Motorbike, motorbikechick, suzuki motorbikes

Finding the bike that’s right for you

It has finally happened… I am a proud owner of a Suzuki SV650s! 🙂

After passing my test I was very excited at the prospect of owning my own bike, who wouldn’t!? Adam has now owned his Kawasaki for about 3 weeks and don’t get me wrong, very happy for him but my goodness being pillion with him is not the same as riding solo!

At the start I didn’t know what sort of bike I wanted but was looking to get something similar to what I learnt on (Yamaha XJ6). The only reason being was the riding position and the comfort factor. However, throughout my search I knew a sporty looking bike would be the one (they look so fit!). With my low budget and A2 license, I was already limiting what sort of bike I could have and I soon realised I needed to sit on a few. Hmmmm this could take some time.

Bringing my new baby home
Kawasaki Z750r Suzuki SV650s

Nevertheless, eBAY and Gumtree do provide you with a good range to choose from 🙂 MCN bikes for sale is also decent but expect more dealership bikes than private.

For anyone on a A2 I would recommend doing your research on a range of bikes and try not to go for anything lower than 600cc. I say this because I’ve heard of people getting bored of a lower cc bike after just few months of owning, especially if they learnt on a bigger bike…. Also, if you decide to do your full license you can at least have a good size bike to ride when restrictor is removed. Win win I say 🙂

If you decide to buy down the private route (like I did) make sure you ask as many questions about the bike as you can. For example, has the bike had regular services, does it have good MOT records, what is it used for, where is it kept etc all these sorts of questions will build a picture of the owner and what sort of life the bike has had. Basic things to look out for on the bike itself would be bodywork, engine, brakes, chain, sprocket, tyres and look for leaks. Sit on the bike to test the suspension and make sure you take it for a good test ride. Nothing worse than getting what you thought was your dream bike and soon realising its not for you.

Let’s face it, most people who own motorbikes are good people and will look after it but you can never be too careful. Another good thing do to would be put the reg into government website to bring up MOT’s and while you’re at it, see how much the insurance will cost for the particular bike you are interested in. Finally, I will point out that many people will require full asking price and proof of insurance before you test ride, so be prepared. It is a sensible thing to do but I fear that it can limit your potential customer base when coming to sell, I guess it depends on the individual.

 

 

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First time on a motorbike!

My first experience of riding a motorcycle was back in 2013 in Australia. I went there with my boyfriend for 6 months to work on farms and get some cracking sunset photos, of course! I was given the opportunity to learn how to ride a motorbike and use a chainsaw, couldn’t really say no could I!? I will say that farms will either use horses or motorbikes to round up livestock…. bikes are best for farms with large acres as horses will tire eventually.  Anyway, I can’t remember what bike it was but you never forget your first time. All I remember was a large grass paddock and barbed wire fence with some aussie behind me trying to tell me how to ride. The feeling was amazing, wind in my hair and a load of engine between my legs – WOW! I think it went well overall and defiantly preferred a bike than a bloody horse (that wouldn’t stop when I asked it to!).1385512_10151641486425800_1207202806_n1395832_10151641490860800_1460117627_n

About 1 month after my first time on a motorbike, Adam and I found ourselves on a large 100,000 acre cattle farm in Long reach, Queensland. As I mentioned previously, the weapon of choice to round up livestock is either cattle or motorbikes and this farm had bikes. There was a small fleet of about 8 bikes, a quad and a freaking small airplane!

I used the quad most of the time as was too short for the dirt bike 😦 Most days the bikes would be used to check fences and stock. One day we rode 50 miles across the outback rounding up sheep, great sunshine and dirt tracks. What an experience!

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My First Interest of motorbikes

Hello Everyone,

This is my first blog and I want to thank you all for viewing. I decided to start Blogging as a way of connecting with different people and to especially help those females who want to take the plunge into motorcycling. I’m 24 years old living in the UK and have just passed my motorcycle test along with my partner Adam. For starters, I am a complete beginner in terms of blogging and motorcycling. If anyone has any tips or tricks that would be great.

Going to head slightly off course and say a bit about me before I get into my interest in motorbikes.

My background is agriculture and I love working with sheep. I studied agriculture at University and am now trying to find which route is best for me. I am a country girl at heart and love all things related. To find out more, go to my about section.

So… motorbikes!

Well, it all started many years ago when my dad brought a Playstation, I was 4 at the time. Many games I played when I was younger was racing or adventure like Lara Croft. I became obsessed with Croft and the fact she rode a motorcycle in the game was the cherry on the cake. I guess looking back I wanted to be like her, daring, smart and above all motivated. Since then I have adored the thought of having my own motorbike and hoped that one day it would come true.