So you’ve decided to join the ranks of Travis Pastrana Valentino Rossi and you’re buying your first motorcycle! Welcome to the family, and to a movement of people who take to tar at varying speeds on two wheels. You’re going to love it, but before you spend hard-earned cash on buying a motorbike, some good advice…
You already know that motorcycles are, on average, cheaper than their four-wheeled counterparts. This is true in more ways than one, actually – typical commuter bikes of 125cc or 250cc will cost you nowhere near as much as a new base model car, in most cases. Add to that the fact that most bikes will fetch you between 20 and 40 kilometres per litre of fuel and you’re probably already starting to wonder why you didn’t think of ‘going bike’ sooner.
This is an important one. If you’re a future first-time motorcycle owner, know the capacity of your motorbike as it relates to your application. You don’t really want to be taking to dirt ramps on a YZF R3, and as such hitting knobblies to the open road with a WR 250F would prove most anticlimactic. The best way to tick this one off is to have a chat with us – we’ll find a bike that fits you, and your lifestyle, like a glove.
While getting to work in the pouring rain will end damply, motorcycles really shine when commuting to and from the graft, as well as when riding around town – maybe parking your beauty on the sidewalk outside a coffee shop just to turn heads. Motorbikes are thinner than cars, and therefore can easily be manoeuvred between stationary vehicles waiting at a robot or in a traffic jam. Parking is a breeze too, and most establishments shouldn’t mind you doing so on the pavement. If you are lucky enough to get a parking bay all to yourself, leave space for a fellow biker brother or sister to get in too – good deed done for the day!
Who said exposure to the elements had to be a bad thing, right? Taking a motorcycle for a spin allows you to reconnect with the world around you – something from which the metal and glass bubbles known as cars protect us. Sometimes you want to smell the grass instead of just seeing it – and the wind passing by your helmet visor makes you feel like you’re in a Fast & Furious movie. Just remember that should you fall off of your motorcycle, you’ll be as close as you can get to the elements – so make sure you have the right protective gear.
The last point is the most important – riding bikes is fun! The camaraderie, the upgrades, the paint jobs, the gear – the list goes on. Motorcycles have been ridden and enjoyed for many years – and they’ll be ridden and enjoyed for many years to come.