My RZX has just gone in for some hefty repairs and while twiddling my thumbs with nothing to ride I remembered that I’m way over the 1-year waiting period for a big bike license.
I’m pretty sure that I want a Ninja 650 because nothing else seems very sensible for Taiwan. Plus I have a lot of buddies who ride this machine which gives me faith that a) it’s not half bad and b) I will have a mini support network for any issues or quirks. I’ve not ridden one yet but I definitely will do before I throw down the cash because I had a disappointing experience with a Suzuki SV650. Non-Ninja riders tell me the SV650 and Ninja are pretty similar while Ninja riders insist they’re completely different, so I want to see for myself.
First things first… where can I practice for and get my big bike license? Can I take the test on my 133cc RZX and if not, will they provide a suitable machine? Please don’t recommend the Tai-yuan rd. place because they’re a bunch of fucknuts.
Secondly, rather than just call one or two people I’d appreciate anyone who’s bought a yellow plater in the past few years to chip in and give me recommendations for where I should buy my new machine. Taichung is best but I don’t mind going farther afield for a better deal.
Thirdly, has anyone bought a serious bike second hand? Are the savings worth it?
Finally, has anyone had any luck getting any credit whatsoever on a bike without co-signer? I’ve told my girlfriend not to let me spend any more than NT$260k in cash but I don’t know how far that will stretch on a budget big bike in Taiwan these days, plus I’d like to have something left over for some new leathers/boots. I’ve got a Taiwan-issued credit card and good relationship with Citibank if that helps any.