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New rider blog: SarahC gets her L plates

Sarah Carnell, 14 August 2007 13:38

So when I was little there were three things I wanted to do. 1. Be a mechanic2. Be a professional ballerina3. Ride a motorbike So having dabbled on the car with my dad since I was about six and done amateur dramatics for more than 15 years I now had the last one to achieve so I thought I would share with you ...

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New rider blog: I have been accepted into the biking family

Sarah Carnell, 24 August 2007 12:46

Well it’s been 10 days since I last checked in and I can honestly say I think I am improving. Hooray! In my first blog I mentioned how I had become the stall queen. Well I think I have now been demoted to the stall princess. I am still stalling but not half as much. So the latest piece of ...

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New rider blog: Dear Suzuki, I'm really sorry, but I have dropped my Van Van

Sarah Carnell, 18 September 2007 15:34

I feel I have loads to share since I last checked in. I have begun commuting to work and have also had a slight accident but am still here to tell the tale.  I am now an official biking commuter since I have started to travel to work on my Suzuki Van Van. I decided that enough was enough and ...

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New rider blog: I've fallen in love... with a sports bike

Sarah Carnell, 26 October 2007 15:00

Well this week’s been a massive learning curve for me as I’ve been on my first test ride. MCN designer Adam Shorrock and myself were invited by road test editor Phil West to have a go on the Derbi City Cross 125. The idea was to see how this relatively cheap learner motorcycle compared to our own, mine being my ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS diary day one: Let's get riding again

Sarah Carnell, 12 May 2008 11:16

Well after a few months off the road I’ve finally got round to booking what will hopefully turn out to be my Direct Access route to a full motorcycle licence. Over the next week, I will be sharing my highs and hopefully not so many lows of my training with the BSM motorcycle training school in Birmingham on the Suzuki ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS diary day two: Good god I'm riding a 650!

Sarah Carnell, 13 May 2008 14:10

I arrived just before 9am ready for day two and really aching from yesterday, which I’d hoped would go away over night. After getting my Frank Thomas Alicia textile gear on and HJC helmet it was time for a bit of work on the pad for an hour on the Suzuki Van Van looking at those flipping U-Turns and more ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS diary day three: To SV650 or not SV650? that is the question

Sarah Carnell, 14 May 2008 15:51

After the highs of yesterday and the unexpected success on the Suzuki SV650 the plan for the day was to go out on the road to see how I get on with the ‘big’ bike before making a final decision whether to go forward for the full direct access or go back to the Suzuki Van Van. Mark suggested I ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS diary day four: By George I think she's got it!

Sarah Carnell, 15 May 2008 16:17

My first major problem of the day was actually getting out of bed. The left side of my back has decided to go in to spasm probably after the windy ride yesterday – oh great. On arrival at BSM’s training centre I really struggled to walk into the building, let alone get geared up and head out on a motorcycle. ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS Diary day five: I'm really starting to enjoy this

Sarah Carnell, 16 May 2008 18:21

Well with just one full day’s riding ahead of my test tomorrow the heat really was on. I started off by taking myself out round the pad to warm up Kay and also to put in some U-Turns so that I could cheat my stupid brain and make it believe I really can do this. Well, I attempted three and ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS Diary day six: It's D Day

Sarah Carnell, 18 May 2008 15:38

Well today (Friday) was test day. I arrived at the BSM centre at 9am and today I was to be looked after by Chris, one of the other full-time instructors, as Mark was doing a CBT in Birmingham. Also spending the day with me and Chris was Butch, an American who was on his third attempt at passing his test ...


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