I'm a 16 year old girl and when I turn 17 later this year I hope to buy a 125cc motorbike. My dad owns a kawasaki ninja 636 and I've just recently started an interest in bikes. Does anyone know how I can start learning a bit about bikes in general?????
You should definitely look into taking an MFS course. It will provide you with a solid foundation upon which to build your riding skills. Also, when you start looking at bikes make sure to include in your estimate the cost of good gear.
Seeing as how you're in England I'm unable to recommend any riding schools local to you. However, if it's general knowledge you're looking for the best place to start is on the internet. If you have the time I'd suggest surfing the web and reading everything you can. Sites like ours are a good place to ask questions (and have a good laugh) 'cause there are a lot of knowledgable riders here to help you learn/improve as a rider. I would also suggest picking up a magazine (or 2 or 7) if you can and read them cover to cover as often as time will allow. Not to build an obsessive/compulsive condition, but rather to absorb all of the info between the covers.
Basically, just surround yourself with it and you'll soon be an expert yourself. Just don't listen to any advice duessel gives you...he's got polished rims...what a poof!
Hi $am, Slaintedan makes a good point. Bike mags are good to help you soak up the knowledge. Check out some of the UK based bike forums too. eg http://www.ridersite.ws/bb/index.php sign up and make yourself known on the new riders forums or 'better biking' . Most riders are pretty good at encouraging and helping new riders or people such as yourself just starting to get interested.
There are a lot of training schools in England to help you through the motorcycle Compulsary Basic Training and beyond - try to get recommmendations from local riders in your area. Your dad should be able to help you.