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    Senior Member Monster Pete's Avatar
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    On to the world of motorcycling

    I've been driving to work since starting my new job (except for one day when I cycled because the car was broken). It's a bit far for me to consider cycling every day. The problem is, coming from cycle commuting, it doesn't seem quite right to lug a ton of metal back and forth every day just to get me where I need to go. So, I've decided to add motorcycling to my skillset

    The UK licensing law is changing at the start of next year, which would affect me, and since Jaguar Land Rover has a scheme which subsidises employee learning, I figured now is the time to do it. Basic training is booked for mid-November, with the aim of gaining my full license by the end of the year. Any motorcyclists here?

    Looking forward to getting riding
    I've got a bike, you can ride if you like it's got a basket, a bell that rings and things to make it look good- Pink Floyd, 1967

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    Lots of us around here, see this thread.

    Current (motorized) ride for me is an '08 CBR600RR.

    I have a track bike for racing that's an '09 Ninja 250. Next season will be my first year of real roadracing on it.

    Over the years, I've also owned a '71 Honda CB350, '78 Kawasaki KZ750, and an '89 Honda Pacific Coast (I'd still have it if it weren't for a moron in an F-350 not paying attention). My wife rides a lowered '07 Suzuki GS500F.

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    Senior Member lsberrios1's Avatar
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    Yup, new to the cycling world but been riding motorcycles for various years. It is a great hobby and doesnt require much for commuting. It is almost as cheap as riding a bicycle depending on which bicycle and motorcycle obviously and it gets you faster everywhere.

    Right now my stable consists of:

    '12 Ducati Panigale S (track ho)
    '00 Ducati Monster 900 (commuter)
    '08 Ducati Monster S4rs (collector)

    Owned several others in the past and I still think one of the best ive owned was a Kawi KLX 250. I used to commute to school every day on it and was just too much fun. No worries about dropping it, you could go into dirt, and could still pull wheelies. It was also incredibly good on Gas or Petrol. I would definitely recommend something along the lines of a dual sport for your first years. Then later on get a track bike (CBR600rr or something similar.)
    Cat 6 going on PRO....

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    Got a 1980 GS1000G. Love motorcycles. They're a different world.
    Pronounced "Murkle"

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
    Yup, new to the cycling world but been riding motorcycles for various years. It is a great hobby and doesnt require much for commuting. It is almost as cheap as riding a bicycle depending on which bicycle and motorcycle obviously and it gets you faster everywhere.

    Right now my stable consists of:

    '12 Ducati Panigale S (track ho)
    '00 Ducati Monster 900 (commuter)
    '08 Ducati Monster S4rs (collector)

    Owned several others in the past and I still think one of the best ive owned was a Kawi KLX 250. I used to commute to school every day on it and was just too much fun. No worries about dropping it, you could go into dirt, and could still pull wheelies. It was also incredibly good on Gas or Petrol. I would definitely recommend something along the lines of a dual sport for your first years. Then later on get a track bike (CBR600rr or something similar.)
    You own three Ducatis and think maintenance is a cheap as bicycle maintenance? Your family must own a dealership for that to be the case, or you're bicycles are all carbon!

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