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    Cheap Learner Motorbike 125cc

    I have always wanted to learn and to pass my test
    anyone know of a good deal on a learner bike?
    125cc
    oh and im in northern ireland so would need delivery.
    saw a new honda on ebay for c£700 ex delivery but not sure if this is a good one

    thanks

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    How old are you ?

    I started learning & passed my test a few months ago & bought a Yamaha FZ6 - why stick with a 125 (unless your young ?)

    Original Poster

    i am 24

    Original Poster

    i thought i could only ride a 125 while i was a learner?

    I was thinking of learning to drive a motor bike. How do you go about learning? What would it cost? Can you ride a bike alone whilst learning? How much are bikes/insurance/MOT/roadtax etc. I haven't got a clue about these things, so any advice appreciated.

    ciaozammer

    I have always wanted to learn and to pass my testanyone know of a good … I have always wanted to learn and to pass my testanyone know of a good deal on a learner bike?125ccoh and im in northern ireland so would need delivery.saw a new honda on ebay for c£700 ex delivery but not sure if this is a good onethanks



    If you are set on a 125 (and until you pass your full test it is all you can ride)then personally I would recommend a 2nd hand Honda CB125. Bullet proof and hold their value though not the most stylish. I would steer well clear of the Chinese copies on ebay.

    I would have thought the local papers were your best bet or even a local bike shop.

    Id recommend you get a Yamaha YBR 125 Quality bike, built like a tank, cost me 8.50 every 2 weeks and i do 8 miles everyday so cheap as anything

    Steeeeer clear of baotian scooters and other chinese copies as the man says! they are ****

    tommy_1

    I was thinking of learning to drive a motor bike. How do you go about … I was thinking of learning to drive a motor bike. How do you go about learning? What would it cost? Can you ride a bike alone whilst learning? How much are bikes/insurance/MOT/roadtax etc. I haven't got a clue about these things, so any advice appreciated.



    Unless things have changed recently You will need to pass a test called a CBT. You can then ride a bike up to 125cc alone (with L plates).
    To ride a bigger bike you need to pass your full test. Depending on age this will allow you to ride a bike of any capacity. Though as a word of warning lots of people end up in a hedge because they assume they can handle a big bike straight away.

    You can pick up a reasonable 125cc for about £500 -700, road tax is £15 a year for a small bike. Insurance is obviously dependent on age, location, bike etc but is usually much less than a car.

    Then you have to factor in the cost of protective clothing which will set you back at least £200 for the basics.

    Some info here: acemotorcycletraining.co.uk/rul…tml To ride something bigger you'd need to take the direct access route.

    The DirectGov website is a tad confusing!

    Right guys, here we go....

    You can learn on whatever cc engine you wish, if you want to actually go out on your own, you are limited to a 125cc

    Before you even sit on the bike, you need to pass a CBT.

    This consists of a lesson about riding a bike, gears, safety, how to ride etc - this costs about £80

    If you then want to go out on your own, you are limited to a 125cc bike with L plates (very very **** - you will get bored soooo quickly).


    You should do what I did & book a course with a local training company. I paid £399 which consisted of:

    CBT
    6 x 2 hour lessons
    Theory Test
    Practical Test
    Bike Hire
    Equipment Hire

    From start to finish, it took me about 4/5 weeks to get my license. I went for the direct access course, so I can ride whatever cc bike I want to now.

    I learnt on a 250cc for 3 lessons, and a 500cc for 3 lessons.

    I bought a Yamaha Fazer FZ6 - 0-60 in 3.2s, 0-100 in 6s, plently fast enough for me now


    If you want to look at a bike, goto biketrader.co.uk

    I'd recommend starting off on a 600cc naked bike (Something like a Yamaha Fazer, Honda Hornet or Suzuki Bandit) - stay away from the race bike for a while until you have experience on the road & treat every car driver as if they could pull out on you any minute (they will do so, even if they are looking right at you!!)


    Bikes range in price, I got a bargain, 2004 plate for £1900.

    Insurance is dependant on postcode, 3rd party F&T should cost about £300

    Tax was £47 for the year


    Anymore info, drop me a pm

    You can also pick up very cheap 500cc bikes, which tend to be cheaper to insure for younger folk and will still have better acceleration than all but the fastest cars out there:

    Honda CB500
    Kawasaki ER-5
    Suzuki GS500

    etc.

    They are also popular bikes with new riders. The Honda will be the best built out of these, but also the most expensive. If you plan on keeping it a while, or if you just want bullet-proof reliability, buy the Honda. The finish on both Suzuki and Kawasaki are more likely to weather fast. Particularly the Kawa. Although, the ER-5 is stupidly cheap to buy new and will be ideal for those learning who are short of leg or prefer something lighter than a 4-cylinder 600. The GS500 is probably around 40-50kg lighter than the equivalent (older) 600 Bandit, which was tipping the scales at around 200Kg dry weight.

    However, as ChrisUK points out, *proper* bikes start at 600cc. Ones you can get some proper street cred with.

