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Planning to buy a first Motorbike? Don’t be Blindsided! For most of us, getting a bike is a dream come true.
I remember the thrill when I first bought my bike. I was in cloud number nine for my first few rides.
It was exhilarating from the roar of the engine, feeling the gears, to the nostalgic fear and pleasure that flooded me.
However, this did not last long as there are some crucial things I came to learn along the way. Of course, I wished I should have known them before but we’re here to prevent a repeat of that mess. As I was budgeting for my bike, all I wanted was a dirt bike. And what did I know about dirt bikes? Nothing!
Therefore, this threw me at the mercy of any trader who’d want to sell me a dirt bike. All they had to do was name a fair price, cheap to buy, tax, and insure, and we got a deal.
However, here are some of the tips you should watch out for before making that purchase:
1. Start with something you can learn on
As a beginner, getting a heavy engine is not the best choice even though your budget is high. Remember, the weight of the machine should be one you can hold up if you put a foot down. An extremely heavy engine is not one you should train with. It’s the one you get when you’re a pro.
2. Get your safety gear before the bike
Safety gear includes a helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots. Now, these can be as much as $600 or more. It is therefore advisable to start purchasing your gear earlier to prevent straining your bank account while getting both the bike and the safety gear at once.
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The Most Iconic Motorcycles in History. I have been a motorcycle importer for decades and I have come across timeless bikes that have turned a handful of motorcycles into icons. These bikes have a mix of style and groundbreaking technology that has been used for decades to influence the future of motorcycles. Look at the 1936 Harley-Davidson EL, it is the bases of some cool heavyweight cruisers manufactured today. They have inspired motorcycle designs across the globe from America to Europe and Japan.
1936 Harley-Davidson EL
This was the very first design template in the heavyweight cruiser generation. The originator of the famous Knucklehead V-twin. It had a powerful overhead-valve engine designed to make it visually appealing that it was the bike’s focal point. The loping exhaust cadence that is still Harley’s heartbeat to date started with this 1936 model. Even competitors couldn’t keep away from using the tank-mounted speedometer console and the tear drop fuel tank with twin filler caps.
1959 Triumph T120 Bonneville
You want to know the debut of British motorcycle performance and style? Well, the apex was the 1959 Triumph T120 Bonneville. At Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats this piece of art topped 100 mph during the speed trials. Even Steve McQueen couldn’t help but use it in 1963 for “The Great Escape,” movie. Also, in 1967, Evel Knievel used it to jump over Caesar’s Palace fountains in Vegas. We can see the Triumph series still designing great bikes.
1969 Honda CB750 Four
I can’t avoid mentioning the ‘universal Japanese motorcycle’ that had a disc brake capable to stop on a dime. The arrival of this Honda made the American and British twin-cylinder motorbikes obsolete. It was not only reliable but exotic and nothing could compare to its performance. Also, it had an electric start and to … Read the rest