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Old 16 November 2011, 04:07   #71
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Kerny likes the confort of a bench seat type armchair at the back of his RIB could this maybe more suitable

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Old 16 November 2011, 04:25   #72
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very confused by this thread! It turns out the best 125 is a 600!

Nothing wrong with a wee 125 4 stroke trail bike for a commute, dont let them turn your head! Buy one for 1000 or so drive it for 6 months over the winter and if bikes are still for you then sell it for 900 and get the 600 and test etc.

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Kerny likes the confort of a bench seat type armchair at the back of his RIB could this maybe more suitable

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I could do with one of them after a hard days ribbing
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I would be giving them a ring to chat about doing your CBT on a 500cc to get the feel for the machine before arranging the DAS course and test.
Can you do your CBT on a 500, it would have to be restricted to hell.
When I did mine I used a 125 and they let me have a go of a 500 in the yard. One thing is to do it all at once so you don't forgot stuff....
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Back in nineteen eighty zzzzz my mate did his playground stuff on a cb900!
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Whilst I was doing my DAS, the school lent me a Yamaha 125 thingy to ride to and from the school each day, about 30 miles. However, I was shocked how car drivers treated me whilst riding the 125. They would constantly try to bully me into the side of the road and attempt to overtake. Yet whilst riding my own Suzi 550 (bought before passing my test and used during the DAS) with the same riding style and speed they left me alone. On more than one occasion a boot went out in the direction of a car wing Seems the physical size of the bike did make a difference.

I found the DAS course invaluable, not only to pass the test but also learning to command the road space around you whilst riding. Good for when when mums on the school run pull out on you and you need an exit.

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A Suzuki SV650 -is always temping but the engine breaking takes some getting your head around.
What's with the engine braking on an SV650? too much or non at all?

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Pete - was that suzi 550 the Katana variant? I had one of those - bought it from a bint who told me over the phone she was the spit of Kate Bush. I was up there like a flash but she'd buggered off out and left her brother to sell it!
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What's with the engine braking on an SV650? too much or non at all?

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Can't say it's a massive issue, you soon get used to it, it's just ....... different.
I will say the newer fuel injected sv's are a really good bike to ride.
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Can you do your CBT on a 500, it would have to be restricted to hell.
When I did mine I used a 125 and they let me have a go of a 500 in the yard. One thing is to do it all at once so you don't forgot stuff....
Yes you can do your CBT on a 500cc bike as long as your instructor is Direct Access Qualified. (Blue Licence - Not Yellow) I often use this route with people going on to do the full course, I see little point in learning on a 125 for a couple of hours only then for them to change up to the bigger bike.

IMPORTANT to remember that if you do a CBT on a 500cc bike you would still only be able to ride up to a 125cc motorcycle while unaccompanied.

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