Despite the fact that many people are convinced that motorcycles are a dangerous form of transport and accident statistics support them, motorcycles continue to grow in popularity.
This is very evident given the gradual rise in the number of motorcycle dealers near me.
The reason why so many people regard them as being dangerous is because although a motorcycle can have three wheels. Though most of them have only two which makes them more susceptible to accidents.
Although this may be true, one of the main reasons for motorcycles being involved in more accidents than cars. Is their size and the fact that often car drivers fail to see the motorcycles.
When most people think of motor cycles they probably immediately think of them as the bikes ridden by the many motor cycle gangs. Although there are many different types of motorcycle which are used for a variety of purposes.
Yes, people may immediately think of a motorcycle as one of those ridden by a biker gang member. It is easy to see why as, that type of motorcycle has long been considered a symbol of freedom and masculinity.
The association with freedom probably came about, to a great extent, by the popular classic movie “Easy Rider”.
However the association with masculinity may not have any origins other than the fact that the vast majority of these types of bikes are owned by men.
South East Asia
Although when thinking of motorcycles many of us may envisage Hell’s Angels or other biker gangs in the United States. Though 58% of all motorcycles sold worldwide, are sold in South East Asia.
Most of that 58% though are not bikes of a type which any Hell’s Angel or any other biker gang member would be seen riding. They are far different.
Basically, although they are all referred to as motorcycles. There are several different categories they can be placed under and those are:
• Standard – These are bikes which are considered user friendly and have moderate sized engines.
This type, sometimes referred to as a ‘naked motorcycle’, is designed for the rider to remain in a comfortable upright position whilst riding.
• Cruiser – Often most popular among this type of bike is the Harley Davidson and this is the type of bike often preferred by biker gangs.
These bikes have low seats and high handlebars which although may be comfortable for cruising. This makes riding at high speeds tiring, even though many of these bikes are capable of high speeds.
• Dual-Sport – These motorcycles have high seats enabling the rider to be more able to handle rough ground.
Designed to be used either on or off road, these bikes look similar to dirt bikes. Though unlike dirt bikes they have mirrors and lights.
This makes them legal to be driven on the roads.
• Touring – These bikes are designed specifically for touring and so have large engines, larger than usual fuel tanks and space for storage.
With upright seats these bikes are certainly comfortable but their price tag may put off inexperienced riders.
• Sport Bike – Although these bikes are designed for sport and so have high performance engines and are light weight.
Their high foot pedals, which are great for high speeds, make these bikes somewhat uncomfortable at low speeds.
• Sport Touring – These are a mix of sport bike and touring bike and so they have a more comfortable seating position than a sports bike.
As well as more storage space but are lightweight and have a high performance engine.
• Urban Bikes – As their name suggests these bikes are ideal for use in the city.
Usually built with smaller engines as small as 50cc (bikes with an engine 49cc or less, are usually classified as mopeds).
These bikes are easy to handle through heavy traffic and often will provide extra storage space. These are the types of bike which are so popular in South East Asia.
Buying Your First Motorcycle
If you are considering buying your first motorcycle, here are some of the things you should take into consideration:
1. Engine Size – The size of a motorcycle is determined by the size of its engine, which is measured in CCs. In most instances, the higher the CC, the more power the bike is and so therefore can usually provide faster speeds.
2. Weight of the Bike – There will certainly be times when you have to upright your bike from the ground. So you should not get a bike which is too heavy for you.
3. Seat Height – As you will be on the bike whilst it is idling you must be able to place both feet on the ground whilst seated.
New Vs. Used
Of course cost is often a factor when buying anything. Obviously buying a used motorcycle will often be cheaper than buying a new one but is a used one suitable for you?
When looking for a new bike I often visit various motorcycle dealers near me. This helps to gauge what is currently on the market.
Here are the pros and cons of both new bikes and used bikes.
• Warranty – When buying a new bike it will generally come complete with a warranty for any mechanical problems which it may have.
• History – As it is new, it will not have been in any accidents causing it potential problems.
• Mileage – As you are the first owner, the bike will have little or no mileage.
• Expense – New bikes will of course be more expensive than used ones.
• Depreciates in Value – A motorcycles value quickly depreciates as soon as it leaves the sales lot.
• Insurance – Usually a new motorcycle will have higher insurance rates than used ones.
• Price – Even if a motorcycle is only just a few months old, it will have a significantly cheaper price tag than a new bike.
• Good as a First Bike – Used bikes are often the choice for first time owners as they can get used to motorcycles without taking the risk or expense of damaging a new one.
• Lower Insurance – Often insurance for a used bike will be cheaper than for a new bike.
• Unknown History – As you don’t know who owned the bike before. You do not know its history and so it may have mechanical problems and of course, it will not have a warranty.
• Lacks New Technology – As a used bike is older than a new one. It may not include the latest technologies, including some enhanced safety features.