Only a newbie at motorcycling. My younger son has been riding since he was 17, now he is 21 and has a brand new Ducati 848. Started riding in April, 2008 and licenced in November '08, see below, as to why. Love the open road on a bike, although do now have a throttle assist on both bikes for the open road at constant throttle; much easier on the wrist & hand. Commute around Sydney whenever I can on either of the bikes. Can get there faster, using a lot less fuel as well, but just not a great fan of riding in the rain or fog.
What Bikes/Trikes do you own
I have a 2007 Honda 900 Hornet. The Hornet is injected and is and inline 4. The Hornet has a very twitchy throttle, especially in first; sometimes makes it difficult taking off around a corner that has bumps, ruts and undulations, often better to short shift to 2nd, for smoothness.
What type of music do you like
blues and the type of rock you have on this site. A big tick to the music maestros there!!
Have you had a Bike/Trike accident that you want to tell us about
Recently addicted to riding. Had a learner bike, a Suzuki 250 Bandit. Started riding it in April of 2008. Nice little bike, but used to find a false neutral sometimes between 2nd & 3rd. Anyhow, was riding on my "L"s home from work on Friday 29th August, 2008 and a lady came out of a side street and drove right in front of me. I T-boned her at 65km/h (70km/hr zone on Warringah Road, Forestville). Luckily, I had on riding pants with armoured knees and hips. Still broke my leg though and was off work for 2 months. Spent the night in Mona Vale Hospital Emergency and then was discharged the next day, with crutches and a splint. The pants forced the accident stress away from my R knee to the top of my shin and I had two "closed" fractures across my tibial plateau. Did not need pinning or plaster, just a stiff brace for the first 3 weeks and then a range of movement brace for the next 4 weeks. Was such a hassle with all the paperwork and legals, not to mention the discomfort of dressing/washing with only one good leg. This only made me more determined to get my bike licence, as it was scheduled for September 12th, '08. Did it finally on November 19th, '08 and passed. By then, the 250 Bandit was written off and I had purchased a Honda 650 Transalp, which is LAMS approved (learner approved motorcycle scheme). I rode this and then a friend cajoled me into getting a road bike, a 900 Honda Hornet, as they were on runout and about $5,000 cheaper than normal, just A$10,000 Ride-Away!! So I bought one of these just a week after getting my licence. Rode it for 800kms around the city and as I had purchased it from another regional city (Fraser's of Newcastle) I was riding it back there for its 1st service, when I went down on a notorious tightening downhill right hander, in bumpy gravel. Well, I wrote off a perfectly good bike, just 2 weeks old. Second fall off a bike, but it was only at 60km/h and I had on the aforementioned pants, a new Dainese leather jacket with hump in the back and Shark helmet. Suffice it to say, I was just bruised and shaken, the good gear taking all the brunt of the fall. So went down twice in four months!! The guys at Fraser's couldn't believe the look of the bike when it turned up at their place, via Mo'Tow, who was fantastic. Irony is that the corner is quite infamous for getting not just novice riders like myself, but many a rider has come to grief there, as evidenced by the amount of bike parts littered around the place. It has a name, which escapes me, but is well known on the back road up to Cessnock. It was about 8km from Laguna, where I had to use the local payphone, as there was no mobile coverage out there. Now have the replacement Hornet, and have done over 4,000 kms on it, as well as the Transalp is nudging 6,000kms as well.
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just got the Transalp in for its 6,000km service. Cost just over $200, which wasn't too bad. What did really hurt, was the centre stand (genuine Honda part) at $519!!! OUCH. that hurt, but at least now it is easy to park anywhere, even on grass. Am about to get a centre stand on the Hornet, as well, especially to oil them. Cheers, Peter.