[quote=“Tianrui”]Thanks for the tips, it seems like the bikes come down to the Yamaha SR150, CPI250, or this local hipster.
To clear up a few things, I have never ridden a motorcycle, only driven cars.
My other question is licensing and such. Are small bikes (<250cc) covered by the same licence as scooters? If so, I’ll just go ahead and get the liscencce, watch Mordeths videos, and ride into trees at 3am. At least the streets in Xindian are quiet.
Oh, and if there is anyone in the Xindian/greater Taipei area who would be willing to meet up give me a few very basic pointers, I would be much oblidged. I can pay with beers and ji pai [/quote]
I take it you are not yet a “real biker”, so you have a chance to make a rational decision.
Once you become a “real biker” (and I hope for your sake you never do) you’ll have to choose a bike the same way teenagers choose trainers, based on peer pressure and fashion.
You asked about reliability. With the exception of the 2-strokes (which you should probably avoid), possibly the Venox (which is rare, probably outside your budget, and a 250cc cruiser), and perhaps the CPI, I think all motorcycle designs available on the Taiwan market are basically reliable, though of course there are still individual duds. I dont think there are any Italian or British machines available for beginners or within your likely budget, which could save you some grief.
The jury is still out on the CPI, though its acquiring a (possibly undeserved) bad rep. This is one reason to hold off on buying one, plus there arent any old cheap ones yet, and you don’t need a 250 yet. No you don’t.
The Hypster is just a slightly flashier Kymco Zing, i.e. a “low rider” cruiser. There are some rational reasons to buy a cruiser. It’ll fit you, there are quite a lot available, and they can be quite cheap. Semi-rational (market) reasons are that some teenage girls think they are “cool”, and you might be able to find a punter to sell to who does too.
You could easily enjoy a cruiser, BUT you should recognise, before its too late, that they are stupid. They copy the style of a Harley-Davidson, which is itself stupid, but its stupid in an American way, with a MUCH bigger engine, and its stupid in America, where its just about OK.
In a Taiwanese city they are not OK. They are difficult to park, and unmanouvarable in traffic. On the open road (if you can find one) they are heavy and underpowered. The low rider configuration reduces the ground clearance and the suspension travel, both of which are good things to have.
If its cheap you may think it doesn’t matter much if you dump it, BUT if you dump it on your leg you may change your mind (and your leg) permanently. They are FUCKING HEAVY. If you get one, fit crashbars (which will make it even harder to park). Thats probably a good idea on any bike.
A cruiser is stupid for many reasons. A SR150 is (relatively) sensible for many reasons (though its still a motorcycle).
If you are a “real biker” STUPID = GOOD, SENSIBLE = BAD.
Don’t be a “real biker”.