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RickPat

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RickPat says:

Born again biker (mid life crisis) ?

I am thinking of buying a bike after twenty years out of the saddle. My last bike was a Yamaha RD 400.

I have a full licence but think it would be adviseable to take some further training but I do not know what is available out there.

I would be using the bike for a forty mile daily commute and weekend fun. 

Any thoughts and ideas would be appreciated.

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

mid life

Welcome Rick,Use your car it`s cheaper and warmer,20mile one way this weather:shock: you need to see a phycho,buy one for the warmer weather. 

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Andy949494

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Andy949494 says:

Welcome back...

I would phone up a number of your local training establishments and ask them what they would do for a refresher course. Its likely that you will do a couple of 2 hour sessions on 500/600cc bikes (e.g. Er5, Bandits etc). When I did mine my trainer got me to start off in a car park and we didn't leave until he was sure that my emergency braking and basic steering was good enough (it was 20++ years too). I then went back two years later and did some more as I hadn't bought a bike in the mean time...
As to what bike is suitable for you to buy its difficult to say. What sort of budget do you have in mind and what sort of bikes do you like most? Also how tall are you and which dealers are close to you?
For commuting in all weathers you would probably be better off with a slightly more upright bike with a fairing since the fairings keep the rain and wind chill off whilst the upright position is more comfortable at slower speeds and gives a better view. Something like a Bandit S, GSX650, Diversion F, ER6F, F800ST, FZ6 Fazer, CBF1000F, CBF600SA. The sportier options would be an SV650S, CBR600F, F800S - these can be more uncomfortable when travelling slowly and the fairings are less good.If you are tall the likes of BMW GS, VerSys, Varadero, V Stroms could be quite attractive - remembering that if you are not and it is really windy its nice to be able to put both feet down sometimes!
If you have a load of money the nicest commuter bikes are R1200RT, FJR1300 etc watch the insurance and servicing costs before you buy... If you are prepared to leave the bike at home sometimes you might get away with a naked such as a Hornet, Moto Guzzi breva, R1200R etc...
BTW You should look at the price of nice RDs... You will wish you had kept yours :smile

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RickPat

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RickPat says:

psycho

Hi Jaffa

I could not afford their fees.

RickPat :blink:

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bbstrikesagain

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IMHO

upright bikes are "sensible" - better for visibility and learning or refreshing skills on, but they're also drafty and cold, even faired adventure style ones.  A sportier position and a decent fairing makes for a cosier ride in the bleak midwinter (so long as you use your thighs and core so you don't suffer in the wrist and back department).  A faired SV650S or CBR600F could be a good compromise and a decent way back in?

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rattypete

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rattypete says:

newbie

Can I jump in here, just joined. I guess I'm suffering from a late life crisis (I'm 62), just considering getting a bike later this year. Got to be real real cheap though. Probably be a 125/250. Last proper bike I had was a Bonneville in late 60's.

Anyway I've a question, will my licence still be valid, I have had a company car for last 15years. I will see about taking a refresher course though.

Pete

(manchester)

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bryfor59

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bryfor59 says:

Valid Licence

rattypete

Assuming you passed your motorcycle test in the 60's and you have not lost your licence at any time during the years since then your licence will still be valid, good idea I think to take refresher after so much time off though, welcome back, I am sure you will love it again, enjoy and ride safe 

:biggrin:  

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

valid

rattypete,have you got catergory A on your licence/greenpaper?

OH and welcome.

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bmwgs

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bmwgs says:

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i would say a 400 or 500 road bike would be good. and if you get a bike you will see it being load cheap to run than a car

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dgee7

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dgee7 says:

400

I'd go for a 400 stand up, much more comfortable.

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Jason2072

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Jason2072 says:

Can't choose

Ive not ridden for about 12 years, looking at getting something just for pleasure, in the good weather. But Im torn between a GSXr 750 or Z750. Never had a sports model allways had the sit up & beg style. But is the gixxer best left for the track

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