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Well today sees the first day of big bike lessons up from a little 125 to a 500 or 600, I am looking forward to ...

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    Well today sees the first day of big bike lessons up from a little 125 to a 500 or 600, I am looking forward to it but at the same time a tad nervous as well, Its the first step to the ride to Majorca in the summer(fingers crossed). Will let you know if I crash or drop the damn bike..lol Have a great weekend guys and be safe
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    Have a good time and enjoy yourself. Probably good to try and stay relaxed too.
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    I'd suggest just remembering two things.

    1. The laws of physics don't change just because you're on a bike that makes going fast feel easy. You still need time to stop, the faster you're going the longer the time. Beware false confidence!

    2. When accelerating out of slow bends or junctions remember you now have enough power to spin up the back wheel and dump you on the deck very quickly indeed.

    Oh yeah and, 3. Enjoy
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    It's a bit heavier, it's a bit more powerful, so treat it with respect.
    Otherwise it is a bike. If you can ride a 125 safely you can ride any other bike.

    Enjoy !
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    Had a great time.. different style of bike to my 125 so took a little to get used to and wow the power is great, didnt drop it but did stall a few times, mainly cause i forgot i was in second gear and not 1st...lol cant wait till next sunday next lesson
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    Better to stall than to wheelie uncontrollably into the traffic

    Next time move forward and sit on the tank before you pull away. If you are in first it'll keep the front wheel down and you'll just wheelspin away instead.
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    Or better still find a nice quiet car park and spend some time practising clutch and throttle control. I can't imagine sitting on the tank does much for stability once moving......
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    We did do some throttle control and practice u-turns and figure of eights had alot of fun was just a bit tense being a first time on that bigger bike will get easier I would imagine as I get used to it
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    I had my first lesson on a 500 at the weekend too, thought it was great, and although careful on tight corners etc found it easier to get on with than the 125!

    unfortunately lesson cut short due to high risk of snow, but 1 hour on the roads was great.

    Am now stopping until after the 19th as all the younger riders have booked all available slots until then, aiming to get everything completed by the end of the month
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    once you're all happy with the weight etc I'd suggest you ask the instructor if you could take it over 7k revs on a ride. Then ask yourself if you really need a 600 like everyone seems to insist you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cousin Jack View Post
    It's a bit heavier, it's a bit more powerful, so treat it with respect.
    Otherwise it is a bike. If you can ride a 125 safely you can ride any other bike.

    Enjoy !
    Up to a point... but there are techniques that get taught on DAS courses that make it much easier to ride the larger machine, techniques that just aren't needed on 125s... counterweighting on slow turns is a good example.

    There are other techniques that make it a lot safer too - slipping the clutch until tight turns are completed (it's not necessary on a 125 where the gearing is so low but on a 500 twin, it's possible to stall the motor if the clutch isn't slipped), making sure that the bike is pointed where you want to go next before opening the throttle (there's so little power on a 125 it doesn't make much difference, but on a big bike it'll not only run wide but as Tomcat says it's possible to spin up the back end without too much trouble).
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Spin Doctor View Post
    ..but on a big bike it'll not only run wide but as Tomcat says it's possible to spin up the back end without too much trouble).
    Especially at the moment!
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    Ok moved from the 500cc up to the 600cc on sunday and what a blast alot better then the 500 might be the machine went from an ER500 to a 600 Bandot for some reason I enjoyed the ride out better more clutch control required but makes it more fun to ride will keep you all updated... they are think about getting us to take part 1 in a few weeks so we must be getting there ok
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    Good stuff.
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    Ok so that bad news first..I failed my mod 1 test... now the good news I passed the following week, Not had much of getting out on lessons(feckin snow) But have Mod 2 booked for the end of the month so fingers crossed that gets passed asŁ75 quid seems a tad steep to me anyway happy biking guys will keep you updated
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