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Discussion in 'Chill Out Forum:' started by Pixels Ink, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    Passed my full bike test today.

    No more L plates and I'm now on the hunt for a bigger bike :D

    vrooooom vroooom.
  2. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Nice one Col

    Was thinking of doing one myself as I fancy a Ducati, the other half isn't too keen though as my Dad had a VERY bad accident a few years ago, how much did it cost you to learn/pass?


  3. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    I paid £415 for lessons.

    That covered my CBT, 9 lessons with use of the training schools bikes (better I drop theirs and not mine!)

    Theory test cost £30.00

    Final test costs £60.00

    Total: £505.00

    If I wanted to use my own bike for my CBT and lessons then the final cost would have been £365.00

    I also bought my own 125cc bike for practice in between lessons. This really is something you should do as you learn much more quickly. My bike cost me £1000 (Yamaha Virago 125). That seems a lot for a bike I was only going to have for a short time but 125's are always in huge demand. I've already got someone wanting to buy mine for £1100 :) The reason I'm getting more than what I paid is due to me just having got it taxed and mot'd, fitted new rear tyre and front brake pads.

    You can get a 125 for around £400 though, check ebay, gumtree etc.

    There are two options you can take as far as your test. Standard and Direct.

    With standard you sit your final test on a 125cc bike and are restricted to a 125cc for 2 years, after which you can ride any size of bike. Direct access allows you to ride any size of bike after you pass your test. i went the direct access route.

    The costs of running a bike are tiny compared to that of a car. 1 years road tax for a 125cc bike is £15.00

    A full tank of petrol is about £7 (you will get just over 100 miles for that).

    Learning to ride the bike is the best thing I've ever done and the biking community is great thing to be a part of. You just have to be MUCH more aware when you are on the roads.
  4. Stationery Direct

    Stationery Direct Administrator Staff Member

    Cheers for the info Col

    I can already ride one so don't reckon I would need many lessons, been seriously considering it this year but never looked into it properly. Direct route would definitely be for me as I'd want something suuuuuper fast :icon_biggrin:

    If I can convince my other half that I won't kill myself I may just look at doing my test.
  5. Pixels Ink

    Pixels Ink Member

    Good stuff :)

    Your actually pretty lucky then. A new bike test was supposed to come into force on October 1st this year but the DVLA can't organise a piss-up in a brewery and so its been postponed for 6 months.

    If I were you I'd seriously consider sitting your test before the new test comes in as it is more expensive and a lot more difficult than the current test ;)


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