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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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New rider, new Versys

Hi Y'all,
I just thought I'd introduce myself and post a pic of my new V which is arriving next weekend, but will have to sit in the garage until I take my tests 8 days later.
I'm Mark and decided to finally get on two wheels about 6 weeks ago. It finally dawned on me at 44 years of age that my Mum can no longer forbid me from getting a motorbike so I'm doin' it. I'm so looking forward to riding this thing, and am really confident that I've bought the best bike out there in a Versys.
So, hiya!
I'll try to put a pic of my V on now, but bear in mind that it's an English bike and therefore right-hand drive - just in case it looks weird to overseas riders.
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A motorbike is an excellent way to assert your independence! Good on you!

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Well done, Mark!

The hardest part will be following the break-in schedule!

Wish you Many happy miles and look fwd. to your impressions as you add them up!

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Welcome to the forum and you will really have fun on the Versys.
Good for you for starting riding now, it's never too late. I plan on riding until I can't get my leg over anymore...

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Welcome. English bike. Do they still put the brake on the left and the shift on the right like my old Bonneville?
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Welcome. English bike. Do they still put the brake on the left and the shift on the right like my old Bonneville?
Thankfully not - same set up as everywhere else. Good job too, as I would be utterly fooked with that arrangement. Imagine dealing with that in a panic! You'd end up wheelying into a lorry at 60, even though you were only doing 10mph when they pulled out on you.
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It's arrived!

Very pleased with my Versys. Seeing as I can't ride it until I do my training on a 500cc and take my test next Monday, it'll be staying in the garage. Especially after having had a tiny tootle around my close and having to gently lay it down after trying to turn it around too tightly. Knob-head. Still, this is why we learn these things on someone elses bike, eh? Tiny graze on the end of the brake lever is all.
Can't wait to get better at all this and get out there on it - it's calling to me from the garage!
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Strange British laws preventing you from even riding it w/o getting the license. In my country, all one need to do is get a Learner's license and you can legally ride it anyway but you cannot carry a pillion rider. And we need to stick the 'L' plate on the bike. But the guys here are too ego minded, take risks of not displaying the 'L' plates and prefers to get fined when caught

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Failed my Module 1 UK bike test yesterday.

Still not able to take the Versys out as i dropped a complete bollock on the slalom yesterday. I'd done great in every practice, but when it mattered yesterday, I didn't control the clutch well enough and got out of position and had to dab a foot down. Super gutted, as it also meant that I couldn't take the module 2 part that I'd booked and paid for, and will have to re-book and re-pay for both. Expensive and careless. My fault was also looking at the cones, not at where I wanted the bike to go. Dumb errors. The rest of the test exercises went great - no minors at all, just the one driving fault which mean't that I'd sh!t it.
Here's to having another go as soon as possible, being calmer and more confident next time and breezing through the manoevres like I know that I can.
Absolutely sick at myself!
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Sorry to hear you failed your test, would it help you to know that when i was 15 going for my car license failed twice and only passed on 3rd time on the driving test. First time was to fast, 2nd time was to slow and 3rd time was just right.
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That's a harsh licensing system. Over here to get L's it is two 3 1/2hr riding sessions which combine tuition and assessment plus a knowledge test of 45 multiple choice questions.

P's (Provisional license) is an 8 hour day of instruction and practical test at the end. Sounds more like what you were doing where there are tightly prescribed pass/fail criteria . Good luck on your next run!
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