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06-06-2020, 10:39   #16
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Yizzer don't know how good yiz have it I was 23 starting off on bikes and was restricted to 125cc.. got a 100 as it was cheaper to insure and as a two-stroke it had a bit more pep. Insurance, third party only, with the monopoly, Norwich Screwnion, in 1995, was just over IR£1000...!
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Mak (and Japacati) I have an SV1000S, but tbh I'm thinking an SV650S might have done me.

I used to have a CBR600F - I loved whacking open the throttle and waiting for tne engine to catch up. It felt sometimes like there was a thick rubber band at the end of the throttle cable and feeling it hit very distinct power levels at 6000, 8000, 10000 rpm was fun

Litre bikes are kinda a bit much. Maybe I'm too old now, but I never actually gave my previous Triumph 955 fully wide open throttle, and the SV100S neither... so far... and I was only 34 when I bought the Triumph!

I love the feel of the SV twin but the Triumph triple engine can't be beat, imho, low down grunt like a twin while still having a top end kick like a four, and smooth too, and makes a nice noise
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My first bike was a Kawasaki ER6-N ...I'm 6'1" and 13 stone.

Found teh ER6 a good starter bike.
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Hahah yes I am - Living overseas now but I still keep an eye out to make sure you're not all misbehaving without me!
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Yizzer don't know how good yiz have it I was 23 starting off on bikes and was restricted to 125cc.. got a 100 as it was cheaper to insure and as a two-stroke it had a bit more pep. Insurance, third party only, with the monopoly, Norwich Screwnion, in 1995, was just over IR£1000...!
ah heeyor, this beginning to sound like....



but sure seeing as you started it - when I started biking, I had saved up £800. Like you, a lot of my friends were on 100cc two-strokes: GP100, H100S, RXS100,and the better heeled had RD80LC, DT80/DT80LC. Back then, all those bikes would go for about £600, and with insurance at £186, fell nicely into place.

I otoh saw an ad in the Galway Advertiser for a 200cc Suzuki - I thought it was an X5 200, but it turned out to be the poor relation, an SB200, and I bought it. The maths sum was the same, but the components different: the bike was £400 (€1,004 in today's money) and insurance was £436 (€1,092 in today's money).

So, £36 over budget, at £1.50/hr.............
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You must have got in before the 125 law so - when did that come in here?

My first bike was indeed a nine year old GP100, with snazzy alloy wheels and a disc brake!

I got it nudging 70mph once on the M4 (I was on a provisional ) just before it burned a hole through the piston! Had to push it back up the hard shoulder for about 3 miles to get off the motorway and to a phone box (remember those?) so the brother in law could rescue me. New piston and a bit of effort clearing melted alloy bits out of the crankcase, and it was fine - but I knew not to hold wide open throttle on it for too long after that.

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First bike was a 2 stroke Yamaha RXS 100. Great yoke. 50 mph going downhill with a tailwind. Kind of hard to kill yourself on - best way to learn. I was about 15 stone then - lost weight since - and regularly carried a pillion on it.
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A bandit 600s is a good bullet proof bike too start out on.
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First bike was a 2 stroke Yamaha RXS 100. Great yoke. 50 mph going downhill with a tailwind. Kind of hard to kill yourself on - best way to learn. I was about 15 stone then - lost weight since - and regularly carried a pillion on it.
In a land of 957cc Fiestas and Mk3 Cortinas, grand. You were as fast as anything on the road.

Now that every young lad has a 2.0Tdi, a 125 is a mobile roadblock- they're lethal.

My young lad has a modern 125 and the sooner he's off it and on to a bigger bike, the better.

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