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Old 09 November 2011, 19:55   #21
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Take your test and grab yourself a low mileage GPZ500 or similar.
There's no economy to buying any 125 unless you don't mind constantly working on them,and they aren't easy to find that haven't been thrashed.
A sporty 125 2 stroke will use almost as much fuel as a small car now too and once it goes pop it'll cost just as much to repair, but it'll go pop more often.


Alternatively, I've got a very nice low mileage '92 GSX750ESD here for sale for 800 quid...
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Old 10 November 2011, 02:23   #22
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For daily use I would consider a Scooter !
Was laughing all my life about them but now I have a Yamaha and do not want to miss it anymore !
You will sit quite well protected from the elements and in addition you have storage for helmet , jacket or other things underneath the seat and if available in the topbox . This cannot offer any motorbike !
I am not a softy - when I want to ride motorbike I take my KTM 990 Adventure but for city drives = SCOOTER !
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Old 10 November 2011, 11:57   #23
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Well after some serious thought on this matter I think that I will take Seabay and Nos4r2 advice and just go for it and take my test, and then look for summut a bit bigger like a 500 or 600cc. I'm looking at spending 3k. Will I be able to get anything decent for that kind of money and would I be better buying from a reputable dealer rather than private, due to my lack of knowledge of two wheeled machines ??
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Good plan I did the direct access test a decade ago and jumped onto a GSX550. Insurance was cheap due to age and the bike was a hoot to ride.

I would go for a private sale, something unmolested and ridden by an old bloke. This looks nice but the price is a bit OOT for this time of year. Good time to buy though. Like boats, don't leave it until the Spring.

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Old 10 November 2011, 15:17   #25
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Seconded Pete.


Be aware, if you can stick to something that uses a 130/90 rear tyre you'll keep the running costs down considerably. Once you get into putting radial tyres on, the tyre life decreases dramatically and the tyre cost increases per tyre rather a lot as well.

For example, my CBR1000 is around £300 to put new tyres on, every 3000 miles.

My GS850 which I've had for years and years,when ridden as an only form of transport went through a rear tyre once a year and a front every 2 years, at around 75 quid a time.
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Old 10 November 2011, 16:00   #26
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A friend is selling a YBR125 custom.
I got a 600 Bandit when I passed but found it a bit sluggish two up, nice and nimble compared to the 1200 though.
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Ah, now yer've come to yer senses and at that money I would be looking closely at Hornet 600's or even slightly better the Suzuki GSR600.
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Ah, now yer've come to yer senses and at that money I would be looking closely at Hornet 600's or even slightly better the Suzuki GSR600.
You're still into paying nearly as much for tyres as fuel on those though.
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Old 11 November 2011, 16:12   #29
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Is this a good starter bike ??

http://www.121bid.com/2006-GORILLA-1...uction_details


I believe that the Guernsey bikers use them, being as they are of a shorter stature

Are the tyres any good on this Nos ??
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S'luverly innit? What do you think it will be when it grows up Kerny?

Nos - depends how you ride it IMHO. I know they're only meant to be ridden one way though!
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