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Old 30-05-2018, 06:23 PM   #11
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I've been thinking of getting my bike licence for years but I know I'll end up in a wooden box. Keep looking at ktm rc8 1190 r.
End up in a few bags as that as your 1st bike
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Old 30-05-2018, 06:27 PM   #12
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Depends what you want from a bike, sheer lunacy any sport bike but keep in the 600s, that said there's plenty naked bikes just as quick like the street triple and yamaha mt07 mt09 and mt10 but that's ballastically quick my personal recommendation is a Honda hornet
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Old 30-05-2018, 08:19 PM   #13
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How about a VFR800F or the VFR1200F, I'd have thought the 1200 is more akin to the size of the old Blackbird. Though the VFRs are more tourer style.

We have a guy comes in to our dealership, he's 85, and he cruises in on his CBR1100XX Blackbird

What a bike
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Old 30-05-2018, 11:22 PM   #14
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You obviously can ride having had a 250 two stroke, but the current generation of superbikes are just silly.

Assuming you are old enough to go direct access I would strongly recommend you don't go to big otherwise you wont learn to ride on the road.

I ended up selling my Ducati as I was having more fun on my wifes VFR400 rather than my own bike as you could use all the power the bike had, I do still have a 1200 BMW thats a big old tractor but unless your on the track you really dont need a 1 litre superbike
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Old 31-05-2018, 09:23 AM   #15
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This may sound a bit of a sad old fart suggestion but.....

While you obviously have the bike skills you'll be playing out on the roads with blind, deaf, selfish, inconsiderate morons aka traffic.

There's a good possibility that something may well go pear shaped and you'll drop the bike.

So, as a first road bike maybe something secondhand and easily repairable would be a good start.

The 1250 Bandit already mentioned is physically big which may well suit you and has a large "customising" following so lots of bits available. Also not too much plastic to break.

KTM have some lovely road bikes and will probably feel quite familiar because of their off road heritage.

Flat twin Beemers tend to be pretty big as well but nice ones will command a good price. Massive number of aftermarket goodies available. Several years ago I seem to remember Motor Cycle News rating the GS as the best bike overall for road riding taking into account our atrocious roads.

Yamaha's Super Tenere falls into the same category and I know for a fact that a well ridden one takes some keeping up with.........

Just a thought.

Good Luck with your search

Enjoy yourself, keep rubber side down. and a big smile up

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Old 31-05-2018, 10:00 AM   #16
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How about a VFR800F or the VFR1200F, I'd have thought the 1200 is more akin to the size of the old Blackbird. Though the VFRs are more tourer style.

We have a guy comes in to our dealership, he's 85, and he cruises in on his CBR1100XX Blackbird

What a bike
And I guess you could go with the Crossrunner/CrossTourer variants if you wanted something more upright? The engine is a peach - I've got another test ride on the Crossrunner (that's the 800) to compare with the Tiger 800.
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Old 31-05-2018, 01:44 PM   #17
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I second that on the GS, on all but a race track I can quite happily keep up or embarrass all but the most determined (and gifted) of sports bikes, simply because of better observation and suspension set up.

Even on a track day its not too shabby but you do get strange looks turning up on it :-)

For a new road rider I seriously would not consider a 1200 GS, they weigh about the same as a small house, it would be well worth a year on a smaller bike just to learn how to ride, its all very different than a screaming 2 stroke and driving a car.
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Thanks guys, lots of great feedback

After spending £300 on a shoei helmet the NC700 storage space where the fuel tank would usually be is really appealing. I like etc idea of being able to lock away your helmet safe and sound in there no matter where you are and not have to worry about carrying it around and possibly dropping it !

Will need to go and get a seat on a Yamaha XJ6 and see how that feels I do love the look and noise off they bikes !

Looking forward to doing CBT tomorrow and just booked my theory for 19th of this month
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CBT went well, really enjoyed getting a little shot of the bike on the road

MOD 1 is booked for 4th July
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Old 06-06-2018, 09:50 AM   #20
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the type of bike you want will depend on the type of riding you do or plan to do. I have a hypermotard 796 and whilst it is more comfortable than my old CBR600 in that it is a sit up and beg. It is still incredibly uncomfortable to ride for any more than 40-50 miles at a time as i found out when i took it to the Assen Moto GP
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