Choosing Your First Bike by Dr Jinx

“Sorry for the late class but…
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Topic for today…
Choosing your first bike

Several guys are graduating with flying colours from the Inked Riding School and are looking to get their first bike.
Well let me start by saying a big congratulations. The crotch rocket world awaits.

Anyway, there are those who have a clue on what motorcycle they want and there are those who want all the motorcycles they see… and there also those who have no clue whatsoever.

So in an attempt to point the future motorcycle owners I have compiled this list.

1. Ask the right questions to the right people and to yourself.
Yup. This should be number one to those who want all motorcycle. The right people are probably your former instructors and seasoned riders. They will answer this question based on your needs and desires and not just personal preferences.
You come to me, hell you’ll go home dreaming about the Yamaha R6.
The kind of riding you plan to do determines what kind of bike you should buy. A daily commuter would not be thinking of a monkey bar cruiser.
If you can envision what riding you will do, go for the one you think will be appropriate.

2. Make a list
So you know what riding you are going to do, make a list of the Motorcycles you think would fit this need.
Consider several factors here.

A. Price. How many stripper shows will I have to perform to afford it and maintain it?

B. Engine size. “Yeah brah. I got a 100000cc bike brah! I only use it every leap year because of fuel costs, but totally worth it brah!?”

C. Local servicing. Italian bikes… sexy as well…i guess other Italian bikes, but can they be serviced locally? Ask your local mechanic to pronounce desmosedici… yeah. You would want to own a bike knowing that it can be locally serviced when things wear out.

D. Your taste. Frankly I think this played a huge part in my selection. I loved the aggressive look and feel of the R6. The twin lights, the arrow pointed rear end…see… see why you will end up dreaming of the R6 if you came to me. Anyway I am sure you get what I mean… beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Let’s pause to reflect on the categories of bikes.


1. Cruisers
2. Sport bikes
3. Naked or standard bikes
4. Scooters

5. Off Road Bikes

So out of those 5 you have your list.

Narrow the list down. Make intelligent and realist decisions.

3. Ensure the bike feels good.
It has to fit you and be comfortable. As a beginner you should factor in seating position, visibility, comfort and range of motion. Not how bad ass I’ll look on it.

4. Purchase. “Put your money where your mouth is son!” This is where reality checks in.
You go to Bavaria, you see the Gs12WTF. You want it. You got to have it. You sit down with the manager. He tells you all about it. Then you get to that moment… the moment yout bank account dreads. “And how much is it?”
You write a cheque in crayons. You are arrested. Now you are sending fake messages from Kamiti.
Motorcycles are not cheap. There are vary many reasons why this is so. We shall discuss this on another forum.
Most guys who want big engined bikes tend to buy used motorcycles. So you have to know all about the bikes history. The smaller ones can be bought brand new. Due diligence must be done.

5. Plan for the future.
In my books, plan to buy two bikes. As you grow in the motorcycle world, you will grow in experience and may want something more powerful and of a different class.
And with those few tips, go fourth and ride my dear friend. Go!! And… Ride.

A butterfly once whispered to me the secret to happiness. I went and bought a motorcycle and a butterfly farm and Ice cream.

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Bajaj Boxer X150 Owners’ Review 

The Breakdown 

This is a perfect starter bike for anyone looking for a commuter bike that can also handle off the road terrain. As usual you get fantastic gas mileage out of this motorcycle.

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Pros

  1. Raised Mudguard and semi knobby tyres
  2. Excellent gas mileage
  3. Sturdy suspension
  4. Easy to service and maintain
  5. Cheap , affordable purchase price

Cons

  1. Soft as butter front brakes
  2. Sensitive throttle
  3. 4 speed gearbox
  4. Drum brakes front and rear

The Review 

The Bajaj Boxer X150 is the right fit for that new motorcyclist learning the basics of riding.

It is the ideal and affordable starter motorcycle with semi knobby tyres and raised mudguard , capable of handling mud , sand , and other rough terrains on and off the road.

Our bike has 9750 kms on the odometer so far. Regular service at the manufacturer recommended intervals have kept it running smoothly. Had the front and rear drum brakes replaced due to normal wear.   We have not experienced any major issues despite the heavy use as a training bike. And the occasional use as an off road bike.

Price and Dealers 

In Kenya it is sold by Mark Holdings Kenya , who have several branches across the major cities.  As per their website , the price is Ksh 112,300/-. Making it among the cheapest 150cc motorcycle on the market.

Inked Biker Rider Training & Boxer  X150. 

The Bajaj Boxer X150 is part of the bikes to choose from when you sign up for the Learn to Ride course.

As you can see below, We have redesigned the seat to fit smaller riders , making it one of our shortest and lightweight bikes for training.

The 150cc engine provides enough power for cruising around the streets and can even get you around on the highway.  The bike is lightweight and is incredibly easy to maneuver at low speeds.

With the modification of the seat , the bike is perfect for smaller riders , you can lower the seat height by 2 inches.

Pros

Awesome fuel efficiency,  the 11 litre tank will give you quite a range between full tanks. The semi knobby tyres and raised mudguard make it a capable all terrain bike. Cheap to buy.  Easy to maintain. Lightweight and easy to ride

 Cons 

The current four gear transmission in an all down pattern sucks,  why not a 5 gear in the international sequence. The front drum brake is practically useless,  disc brakes would have made a world of difference. Being a lightweight you do get blown about on the highway a lot.

Specs

Check the Mark Holdings Kenya website

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