great
    time with a couple of mates who are really really good at it, mainly
    because the would always try to out-accelerate me on the back wheel
    but none of them got past me. (Laws of physics and all that). But I
    would love to do it.
    Kevin Gleeson, Aug 2, 2009
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    Domènec Guest

    Being back to London is the first goal, but on a pedestrian basis. Some day
    I'd fancy Scotland-IOMTT-Ireland, the frozen norf would then fit.
    Domènec, Aug 2, 2009
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    Andy Bonwick Guest

    It's the PADI bit that's done your head in.

    It's ok to go deeper than 10m no matter what anyone says.
    Andy Bonwick, Aug 2, 2009
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    Ace Guest

    Eh? My first dive with PADI we went to 18m, third time we went below
    23m, although that was not within the rules.

    IOW, ITYM 20m, not 10.
    Ace, Aug 2, 2009
  20. TMack

    Andy Bonwick Guest

    Sorry, it's a tired old joke and I shouldn't have done it.

    I was just making a feeble attempt to start up the old BSAC v PADI
    wars that have been done to death over the years.
    Andy Bonwick, Aug 2, 2009
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