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IIRC, a local one man and his wife training school used to run a 600 Divvie as a DAS bike and used a Q plate DT125LC and GS125 as his CBT steeds. His instructor bike was a BMW K100 and he'd delight in demonstrating how easy it was to put on its centre stand despite him only being 5'6".

We heard about him and his Mrs emigrating to Australia when the lad he'd down trained to cover some of his CBTs and 125 lessons rocked up one day asking for a job. We were pretty rammed at the time so we agreed to give him a try. I was instructed to tag along and see how he got on. He turned up on an untaxed GPZ500, fair enough. His compound skills were OK but his classroom technique was well out of date which is something we could've worked on. The main problem was his road instruction. He was rigged up on the radio to do the talking and I wore an earpiece so I could hear what he was saying. The lad had the learners riding over ghost islands and was telling them that the speed limit was 40 when it was clearly marked as a 30. His tactic of singing ABBA over the radio is one of the learners stepped out of line was a laugh though.

Anyway, although we weren't interested in hiring his instructor, I thought it might be a good idea to ask if he'd be interested in flogging his phone number as he'd just paid for a huge ad in Yellow Pages. After much negotiating with his missus she decided that £5000 was a fair price due to their good reputation. We offered them 10% of that and she told us to fuck off.
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We did attract our fair share of dreamers who'd call in on spec expecting a job. One lad arrived on a Dulville with the word INSTRUCTOR emblazoned on the fairing. We asked him what experience he had and he replied none whatsoever but he knew that he'd be great at the job. When we asked why he turned up here his answer of "I asked around and heard that you'd take on anyone" wasn't probably the best reply.

Another lad arrived in an ex police 24v Senator which immediately rang alarm bells. After a few probing questions it seemed that he'd be wanting us to buy him a company bike which although we used whatever was available at the time wasn't good enough for him as he thought that he deserved a company BMW for his own use as he was a qualified DAS instructor.

One fucker seemed keen. Although he'd never instructed before he had his own bike, a BMW F650, but promptly fucked off when he was told that he'd be paid £30 per pupil per CBT only after he'd been down trained and capable of teaching unsupervised.
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I'm Class1 Advanced police trained in a car and also on bikes. The thought of my ever training anyone else makes my blood run cold. I just could not do it, so hats (helmets?) off to the decent instructors out there.
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These are fantastic. Had them on full power for half an hour and the battery hasn't gone down yet. Too hot on full power though. The batteries just unplug and it comes with a twin charger thing.
They'll be handy for walking the dog and what have you too.
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Jerzy Woking wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 11:41 am I'm Class1 Advanced police trained in a car and also on bikes. The thought of my ever training anyone else makes my blood run cold. I just could not do it, so hats (helmets?) off to the decent instructors out there.
I'd hardly call myself a decent instructor!

To be honest, it isn't a hard job in real life.
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I've been on the vespa gts fb group since I bought it. What a lovely friendly lot (serious) and it makes a nice change.
The mention that I should get it in the air and rust proof it as they apperently rot like fuck underneath. It's never been in the rain but I'd still like to protect it.
What's a good bike stand to get it in the air so I can get underneath?
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Hasn't it got a centre stand?

Spray everything with acf-50, except the tyres n brakes. Unless you're thinking of something longer lasting?
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It'll be a messy job ,get boy to do it..
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Very pleased with these gloves. Went out on the bike for an hour and a bit with them on setting two and they're still showing full charge. Setting two was a bit too warm as my hands were a bit sweaty when I got home.
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Fucking thing wouldn't start though and I had to use my jump pack. Fired straight up though. I'd left the key in the off position not the lock position. Would that make a difference?
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