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RArch
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PostSubject: Another Silverwing in London   Another Silverwing in London I_icon_minitimeMon Jan 23, 2012 8:35 am

Hello everybody,

I thought it was about time that I introduced myself after lurking here for a few months now.

I am a 'born again biker'. I caught the bug again while on holidays in Spain where I hired a 125cc scooter for a week which was great fun. I just needed an excuse to get one for myself Wink

After searching and reading loads on the net. I checked out various bikes and scooters homing in on the likes of the Suzuki Burgman 400/650, Yamaha T-Max and X-Max, Piaggio X7 and X9, when I came across the Honda Silverwing and this forum it became my must have.

When I grew up in Ireland you could drive anything you wanted on a provisional from 18 years old! I really wanted something bigger than a 125cc and set about getting my full motorcycle licence.

To obtain a full licence seems rather complicated in the UK and its changing next year (2013). I competed the following: Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), Motorcycle Theory Test, then took the Direct Access Scheme (DAS) which has two parts Module 1 (basically slow handling around cones, slalom, figure 8, u-turn, emergency braking, the much feared swerve), Module 2 is where you are followed by the examiner around various roads and junctions where he assesses your ability. It cost a small fortune (£650) but was enjoyable and I got to drive a CG125, CB500 and CBT500. I’m glad to say that I passed all the parts two weeks ago bounce

I actually bought my Silverwing early December as an xmas present (that was a good enough excuse for me) which was a constant inspiration to pass the tests. Its a silver 2009 model with the following extras, Givi tall screen, Givi v46 top box and Honda heat grips.

Since I've passed I’ve been driving it as often as I can while the weather has been reasonable to gain more road experience. If you see someone gingerly tip toeing through some traffic around west London on a Silverwing its more than likely me, give me a friendly toot as you ride by Rolling Eyes

Nobody seems to nod to each other anymore!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Silverwing in London   Another Silverwing in London I_icon_minitimeMon Jan 23, 2012 9:26 am

Welcome RArch, good choice of bike and good choice of forum.

As for nodding, some do some don't. In general, Harley riders don't, rice rocket riders don't, those with L plates on generally don't. The rest!!!!

All I can say is I do, or it may be a product of an affliction I have!!! (Riding my 'Wing.' Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Another Silverwing in London   Another Silverwing in London I_icon_minitimeMon Jan 23, 2012 2:12 pm

welcome Congratulations on getting your S' Wing and a ticket to ride! I wave, I nod, and sometimes I toot. I knew better than to put beans in the chili.
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