If like us you got an absolute man-crush on Charlie Hunnam during his Sons Of Anarchy days, you’ve probably found yourself fantasising about joining a biker gang and donning a leather jacket for the rest of time.
Ok, so maybe a biker gang is a little far fetched, but a bike? Not so much. The real question is where do you even begin with sussing out your first? It’s not as simple as buying that secondhand rusty Corsa you forked out £500 quid for when you were 17 – some serious work and research need to go into investing into a bike.
This is why we got in touch with iconic motorcycle brand Triumph to give us the lowdown on all the knowledge you need to know about making the leap.
The majority of beginners feel most comfortable when both their feet can touch the ground whilst sat on the motorcycle, so bikes with low seat heights are always a good choice. Triumph’s Street family always proves popular with both novice and experienced riders as they have a low seat height, wide bars for easy manoeuvring and very relaxed engines with linear power delivery.
Unfortunately, there’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to this, but in general, you get what you pay for. This is why Triumph’s Approved used scheme is so popular amongst our fans – you get to experience Triumph ownership at second-hand prices with all the benefits of buying a new bike. All of our approved used bikes come with 1-year unlimited mileage warranty, 1-year roadside assistance, a full-service history and 1 year MOT.
Some riders will certainly gel better with certain motorcycles. Adventure bikes, for example, are often very tall due to their large wheels and long-travel suspension and are heavier than most bikes due to their sheer size – some riders may not like this. What’s important, however, is the bike’s balance. A motorcycle with great weight distribution, even a heavy one, will feel light at anything faster than walking pace and can be ridden by anyone regardless of their height, size or strength.
We work really hard to design and produce safety gear that not only protects our riders but also makes them look great. We would always recommend buying the best safety gear you can afford. Items on the safety gear list are helmet, gloves, boots and leathers/Kevlar riding gear.
People naturally feel more comfortable behind the wheel in cars as they’re surrounded by metal and airbags – it’s only when they get on a motorcycle that they feel much more in tune with what’s going on around them.
Oil level checks, tyre pressure checks and regular lubrication of the motorcycle chain. It’s all very easy to do and goes a long way in making sure your bike is in good, safe running order.
Preparation is key. Make sure you have the correct gear, your routes sorted and a bike that is in good working order before you leave. Being turned away at a border because you don’t have a visa or being soaked to the bone because you didn’t bring waterproof clothing is simply not fun.
Enjoy being on two wheels, after all – that’s why we ride. Be sensible, don’t ride past your skill level and, if possible, attend some advanced riding courses or off-road riding days – you’ll learn far more than you think and have fun at the same time.