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Oct 10

Posts: 2

Caldei says:

New to the bike world.

Heres the situation:

New to bikes, aged 18, looking to get a motorbike over a car as I see that they are cheaper, and also its something i've always wanted. So, I was wondering if someone could tell me how do I start??

Should I get a bike before I start my tests? Or should I just rent one for the tests and buy one later? And also when do I buy my gear?

I feel pretty lost here, any help would be appreciated.


did i post in the wrong section?

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Oct 10

Posts: 2

Caldei says:


Hi, thanks :)

Good stuff, cheers for the reply.

So the MOD tests are just to get me into my higher power bikes?

And when doing my CBT, do I have to rent a bike?

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Jan 09

Posts: 109

Mikeinho says:

Reasons to be cheerful...

You mention bikes are cheaper than cars, and also you want to be a biker. So, here's what you need to know...

Bikes are generally cheaper than cars to buy, but you've got to look at all the other factors: cost of lessons/tests, decent biker gear, insurance, etc. It can mount up quite quickly, so just be sure you can afford to spend the money on biking.

If you really want to get into biking and money is an issue, then I suggest you go to your local training centre and ask for a free lesson first. If you like it (which you definitely will), then ask about a package of lessons leading towards your restricted licence. Don't bother buying any gear or a bike until you pass your tests. This will give you time to look around for a decent bike at a decent price.

Once you've been riding for a couple of years on a restricted licence, you will be old enough and experienced enough to get a full size bike. Don't waste your time getting a 33BHP restricted bike prior to then, as the insurance will be sky-high. However, there are a few bikes out there that have a bit more punch than a 125cc but still meet the 33BHP law (see Kawasaki Ninja 250R).

Hope this helps. Good luck with your first lesson!!

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Nov 08

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That's a motorcycle industry initiative to get new riders introduced and should get you taster.  I think they have an incentive scheme so if you know a biker there's something in it for them if they introduce you.

It doesn't get expensive until you're hooked.  Learner 125s can do around 100mpg and are a lot of fun.  Common advice is you need  to spend say 15% of you bike cost on riding gear.  That's probably about right, a grand for a decent used bike and, for casual fair weather use, you can get reasonably decent boots, gloves, lid and "waterproof" textiles for about £150 - either from specialist discount sellers like WhiteDog or from bargain bins at shows.

Bigger bikes and all weather commuting (using instead of a car) are a differnt kettle of fish, cost is probably at least on a par with using a car.

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Jun 10

Posts: 35


Book a CBT usually around £95-100
which includes bike and kit.
If you pass (which you will assuming your not completely incompetent) Get yourself a 125cc bike for practice.. bad weather is coming now anyway, best bet is to get a good 6 months riding a 125, come next year + better conditions look at taking the test....
In the meantime get your theory booked £35 I believe. So come next year all you will have to do is have a couple of hours with an instructor and you will be good to go.
+ Get yourself a decent helmet above all.... Waterproof trousers over the winter.

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Nov 10

Posts: 19

Getting started


I'm 17 and started biking sometime in July, at first I had the same thought as you which was biking is cheaper than just getting a car, but after I bought all my gear and payed for some side-on training it built up. Now though it is a way of life for me and I dont think i'll ever stop ( so I hope you love it), just some points I wanted to add to from other peoples comments, the theory test should be done right after your CBT to speed up getting your license, and it actually now costs £51 (I saw this when I went to book mine). One thing my neighbour keeps telling me is that if you want your Module 2 to be that much easy (which takes place on the roads) you should drive about the area where the test is taken so that you'll be familiar with it, but its not completely neccesary. Last thing m8, dont forget to Nod at any biker that you pass!:eyebrows:

Best of luck- Josh

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