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51 years of biking

Post by Diko » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:24 am

Fifty-one years ago (April 1967) on a warm sunny morning I arrived at the test address (a terraced house) and met my examiner. We walked outside and he asked me to read a numberplate of a Ford Anglia parked down the road. We moved along to my bike (Honda CB165) and he told me to drive aroind the block, anti-clockwise, and return here. Off I went, I was out of sight 98% of the time, and returned to examiner. 'Now as I walk along just keep up with me slipping the clutch' this was too easy. 'Now I want you to ride around the block clockwise and I will jump out and you do an emergency stop'. Off I went and as I turned the last corner I saw him behind a pillar box (not many cars around in those days). Out he pops and holds his clipboard up and I stop. 'I am going to ask you some questions on the Highway Code. He asked me three questions and he says' Mr Dixon I am pleased to inform you you have passed, take off your 'L' plates. All this took about 15 minutes from start to finish and cost me 7/6d (35p) plus a postage stamp. Since then I have never had an accident, never come off or had a ticket from the coppers. That week-end I was off to the local Triumph dealers to get a bigger bike but thats another story. Ride safe now!
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by mikestrivens » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:42 am

An enviable record, well done.
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by Hoggs » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:37 pm

I'm sure it was someone on here who said on their test (back in the day) the examiner jumped out in front of the wrong person... the actual student came round the corner to find the examiner in a heap in the road with a very confused and apologetic biker standing over him :lol:
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by mikestrivens » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:47 pm

Hoggs wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:37 pm
I'm sure it was someone on here who said on their test (back in the day) the examiner jumped out in front of the wrong person... the actual student came round the corner to find the examiner in a heap in the road with a very confused and apologetic biker standing over him :lol:
Apocryphal stories like that have been going round for decades.
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by Hoggs » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:50 pm

....still funny though :lol:
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by mikestrivens » Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:51 pm

Hoggs wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:50 pm
....still funny though :lol:
indeed
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by Diko » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:01 pm

There were no bike training in them days. You taught yourself to ride it, but as I built my first bike from a cardboard box of bits and I was an apprentice mechanical engineer, you knew what was happening as you rode. There were few cars and lorries in them days and cars usually travelled at around 50mph on a bike you were king of the road. We were always vulenerable to accidents but knowing this we rode with care. Stupidly we only ever wore helmets if you were doing more than ten miles from home, for some stupid reason! As I said I passed my bike test in the morning and in the afternoon, on the same day I passed my car test with the same examiner. In them days you didnt have to wait more than a week for a test.
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by manxie49 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:06 pm

Enviable record and well done! Was knocked of my bike one week after passing my test, bike was a mess, I was lucky to escape with a broken finger and a hurt pride.

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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by Fleck » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:25 pm

Hoggs wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:37 pm
I'm sure it was someone on here who said on their test (back in the day) the examiner jumped out in front of the wrong person... the actual student came round the corner to find the examiner in a heap in the road with a very confused and apologetic biker standing over him :lol:
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by Tango » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:41 pm

Yep....those were the days...... :lol:

With regards to the training, although not compulsory, there was the RAC/ACU who ran bike training......One of my mates was an instructor with them..... 8-)
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by Mickly » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:28 pm

Tango wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:41 pm
Yep....those were the days...... :lol:

With regards to the training, although not compulsory, there was the RAC/ACU who ran bike training......One of my mates was an instructor with them..... 8-)
I did an ACU bronze course at the age of 14 - it was in a School playground in Bromsgrove, got told off for pulling stoppies on a B120, although one of the guys told me they were just pissed off that they couldn’t do it themselves- probably because I was very skinny and fearless.

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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by Tango » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:37 pm

Mickly wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:28 pm
Tango wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:41 pm
Yep....those were the days...... :lol:

With regards to the training, although not compulsory, there was the RAC/ACU who ran bike training......One of my mates was an instructor with them..... 8-)
I did an ACU bronze course at the age of 14 - it was in a School playground in Bromsgrove, got told off for pulling stoppies on a B120, although one of the guys told me they were just pissed off that they couldn’t do it themselves- probably because I was very skinny and fearless.

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Yeah, school playgrounds did seem to be the preferred training area..... :lol: :lol:
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by Bianco2564 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:58 pm

When I took my test in 81, the process hadn't changed much.
The cb165 looks a bigger version of my SS125.
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Re: 51 years of biking

Post by Diko » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:29 pm

Bianco2564 wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:58 pm
When I took my test in 81, the process hadn't changed much.
The cb165 looks a bigger version of my SS125.
Yes it looks similar. I used to ride from Lincolnshire to Bournemouth on my CB165 to see Mum, Dad and my brother. It was a 184 mile journey, each way, took me 6 hours in the saddle. In those days petrol stations closed at 7pm so had to plan my journey carefully. Last chance of refueling was Oxford. Only Oxford was duel carriageway everything else was single carriageway.
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