Professional rider with 20 years of experience reveals what entry bike you should buy
How big should it be to what horsepower should it have? Are just some of the questions which have kept many bikers enthusiasts awake at night and away from the sexiest toy on two wheels.
Motorcycles, on the other hand, come in all range of sizes, colours and horsepower; every day bigger and better bikes are introduced to the market leaving bikers spoilt for choice.
Most bikers’ enthusiasts have therefore for a long time been torn on which bike they should buy as an entry bike to what promises to be a unforgetful adrenaline filled adventure.
How big should it be to what horsepower should it have? Are just some of the questions which have kept many bikes enthusiasts awake at night and away from the sexiest toy on two wheels.
During the just concluded 47 edition of CBA Africa Concours d’Elegance held at Ngong Race Course in Nairobi, Business Insider SSA popped up the question to Steven Mukisa, a rider from Uganda with over 20 years experience of professional riding.
Steven is a member of the popular and professional bikers group, Uganda Bikers Association; the association is one of the biggest in Africa and together have toured several African countries preaching about Road safety, HIV/AIDS prevention and Cancer awareness.
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So for a motorcycle enthusiast out there what bike should they buy as an entry bike?
“I always advice people to start with smaller cc engines, a 250cc bike like a Yamaha Virago is a good entry bike,” Steven said.
"This is because a small bike is mainly easier to maneuver, maneuverability is very good not to mention it is easy to manage and fix ."
Steven explains that apart from maneuverability, a small entry bike is also important in ensuring the safety of a new learner.
“It is always nice to enter a bike with lower cc because most of the time a new owner may want to get into riding and then start with very high CCs bikes and want to ride like a pro and without experience they are going to make a lot of mistakes on the road which can be dangerous”
“So whatever your entry bike is you always have to be careful before you get more sure-footed and graduate to bigger CCs bikes”
Steve adds that it would not always be a smooth ride and new riders will sometimes go down but that should not be the end of their ‘freedom adventure’ or kill their spirit.
“You go down some times and that is why you wear protective gear because you know you can go down anytime and therefore at the time when you go down you always have to be ready for it by making sure you minimize all kinds of injury and basically it is also part of experience and growing as a rider, If all of us decided to stop trying to walk when we fell down we wouldn’t be walking right now, we would be lame that is why you get down but you get up and ride your bike”
As a parting shot, Steven cautions new rides to always observe traffic rules and be safe out there.
“You have to make sure you take all the precautions to make sure you minimize any chance of accident happening because at some point you are the smallest and fastest on the road and that can be dangerous. "
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