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    Hi everyone. Just quickly introduce myself. Always wanted to ride motorcycles ever since I was a kid, but never did anything until now (25 y.o). This is mainly because I was living with my parents in Perth until recently and my mother would've murdered me if I bought a bike (Dad had a few crashes when he owned one many years ago). But anyway, I've booked my pre-learner thing in for November and I'm getting really excited. Any tips or tricks for a newbie will be greatly appreciated. Cheers guys and see you on the road!
     
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    Welcome aboard. Tips? Keep your head up, and make like the Time Warp and keep you knees in tight.

    Once you get your L's, come along to one of the semi-regular MOST practice sessions.
     
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    thanks lads. Where should I look to hear about these practice sessions?
    also, just to let you know, I haven't bought a bike or anything, was planning on getting one shortly after my Ls. Thinking ninja 300, cbr300 or yamaha r3. Any other suggestions?
     
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    I'm probably not best to answer, I'm biased to the cruiser life :cool.gif:

    You'll see details of the practice sessions in the Events subforum, or in the Upcoming Events bar on the right hand side of the forum if you're viewing in a browser. Usually marked up as MOST Practice or something similar. Also occasionally discussed in the Learner League subforum.

    Cheers.
     
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    They're all excellent suggestions.

    Generally people bin their first bike in some way or another, naked bikes can be slightly cheaper if you do so.

    2nd hand is often the good choice, learner bikes depreciate like crazy off the showroom floor then generally don't depreciate at all lower down the spectra of prices.

    Out of that list I quite liked my ex's 250R and the Ninja 300 is like that only better. There's a reason they ended up dominating the 300 production racing stuff here over the CBR300s etc, too, they're good solid bikes. The twin motor is that little bit smoother as well as also being more powerful than the single cylinder bikes.

    Practise sessions I post here and on the CR Facebook group. Check the events forum section, but you'll also see them pop up in the active topics thing.
     
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    Bike choice might depend a little on your build too. Id go with Supa's tip on the 300 or else a GS500 if you like a bit more bike under you. If cruisers are your thing quite a few a LAMs bikes. Just try to pick a popular model so you can resell easily.
     
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    Take your time, ride lots and ride your own pace if you do group rides.

    Enjoy the ride!
     
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    Welcome to the forum & motorbikes

    Canberra doesn't have a Yamaha dealer at the moment so a getting a R-3 might be difficult
    +1 for a Honda, the CBR500R are great learner bikes too (IMO)
     
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    ^ Here's a vid comparing the '300s'. They're pretty cheap on rego too if that's a concern for you. Anything above 301cc is a big price hike.
     
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    Yeah I've been binge watching comparison videos like these for the last few days, so I think I've made my decision. I am quite a tall fella, but slim around 80kg so a bigger bike would probably suit me but I just love the idea of learning on a lightweight bike. Also went to CMCC yesterday and checked out the bikes and gear. The KTM looks so sexy but I think I like the ninja 300 the most (ABS). The cbr500 although would be awesome is heaps more on reg and I'll probably want to upgrade to a 600 after my Ps anyway. Pretty bummed I couldn't check out the R3 though, that would've been my top competitor against the ninja 300. I think the only point against the 300 for me is I don't want to be just another ninja rider, there's sooo many! But I should just put that aside and get the best bike for me at this point, which is probably the ninja. Thanks for your help guys.
     
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    Welcome mate, best of luck with L's course!
     
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    Tho the CBR500R redeems it's self on serving intervals, twice as long as a Ninja 300 (major service every 24,000km instead of 12,000k)

    Also theres more leg room for taller people
     
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    Ninja 300 is screw and locknut though so pretty cheap :).
     
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    Is the reason why you can't check out the R3 is because Joe's stopped retailing Yamaha stuff?
    R3 does really look like a nice bike. I reckon it would be the top contender against the Ninja 300.
     
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    yeah apparently you can't get yamaha anywhere in Canberra. Bit of a shame.

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    Greetings & welcome to the wonderful world of don't-tell-my-mother-or-she-will-kill-me.

    Here's a couple of videos that may be of interest.

    TOTW2:

    SuperBike School UK (1/6) :
     
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    Thanks so much. I told her today. It was rough. Can't wait to get on a bike, came back from Namadgi today and the roads were all so curvy and fun (mazda 3 mps). Imagine how great they'll be on a bike!

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    Have a look at the dealers part of Yamaha's website. There are dealers that aren't too far away. Don't restrict yourself to buying new or from Canberra either, there are plenty of others options available and you'll often get a better price from somewhere other than here.

    As others have said, jump on everything you can; I bought my first bike based on a back-to-back comparison of the bikes that I liked & could afford.

    If I had my time again I would have either bought a 250 or something that could have been deresricted once I was off my Ps so I didn't have to upgrade.

    Just another opinion to add to the mix. Oh, and welcome.
     
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    yeah they have a captured market here in Canberra. Can't imagine how I could buy anywhere else though, I wouldn't want to drive back from Sydney for example when I have just finished the learners and have zero riding experience.

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