Fiona01 wrote:I am a new rider. It is just lately that I learned how to ride a motorcycle. I am planning to buy a new motorcycle but I don't know how to choose one. Do you have any idea or tips on how to buy a new motorcycle that is perfect for newbies like me? Thank you very much!
Firstly, I presume you are familiar with the lack of road rules and how to handle yourself here.
I'm sure this will get into a debate, as I know I don't share the same opinion as some Yamaha users here, but I would tend to recommend a Kymco 125cc.
I've only known Yamahas to have more issues than Kymco, and I've heard Jeremy at bike farm say the same when it comes to scooters. He has the most experience with them after all, bar none I would say. Motorcycles may be a different matter entirely though.
Scooters are great. They take your shopping, your girlfriend and your dog. If you're feeling more local, then they even take your three or four kids to school with no helmets on. Although I would say that if you love your kids, then you might consider offering them at least the protection of a car.
A new, larger seated Kymco 125cc scooter, the last time I checked was being sold for around 75,000NT. I wouldn't recommend the 250cc types as these tend to all suffer multiple issues of every kind it seems from everyone I know who's had one. I don't know your height, but if the larger seated 125cc will do, then that's what I'd go for. I was 180cm when I had one, and it was a good fit for me. The only thing I'd do next time, is have the seat re-made to loose the slanted front part, which makes the rider have to keep re-adjusting their seated position.
I had my Kymco for a good five or six years, and the only thing I changed were tyres, bulbs from time to time and the usual service oils.
Of course in that time, it was hit by a few cars and scooters and such. I'd replace or respray its panels to keep it looking fresh, but that was all.
Our apprentice has a new Yamaha 100cc. Actually he has two new ones. His mum runs one. They both have all sorts of issues it seems and he hates his. It's worse that now it's barely over a year old, that all the parts he has to put into it cost a hell of a lot as they are imported, and there are very few spurious or OEM components available. I think he prefers his old Dio. Being Taiwanese, and old now, the bits for it are super cheap, and are readily available.
In order to register it with your local
You can take your test at a local government testing grounds. You can find location information online. I have some related information for motorcycles in our article section on licences. http://actaiwan.com