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Mar 12

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NewbieGirly says:

1st timer


I am looking to buy my first bike. I've passed my CBT and am struggling to find a bike within my budget (they all seem to be in some 'shire' town and I live in London).

Bikes I seem to be looking at at just normal Yamaha YBR and Honda CG and CBF. Only 125cc. I only have a small budget and don't even really want to spend that as I still have to buy helmet etc.

The other thing is I am only 5"3 so reaching the floor might be a bit tricky. I learnt on the Honda CG so I know that that's ok.

Any help is greatly welcome. Where do I start looking? How do I know it's right? and all those kind of FAQ's (I assume they are FAQ's)

Thanks for reading this essay!

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Dec 10

Posts: 11935

preunit says:

Hello and welcome NG

Might be worth having a word with the school where you did your CBT as they usually have good local bike related contacts,if not then right here on MCN



even the dreaded bay:unsure: do have someone that knows a thing or two about bikes that can go along with you when you view one?

Oh BTW nowt wrong with the shire.:tongue::biggrin:

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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:

How much are you planning spending?

Take into account the insurance, because that'll be a headache for a year or two.

If you can, (if you're buying from a dealer anyway) try and pay cash (rather than finance): its amazing the discounts you can get if you're paying in cash (and serious), even if it means serious saving.

If you're not sure about bikes, take a friend who is. Or indeed, ask friends if they know any good dealers / shops.

Think about maintenance if you buy from a dealer (ie, have they facilities to do repairs etc on your bike if need be?). That might sound silly, but I went into a shop looking for a bike and asked about servicing etc, and got the reply "well, we don't actually have a workshop here".

As far as helmet / kit / security (you don't want your new wheels half-inched by a chav) goes, Hein Gericke are probably a good place to start (you'll probably have one near you) who can help with prices, and indeed, with sizing / fitting (a cheap-ish helmet that fits and is comfortable is better than an expensive one that doesn't).

Hope that helps.

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