coffee

nggh

Hmm, really didn't sleep well last night, am thoroughly zombified at present. Hopefully I'll spring back to life for the gig this evening.

Didn't pass my CBT yesterday. Apparently it will take me more than two hours on a bike to learn clutch control. Not that this was a real problem since the instructor qualified to do the road test section was not actually at work anyway so even if I had been up to it I would still not have the bits of paper I seek.

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Shame, but 2 hours for a CBT? That's highly ambitious. I've never known anyone do it in less than half a day (i.e. 4 hours) unless they'd been riding off-road for years.

Don't give up though.
Well, it was supposed to be a full day, but we were on the training ground from 10:00 to 12:00, at which point we broke for lunch and the instructor told me I wasn't up to going on the road.

I've really not been happy with this training centre, I think I'm going to go elsewhere for my redo.
I'd recommend Flying Colours. I went there for my DAS (training on a 500cc bike), and passed, after failing my test the first time on a 125cc bike with a different firm.

The only thing I'd warn you about (based on my experience at both places) is that motorbike instructors can be somewhat rude if you make mistakes, especially once you're out on the road. In a car, the instructor has dual-control, so he can take over if you do something silly. On a bike, he can't, so the only influence he has is to shout/swear through the radio at you. E.g. "Oi, what the fuck are you doing in that lane? Get over to the right!" And you can't answer back, since it's a 1-way link, even if you do have a good reason for what you're doing; usually I had screwed up, but there was one time when I saw that a bus lane allowed other traffic at certain times of the day, but my instructor had missed that sign. There's no malice involved in this, and the instructors will be quite friendly when you stop at a greasy spoon for lunch somewhere, but this may not be everyone's preferred style of teaching.

My bike isn't operational at the moment (flat battery), but if you like then we could meet up in a quiet car-park somewhere at a weekend, for you to practice the basics.
My bike isn't operational at the moment (flat battery), but if you like then we could meet up in a quiet car-park somewhere at a weekend, for you to practice the basics.

That would be quite helpful actually, I may take you up on that. I'll give you a shout to organise once I've worked out my options.
so why exactly do you want to become an organ donor?
I assume it cant just be for the good of your fellow humans.
Meh, so long as I don't ride like an idiot I shouldn't be too much of a donar risk. I fancy my chances more on a motorbike than a pushbike.
I guess it all depends. Maybe you should get a harley. With a turning circle of about four thousand meters and a size bigger than most cars, you shouldn't be much of a risk. And you could get a helmet with horns on it.
All together now: "Am I Eeeevil?" :)

I'm thinking something a little smaller to begin with, althougha cruiser might be rather tempting once I move to the US.

The Honda CB series have caught my eye, we shall see what the secondhand market holds once I sort my licence.
I fancy my chances more on a motorbike than a pushbike.

Why, out of interest? Eurostat has fatalities per billion km travelled as twice as high for motorbikes than pushbikes in the UK (c. 100 vs 50), and generally motorbikes travel more km than pushbikes.

(For comparison, pedestrians rate 40 stiffs per billion km, car passengers around 3 per billion km, and bus passengers about 0.4. Ignoring the fitness benefit - which is actually very significant - you're a hundred times safer taking the bus than walking!)
Good luck in the gig, m'fraid I shall sadly be remaining inexperienced in your vocal stylings for a bit longer