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Cazzer 05-06-2013 06:51 PM

How do
First time on a Bike forum....

Mainly cos I haven't ridden for 18 years after a slight bump left me with metal parts.

I've hired one a couple of times over the years but the Mrs has always been a nervous wreck when I got home. So never got another bike.
Until three weeks ago when she said "Oh just get one".
So either she's got another bloke or an insurance policy on me.

And before you ask I'm obviously a puff cos I got an XL1200N

(I'm a bit handy with photoshop btw if anyone wants their bikes virtually modded....just to see what if...)

SS2 05-06-2013 09:53 PM

How do. Nice offer!:thumbu:

John Hopkins 05-06-2013 10:04 PM

welcome to the forum..

If you are going to stay fill in the User CP up there on the left so we know where you are and who is close to you.

Nice bike and a great price compared to a lot of others, how are you finding riding after so long off the road.


Cazzer 05-06-2013 10:33 PM

It was, "interesting".

I picked it up in horizontal sleet.
And I had 12 feet of car park to ride on before I hit the main road.

Sooooo apart from grabbing a handful of front brake when attempting my first left turn (which turned into me going straight on), I didn't have any problems.
Apart from riding home like a bit of a fanny.

Next couple of days I took it out over blackstone edge and up to rivvy.
It was coming back nicely but then I had to come back to belfast for work....
I won't get to ride it again now for about three weeks but I'll be bringing it back next time.

Main thing I was worried about was my limited movement in my left ankle but it seems to be ok so far.

John Hopkins 05-06-2013 11:26 PM

Until you get used to it try to keep 4 to 6 seconds behind the vehicle in front..with the duff ankle maybe you should try floorboards and a heel toe gear change.

Ride to the middle of your lane or car riders will keep you riding over the drains, change down to 2nd or third gear as you come into roundabouts or unknown curves and rev up as you ride out.. don't forget to ride slowly in the curves for the first 100 miles to wear the edges of the tyres in and remove the shine..

It's not a racing bike it is a bike to look cool on, you have nothing to prove and you won't win any races on it so don't try.


Cazzer 05-06-2013 11:55 PM

Aye I haven't forgotten where to ride.
(Just temporarily how) :)

But yeah, part of the reason for choosing the XL was to limit my expectations to lower than my damaged capabilities.

But I seem to be managing ok. :)

(By the way, just for the record, I didn't fall off 18 years ago, I was tboned by a guy coming out of a side street without bothering to stop)

Friar Tuck 06-06-2013 06:35 AM

Greetins Frum Naarfuck!

Don't worry about being too rusty. Take your time and stay well back from the prat in front. Don't be too hasty in overtaking. And you should get on fine!

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