How I become a rider? Part 4 ? I catch the bug

bugs in teeth 1After the accident there was a period when I couldn’t use the bike… during this time I developed some heavy withdrawal symptoms… I was moody, spent hours looking at bike videos and randomly wore a helmet around the house πŸ˜‰ I really needed to get back on it…

When my bike was finally fixed

When the bike was finally fixed I have to say I had a bit of a mental block initially… but it passed after a couple of rides and I got my confidence back (with an adjusted risk level)… The important bit was I felt I started to like biking and decided I would keep doing it πŸ™‚

It was time to upgrade my gear

My gear was cheap and suffered in the accident… so it was time to do some shopping. At that point I was confident I will stick to biking so decided to invest a bit more… besides I was a bit fed up of comments like “we can see you” from my friends when I entered (my gear was hi-viz) πŸ˜‰ I went shopping and I got my first Caberg Ego helmet. Then I visited the Hein Gericke shop for the rest. I got new jacket, trousers, boots and gloves… I spent about 650 pounds… funny, as my gear was worth more then my bike now πŸ˜‰

Riding became my way of travel

I started using my bike as my main way of transport and I could no longer imagine getting on a bus or using underground. I also had couple close calls and one collision where the driver indicated right to turn, moved into right lane and then decided to park on the left hand side still indicating right… It was a minor thing (thankfully) but at that point I decided to get a camera (but I will write about my vlogging some other time).

I still remember the 125cc days

Insurance and tax was super cheap… and the fuel! for 20 pounds I could simply go forever! πŸ˜‰ CG125 parts are cheap as chips and you can do maintenance yourself easily. The bike was great almost in all areas. What was lacking was 1. power, 2. breaking (drum brakes are not great I already knew…). Even though some people looked down on my bike as not a “proper” bike I did not give a flying duck πŸ˜‰ It had it’s benefits…

What convinced me to gettingΒ a bigger bike

There was no one thing…. After riding 2 years on a 125 my CBT was coming to an end… and I had couple hairy situations where couple extra bhps would make it much safer… In the end I decided that instead of renewing my CBT I will just move a level up and go for a Full License. I will describe that in part 5 πŸ˜‰ (to be published soon)

My CG125 videos: