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    Forcing myself to use the motorbike for journeys I would usually use my bicycle on ie. pretty much all of them, is helping a lot, I feel like I’m working things out better each time I go out.

    I’m considering leaving London for the first time next weekend to visit a friend in Cambridgeshire, does anyone have any advice?

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    ah thanks, it inflated fine with track pump!

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    Hi All,

    Thanks for previous advice,

    I am now up and running and enjoying myself. I am still a little nervous mainly due to my inexperience which makes it difficult when a problem comes up to know whether it’s down to my technique/behaviour or the bike – usually its me.

    My current problem: back tyre pressure low, I just tried to inflate it for the second time using the auto air pump at the local petrol station. Cant get it to work, there’s not much to do so I don’t understand what’s going wrong. It works on the front tire but on the back nothing seems to happen, the car driver in the queue behind me couldn’t see anything wrong with what I was doing.

    Any ideas? I guess I can try a pump at another station, might there be a problem with the valve?

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    Thanks for the advice all

    lynx: no kick start unfortunately, though it looks like one could be installed, I feel like I'd feel a bit less dejected if I could kick it.

    BQ: That sounds doable, would the plug not just cool in the time it takes me to fiddle around getting it back in tight? or is there a trick?

    In regards to all these methods, bump starts etc, is it the case in theory that once the engine is up and running, it should start normally the next time? or is it botched starts forever?

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    Ah thanks for explaining - it has a separate oil reservoir which is full so presumably the bike does do the mixing for me.

    To drain the tank, would you expect there to be a tap I could release or would it be a case of removing a a pipe from somewhere around the petcock? I have had a look at the bike and the manual and nothing jumps out as a fuel draining tap.

    or would it be a case of siphoning the fuel out from the tank directly as I have seen on youtube?

    EB and TPR, no haven't tried bump starting it but this does seem to be the solution that various sources point to. what sort of speed would I need to get it up too? light jog or full on run? God it would be nice to ease into things rather than have my first experience of the engine running to be with me running alongside it.

    Wow just watched a really long video about carburetors and carb maintenance: leant a lot but the idea of fully de installing and taking it apart feels a little daunting

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    Yes the bike was I am told running and running perfectly up until being sold to me, It passed an MOT just before as well, which I am now weary of, what does pre mix mean exactly,


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    Yes, I was looking out for that, the original plug was certainly wet and and had a fair bit of carbon/oil around it, when checking the spark on the new one i coundn't tell exactly, it certainly wasn't wet, but it smelt of gas, perhaps I'd call it damp? It's difficult to say as I have nothing to compare it to. It doesn't have a kick start, only button start.

    if It is a wet spark how do I proceed?

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    My first bike arrived last week, delivered by courier and bought on ebay…. & I can’t get it started

    It’s a Yamaha TDR125 from 1996 the seller is being semi helpful but insists it ran perfectly before sending it half way down the country to me…

    I don’t feel it’s in quite the superb condition it was advertised as being but on the whole it does appear to be in fairly good order and whilst I’m not a happy customer I don’t at this stage feel ready to accuse the seller of being straight shady.

    It feels like there must be a simple problem but my minimal mechanical, riding and buying experience isn’t helping me here.

    On the plus side with the guidance of google I am getting more familiar with what a motorcycle engine should actually be doing, I pulled the original spark plug and found it was a little aged so replaced it – no change. I pulled the plug and checked the spark was healthy by trying it against the engine casing – the spark and so electronic ignition would seemed to be very good. I put my hand over the opening for the spark plug and tried the ignition and the compression also appears to be good. I have not filled it up myself but I can hear the fuel swashing around in the tank so it should have enough fuel to at least start with the petcock turned to reserve right?

    I have attempted a variety of variations in terms of petcock settings and choke either on or off to no avail. It’s a small simple two-stroke engine so I do feel a simple solution is probably staring my inexperienced self in the face. The battery and oil levels look good as well by the way.

    I don’t personally know any motorcycle riders, which has made the whole learning, buying process up until now pretty confusing and difficult. The local car garage have been pretty helpful advice wise up until now but they don’t do work on motorcycles. Does anyone have any advice? Or in an ideal world could anyone with some mechanical experience help me out?

