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PostSubject: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:00 am

Hiya!A complete fruitloop (me) thought it would be a good idea to buy a bike before he has passed his test! Haha Always wanted a bike and not a fan of fireblades, bandits etc so i have bought a very low mileage 800 volusia! As soon as i found it i knew it was exactly what i was looking for in a bike!hqve booked my direct access for jan feb so hope to get full use of it in the spring! Any advise would be massively appreciated being a newbie to bikes
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:58 am

welcm Matt...first advise ...enjoy it !
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:04 am

Hi Matt and wwweee to Suzuki 800.com
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:30 am

Hi Matt &
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:31 am

welcm
first advise would be to get a good leather jacket for protection and as they say get a helmet that suits how much your head is worth to you, so for me I don't scrimp or cut corners when choosing my lid i do look for a bargain and try to get one that has money off but do make sure i get good quality.
Enjoy the site and good luck on your up and coming test
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:39 am

  Matt, & 

You're not the first to take that route - Justyn has done the same as you & recently passed his test.

Enjoy your new bike & using the forum

Cheers     Yam
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:02 am

Hi Matt  WELM Stay upright wherever possible 
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:30 am

Matt  , enjoy the Volusia they are good bikes as are all the 800's!
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:31 am

 Matt you are very welcome to our little haven.

The Spaniard has just taken your exact same route, he has just passed. Keep the faith biker.
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:22 pm

Cheers guys!Been practising for my theory so should be ok with that fingers crossed!just come back from a wee spending spree and now have a set of textiles,gloves,helmet,boots,bike cover and an oxford chain...cost a wee fortune but I think my girlfriend would prefer me to stay alive if I take on the role of superman!haha not sure what to expect going from being on a sports bike learning to one of these
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:49 pm

Welcome Matt and good luck with the tests 
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:07 pm

Welcome Matt.
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:08 pm

Welcome matt
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:13 am

Cheers guys!looks like i have myself on a nice friendly forum :) already been looking at the exhaust section on the forum.....how do I know if an exhaust will fit?lots of random codes that mean sod all to me right now!haha I want the v&h pipes and know my bike is a 55plate
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:34 am

Hi Matt, glad you like the site. We will answer any questions you have in the relevant sections. that way they could be of use to others at later times.
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:46 am

Fair enough will put a post up
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sun Dec 28, 2014 10:06 pm

Welcome Matt and good luck with the tests welcm
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:08 pm

Passed my theory! :) Bought all my clothing/helmet etc and the bike is being delivered Sunday,also got a set of vance and hines pipes in the post.......can't wait!Wahooooooo!!!
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:21 pm

Good on you Matt - A positive step in the right direction

Cheers        Yam
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:29 pm

Well done! 
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:16 pm

Well done Matt! 
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:48 pm

Matt!  Thats one hurdle out of the way!  
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:48 pm

Well done Matt, just a word of advise.... leave off fitting the V&H until you have passed the practicals if your using your bike, the instructors are getting ordered/trained to be more anal/stroppy due to eu regs etc, OR at least keep the original pipes to hand and swap them back the day before the test.
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:17 pm

Cheers guys! Well being honest I want to do all the learning/tests on the instructors bike so I am familiar with it for the test. May have a go around the carpark being very very careful,any advise apart from don't twist the throttle right open?haha
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:23 pm

Twisting the throttle open and making loads of noise revving the engine is actually a good thing it keeps the bike balanced! You just have to learn clutch control that's the most important thing, high revs low speed means stable bike. When I started riding 6 years ago I got some big chalk from the pound shop and a tape measure and marked out my local carpark (when it was empty and closed) to the dimensions listed on the gov website and practised practised practised. But even then took 2 goes to pass practicle 1 damn nerves always get the better of you. RELAX and enjoy its honestly not hard or tricky just practise those u turns, high revs slow speed and ALWAYS look where you want to be and the bike will do the rest.
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:58 pm

Just a wee update!dropped my foot down on first mod 1, passed second time (65km on timing gate for emergency stop...oops!Haha).Passed my mod2 last week
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Tue Mar 17, 2015 6:46 pm

Congratulations!   Well done Matt, Just in time for riding season 
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:01 pm

Well done Sir, welcome to the world of biking.
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:51 pm

Good on ya, now you can truly live the dream.   
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:47 pm

Nice one Matt .... now you've got your test under your belt, take it steady as you build up your experience .... & as Sim saya - you've timed it right for the current riding season !
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:31 am

Well done Matt, did the same thing myself on the U turn. Know you can really start biking
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:01 pm

Now you've passed your test the real test begins as just because you passed it don't mean you're ready for everything so just take it easy & always keep an open mind because even though you think you know everything you don't!
Learn as you go about your everyday driving & remember if in doubt back off & wait!
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:09 pm

Well done mate... What an achievement .  I'd missed your earlier posts, so just read it all from your 'joining' post. Great job Wink
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:26 am

Cheers guys!managed to get it insured and taxed today and had a ride out-really enjoyed it but a huuuuge difference to the Cbf600 I learnt on!taking it steady now as I appreciate I still have loads to learn,unfortunately managed to loose my rear brake pedal rubber :( dealer only job for a replacement?
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:32 pm

well done matt good luck and take care  welcm
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:36 pm

Nice day for it   try giving these a ring for the brake pedal rubber.
http://www.robinsonsfoundry.co.uk/
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PostSubject: Re: complete newbie!   Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:01 pm

Hi Matt - glad you're enjoying yourself.  The brake rubbers are still a current part - cost about a fiver & are ordered from any Suzuki main agent.  Soak it a cup of boiling water before you try to fit as they're a pig to get over the end. 

You gonna post a pic of your bike soon ?
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