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Old 03-28-2011, 03:18 AM
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I saw this inspiring commercial on Youtube today.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:32 AM
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I've actually seen this before....inspiring, isn't it? I wish this much thought went into all commercials.
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I'm ready ... just bought my dream bike ... again.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:29 AM
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Nice video, as an advert it's pretty crap, but as a video it's great.

I'm going to buy my first motorcycle soon. I nearly got one last night on ebay but then it went for a bit too much money for what it actually was. In britain our archaic safety laws mean that you have to learn and pass your test on a 125 cc motorcycle if you're under the age of 21 and are allowed to progress to a full size one 2 years after having passed your test. Actually i'm only joking about the archaic bit. I don't think i would be able to ride a full size one just yet, i'd probably fall over!
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:34 PM
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yes, let's take off

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Wow, nice machine Bernhard. How rock & roll is that!
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:04 PM
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Yes, but times are gone long time ago....sold my Harley five years ago....but who knows, what the future brings, after seeing this motivating movie...

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Get the new tires for my bike today....starting to get the Spring Fever as well.
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:16 PM
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In the future I see a bike and sidecar. Old fashioned cross-ply tyres and spoked wheels. I can dream.
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Only if Neil Peart wrote on this page.
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have seen that before too, pretty cool though.. I have spring fever baad this year.. Looking forward to riding again although all the idiots I am seeing texting and driving these days has me a little uneasy. Be safe everyone who rides, act like you are invisible.

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Nice looking bikes everyone! Although I personally don't ride one, I thought it would be a nice video to share.

Maybe it will motivate me to start a band in my golden years...
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I don't even have a pic of me on mine yet. That is sad. Have to get on that. Here is a pic from the web. Same as mine. 2006 Yamaha FJR1300.
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my 2006 1000

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Got mine all ready for the season!
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That was a terrific video.

This is a picture of our motorcycle trip from Seattle to Arctic Circle.

That was a good day.
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I said i was getting a 125, and i wasn't lying, was i? Here it is, a 2006 honda CBR125R. Not exactly the fastest thing in the world (only 10 kW/ 10.6 Nm), but it's got good brakes and handles well.





Just passed the first, off road section of the motorbike test. Got 2 minors because i wasn't going fast enough! When i say not fast enough, i mean 49 km/h when the minimum speed was 50. What i think is stupid is the fact that all the regs are in km/h when it says:

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  • fitted with a speedometer that measures speed in mph
  • display L-plates ('L' or 'D' plates in Wales) on the front and rear
  • be legal and roadworthy and have no engine warning lights showing"
you've got to love the UK government and the driving standards agency and everything. Beurocracy at it's best.
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:03 PM
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Nice looking bike. I wish North America would have a graduated hp restriction on newbies. Maybe then insurance would not be so high.
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Nice looking bike. I wish North America would have a graduated hp restriction on newbies. Maybe then insurance would not be so high.
It's 11 kW (14.6 hp) for learners and 25 kW (33 hp) for 2 years for newly qualified under 21s. Or once 21 you can elect to take a test on a motorbike with over 35 kW (47 hp) which will then allow you to ride any power bike thereafter. That can be done with or without having taken the restricted category test first. As i said before, i think it's probably better that under 21s are made to ride low powered bikes first. I just think they're extremely easy to ride if you're a beginner. I think this one is a bit heavier than the one i use on lessons though. And considerably louder. I pretty much need earplugs to ride this one.

The insurance (3pft) was 370 including legal protection bearing in mind i'm 19 with 0 ncd. Don't know how that stacks up with a typical north american quote? Is there any kind of engine size restriction for learners or anything?
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Unfortunately a 16 year old kid can go get his licence and drive away on a GSXR 1000. That is crazy. This is why the rates are so high. They are the ones that go out and cost the insurance companies all the money, then the rest of us have to pay. If they had the horsepower system like you guys have, then it might be a little more safe.

I have been riding for 31 years. I pay 900 dollars for fairly basic coverage, with 1000 deductibles. I called for my son who just got his licence, to have him insured on my wife's Suzuki Intruder 800 and they wanted 6000 dollars if he was the primary driver. What! Talk about crazy. That is a pretty tame bike. We put him on as an occasional driver and it was free. Big difference I would say. I can't imagine what a GSXR would of been for him to insure on his own.

