New rider growing skills and adding to the motorcyckle collection.
New beginner rider out for another new bike!
Hi all, my name is Ade and I am a very keen motorcyclist indeed. I always liked motorbikes and my first memory is of Evil Knievel and thinking how damn sexy the MV Agusta of the day looked.
However, in my teens, twenties and thirties I was seduced by the dark side and fell in love with sports cars, of which I had all sorts. I started a family and motorbikes were just considered too dangerous to contemplate. This was not just my wife putting her foot down, honest :), but I also understood that given my fondness of speed, particularly acceleration, and danger I was just the wrong sort of person to ride a powerful bike. Now i am a lot older, and having got a lot of road cycle miles behind me, I finally felt the confidence and maturity to cope with the demands of riding a motorcycle.
Still, to keep the missus and myself happy, I actually bought a brand new Honda PCX from Honda. This was not too fast, easy to ride, safe, had ABS, had great storage as I also got a topbox with it and best of all was only £2600 and the running costs were really low. Insurance was just £80 a year, tax was £17 a year and the fuel economy a totally awesome 125MPG! Sweet.
To this day I still love the PCX, it is brilliant and economical and wicked at filtering when I run through a busy town or city, saving me time and hassle. It is also great FUN.
Unfortunately, my natural personality as a speed freak started coming through and within 2 weeks I had decided I needed power, more power, in my life. I popped down the same Honda dealer and was utterly seduced by a 2011 Honda CBR600F, which looks fantastic in my opinion. I took it out and fell in love with it immediately. It had all the power I needed and yet i still felt safe and comfortable on it. It took a few months to realise I needed a new, yet even more powerful motorbike, oh dear!!
Coming up, a full review of both of my bikes, a 2014 Honda PCX 125 and a 2011 Honda CBR 600F - plus news on my next bike shortlist!