So I have finally arrived in Taiwan, and have been here for a month. In 3 months, I will apply for ARC and will continue to study Chinese for the next 9 months before applying to go to college (I am young still, I have not finished college in America because I came here in the middle of the Spring semester, and have debt to pay... go figure. At least I can save money here though!).
Anyway, irrelevancies set aside, I'm going to want to buy a motorcycle for around 15-25k (maybe 30k being the upper limit). I don't care if it's a piece of crap, as long as it runs well and can go relatively fast because I've got a long-ass trip to get to my language school. Secondly, I don't really know anything about the mechanics of motorcycles (except for some really basic stuff), so I'd like to know if there are any English-speaking mechanics in 臺北.
Now for my questions:
1. I would like a motorcycle, NOT a scooter (unless I absolutely have no choice). The reason being is that I'm a bit over 6'2, and I like to have my legs rest on the side rather than cram them in the front where my hands are (I've ridden scooters in the past, and not so comfortable). Where can one choose to buy a used motorcycle within that price range (15-25k, or 30k max)? Is there a forum, a store, or something here in Taiwan?
2. Where may one find an English-speaking mechanic? The threads around are like 8 years old. How reliable / updated is the information?
Many thanks for any help anyone can give me!