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6y, 9m agoFound 6 years, 9 months ago
If youre thinking of getting on two wheels, get a free motorcycle ride on us. You can try a motorbike or scooter at a time and place that suits you, with hands on experience and advice from a qualified trainer.

It lasts about an hour, and well lend you a helmet and all the safety gear. Enter your details on the right and a local training centre will be in touch to arrange your free ride.
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#1
Nice find
#2
Read the blurb on the website and it looks/sounds great! I'd love to commute to work on a bike, but I'd have to move house and/or change job as it's only a 5 minute walk.

Am I experiencing a mid-life crisis?
#3
Why are people voting cold, you cant get much lower than free.
#4
That picture reminds me of all the idiots who sneak past you at the lights, then show-off doing wheelies when the lights change to green.
#5
WARNING!

I did this in between xmas and new year. Had about an hours ride on a 125. Did a fair chunk of the CBT during the lesson.

Last tuesday I passed my Mod2 and spent THOUSANDS on a new bike.

So be careful... :D

You have been warned
#6
Thats what I am frightened of idbroadhurst- that I will like it so much I will sell my dog to get one.
Tempted as hell though, I have always wanted to learn..
#7
Civic EG6
Why are people voting cold, you cant get much lower than free.


Free ride on a death machine? Um, I think I'll pass.
#8
Been trying to do Mod 1 for 2 months now and every time I have it booked t bloody snows or is icy so they keep cancelling it, next one is for 8:45am on monday morning...

Andi
banned#9
Once thought I'd never ride a bike, also had one of these before Christmas absolutely loved it. Amazing feeling having the engine between your legs and out in the elements. Still looking for a 125 bike to start on though, damn hard to find a decent one.
#10
Def a hot deal :-) Every car driver should have a go so they get an idea as to how vulnerable we bikers are out on the road - and hopefully we can then convert some of them into proper bikers too :-) !

To anyone who is even thinking about this - GO FOR IT :-) you will never regret it - and especially girls as we need more female bikers :-) !!
#11
Nice find thanks my son had new bike for his b/day and could do with another lesson as he is unsure on the gear changes and this would be excellent for him.
Thanks heat and rep added :thumbsup::roll::-D
#12
The only thing that kills bikers is w~~k car drivers?
#13
ted2911;7897092
The only thing that kills bikers is w~~k car drivers?


Inappropriate use of speed and lack of attention is what kills most bikers... :-(
#14
iv been meaning to get on a bike but didnt really know how to start.. so this is a perfect start for me!! thanks!!!
#15
lumoruk
Once thought I'd never ride a bike, also had one of these before Christmas absolutely loved it. Amazing feeling having the engine between your legs and out in the elements. Still looking for a 125 bike to start on though, damn hard to find a decent one.


Look for a nice Yamaha Dt125, they are pretty tall, but incredible for a 125. Im looking at doing my full bike test soon and i still dont want to have to sell the dt!
#16
Thanks for this, me and my partner are going to try! :p thanks :)
#17
Crackin deal! Heat and rep added, cheers!
#18
ted2911
The only thing that kills bikers is w~~k car drivers?


ahahhha. yeah right. And overtaking a car with inches apart is really a good idea... what is what they mostly do all the time
#19
do you have to pay insurance on this? cant see if it says you do or not.
#20
I may try this for the scooter as however many times I try and learn to drive im useless! So a scooter is tempting. Thanks OP
banned#21
leecher
do you have to pay insurance on this? cant see if it says you do or not.


No you don't it's all free, though obviously you have to expect them to try and push a training plan onto you afterwards ;-) but just humour them :thumbsup:
#22
Hot deal, The wife has always fancied a go & 4 centres close to us.
Fab if your not sure if you would like it or not.

No was was the wife getting a shot of my VFR. She enjoys being on the back but thats as far as shes ever got.

Heat added.
#23
I signed up last time the offer was on but never heard anything back, i'm trying another instructor this time...so fingers crossed
#24
Tom Pickering
That picture reminds me of all the idiots who sneak past you at the lights, then show-off doing wheelies when the lights change to green.

And this picture reminds me of the idiots who take an entire cycle of traffic light s to pull away from a stop... :-D
http://hupandsteph.com/media/08.11.3.Bike.Adventures/old.guy.yelling.jpg
#25
jarlayari
Been trying to do Mod 1 for 2 months now and every time I have it booked t bloody snows or is icy so they keep cancelling it, next one is for 8:45am on monday morning...

Andi


Good luck - failed Mod 1 once, passed second time round (silly swerve avoidance :-D ) Mod 2 test was a cinch - came away with 2 minor faults.

First week commuting done - schools back on monday so my real training starts then :whistling:
#26
shadowdogg
ahahhha. yeah right. And overtaking a car with inches apart is really a good idea... what is what they mostly do all the time


You mean like car drivers overtaking cyclists?

