Finding a motorcycle that suits you

No matter what your age, there’s nothing more liberating than riding a motorcycle – and there is a motorbike for every need and personality.


“There is a myriad of motorcycles to choose from and some of the major brands that dominate the market in South Africa are the Japanese machines with the American Harley-Davidson a close second,” says Francois Labuschagne, product and marketing manager at Auto Mart.

Reasons vary for acquiring a bike as a means of transport, but no matter what the purpose, thorough online research is essential to make an informed decision. A wide variety of second-hand motorcycles can be found online, so it is important to understand how they are priced, what condition they are in and whether they come with a repair and maintenance record.

A passion for speed

A passion for speed is probably a top reason for many to invest in a motorcycle, while others choose a bike with the environment in mind as it has a zero congestion effect and contributes to reduced pollution.

Arriving on time

“Arriving at your destination on time is a plus as no one enjoys being stuck in traffic for hours on end and for those who are money conscious, investing in a motorbike is cost effective as it is fairly easy to maintain and you won’t spend too much on fuel,” says Labuschagne.

Using motorcycles and to some degree scooters, as a main form of transport, has picked up in recent years, especially in the metropolitan areas due to traffic congestion and among both male and female working professionals. “For travelling to work and back we find that people are looking for second-hand motorcycles that are well-built, reliable and affordable in terms of the purchase price and monthly maintenance,” he says.

A wide choice of scooter brands has become available locally in recent years and they’re often used by students, whether travelling to school or the shops, but they can also be used by young professionals when heading to work through the suburbs where the speed limit is 60 kilometers per hour. “Scooters are relatively cheaper than ordinary bikes, but they are slower, which will put parents’ minds at ease,” says Labuschagne.

Rediscovering youth

For those who are rediscovering their youth, or want to take up a new pastime now that the children have left the house, a cruiser motorbike, ideal for a Sunday breakfast run, will definitely be an appealing option. Typically, these bikes are designed for a comfortable ride and are therefore best suited for long distance journeys. “The thrilling part of owning a cruiser is that you can customise your bike to suit your personality with various types of handlebars, saddlebags and exhaust systems,” he adds.


Before choosing any kind of motorcycle, ask the following questions to make an informed decision:
  • What type of riding will I be doing?
  • What type of riding experience am I after?
  • Will I be using the motorbike daily, on weekends or only on special occasions?
  • Does the bike suit my personality?
  • What is my budget to purchase a bike and what will my expenses be in terms of monthly maintenance and insurance?
  • Do I need to add accessories or customise the motorcycle in any way to meet my immediate needs?

These questions are often overlooked but are very important when conducting research to find the ideal motorcycle.

Published on, 18 Aug 2016. 

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