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smortimer77

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smortimer77 says:

125cc to 600cc. Death wish?

Hello

I've been riding my existing bike for over 6 years and have done nearly 30k miles. I wanted to get a larger bike. I've passed my A2 test and now want to get something larger. Have looked and sat on a NC700s DCT but haven't ridden (due to the restriction). Is it a wise idea to jump?
Thanks in advance :smile

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roseyeric

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roseyeric says:

well

i hope not. I'm looking to make a similar sized jump within the next month after a year on a 125.

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smortimer77

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smortimer77 says:

Sigh

Well thats a relief that there's someone in the same predicament :smile. All I've heard is that the throttle is sensitive and that all my mates say "I will die" *sigh*

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roseyeric

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roseyeric says:

Well

I've recently test ridden a bonneville and a street triple and managed to handle them okay. My view is that I'll get to know the new bike slowly and know that with my inexperience it'll take miles and miles before I get close to exploiting the full potential of my next bike.

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meatbaws

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meatbaws says:

Bigger bike

Bigger bikes are more stable and in my opinion easier to ride....I did my CBT on the standard 125 had a few lessons on the 500's for DAS and went straight on to a Suzuki 750.....death wish don't think so... Just take it easy and get familiar with the bigger bike... Like any bike I suppose...get to know it.

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

125 to 600cc

in itself, isn't a problem - it's being thoughtful in choosing a 600 that isn't too lairy, and having enough sense to respect it.

Part of it is what budget you have to spend. The other crucial aspect is insurance - although you've been riding 6 years and have NCB, insurance cost shouldn't be under-estimated.

As you need the bike restricting, your best bet are the twin cylinder bikes - Kawasaki's ER6 or Suzuki's SV650 are ideal candidates for restriction. Four cylinder machines can be restricted as well but tend to be "strangled" in a way that twins aren't. Bandits, Hornets and Fazers are popular first big bikes (four cylinder bikes).

Keep in mind the cost of a drop; although you've done 6 years, a 600 will be significantly heavier than a 125 - faired bikes especially will make your eyes water if it lands on its side.

If you avoid the uber-high-performance 600s, treat the bike with due respect and take your time to get used to it, you'll be fine.

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meatbaws

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meatbaws says:

Just as I said

But the long winded version :lol:

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roseyeric

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roseyeric says:

quality

meat. just what i was thinking

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smortimer77

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smortimer77 says:

Ace

When I sat on the Honda it was the perfect fit and ticks all the right boxes imo. The insurance shot up but I was expecting that and having it split into monthly payments wasn't all that eye watering. Its just a shame I couldn't get to test ride it due to the dealership seeing it wasn't the hassle...

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MakemRider

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MakemRider says:

I'm going from 125 to 600

Honda CBF 125 with 1 years riding to a CBR 600F restricted.

My worry isn't the speed, I will be in control of that & will start off slow & work up as I get more experience on the bigger bike.

I worry about the weight at low speeds, but only because I've not ridden bigger that the 125 but then I had the same (unfounded) worry the first time I got on a 125.

I find out what happens monday at 5pm.

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Amateurcynic

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Amateurcynic says:

Larger Machines

For the most part are easier to ride as they're a lot more stable (as long as you keep t'bugger moving!!).

You've got the experience of riding on the road for a few years so just increase your safety spaces for a while as things can happen a little quicker on a larger machine whilst you're adjusting to it (not trying to patronise honest!:smile)

Happy Riding:smile   

 

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