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Old 14-02-2007, 11:51 AM
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To have a go at my test? I'm 59, not down and out yet I've always hired a scooter to get the missus and I around the islands we visit but have wanted to ride a Virago type bike for yonks but never get round to it.

The calling is even more stronger nowadays and I'd like to buy a two wheeler for work, sick of jumping into the car (which I'm gonna keep) and being stuck in traffic etc.

Any thoughts please? is it a time consuming thing the test?
or do I stay with a 125 size? I'm not a big man but no weakling either (5'6" and 12 stone if it matters at all). Wouldnt like to go over the 500cc weight
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Old 14-02-2007, 11:55 AM
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Never to old contact your local rider training centre and have some time with them im sure that they will point you in the right direction. Old age is just a state of mind so my mum says
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Old 14-02-2007, 12:13 PM
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no youre not. get yer test done and get oon the road. lifes too short to worry about whether you should or shouldnt do something that you obviously want to do. and 59ffs, thats no age, youve missed out on over 40 years worth of riding, so you have a lot of catching up to do!!!!!!
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Old 14-02-2007, 12:17 PM
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go for it feller its lot more fun than a cage look in yellow pages for your nearest training centres, ring around and see what they can do for you
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Old 14-02-2007, 12:30 PM
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Old 14-02-2007, 06:27 PM
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Go for it, i've only come back to riding after a 20 odd year lay off and it was the best thing i've done in years

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Go for it mate.. loads of peeps older than you still riding and on here..

folk like Grav, Dougie, Bad Toad, Freak etc. etc.

Getting a bit like an old folks home here now...

be doing Tea Dances next!!
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Old 15-02-2007, 02:35 AM
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go for it feller, i've ridden off and on (as finances allowed) for 30 odd years and have only just got hold of a sports bike for the new experience, all my previous bikes have been slow in comparison to what this one should be capable of
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Old 15-02-2007, 11:35 AM
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Thanks for yer input lads, appreciate it.

Just rang a few places to find out a bit more on the test etc.

One place £285, gets me through, sounds okay to me.
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Old 15-02-2007, 11:41 AM
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Thanks for yer input lads, appreciate it.

Just rang a few places to find out a bit more on the test etc.

One place £285, gets me through, sounds okay to me.
What does that include mate, Is it an intense course over a week or so or a series of lessons?
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Old 15-02-2007, 12:08 PM
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You're too old. Just think of your brittle bones and incontinence bag.
Better to save up for the wheelchair that you really want!

Then again......
tis better to grow old disgracefully

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Old 15-02-2007, 12:10 PM
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The person on the phone mentioned two or three days? depends on me really, CBT, a theory test and onto one of their 125cc's, So I assume after that, I can ride bigger bikes....or am I chattin' ****?

I need to go up there and have a long chat with them.
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Old 15-02-2007, 12:13 PM
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Chaz, who told yer about my incontinence? I'm more concerned about the heat of the engine melting the tubes down me legs.
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Old 15-02-2007, 12:15 PM
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Sheeeeeeeeet if it wern't for 40odds n 50odds .. wouldnt be no bike scene !!
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Chaz, who told yer about my incontinence? I'm more concerned about the heat of the engine melting the tubes down me legs.
Shame about that.....
me?..... I'm more incompitent than incontinent.


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Sheeeeeeeeet if it wern't for 40odds n 50odds .. wouldnt be no bike scene !!

ain't 40 or 50 yet.....
but am odd allright.
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Old 15-02-2007, 12:48 PM
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see ... ODD 1st then 40/50


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Sheeeeeeeeet if it wern't for 40odds n 50odds .. wouldnt be no bike scene !!
Oi don't forget us over 60's plenty of us still going well
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Old 15-02-2007, 02:29 PM
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Hold on, theres two sides to everthing you're 59 for christs sake...far too old to be a biker..don't you have to pass a medical or something at your age...I mean how much longer do you expect to live...taking this test could represent a significant portion of your remaining few years..and supposing you pass...will your heart survive the excitement...then when you pass, you will have to put on at least three stone to fit into the uniform...No..I reckon your too old..leave biking to us youngsters...or you could consider a trike or what do they call that other old bugger's ride...??..Oh yeah Harley Davidson.. John
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Old 15-02-2007, 02:32 PM
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Old 15-02-2007, 02:40 PM
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Old 15-02-2007, 05:47 PM
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The person on the phone mentioned two or three days? depends on me really, CBT, a theory test and onto one of their 125cc's, So I assume after that, I can ride bigger bikes....or am I chattin' ****?

I need to go up there and have a long chat with them.
For that money I think they are talking about..sitting you in front of a TV to watch a video which explains blind spots, and other possible danger points, then, when you are ready giving you a multiple choice test to do, then taking you out on the road on a 125 with another rider until you get confident riding...then maybe try to sell you one of the old 50 - 125cc things they have in stock...then you get used to people in cars trying to knock you off the road until summer, and then you apply for the bike test...I should skip the buying the bike bit until you have had a day or two to look on ebay...after passing the CBT you are still a learner...hope that helps...and NO you are not allowed to ride anything bigger than 125cc until you have passed your driving test...John
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