I've piled up the miles on my bike running back and forth to my job, the sometimes odd errand and occasional ride over the hill just to see what's there. I would not say that I've become a motorcycle enthusiast but I understand why people are attracted to this sport.
For me, it's nice to not have the distractions of a modern day car, GPS blaring turn here or there. Radio blasting some forgotten song or useless top 40 bubblegum crap. It's me, the road and my brain and body engaged in a simple dance. Pay attention to that turn, is that a deer? What is that moron doing?
Kelly Blue Book value is about $2500, just so I can get a few more years riding out of it speaks to my commitment I think. I am in love with my machine.
Another blogger, Doug over at Forty Years on Two Wheels, recently wrote a wonderful piece about the death of smaller cc motorcycles. I know for me, I started off on a small Yamaha Zuma 125 before moving up to the current 400cc Burgman.
His argument, and I fully agree with it, is that one of the reasons there are so few new riders is that the market is full of bigger bikes. Part of this I think is the American mentality of bigger is better. Part of it, I think is that a lot of people think your going to be bored with a smaller engine and will want more speed, more power in six months (I certainly heard that argument). That there is nothing for the inexperienced rider out there.
Well I'm glad to see people out and about on these things...your top speed is MAYBE 39 MPH. Lets' be honest, no one obeys the speed limit. So they will either not see you, or see you and go around you, or your just going to piss them off. If your going to ride, ride something that will get you up to the speed of the traffic around you.
Sorry, I'm ranting.
|Thanks go to Honda for the picture.|
Hyosung, a Korean company, also makes a 250cc which is much sportier than the traditional looking Rebel. I'm not that familiar with the brand or the make but with a starting price of around 4K for a new bike it's certainly something for the new rider to consider. All I can tell you is do your research. SYM is a Chinese based company that makes smaller cc motorcycles as well, but I've only seen scooters imported to the states, I could be wrong.
I'm still not sure why new riders, and older traditional motorcycle riders are afraid of scooters. No not afraid, that is the wrong word...skeptical of scooters. I actually came across an article in some motorcycle magazine arguing that that future in the industry was going to be Trikes. Because the population of bikers was growing older. That attitude needs to change (says the man that would like to eventually upgrade to a trike). The step-through would allow those with leg and back problems easy access to the bike. A bike like the Piaggio MP3 actually does not require the rider to put a foot down when stopped due to it's design.
I think it's slowly changing...the market will grow due to the coming pressures of higher gas prices, continued urbanization and increasing population. It's going to be interesting to see how the industry reacts to these changes.