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You want a bike…but which one is right for you?

So you’ve got your motorbike licence, got your gear, got that crazy voice in your head telling you to go out and get a bike…but which one? There are so many choices now even for learner riders that choosing the right bike for you can be longer journey than you would want it to be.

One of the first things to consider is whether to buy a new bike or a used one. Here are some pro’s and con’s to consider when you’re in the market for Learner bike.

Brand New Bike’s


Shiney and New

warranty 2 years and unlimited KM’s on most learner bikes

Resale price of new learner legal bikes especially Honda and Kawasaki’s are excellent. For example you buy a new Ninja for $7,000 you will be able to sell it in 2 years for $5,500-$6,200 without many headaches

You know it’s never been dropped or thrashed

You are the first rider to ride it

Usually only $1,000-$2,000 more than a second-hand learner bike (so if you have the spare cash then buy a new one.

Engine requires a break in period of 1000km’s meaning no highway riding or keeping the bike at constant speeds for long periods of time

You can’t test ride them at the dealers (No dealer will let a learner rider test ride so you have to buy it without riding it

Second Hand Bike’s (Private sellers)

Cheaper than buying brand new (obviously)

Engine has been broken in

You can usually test ride it even if it’s just up a street and back

You don’t know how it’s been treated

Was the engine broken in correctly? If not there may be problems with the engine in the future and these can become very expensive to fix

May need repairs which will add costs ie tyres, clutch, brake pads all suffer from wear and tear on a bike so if your buying from someone who hasn’t looked after their bike you may end up paying more for your second-hand bike than a new one

 Could have been dropped

You can’t open up the engine to see if there’s any problems developing so you are buying a bike more on instinct and gut feel by how it feels, any visible scratch’s and how the engine sounds.

Now that you have decided whether you want new or used its time to start looking at the different types of bikes on the market.

Their engines are tuned for low-end torque, making them less demanding to ride because it is not necessary to shift as frequently to accelerate or maintain control. The riding position places the feet forward and the hands are up relatively high, so that the spine is erect or leaning back slightly.At low to moderate speeds, cruisers are more comfortable than other styles, but riding for long periods at freeway speeds can lead to fatigue from pulling back on the handlebars to resist the force of the wind against the rider’s chest. Cruisers have limited cornering ability due to a lack of ground clearance.

Sport bikes emphasize speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering on paved roads, typically at the expense of comfort and fuel economy in comparison to less specialized motorcycles. Because of this, there are certain design elements that most motorcycles of this type will share. Sport bikes have comparatively high performance engines resting inside a lightweight frame.

 Inline-Four engines dominate the sport bike category, with V-twins having a significant presence, and nearly every other engine configuration appearing in small numbers at one time or another.The combination of these elements helps maintain structural integrity and chassis rigidity. Braking systems combine higher performance brake pads and multi-piston calipers that clamp onto oversized vented rotors.Suspension systems are advanced in terms of adjustments and materials for increased stability and durability. Most sport bikes have fairings, often completely enclosing the engine, and windscreens that effectively deflect the air at very high speeds, or at least reduce overall drag.

Sport bikes have high foot pegs that position the legs closer to the body to improve ground clearance when cornering, and a long reach to the hand controls, which positions the body and center of gravity forward, above the fuel tank. The rider leans forward into the wind, the force of which can comfortably support the rider’s weight at speeds near 100 mph (160 km/h), but at lower speeds leaves too much weight on the arms and wrists, causing fatigue.

Touring Dirt/Road

Although any motorcycle can be equipped and used for touring, touring motorcycles are specifically designed to excel at covering long distances. They have large-displacement engines, fairings and screens that offer good weather and wind protection, large-capacity fuel tanks for long ranges between fill-ups, and a relaxed, upright seating position.Passenger accommodation is excellent and expansive luggage space is the norm for this class. Large touring bikes are sometimes called dressers, especially those that are based on a cruiser platform

There are various types of off-road motorcycles, also known as ‘dirt bikes’, specially designed for off-road events. Compared to road-going motorcycles, off-road machines are simpler and lighter, having long suspension travel, high ground clearance, and rugged construction with little bodywork and no fairings for less damage in spills.

Once you choose the style of bike you want to get you are 90% of the way there. All that’s left to do now is to go to a dealer or private seller and trade over you hard-earned cash for some hard-earned FUN!

Next time I will review the two most popular learner bikes in the Australia. The title fight continues between the Honda CBR 250r and the Kawasaki Ninja 250….who will get the K.O?

List of Learner Legal Motorcyles in NSW

Eligible Motorcycles in the category 0-260ml.

All models with the exception of:

Suzuki RGV250

Kawasaki KR250 (KR-1 and KR1s models)

MUZ Baghira 660 Black Panther
MUZ Baghira 660 Black Panther
MUZ Baghira 660 Black Panther
MUZ Baghira 660 Black Panther
MUZ Baghira 660 Black Panther

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