I had a lot of bikes - started off with 2-strokes progressd through RDs, LCs etc mostly cheap old bangers,(scores of Hondas & Yamahas that i "did up") rescued one as a basket case for £100 and actually built it into a running bike - it was like a jigsaw puzzle without a picture - had a jam-jar of bits left over - no idea what those bits did!) bought progressively more powerful/ faster bikes, untill i was going very fast to feel the same sensation of speed as before, (on track- obviously!) - often find it amusing that some people think they are going fast in their heavy, underpowered cars
A mate had a car pull out in front of him - he spent a lot of time in hospital and then in frames/ crutches etc and years later he is still not right - i was lucky and quit when i was ahead
Can cost as much to run/ insure a sports/ tourer bike as a hot hatch or similar
Learnt to build engines in the shed, started tuning bikes for me & my mates, 2-strokes, then 4-strokes etc eventually mushroomed into building racing engines, which progressed onto 4 wheels prepping/ tuning and eventually as a race engineer in a a single seater formula
Its been a long time since i was last on a bike and if i see one on the road i often feel the rider looks exposed/ fragile especially if they don't use their speed/ power to keep them out of trouble or allow cars to get too close, etc
Starting on bikes certainly helped develop a healthy/ desirable mistrust/ paranoia of other road users and why i feel i need power/ acceleration to keep me out of trouble and thats probably why ive not had an accident in 8 years (touch wood)
Yep, another biker here. Only passed my test in 2009, so wife reckons it was my midlife crisis.
I currently ride a Suzuki GSFX 650 on a 11 plate from new, prior to that it had an '07 GSF650
These new bike license are a real downer for new riders these days, but it does make sense if it's saving lives. Back in the day it only consisted of a spin around the block, both clockwise and anticlockwise, couple of questions and passed, allowing you to get your butt on anything that you desired.
i had a bike for about 3 months got rid because everyone was trying to kill me!
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Used to do a bit of biking. Had around 10 bikes over the years but not in the last 20 years since I was married. The Missus wont let me get one. Gutted!
I find it a great bike, looks sporty but has the touring more upright riding position. I have to admit it is not my main mode of transport, it's basically my fun ride for the weekends when the weather is nice. I have done a few 300 mile rides and was pleasantly surprised at how I felt after getting home at the end of the day, but then everybody is different.