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    Posted: 17 Feb 2018 at 18:32
Greetings one and all, crazy old man from East London here. 27 years since I've ridden anything (or driven a car even) but some madness took over me and the 2 year old V7 turned up last week finally dealing with a 30 year longing to own a Moto Guzzi. When I was on a 125 my mate at college had a mk1 le mans and I was smitten but then life got in the way...

First ride this afternoon round the estate block where I live and quite frankly It scared me sh*tless! The V7 has a bit more low down oomph than the old cx i rode in the 80's. I wasn't so much riding it as falling with style so some basic 125 in a carpark stuff is definitely in order, I've no pride and I want to stay alive and my guzzi riding will be confined to the 4 right turns round my block for a few weeks untill the right hand has some more subtle control...

well that's me, 

cheers,

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Hi, welcome to the forum, very nice bike you have there.
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Since you last rode a motorcycle, the world has moved on
motor cars are larger and faster, and often driven more aggressively
motorcycles likewise
Could I suggest you book yourself in for a refresher motorcycle training course
it will be money well spent, you will learn exactly how much riding styles have changed
attitudes
and even road layouts, signage and signals
I have been riding since the 70s, but a few years back I booked myself in for a course
not one of these IAM things, but a proper motorcycle course with a retired police officer teaching me
in the first few minutes I learnt three new things
by the end of the day I was much more confident and aware than I was before
money well spent
the bikesafe courses are also well worth while

Free vouchers for BikeSafe rider skill training days

If you live, work or study in Hackney, you may be interested in the Metropolitan Police's BikeSafe-London one day course. A limited number of free vouchers are available. You must have a valid drivers licence and CBT certificate, plus your own fully taxed/insured and roadworthy vehicle. BikeSafe-London is aimed at full licence holders and is designed to enhance your existing skills and act as an introduction to advanced riding.

For further details on how to register please call 020 8356 8364 or email sandra.agbabiaka@hackney.gov.uk.


much cheaper than the repair bills on a damaged motorcycle

also one more thing worthy of note

in the city of London there are gangs of youths ( thats me being polite)

Stealing motorcycles to order, often when you are riding one

keep an eye out for youths,riding near you on scooters, often lacking number plates and wearing hoodies over the helmet, usually 2 up, and weaving around or filtering to move up close to you in traffic

make sure its kept secure, never ever leave it unlocked for even a few seconds, the scum may have followed you

if they do try to take you bike at knife point, rip the HT lead off of one cylinder as you run away

or do as I do when visiting London keep a big  tyre lever handy, it will break an arm very easily

once bitten twice shy and all that 


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Hi and welcome , go on a refresher course so you can enjoy yourself
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Hiya and welcome
I recommend bikesafe as a must do for return again bikers
You’ll enjoy it and get skills for life
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Welcome. And a +1 on a refresher course. No shame in (re)learning skills. Even less shame in staying upright, and keeping you and the bike undented!

Enjoy!

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Definitely a refresher course is a must, stay safe and enjoying
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Hi, and welcome to the forum..
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 2018 at 08:47
The refresher course is a great idea and definitely safer and cheaper than bent bits!

"You must have a valid drivers licence and CBT certificate"

If you got your licence back in the day before the new lot of tests and it's still valid obviously you won't have a CBT and you won't need one.
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Hi Raphael, cheers for the bikesafe info. After my initial ride I realised I needed to go back to basics so I'm actually looking at going through CBT again, get some handling skills etc before progressing further from my little housing estate. I'm also keen on advanced rider stuff to keep on learning. 

The bike security thing in London is a real issue especially where I live and my gut reaction is give the little sh*ts a good thrashing but I imagine I might think differently when being threatened with a hand axe or a machete. Good call on the ht lead, anything to make it harder for them. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 2018 at 13:31
Originally posted by rapheal rapheal wrote:

in the city of London there are gangs of youths ( thats me being polite)
Stealing motorcycles to order, often when you are riding one
keep an eye out for youths,riding near you on scooters, often lacking number plates and wearing hoodies over the helmet, usually 2 up, and weaving around or filtering to move up close to you in traffic.

Friend of mine on another forum had exactly this happen, they literally knocked her off her scooter while she ws riding it, then rode it away.

It was a brand new replacement for her previous one that was nicked only the previous month. Shocked

True story.


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Thats terrible! Just got back from the smoke and I had to admit to scanning for scooters all the time Welcome Hackney boy, you're in for a whole lot of fun, good for you and congratulations on your new machine.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 2018 at 21:15
You want to hear the really ironic part? She does karate classes and from what I gather pretty seriously too, I mean she's got "belts" and whatever, however they're told not to get involved in a punch up especially if outnumbered.


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Hi Hackney,
I was bought up just down the road from you, in downtown Clapton.
Not sure how much I'd recognise now though.
Welcome to the site.
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Welcome Bikesafe is good but they assume a level of skill good idea to go to a training school cbt is maybe a little too basic. As a former instructor I have been out with a fair few returning riders on an assessment, I realised way back when the cbt first came out there was a need for an intermediate course .....using some elements of a cbt without the very basic never been on a bike before stuff. I tried it out with some mates and got a decent response I stopped working as an instructor some while ago BUT even last year went out on an assessment ride with a friend who had returned to riding.... it is just time, tips and confidence ......
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