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    You'll get used to it.
    Give it 2 weeks, then come back, your wrists won't hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmogod View Post
    You'll get used to it.
    Give it 2 weeks, then come back, your wrists won't hurt.
    Yup, this is what I found, When I first got the RGV after about 5 mins of riding my hands would go numb, now I only get cramps and numbness after about an hour of riding haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by edd View Post
    great write up, it has been really helpful.

    so ive only just got R-E license and i got an as new 07 Hyo gt250r for cheap but its giving me really sore wrists after not much time on the bike. is it something to do with poor riding position or do you get used to it soon enough?

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    Poor riding posture: you shouldn't have a lot of weight on your wrists.

    I had the same thing when i first started riding road bikes (after about 20-30 minutes), basically you want to take the weight OFF your wrists, and use your torso/stomach to hold your weight up..

    In addition to getting sore wrists, i was also getting numb hands...


    Now, i can ride 5-6 hours a day and my wrists are fine... my back gets sore if i have to carry a backpack that long though.


    edit:
    in addition to making your wrists sore, placing too much weight on your hands will also put more weight over the front of the bike... make you grip the bars tighter (to hold yourself up) and affect the bike's handling when hitting bumps, etc...
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    this was an absolutly awesome write up!! thanks heaps for all the info!!
    i live on the gold coast and i'm looking for my first bike. ive got my heart set on a vt250 spada or vtr250.
    i've been to tones of sites looking for info on bikes, classifides, and different moto clubs. this is by far the best site!!
    if anyone knows of someone selling a spada up my way or of any sites that can help me out with those few things i would love to know!
    thanks again, cheers nick.

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    Is an aprillia RS 125 comparable to any of these bikes for learning to ride?

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    thanks for the info lads!

    ive been using a lot more of my abs/torso to take the weight off my wrists and it has helped a lot.

    pretty different riding posture to the trusty old cb250 learner
    Last edited by edd; 24-02-2009 at 09:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattfromperth View Post
    Is an aprillia RS 125 comparable to any of these bikes for learning to ride?
    A few people here have learned on rs125's. Same power as a 4stroke 250. Different delivery though (strong powerband).

    Some people might hate it as a learner and some will love it. Plus it will make yourself learn about that bike and become very mechanically oriented very fast.

    If i have had the coin I would've got myself one.

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    do not be funny ! go stright for some monster ;d

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    thanx for the thread man.. it really helped ay.. learnt somethings i didnt think i'd learn by reading, great help

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    I like my cbr250r it the 89 model it has done 54,460kms,Has got enough power of 45Hp topspeed of 190kmh, well balanced, fells very light, good in bends. I payed $5,500 for it and i have had no major problems, I got it from motorcycles plus in kewdale they are realy helpful and know there stuff. The most important thing is that they care about you.
    I have just had a accident and the bike is damage but i cant wait to get back on it.
    Ride safe and enjoy life..

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    Help please: 1998 gpx 250 or cbr 125 for the same price??? which one do i go for, i was leaning toward the Honda but after reading some of the quotes below i'm no longer sure... bear in mind this is for a daily drive (mostly short trips) Will i at least be able to use the freeway on the 125. It is a much newer bike so for the same money it seems crazy to get an 11 yr old 250...

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    CBR125 is much slower.. top speed is like 120 (stock, and that is with me on it (~63kgs)) It is fine on the freeway.. but it is fuel injected and is a dream for lane splitting/ tight parking/ tight spots..
    comic sans is OKAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by George89 View Post
    CBR125 is much slower.. top speed is like 120 (stock, and that is with me on it (~63kgs)) It is fine on the freeway.. but it is fuel injected and is a dream for lane splitting/ tight parking/ tight spots..
    Hmm that is one good for the cbr and 10 bad... thing is, maybe i am weird and maybe its coz i'm new to this, but i wasn't planning on going faster than 120...i mean as long as i can ride it on the freeway i'm pretty happy!

    Of course i'm currently riding my friend's postie bike which has a top speed of 80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vyntr View Post
    maybe i am weird and maybe its coz i'm new to this, but i wasn't planning on going faster than 120...i mean as long as i can ride it on the freeway i'm pretty happy!

    Of course i'm currently riding my friend's postie bike which has a top speed of 80
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    get the 250...more power, prob cheaper to fix, parts everywhere...the 125 tyres are a lil scary

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    Its not so much top speed that is the issue with less power, its how long it takes to get there. if you're going to do a LOT of country/highway riding, a CBR125 will maybe be a bit lacking.

    I mean any big bore will do 200+, but its the ability to go from say 80-150 (to pick the gap and get the fuck out of dodge) in the blink of an eye that gets you into/out of shit whilst commuting....
    “Crashing is shit for you, shit for the bike, shit for the mechanics and shit for the set-up,” Checa told me a while back. “It’s a signal that you are heading in the wrong direction. You want to win but crashing is the opposite. It’s like being in France when you want to go to England and when you crash you go to Spain. That way you’ll never get to England!” -- Carlos Checa

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    ^ +1.. by the time i have made up the ~50- 100 that i need to achive in order to avoid death/ squishdom i have used all of my gears ...
    comic sans is OKAY!

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    yeah, as much as i like the shiny and new thing, oh and the so desperate to sell that he would let it go for just 1700, i think i would be crazy not to get the GPX even if it is a little old. if only i had more dosh... <drifts off to dream land>

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    that was before i saw the GPX... Honda here i come!!

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