    I am based off of Lee High road in Lewisham; my experience with all this so far has been pretty frustrating I’d really like to move beyond this so that I can begin the task of gaining some actual riding experience.

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    I passed My CBT on a geared bike on Wednesday

    It was my second attempt – my first driving experience and my first time operating an engine. Previously the concept of the clutch had been a complete mystery.

    I found it to be a steep learning curve, I felt challenged in a way I am not usually day-to-day at University for example. Simple skills and knowledge but it had my brain churning to take it all in.

    Even the basic discussion on road knowledge challenged some of the pre conceptions I have accrued as a conscientious (I hope) cyclist.

    Off road I found the mechanics of operating the bike very un natural and was having to run through mental checklists with every procedure, I was stalling a lot and dumping the clutch as I changed down gears. I was nervous when the instructor said he was happy to take me on the road.

    After a shaky start things came together much better on the road; there was a lot more information to process, but also more time to get a feel for the bike. I was able to relax and get a sense of what the bike needed me to do. I was still making simple mistakes; leaving the indicator running and stalling sporadically when I came to a stop but riding as a whole felt much more natural and fun.

    It was me and one other guy on a moped with the instructor, the other guy took the lead for the first half, which gave me some time to get a feel for things when it was time for me to take the lead. I was a little nervous but things continued on well and I was able to relax into it again, I had no idea where we’d got to by this point but it seemed we were in that weird place somewhere between suburbia and the beginning of the countryside, it was very hilly and controlling my speed as we came down hills was exhilarating and one of many aspects that hadn’t been discussed at all in the training up until this point. It was elements like this that gave me the chance to experiment and get my own feel for how the bike functioned.

    At some point whilst coming to the top of a hill and slowing to stop for a red light I stalled with a line of traffic building up behind me. When I tried to restart the engine it wouldn’t come back to life. I returned to my mental checklist and gently tried gunning the throttle as I had been shown when the cold engine had been unwilling to start earlier that morning but this time I could tell it was different as the engine was giving off zero life signs. Meanwhile the lights had turned green and my instructor via one-way radio was slowly and firmly talking me through the steps of turning the engine back on and moving off. I tried to communicate non-verbally that there was a problem beyond my experience- by this point the motorists behind were sharing their impatience. I made the decision to dismount and push my lifeless bike out of the way of the waiting traffic. At this point my instructor was still telling me to get back on the bike and calmly restart the bike but was losing conviction.

    It was a difficult position; I did not have the communication tools necessary to explain my situation, there was rising pressure and I felt the status of the CBT as training but also as a basic test meant that the instructor was obliged to encourage me to continue on even though I could not.

    The instructor and the other mopedist pulled over once past the junction, I joined them pushing the bike and explained my understanding of the situation. The instructor looked the bike over, after a while he told us to wait and pushed the bike out of view for a few minutes. He retuned with the bike running (possibly after a hill start?). I wasn’t sure at this point whether I’d fucked the bike up, or the bike had failed of its own accord or whether without radio contact there would have to be a rerun. With the engine still running he told us we would continue back with him riding my bike and me riding his – this meant we would be following him and would be out of radio contact as it was powered by a connection which was only on his bike. We set off; I found his bike to be a little more responsive, the clutch and throttle felt sharper and clearer. Cut off from the instructor and with more traffic the journey back felt more autonomous and it seemed to me that my riding improved to suit. Eventually we got back to the centre parked the bikes and got out of our kit.
    My instructor; not the most active conversationalist sat down at his desk and went through the moped guys paper work and stamped it with a pass- afterwards he asked for my licence and gave me a pass stamp to.

    Overall I am a much better motorcyclist now than I was before I did the CBT, meaning; I can actually ride a motorcycle as apposed to my previous vague fantasising about riding a motorcycle. Although I am far from assimilating the skills necessary to ride in a natural way, I can see that with practice I will get them. I think the return journey sans radio contact may have worked to my favour in showcasing my understanding of the basic training I had been given

    A fantastic de-mystifying experience anyone who’s considering it should get on and do it.

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    Hi, fully working order? I'll take it please!

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