I've been riding motorcycles for almost 20 years and have been hit twice by car drivers - both times cars pulling out of side roads without looking. Plus hit three times, once near fatal on a bicycle by car drivers - have cycled on the pavement ever since where possible.

I'm not defending irresponsible motorcyclists, of which there are many. There are good drivers and bad drivers of all vehicles - the vast majority of bad drivers on the road of course though are car drivers.
#27
matedodgy
Free ride on a death machine? Um, I think I'll pass.
thats nonsense, last year around May i had no clue on how to ride a bike and currently i have a 636cc ninja and its is very safe, i can assure anyone thats interested "bikes are as safe as the person riding it". For example a friend of mine has been riding for ten year and has never ever been in a accident, however my cousin in scotland has been driving a car for three year and crashed twice. Now tell me who's tasting death? like i said your only safe if your confident, if you lack confidence then you will believe these are death machines. BTW nearly 10.000 pedestrians are KILLED and over 80.000 injured, you best stay indoors mate...then again around 2.000 die in homes every year due to fires etc go find a padded cell!
banned#28
MKultra
You mean like car drivers overtaking cyclists?

I've been riding motorcycles for almost 20 years and have been hit twice by car drivers - both times cars pulling out of side roads without looking. Plus hit three times, once near fatal on a bicycle by car drivers - have cycled on the pavement ever since where possible..


Sound like me except in 4 yrs I had a side on with a fast track tractor whilst on the pavement he pulled out of the hedge, broke my collar bone and ended up in the middle of the road.

Knocked clean off my bike at night with lights on my bike by a woman driver pulling out of a farm, who had just recently past (got a new bike out of her).

Hit twice by cars crossing the road from the path to the other side, all bar the woman driver were my fault though :whistling:
suspended#29
yasmo10
thats nonsense, last year around May i had no clue on how to ride a bike and currently i have a 636cc ninja and its is very safe, i can assure anyone thats interested "bikes are as safe as the person riding it". For example a friend of mine has been riding for ten year and has never ever been in a accident, however my cousin in scotland has been driving a car for three year and crashed twice. Now tell me who's tasting death? like i said your only safe if your confident, if you lack confidence then you will believe these are death machines. BTW nearly 10.000 pedestrians are KILLED and over 80.000 injured, you best stay indoors mate...then again around 2.000 die in homes every year due to fires etc go find a padded cell!


Motorcycles have a higher fatality rate per unit of distance travelled when compared with automobiles. According to the NHTSA, in 2006 18.06 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. The rate for motorcycles is 55.82 per 100,000. In 2004, figures from the Department for Transport in the UK indicated that motorcycles have 121 deaths or serious injuries per 100 million vehicle kilometers, compared to the corresponding figure of 2.6 for motorists.[citation needed]

A national study by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATS) found that:

* Motorcycle rider death rates increased among all rider age groups between 1998 and 2000
* Motorcycle rider deaths were nearly 30 times more than drivers of other vehicles
* Motorcycle riders aged below 40 are 36 times more likely to be killed than other vehicle operators of the same age.
* Motorcycle riders aged 40 years and over are around 20 times more likely to be killed than other drivers of that same age.[2]

approximately 80 percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death; a comparable figure for automobiles is about 20 percent.

So yeah, they are death machines :p
banned#30
you taken that from wiki? because one we don't call cars automobiles and two we don't measure distance in kilometres :thumbsup:
#31
Lol, my OH will never have a road bike again... he has only ever hurt himself by going too fast on the road.. :whistling:

That said, he does straight line racing, and is trying to build an outlaw bike this season...... could be interesting!!! :)
suspended#32
lumoruk
you taken that from wiki? because one we don't call cars automobiles and two we don't measure distance in kilometres :thumbsup:


Yeah, easier to do that and highlight the main points :thumbsup:
#33
lumoruk
you taken that from wiki? because one we don't call cars automobiles and two we don't measure distance in kilometres :thumbsup:


Yeah, it also says: "The two major causes of motorcycle accidents in the United States are: motorists pulling out or turning in front of motorcyclists and violating their rights-of-way and motorcyclists running wide through turns... ...The latter is more commonly caused by operating a motorcycle while intoxicated"

What the statistics don't tell you about cars is how often they are responsible for the deaths of other road users, e.g. cyclists & pedestrians (especially children).

I remember reading recently that the number of children killed walking to school is similar now to the figures 20 years ago. The difference is that 20 years ago 4 times as many children walked to school! The real death machines are cars, which are getting worse and worse due to "Volvo syndrome" - the more safety devices are fitted for the benefit of their occupants the worse the driver behaves. It's been argued before that the most effective safety device would be to fit a large and very visible metal spike in the centre of the steering wheel.

