AndyB wrote: The Spanish Biker wrote: AndyB wrote: The Spanish Biker wrote: AndyB wrote:
The Spanish Biker wrote:Sounds like you have more of an idea than most of the rest if us when we started with motorbikes - I thought it would make me attractive to women! (thumbs)
Well bikes must have made me more attractive to women because my quota certainly increased after I passed my bike test and got a bigger bike (thumbs)
Well mine is at Mikeys unit so even I don't get to ride it but why would she bother when she's got a 916 of her own?
Yes, but I went out and bought a Ducati single didn't I - bet Mrs AndyB doesn't go out for a ride on yours eh? :whistle:
I appear to have made a mess of that but my reply is above Simons.
So, she like 'em big then ...
No, she likes to try to intimidate blokes on motorbikes who think she's a stupid girlie when she's out on her own.
That's exactly the kind of thing Mrs S liked to do to when her LGV license was still separate from her normal one and used that for ID to patronising gits in garages, etc. (thumbs)
Meanwhile, before we hijack the OP any more ... :whistle:
You'll get loads of contradictory advice, especially from the Industry, which could end up with you spending lots of dosh on gear - and bike(s) - that you don't need.
Obviously the first thing to do is get riding and see if you actually like it - no shame if at that stage you think, "Not for me!", especially after you've had a few frights with four wheeled (of more) vehicles and being caught out in the rain,etc.
You could also use that time to have a few 'adventures' on your 125cc - plenty here that do just that, including me on my Beta Alp 200 cc. From where you live you could have a fine time riding up and down Offa's Dyke, the South Shropshire hills, West Wales - Hmm, maybe I feel a UK tour coming on (thumbs) - all beautiful country, quiet roads, lovely B&B's, country pubs and camp sites.
Then there's a sort of a decision tree:
Does your definition of 'adventure' mean riding off road? There's a lot here think it does but you can ride from your front door to Timbuktu and never leave the black stuff - and who could claim that's not an 'adventure' !
If not then an ordinary road bike is going to be a) cheaper, b) more choice, no lengthy debates about tyres, etc. etc.
Then does your idea of 'adventure' mean camping or do you draw the line at hostels, B&B's etc. - as plenty do here and are not ashamed to admit it!
Once again, this will have big repercussions on the luggage you have to consider and this again reflects on your bike choice. You'll find the hard vs soft luggage an endless theme but of you'e into staying in accommodation then quickly detachable panniers, even smart ones that pass off as 'real' luggage are a better, if possibly more expensive, choice.
Once again taking Morocco: every one I've known who's gone to Morocco thinking they would camp haven't bothered as a) accommodation is so cheap and b) the campings, such as they are, are, shall we say, different. Bearing in mind too that Morocco is best form October to April at the you'd also have to use accommodation crossing Spain as almost all campings are closed then - it's also too chuffing cold, don't ask me why I know this! :whistle:
So, if you give us all a few answers to these two questions for starters you could find yourself the originator of a cracking topic ... meanwhile, get out there, get wet, dirty, oily, knocked over - not! - and find yourself a fetish object for dominant, defiant and possibly dangerous women! (thumbs) (thumbs) (thumbs)