I've read loads of the posts from here and thought I'd join and share my adventures of biking. I passed my CBT last jan and rode a Yamaha SR125 since. I just sold it to a dealer as it was on it's last legs, enging knocking e.t.c so I just bought my second bike on saturday for £800. It's my Gilera Couguar, purchased in Birmingham and rode all the way to Loughborough in Leicestershire. My god, I've never had such a hard journey
I am still on 'L's so motorways are a big no no, but due to Birminghams friendly roads, I ended up on the M6 after an hour of trying to find a way out of the city. That was the first time I've ever been on a motorway and it isn't too bad, just a bit worrying that i'd get a right smack from the police if they saw me, but didn't. Nearly crashed it coming off the first junction on a major right turn - turned too wide and skidded everywhere to gain control at 50mph but lived to tell the tale! I'd never ridden anything other than a CG125 or an SR125 and there's a HUGE difference between those two and a Cougar 125. It took hours to find my way back even with the help of maps and petrol stations.
The dealer sold it to me with a years MOT and only 4400 miles on the clock. It looks near new and certainly seems to ride clean. The only thing that really baffled me was the lovely sound, almost like crockery being jumped about coming from the left side of the bike throughout most of the ride. What was it? Well, I found out when I got into Loughborough (and lucky this happened less than a mile from my destination). The noise suddenly stopped as I approached a roundabout and went to slow down. I eased on the front brake and the rear, only the find the front brake lever eased ALL the way back to the handle and wasn't responding, at the same time as a black nissan sunny cutting me up. I clamped down on the rear brake harder until I stopped, and pulled over just before the roundabout. The entire front calliper was dangling from it's cable and walloping the wheel . Wasn't that wonderful! I could have died if it were on the motorway! Luckilly that's fixed up now and no more crockery noise and dodgy break. had to split the pads apart and bolt it back on with no damage. A lesson to anyone buying a new bike - even if it has an MOT = CHECK IT OVER... AND AGAIN... AND AGAIN..... Then ask all your mates to check it over, then just to be sure, check it over!!! It's too risky otherwise. I'll never buy a bike without checking it over a million times.