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An Old Rider Starting Again

Discussion in 'Welcome Lounge' at netrider.net.au started by dundas, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. I've been a Netrider member for maybe a couple of years, but until now haven't introduced myself in the welcome lounge. So ...



    I come from a motorcycling kind of family, with bikes ranging from my dad's very ulitarian BSA Bantam (which I rode in to the fence, the first time I tried) to my brothers' Nortons and Harley Davidsons. I always stuck with Honda, ending up with a shiny new 1971 (I think) Honda CB750K1 ... and then nothing for, oh, about 40 years. I even let my motorcycle licence lapse as I moved between NSW and Vic - a costly mistake, as I was to find out.

    Then I came to Thailand to do some volunteer work and needed some transport. First, I bought a bicycle, and then realised the insanity of that (outside temperature of 45 degrees in hot season), so started renting motorcycles.

    After riding for the whole year in Thailand, I finally got my licence back in Australia, and am now waiting for my LAMS to expire (Feb 18, 2013) so that I can choose what bike I ride, rather than have some bureaucrat do it for me. I'm thinking of a Suzuki of some kind, maybe a GSX650 or a V-Strom.

    I enjoy the discussions in the forums, have occasionally participated, and might do so some more when I have more to talk about.

    I only ride when I'm in Thailand - always an interesting experience. The traffic is amazing, but once you learn the rules (Rule #1: watch out for everyone else and be ready to accommodate them, no matter that they do) it's OK. I'm looking forward to riding again in Australia, though.

    Until then ...
     
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  2. Welcome. I think you might be a record-holder here for the longest sabbatical from riding.

    As for riding here, Rule #1 works pretty well in Australia too!
     
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  3. 40 years-fark,the old Hondas weren't that bad,surely?
     
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  4. Thanks for the welcome! As for Rule #1 - it works real well in Australia, but not if you allow for the Thai extension, which says, "even if you have to ignore that red light."

    Now I regularly run red lights (only in Thailand) in the interests of my own safety ...
     
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