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It's been a long time coming, but I think I'm finally going to get my CBT done and start riding. I know there's a couple of bikers here, any sage advice is much appreciated.
The plan is to buy a very, very cheap bike and commute on it all summer, while also doing training for the direct access category A tests. I am in no rush to jump on a superbike or even anything mid range for a good long while, I want to avoid the mistakes I made as a youth in cars, and learn how to actually fucking drive the things before I start reaching for the big boys. Besides, the whole point of the exercise to start with will be to save money and time on my commute, as driving a modified supercharged car in town and city traffic is neither economical nor quick.
I've a lot of cycling experience, which I'm hoping will translate to a bit of riding skill. I'm certainly aware of how to ride in traffic, and from MTB especially know the importance of weight transfer, countersteering, that sort of thing. I understand it's not a direct translation, but I'm hoping it'll help rather than hinder - right?
Mechanically, I'd call myself an advanced amateur, have been tinkering with cars for a while, and the prospect of being able to entirely take apart an old 125 bike in a shed with a few spanners is almost as exciting as riding the thing.
As such, my mate has steered me towards a Honda CG 125 or a Yamaha YBR125, the latter looking very much like a clone of the discontinued CG. A very old CG would be the dream, but it'll really just come down to whatever I can get for the least amount of money, as I plan to fix it up myself anyway, and possibly even mod it - I'm really quite in love with the brat/cafe racer look, and the CG is clearly a very popular platform for it. But I'm getting ahead of myself there.
Sorry, I'm rambling a bit, I'm just a bit excited about trying something new after being a Car Guy for so long, and looking at old bikes is just as fun as looking at old cars. Anyway - any advice? Have I missed anything? Would you recommend a bike other than the two I've mentioned? What should I expect from the CBT and more importantly, the proper test?