I alluded to taking a MSF Basic Rider’s Course in my last post. I passed! It means a trip down to the DSCC (Georgia’s DMV) to get my licence endorsed.
It means another quandary. What kind of bike?
In the good old days, say 1990, I’d get a small 125cc bike to learn on. The trouble is, they don’t sell them in the US any longer. The smallest (real) bikes are 250cc. (Honda makes one that is a 125cc, but it’s tiny.)
There’s another problem. Motorcycle technology has advanced, but not all bikes share in the advances.
- ABS (antilock brakes). These are much safer and more effective than standard brakes. Most small bikes don’t have them. Those that do are “sport bikes.”
- Choke vs. Fuel injection. You can still buy a new motorcycle with a manual choke and good old fashioned carburetor.
- Wire Wheels vs. Solid Wheels. Wire wheels look neat, exactly what a motorcycle “should” have. They need to be tuned or “trued.” Not an inexpensive process.
The small “standard” bikes, like the Kawasaki Tu250x or Honda Rebel, are what I imagined riding. None of them have ABS.
The sport bikes, like the Ninja 300 ABS or Honda CBR300 ABS, look like racing bikes (they aren’t). They use modern technology.
Addendum: The issue has been studied and the evidence is indisputable, even in multiple nations. A sport bike it is.