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Hi. Back to biking after 32 years. Took a morning refresher lesson and took the plunge and bought a Honda CBF 600N. See how the spring/summer pans out but wish I'd done this years ago. This looks a very promising website, good luck with it.
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    Thursday, April 16 2015, 05:27 PM - #Permalink
    Welcome!
    Great idea taking a refresher lesson. I assume that you hae been driving in the meantime but the traffic has changed a lot over 3 decades!

    The CBF600N, is that a naked version of my bike basically? CBR600F as shown here:

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    Thursday, April 16 2015, 06:24 PM - #Permalink
    Hi and welcome Schnuffi.

    Good timing with the weather warming up.
    It'll all come back quickly. Will be interesting hearing your thoughts how biking has changed in 32 years.
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    Thursday, April 16 2015, 08:55 PM - #Permalink
    York is lovely. Dont have to go far to get to some bloody fantastic roads.
    What are the Police like on the moors? how do they treat motorcyclists? I always fancied a trip over there.
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    Friday, April 17 2015, 08:22 AM - #Permalink
    Aye, Yorkshire is amongst the top bikin destinations, very envious.
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    Friday, April 17 2015, 08:38 AM - #Permalink
    Thanks everyone. the roads around here are great. Not enough experience to give feedback on the cops but I was going well on a long straight road and there was a police van with camera pointing down the road clocking everyone. A few miles further a little village with a school where the real danger is but that wouldn't bulge to coffers so much.
    Yeah the CBF600N is a detuned Hornet. It's now discontinued but this is in immaculate condition. Critics say its a bit boring but shit its fast enough for me right now. Due to other commitments and bad weather I haven't ridden in a week and probably have only 200 miles under my belt since getting it but so far the biggest change is the quality of the roads, gaping holes didn't used be seen on main carriageways. The gear, clothing etc is far better in terms of protection and warmth.
    I got an all season 2 piece textile suit with removable thermal liner etc but even last week with the nice weather wearing the jacket with the liners removed it was far too hot to walk around town. Not sure if a perforated leather jacket or summer jacket is needed but I've spent a lot of money on gear so far. Just got some Hood jeans with free armour and complete "kevlar type" lining (UK made too).

    The refresher course was great. I expected them to give me a 125cc to use but they talked me into a 600 and I really didn't look back. 20 mins in a car park getting used to the controls etc then out on the country roads and in traffic. I thoroughly recommend it. I still need to build up a bit of confidence, its the slower, tighter bends that have been giving me some concerns. Think I had it cracked the last few times out though.
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    Friday, April 17 2015, 09:42 AM - #Permalink
    Its sad to think that roads are deteriorating. I've seen some killer potholes in the last few years.

    You'll definitely need a light jacket for summer.
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    Friday, April 17 2015, 05:40 PM - #Permalink
    Schnuffi wrote:

    I was going well on a long straight road and there was a police van with camera pointing down the road clocking everyone. A few miles further a little village with a school where the real danger is but that wouldn't bulge to coffers so much.


    Aghhhh, :( that sort of police bollocks really pees me off. It alienates the road giong public as well.
    I am all for 20 or even 10 mph limits near school and OAP hones, etc, but stop putting cameras on 40mph dual carruageways where it is very hard not to go as 'slow' as 40 then see a cop who pulls you over and does you for 45.

    My mates mother got done doing 33 in a 30! quiet road, normal time of day.
    Seems to me they do this sort of stuff on purpose.
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    Saturday, April 18 2015, 03:40 PM - #Permalink
    Schnuffi wrote:

    The refresher course was great. I expected them to give me a 125cc to use but they talked me into a 600 and I really didn't look back. 20 mins in a car park getting used to the controls etc then out on the country roads and in traffic. I thoroughly recommend it. I still need to build up a bit of confidence, its the slower, tighter bends that have been giving me some concerns. Think I had it cracked the last few times out though.


    That was a great and very sensible idea!
    This sort of thing should be recommended for all riders coming back after a lay off.
    Also, I think youngsters should be given a special little extra course when they jump up to anything over, say, 100HP.
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    Sunday, April 19 2015, 09:09 PM - #Permalink
    You must be in a similar age bracket to me Mr Snuff.
    Nice to see you nack to biking.
    Possibly an unsual decision - late mid-life crisis? :)
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    Monday, April 20 2015, 06:50 PM - #Permalink
    That's what they're all telling me. 53 years old, well I will be next month. Grumpier than an 80 year old :D
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    Tuesday, April 21 2015, 02:43 PM - #Permalink
    Schnuffi wrote:

    That's what they're all telling me. 53 years old, well I will be next month. Grumpier than an 80 year old :D


    Woah, older than my dad! :D

    At least your insurance will be good.:o
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    Tuesday, April 21 2015, 08:01 PM - #Permalink
    Hey ya cheeky young whippersnapper ....I'm shaking my walking stick at you:D
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    Tuesday, April 21 2015, 08:47 PM - #Permalink
    Ha, there are quite a few of us more mature riders on here !!

    Remember, with great age, comes great wisdom..
    We have all made mistakes that you have yet to make... or something like that! :D
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    Saturday, April 25 2015, 06:28 PM - #Permalink
    erm... where does 44 lie in the "more mature riders" scale
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    Sunday, April 26 2015, 07:18 AM - #Permalink
    MrBwian wrote:

    erm... where does 44 lie in the "more mature riders" scale


    It's not for me to say :D
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    Sunday, April 26 2015, 01:11 PM - #Permalink
    I'm in my 40s...

    When you go to a tyical bikers cafe it does seem like the average age of the bikers in in the 40s. Only see the occasional rider in their 20s and plenty of old boys on their cruisers.
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