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Jul 09

Posts: 154

shanep says:

Automatic 125

My little sister's having to get on two wheels for financial reasons, she's driven a car for 3 years so hopefully has enough road-sense...

We're considering which bike she can buy but she's laid down conditions, lol:

- Legal to ride on CBT

- Must not look or sound like a moped (not going to uni on one of them!)

- Automatic gearbox so she can focus her attention on the road.

I've found only one 125 that resembles a superbike whilst also having an auto-gearbox - GIlera DNA - they look good and are quite reasonable on price but it would be nice to have other options.

Any suggestions?


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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:

How much

dosh has she got to spend?

Insurance is inevitably going to be a factor - esp as a newbie.

Has she done the CBT yet, or waiting to do it?

As for the auto 'box, is it a personal preference, or is there some reason that a manual bike would be hard work (eg medical problems)?

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Mar 10

Posts: 1032

bmwgs says:


if she can drive a geared car then she be fine on a geared bike as clutch and gears work in the same way

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Jul 11

Posts: 244

MakemRider says:


Gear changes don't take long to become second nature especially if you have already been driving a manual car.

So my suggestion would be, get her to do her CBT on a manual bike. That way she will be under supervision and 'protected' by the instructor following her & posibly a couple of hours road traning a few days later.

If she is still adamant that she needs an automatic then go down that line.

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Mar 09

Posts: 1371

Mankind says:


the seat heights, and remind her, she can sore things under the seat on a scooter.

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Jan 12

Posts: 404

i agree

with makemrider if your sister can give a geared bike ago in a controlled environment perhaps arrange a taster session before the cbt thats what i did and if she does find the geared bike is not for her at least she has given it ago and they can put her back on a automatic bike, when i had my free 1 hour taster session at my training school {most training schools will do this if asked) they put me on a 50 cc scooter at first as i had never ridden a bike before and i was a bit dawnted by a geared bike but i was doing so well on the scooter that my instructor said try a geared bike so i did and i havnt looked back it was much easier than i first thought so what iam saying is try it and see how ur sister gets on! and regarding bikes there are so many to choose from if she goes for geared bike, suzuki rv van van are a great funky little bike i have one and its been a great first bike i have had so much fun on it and iam doing my bike test on it soon or yamaha ybr or there are plenty of scooters out there if she goes for the automatic option i dont know many sports bike automatic bikes apart from the one u mentioned but all i can say is have a hunt around i wish ur sister well with her cbt whatever descion she makes :biggrin:vv

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Oct 11

Posts: 157

Lil125Guy says:

Got to be geared I think

If it is for financial reasons then get a geared 125, uses less fuel and I believe is cheaper to maintain. The gears really do become second nature in half an hour :smile

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