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Getting into motorcycles, aged 43

John Finningham, 04 October 2010 19:45

My Biking experience is fairly new. At the tender age of 43 after just passing my DAS test I bought a 650 Bandit (new) and have at the time of writing this done just 211 miles. My previous biking history stems back to when I was around 14 upon joining a school motorcycle club. Trial sidecar. I learnt to ride ...

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FAQ: Should I warm up my bike before a ride?

Chris Dabbs, 22 May 2009 16:21

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. Could you please clear something up for me? My DAS instructor always told me to let my bike engine heat up before riding off. He claimed it was safer to start off with a ...

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My bike test report

Anonymous, 18 December 2008 08:08

Like most, I too decided to spend a small fortune and do the DAS course with a company in Southend-on-sea. The first day was taken up with the CBT which I found quite easy. I havent ridden a bike for nearly 20 years so I was pleased with how at ease I felt. All was good with the figure of ...

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SarahC's Suzuki and BSM DAS Dary: D Day take two

Sarah Carnell, 19 June 2008 17:30

So it was once again the day of doom or the first day to the rest of my life. I headed to the BSM Training Centre for 9am ready for another day with big Chris. After a chill out we headed out towards the Heartlands area where I would be taking my test at 2pm. I rode around for a ...

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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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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 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 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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