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Don't know how long I will keep this up but I have been blogging about learning to ride a bike from scratch at 40. I am not much of a writer but if anyone else out there is just starting out on a bike later in life it might be of use as I seem to be making all the mistakes (but learning from them :) ) including the wrong kit, not turning my indicators off :roll: and assuming because I have driven a car for many years learning to ride would be a piece of pi**. How wrong I was!


Anyway - here's the link:


http://notabiker.blogspot.com/


bathtub

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Hi. Great blog, I really like it and it is very useful as I am going to become a rider as well:) One thing would make reading your blog much easier: if it was possible to switch posts order other way around as it is a bit hard to read it from bottom to top;) Other than that I really enjoyed it and will keep an eye for a new posts. Good work :cheers:

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Cheers Cypek! :D


I thought about the order but i figured if people are going to keep reading it they only need to go though older posts once then if they chack back new posts are at the top? I will see if I get any more feedback though and also if I can figure out how to reverse the order!


Thanks again and good luck with your tests when they happen!


bathtub

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Later in LIFE!!! At 40!!!!


Cheeky wee fecker - I didn't start riding until I was knocking on 50!


What you will have on your side is a more developed sense of self-preservation - fewer risks taken mean fewer offs.


Enjoy!

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Cheers Cypek! :D


I thought about the order but i figured if people are going to keep reading it they only need to go though older posts once then if they chack back new posts are at the top? I will see if I get any more feedback though and also if I can figure out how to reverse the order!


Thanks again and good luck with your tests when they happen!


bathtub

Thats a good point here. Now everytime I drop in I can just read latest posts:)

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Good to read the blog - brings a lot of my own experience back to mind - at near 60 yo I took DAS to get full license last year. Failed mod 2 first time - also due to pulling out on blind junction and getting into probs when a big range rover came round at speed.


I rode various bikes on and off quite a few times over the years but never bothered with a test. Now retired and want to do some touring round Scotland so made the decision to go for it.


Very aware of the risks but you have to accept and take care or pack it in - no half way is there?


Carry on and enjoy.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I too took my test 'later in life' at the age of 49, back in November 2008.


I had a moped at 16, then got into American cars, Hot Rods etc. Just never seemed to get around to taking a bike test!


Started watching American Chopper on Sky, and thought I could build something like that (have built cars from scratch) - so the decision was made to take test.


It was certainly nerve racking and I could not believe how much of the Highway Code I has forgotten (on just didn't know!)

- and it rained on 3 of the 4 days of DAS!


But I passed, and one thing is for sure, I wish I had done it 10 (or 20) years ago!!


(chopper not started yet, but plans are afoot :) )

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