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korkykat

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korkykat says:

Startup costs

Looking into biking for leisure, also possibly for a couple of years commuting between London and Cambridge. I'm trying to estimate costs of getting started, avoiding buying too cheap and paying twice. Let me know how wrong I am (and I've literally never biked before, so I am basing this on the internet reading alone...)

CBT test, Theory and Practicals: £850
Insurance: £450
Mesh gear (good quality, full outift): £850
Decent 2nd hand 600cc bike: £3000

Experience: I've driven for 20 years and cycled a pushbike in London for 5 years. No accidents on the bike but am used to expecting everyone else to try to kill me.

My first post - sorry if I've made lots of wrong assumptions. Many thanks for any help in keeping the costs down.

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Homer40

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Homer40 says:

Hmmm

...you have got it about right, depending on what sort of riding you want to do will depend on how much you pay for a good second hand bike. Sports bikes are fairly expensive (although coming down in price now) tourers and trailies are popular at the moment so more about.

Sport : CBR600RR
            Kawasaki 636 ninja
            Yamaha R6
             Suzuki GSX-R 600
             Triumph 675

Touring: Honda CBR600 F
               Suzuki GSF650
               Kawasaki ER600

Trailies: KTM, Ducati (expensive) BMW,

Hope this helps.:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:             


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BaldE35

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BaldE35 says:

Commuting

Hi Korky,

Cost in two sets of bike gear it's a pig to get kit dry for the next day so you are better off have two sets of everything. Also budget for a womble suit it will keep most of the road crap off you. And don't forget some plan to maintain the bike ie shed/garage with sufficent space to work basic tool set.

Apart from that have fun nothing better than zooming around on a bike  

   

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babyblade41

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babyblade41 says:

woo hoo

another has seen the light and come over to the dark side:smile

That didn't make sense did it???

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AdieR

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AdieR says:

Don't forget

about security, esp as you'll be heading into London: a decent chain and a solid object to tie your bike to will be a good friend here - bikes are incredibly easy to steal.

I have 2 chains (£140 each) joined together (for length) - £280 may be a fair chunk of cash - but it's preserving a £3,000 bike. And tie the chain (as far as possible) through a structural part (frame or swingarm) - a couple of burly blokes will remove a wheel and lift it into a van quite quickly.

A cover can help too - it makes the bike less identifiable (although a determined, professional thief will have it whatever you do).

Don't know off-hand the distance of your commute, but if it's a significant mileage then be aware of servicing costs; decent tyres aren't cheap, and nor are chains / sprockets (although looked after, good chains & sprockets are capable of 20 or 30k miles).

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