It is really a shame. When I turned 16 the first thing I did was get my bike licence, and bought a used Suzuki TS185. If was cheap to insure. Now the kids get killed for insurance.
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Unfortunately a 16 year old kid can go get his licence and drive away on a GSXR 1000. That is crazy. This is why the rates are so high. They are the ones that go out and cost the insurance companies all the money, then the rest of us have to pay. If they had the horsepower system like you guys have, then it might be a little more safe.
That's crazy. I'm guessing the canadian government thought that the insurance companies would regulate the usage of powerful bikes by young people by pricing them off bigger bikes, but as far as i'm concerned that's a false economy because all you're doing is making it so that extremely rich kids can still get their hands on fast bikes and still have accidents which push the cost of insurance up for everyone.

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I have been riding for 31 years. I pay 900 dollars for fairly basic coverage, with 1000 deductibles. I called for my son who just got his licence, to have him insured on my wife's Suzuki Intruder 800 and they wanted 6000 dollars if he was the primary driver. What! Talk about crazy. That is a pretty tame bike. We put him on as an occasional driver and it was free. Big difference I would say. I can't imagine what a GSXR would of been for him to insure on his own.
The insurance company probably sees the number 800 and thinks right that kid is not getting that bike insured for himself. As for the occasional driver thing, it's pretty mad. I can get temporary insurance for a month for like 30 for my mum's car which works at like 400 a year but if i tried to get insured for it for a year it would be like an extra 1000 or something ridiculous. It's all about the no-claims. They want you to spend extra, so you can save money in the future!

My dad has had his licence for over 30 years and i think he got a quote for his insurance on a BMW 650 that was like 70 or something.

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yeah if everyone started on cute little bikes like that then it would probably work out a lot cheaper, it certainly seems that way for insurance on bikes in this country.
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:50 PM
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That gave me goosebumps! I want to learn how to ride a motorbike...but I always fell off or got knocked off my bicycle....is there any hope for me??

Nice bike up there ^^
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Thanks :) i was doing the lawn today and noticed my dad's petrol mower is 14 kW so more powerful than my bike lol.
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Thanks :) i was doing the lawn today and noticed my dad's petrol mower is 14 kW so more powerful than my bike lol.
OK. That is a little sad. :)
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Thanks :) i was doing the lawn today and noticed my dad's petrol mower is 14 kW so more powerful than my bike lol.
My driving instructor always told me to watch out for the 'hairdryers' when I was learning. He meant mopeds, not actual bikes - but it always warranted a laugh. I'm in Guernsey at the moment and saw somebody riding an old Indian Chief (I think, but I'm not good with bikes) it was beautiful.
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My driving instructor always told me to watch out for the 'hairdryers' when I was learning. He meant mopeds, not actual bikes. I'm in Guernsey at the moment and saw somebody riding an old Indian - I didn't catch the model (and know very little about bikes) but it was beautiful.
It was either a scout or a chief
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Thanks :) i was doing the lawn today and noticed my dad's petrol mower is 14 kW so more powerful than my bike lol.
Aaaaaaw haha that's kinda embarrasing :D We all have to start somewhere though.

I feel left out, here's my Dads bike -
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Yeah, I worked it out. I edited the post!
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Aaaaaaw haha that's kinda embarrasing :D We all have to start somewhere though.

I feel left out, here's my Dads bike -
v. nice.

Attention everyone; according to Wikipedia, motorcycling "is the act of riding a motorcycle". Wow. How do they figure this stuff out eh?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorcycling
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Yeah, I worked it out. I edited the post!
The reason I know this is I dig motorcycles and cool things. We had two Border Collies and guess thier names??????

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Collies are awesome. They're probably also completely nuts. My parents' two Labradors are bad enough!
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Collies are awesome. They're probably also completely nuts. My parents' two Labradors are bad enough!
The one on the left spoke Russian

The one of the right only spoke spanish and a little Italian. Both of them would only use a Mac, it was maddening, wouldn't touch a PC
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The one of the right only spoke spanish and a little Italian. Both of them would only use a Mac, it was maddening, wouldn't touch a PC
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That gave me goosebumps! I want to learn how to ride a motorbike...but I always fell off or got knocked off my bicycle....is there any hope for me??
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Much easier on a motorbike. You don't have to pedal so it's easier to balance but hurts more when you fall off ;o)

Loved the vid (45, 20stone bloke and I too shed a tear)

Here's mine. Just got her yesterday after a 10 year gap in riding, partly due to an accident and partly life passing me by. Interestingly my insurance with 0 no claims discount, including legal cover, European cover and breakdown + recovery cover came to 139 with 250 excess. One of the advantages of being old :o)
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Right ok so i've got my motorcycle module 2 test tomorrow (the big one). Hopefully i will pass so i will then be legally allowed to ride a slightly bigger motorcycle with a bit more power than currently :)
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