The difference with motorbikes is that your taking responsibility for your own life. Car drivers are protecting themselves at the expense of everyone else. I especially hate those parents in Chelsea tractors who stop in the no-stopping zones outside school every morning - what they're saying is the safety of my children is important (though not their health - you'd park further away and make them walk) but nobody else's kids matter.

EDIT: looking at the sources cited by Wiki. 3 out of 4 motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle and the driver of the other vehicle is twice as likely to be the cause of the accident as the motorcyclists. So yes, there's fault on both sides but car drivers are twice as bad as motorcyclists (especially car drivers under 30 or over 65).

Another interesting statistic was that young bikers with experience of dirt bikes are much less likely to be involved in an accident. My Dad taught himself to ride off-road when he was 15. I would be happy for my son & daughter to do the same if they're interested in bikes when they're teenagers (my daughter currently looks at scooters as a potential way of getting to the stables when she's 16!).

Back to the original post - I've never ridden a motorbike perhaps now is the time to start? If nothing else it might make me a better car driver - perhaps some of the other posters criticising bikers would do the same. Remember, before you criticise a man, walk a mile in his shoes. (That way he's a mile away and you've got his shoes.)
suspended#34
Yes there is no doubt that a lot of the motorcycle accidents would involve other vehicles.
But it's a fact that Motorcycles are many times more likely to have an accident than another vehicle. And are many times more likely to have a serious injury or die in such a case compared to another vehicle.

There is no disputing that Motorcycles are the most dangerous vehicles on the road.
Every time i see one on the road, they whizz past me at around 120mph+ with no due care and attention.
So i would say that the facts are very unsuprising.
#35
DarkKnight


So yeah, they are death machines :p


it's not a funny matter, EVERY vehicle is dangerous. Motorcycles only have 2 wheels and cars have 4, makes them more susceptible to accidents because if not ridden properly and if you dont leave room for anticipation you will have much more difficulty stopping. i have been close to an accident twice which was due to poor drivers on the road that didn't "think bike" which is probably the only primary reason to the deaths you read about, silly cars. EVERY vehicle is a death machine...will you agree with me there at least? all depends on your confidence on the road. i have to admit i do on occasion tear the streets up with my bike only when the circumstances are safe to do so and i wear protection, alot of protection (plus i maintain my bike)...but for some people the adrenalin gets the best of them plus they wear silly amount of protection eg jeans and a sports jacket and they have a ill maintained bike and bad skill and so fatalities occur. SAME with cars! when people drive recklessly they face consequences. like i said "bikes are only as safe as the rider". Same way only a certain few people are up for the task of being a solider or fireman, some people are made to ride bikes. this gives you the opportunity to find out under safe supervision. so as far as the deal goes it is HOT as fire! it's FREE!!!! i fortunately was made for bikes, and i never knew this until i reached the age of 25 and gave a bike a go, before then i knew nothing of bikes....now i'm so glad that i do. Trust me, no other form of transport puts a massive smile on your face every time you use it :) its then you wonder why everyone is so miserable driving their cars. Its not about getting from A to B its about enjoying the journey to...not in the winter...thats when i transfer my 6 month insurance onto a car lol i aint freezing for nothing!
suspended#36
yasmo10
EVERY vehicle is dangerous. Motorcycles only have 2 wheels and cars have 4, makes them more susceptible to accidents because if not ridden properly and if you dont leave room for anticipation you will have much more difficulty stopping. i have been close to an accident twice which was due to poor drivers on the road that didn't "think bike" which is probably the only primary reason to the deaths you read about, silly cars. EVERY vehicle is a death machine...will you agree with me there at least? all depends on your confidence on the road. i have to admit i do on occasion tear the streets up with my bike only when the circumstances are safe to do so and i wear protection, alot of protection (plus i maintain my bike)...but for some people the adrenalin gets the best of them plus they wear silly amount of protection eg jeans and a sports jacket and they have a ill maintained bike and bad skill and so fatalities occur. SAME with cars! when people drive recklessly they face consequences. like i said "bikes are only as safe as the rider". Same way only a certain few people are up for the task of being a solider or fireman, some people are made to ride bikes. this gives you the opportunity to find out under safe supervision. so as far as the deal goes it is HOT as fire! it's FREE!!!! i fortunately was made for bikes, and i never knew this until i reached the age of 25 and gave a bike a go, before then i knew nothing of bikes....now i'm so glad that i do. Trust me, no other form of transport puts a massive smile on your face every time you use it :) its then you wonder why everyone is so miserable driving their cars. Its not about getting from A to B its about enjoying the journey to...not in the winter...thats when i transfer my 6 month insurance onto a car lol i aint freezing for nothing!