    [wishes he could afford new bike now]


    p.s. "treat every car driver as if they could pull out on you any minute (they will do so, even if they are looking right at you!!)"

    I'll second that. Car drivers are dumb, and their brains are sluggish and slow. Only bikers *truly* have skills on the road. Riding a bike makes your head work quicker. Oh yes...

    Original Poster

    thanks for all the replies
    what do you all think of this bike
    charleshurstgroup.co.uk/car…o=3

    thinking about it. I live in Northern Ireland so we dont need to do the CBT here, can ride a 125 with a normal car license.

    Looks ideal for a 125. It depends on what you want. Do you intend to move to a bigger bike in the future? Not everybody does.

    Do want a brand new one? There is sometimes little difference between 5 year old bikes and new ones. They are not like supersports bikes that are updated every year.

    Don't feel the need to get a bigger bike. I took the direct access route straight onto a big bike but have mates who just went onto the 125 first. There is no wrong way to get into biking.

    thekanester

    p.s. "treat every car driver as if they could pull out on you any minute … p.s. "treat every car driver as if they could pull out on you any minute (they will do so, even if they are looking right at you!!)"I'll second that. Car drivers are dumb, and their brains are sluggish and slow. Only bikers *truly* have skills on the road. Riding a bike makes your head work quicker. Oh yes...



    I agree too being a pillion passenger I am often stunned at the actions of car drivers :x

    thekanester

    I'll second that. Car drivers are dumb, and their brains are sluggish and … I'll second that. Car drivers are dumb, and their brains are sluggish and slow. Only bikers *truly* have skills on the road. Riding a bike makes your head work quicker. Oh yes...



    I think all car drivers should have to ride a bike first, Thats why its essential for a bike to have a noisy exhaust, Because at least if they don't see you they hear you.......hopefully...

    Iom-RF

    I think all car drivers should have to ride a bike first, Thats why its … I think all car drivers should have to ride a bike first, Thats why its essential for a bike to have a noisy exhaust, Because at least if they don't see you they hear you.......hopefully...



    I think part of the problem is that bikes accelerate so much faster than car drivers realise. As a saxo vtr driver found out this morning when he tried to nip away from the lights ahead of me.

    I have been pottering along in my car before and bikes have come up behind me from nowhere. They are not speeding just getting up to speed that much faster.

    What gets me is when cars deliberately move to block bikes while they filter through traffic or they pull out of side roads even though they have seen me just because they feel they can make a bike slow down to let them out. It might be me but I do feel that people give bikes less respect on the roads than they did a few years back.

    That said there are some idiots on bikes on the road as well.

    Firehaven

    I agree too being a pillion passenger I am often stunned at the actions … I agree too being a pillion passenger I am often stunned at the actions of car drivers



    Pillion eh - would it be wrong to ask you if you wanted a ride ? :P



    IOM

    I think all car drivers should have to ride a bike first, Thats why its … I think all car drivers should have to ride a bike first, Thats why its essential for a bike to have a noisy exhaust, Because at least if they don't see you they hear you.......hopefully...



    Unfortunitely mate, thats not how it works, as most of the "noise" is going behind the bike, so the cars in front wont hear it.

    That hasnt stopped me looking at Scorpion cans lately though lol

    ChrisUK

    Unfortunitely mate, thats not how it works, as most of the "noise" is … Unfortunitely mate, thats not how it works, as most of the "noise" is going behind the bike, so the cars in front wont hear it.That hasnt stopped me looking at Scorpion cans lately though lol



    Meh, Still a nice noise! :giggle:

    Checkout blue flame exhuasts, Very nice..... blueflameperformance.com/bik…asp

    ChrisUK

    Pillion eh - would it be wrong to ask you if you wanted a ride ? :P



    Of course it wouldn't be wrong :thumbsup:

    IOM o/h is of the same opinion as you, the noisier the better. He has a blue flame exhaust fitted.

    These exhausts are noisy as hell, and make me smile every time I look at them:

    tailgunnerexhaust.com/

    ChrisUK - you had a look at Akrapovic exhausts? Not the cheapest but look and sound the business

    I phoned Blueflame the other day, they said they dont do them for my bike (had one on my last car, place is only down the road from me).

    Obviously, the louder, the better


    Lynus, cheers for that, will have a look at those !

    i can see why the guys on the last page said steer clear of the chinese bikes. BUT if you are after a cheap bike that will get you from A to B, and you dont mind getting your hands dirty (and you have so knowledge about engine and bikes) then they are great little bikes. ive got a 125 honda cbr copy and apart from having to reset some engine settings and a broken tacho, also the fact its a 4 stroke sohv instead of an sohc so its slower. i love it

    and about what everyone has said about cars is true, most dont look and dont care even if they have seen you,
    best bit of advice i got was "treat every car like there trying to kill you".

    thekanester

    Only bikers *truly* have skills on the road. Riding a bike makes your … Only bikers *truly* have skills on the road. Riding a bike makes your head work quicker. Oh yes...



    That wouldn't apply to the 5 that passed me at around 60/70 mph in a 30 mph limit last weekend then.

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