The long and whingeing road

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The long and whingeing road

#1 Post by Psychybikey » Wed May 15, 2019 9:28 pm

Well, fellow bikers, time for an update, once again after a gap of many months.
I decided a couple of months ago not to pursue my big bike licence any further.
Several things to say about this. Firstly, I know I can ride a bigger bike. I went to a highly recommended instructor who is the first one who has trusted me on the road on a CBR 500. He gave me a few lessons on the Mod 1 test pad, and then decided I'd benefit from riding on the roads, so I could remember why I was actually doing it. That was so good. Three lessons on the roads before winter closed in, country lanes, A roads and congested town roads. I could do it, and it was fun. I made mistakes, but he believed in me.
However, over the next couple of months I had a good think about why I wanted to get on a bigger bike. Firstly it was because I had this belief that it's what everybody is supposed to do. Secondly it was because I'd bought a lovely Suzuki TU 250X, very low mileage, at a bargain price, which I was hoping to ride. Of course I had to pass on at least a 500cc to be able to do this.
My original and continuing problem is that I just cannot cope in a test situation. I have tried everything from herbal stress-reducing tablets to hypnotherapy, and nothing has worked. As soon as I start attempting the Mod 1 manoeuvres I stiffen up like Pinocchio before he became a real boy, and I just can't do it.
My lessons were becoming too stressful to enjoy or to benefit from, even though I had a 100% brilliant instructor.
So, I decided to stop throwing good money after bad - especially as by now I had retired and couldn't afford it.
Back to why I wanted a bigger bike. 1, to keep up.with my husband. 2, to get up hills without holding up the traffic behind me. 3, to have the power to get through a junction or roundabout when there is other traffic on the road.
All of this has been achieved on a 125. I have sold the Suzuki and bought myself a brand new bike, the first new vehicle I have ever had. It's a Honda CB125F, and I love it, and most importantly, I feel that a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders because I never have to do another test. My bike will get me up to legal limits. Every ride does not now have to feel like a practice or just marking time until my next lesson/test.
Most importantly, it has been my own choice. I know I can handle a bigger bike. I just can't do tests. And that's fine, because it's supposed to be fun.
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Re: The long and whingeing road

#2 Post by elizabethf » Wed May 15, 2019 9:33 pm

The journey is only yours :) never feel pressured to do something just because others have!

I bet you'll find a lot of 125 groups out there where there are people who can ride 'big' bikes perfectly fine but enjoy their 125s.

Also the bonuses of 125 - cheaper to tax, decent fuel consumption, generally lighter to move around or pick up if you drop it, and are exactly what you want too - a bit of fun! :) :thumb:
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#3 Post by Bender » Wed May 15, 2019 9:47 pm

Nice bike, glad your enjoying yourself now :thumb:
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Re: The long and whingeing road

#4 Post by Arwen » Wed May 15, 2019 10:25 pm

It is nice to hear someme else enjoying a 125 as much as me :thumb:

As for the big bike test… there has been chatter for a while on them changing it to be less of a test and more a constant assessment (bit like CBT) for passing. So maybe in future you'll get it without having to sit a test.
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Re: The long and whingeing road

#5 Post by Psychybikey » Wed May 15, 2019 10:37 pm

Arwen wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:25 pm

As for the big bike test… there has been chatter for a while on them changing it to be less of a test and more a constant assessment (bit like CBT) for passing. So maybe in future you'll get it without having to sit a test.
They've been saying that for a while, Arwen, but it ain't going to happen. DVLA are making too much money from all those tests for them to stop them. It's a shame because I would very much have liked to get on my lovely old 250, which was actually lower and lighter than the bike I have now or my CG125, but sometimes you just have to know when to stop.
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Re: The long and whingeing road

#6 Post by rennie » Wed May 15, 2019 10:58 pm

My Mrs has the same problem!
I know she's a safe/competent rider but she throws a wobbler at the mere mention of a test!
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#7 Post by goody » Thu May 16, 2019 3:07 am

Cc,s don't matter if it has 2 wheels it's fun :thumb:
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#8 Post by Sparkzz » Thu May 16, 2019 8:10 am

I have my Mod 1 & Mod 2 test booked over the next 2 weeks, and if I pass yes I intend to get a bigger bike, however the journey on the 125 has been amazing, I have a 20 mile commute to work through back lane country roads, and combining riding and this weather we are experiencing actually makes me arrive to work feeling like a million dollars!.. I have literally never been happier in life!

The fact I have a 125 means nothing, like someone says above, "It's your journey", this is so true. Just because you choose to take a different path to someone else does not mean you will be less happy or your doing it wrong!.

125's rock!! :cheers:

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#9 Post by dynax » Thu May 16, 2019 8:15 am

When i was out and about yesterday, i nipped to Sainsbury's, had loads of people complimenting the bike on how it looks etc, they could not believe it was a 125 :lol:
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Re: The long and whingeing road

#10 Post by elizabethf » Thu May 16, 2019 10:39 am

Won't lie as much as I love riding I hated every second of my MODs. Getting that final pass was just relief rather than happiness! lol.

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Re: The long and whingeing road

#11 Post by Sparkzz » Thu May 16, 2019 10:54 am

elizabethf wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:39 am
Won't lie as much as I love riding I hated every second of my MODs. Getting that final pass was just relief rather than happiness! lol.
I cant wait for the mods to be over.. so much on my mind at the moment about trying to get through it all. Like the Theory, all the revision, and now the hours of watching Mod 1 & 2 videos on youtube.

Also another thing I have been very obsessed with is riding like I have an examiner behind me ALL the time. OSL PSL...OSL PSL...OSL PSL :D as I don't want to pick up and dirty habits while riding. Cant wait just to ride and enjoy!

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Re: The long and whingeing road

#12 Post by Psychybikey » Thu May 16, 2019 12:39 pm

elizabethf wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:39 am
Won't lie as much as I love riding I hated every second of my MODs. Getting that final pass was just relief rather than happiness! lol.
Quite. You get people saying "Oh joy, I am so happy," and all I felt was relief that it was all over.
I bet the examiner did, too. He'd failed me twice and probably just wanted to see the back of me.
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#13 Post by Smithers » Thu May 16, 2019 3:36 pm

It's not mandatory to progress to a larger cc bike. If your happy doing what you're doing on a 125, good for you. 8-)
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#14 Post by The Hitcher » Thu May 16, 2019 10:22 pm

elizabethf wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:39 am
Won't lie as much as I love riding I hated every second of my MODs. Getting that final pass was just relief rather than happiness! lol.
I did mine in 2000 so it was before they had all this Mod stuff, just theory and practical but I totally relate, love riding, hated riding for the test!.

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Re: The long and whingeing road

#15 Post by skyrider » Thu May 16, 2019 10:28 pm

I took my test in 1980 so I escaped all this stuff
i dont know where im going but i will when i get there