Yes i do agree with you that all vehicles are dangerous, but what i mean is you are more likely to die on a Motorcycle than in a Car.
Cars have crumple zones, airbags, driving assists, more traction etc, a bikes protection is their rider's face....erm not very safe.

You can't blame all accident's on silly drivers in cars, as there are silly riders on bikes too.
I wouldn't say every car driver is an unhappy one, as IMO there are more positives to driving a car, the only postives of a bike are that they are cheaper to run, avoid traffic and parking is easier.
#37
DarkKnight
Yes i do agree with you that all vehicles are dangerous, but what i mean is you are more likely to die on a Motorcycle than in a Car.
Cars have crumple zones, airbags, driving assists, more traction etc, a bikes protection is their rider's face....erm not very safe.

You can't blame all accident's on silly drivers in cars, as there are silly riders on bikes too.
I wouldn't say every car driver is an unhappy one, as IMO there are more positives to driving a car, the only postives of a bike are that they are cheaper to run, avoid traffic and parking is easier.


i'm not blaming ALL accidents on drivers...i only pointed out the two times i almost crashed and it was due to silly drivers. the first one being an old lady with triple glazed glasses who looked left/right and forgot to look left again and almost pulled out infront of me, lucky for me i saw the granny from far away and thought i'd get off the throttle just in case she does pull out. second time it was an idoit that under taken be on a motorway at about 120mph a few feet away from me causing my bike to wobble, but i knew how to handle my bike so i was fine.

neway you say the only positives of a bike is that they are cheaper to run, avoid traffic and parking is easier. well thats the main points covered, aren't they the main reasons people have vehicles for? unless you intended to drag a heap of metal around for the extra cost and spend half the day in traffic swearing and cussing, then when you get to your destination theres nowhere to park haha! cars are safer if you have to crash test the two obviously, i have car but i still find more use in the motorcycle...there is a reason behind it, convenience and the fun factor! your obviously not for bikes so ur bashing them and pushing your point across that they equal to death.

the probability of death is almost the same, if ur a bad driver/rider, your more likely to crash, if your good driver /rider there is a slim chance of a crash...common sense. what is classed as a good rider is the ability to avoid crashes...meaning sticking to speed limits, positioning your self correctly on the road, appreciate weather conditions and the characteristics of a bike and anticipating other drivers on the road...if all these are adhered to you will NEVER ever crash.
as for cars having crumple zones and air bags and bike not, well thats common sense now isn't it. we all know this. we all also know that tanks have 99% armour and cars dont. the point is your only as safe as you can be which begins firstly in the head...you cant rest your life on an air bag.

you've guessed it...time for yasmo's quote of the day, say it along with me after three, 1,2,3
"A MOTORCYCLE IS ONLY AS SAFE AS THE RIDER" i'm done.
#38
On a lighter note, I did this last October/November, went with my Dad who was once a biker, and still has that 'biker itch' only my Mum won't let him. He was a bit wobbly at first but soon got back into the hang of it though it taught him how much doing a CBT before getting back on the road before would benefit him which is why I think this is amazing for 'older bikers' who haven't ridden in years.

As for me I'd never ridden before can say I absolutely loved it, everything was free and to be honest there really was no 'hard sell' at the end.

I think my Dad would love to get back into biking, though his main concern is the amount of traffic there is on the roads these days (compared to when he rode back in the 50s/60s) as he says, back then you could come off your bike and be fine, now days you'd come off and be ran over by the five cars behind you.
1 Like #39
DarkKnight
Yes i do agree with you that all vehicles are dangerous, but what i mean is you are more likely to die on a Motorcycle than in a Car.
Cars have crumple zones, airbags, driving assists, more traction etc, a bikes protection is their rider's face....erm not very safe.

You can't blame all accident's on silly drivers in cars, as there are silly riders on bikes too.
I wouldn't say every car driver is an unhappy one, as IMO there are more positives to driving a car, the only postives of a bike are that they are cheaper to run, avoid traffic and parking is easier.


Please stop turning a posting about Motorcycles into a 'Oooh they're dangerous and nasty and horrible' thread. Yeah they're more dangerous than driving cars but unless you've ridden one you probably won't understand why people ride them in the first place.

I've got no desire to wrap myself up in cotton wool for the entireity of my life; hence I ride motorcycles. They're economical, cheaper to tax/insure generally, make A-B journies quicker and are just far more fun.

Positives to driving a car? I HATE driving cars. Sitting in traffic, Hideous road tax, Less economical on fuel, far more irritating little electronic gizmos to go wrong.. I can't see much of an upside, excepting weather protection.

BTW 'a bikes protection is the riders face!?
Since when have you seen a motorcyclist not wearing a crash helmet?
#40
;-) thanks

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