boho wrote:If you've had any experience riding motorcycles/dirtbikes before, it shouldn't be bad.
More relevant experience would be herding pirhanas, active service in a war zone, or night duty in an insane asylum.
boho wrote:Even if you haven't and are pretty good with that kind of stuff, you should be fine. I first came to Taiwan to visit when I was 17 and I rode scooters around. As long as you have some good agility and aren't a panic driver you should be good.
It's not enough to be "good". You have to have eyes in the back of your fingernails.
To be fair, I find small towns a lot less stressful than big cities. You know other drivers are going to be as bad, if not worse, but at least there are few enough of them that you can watch them all and GTFO of their way. The road from Toufen to Hsinchu is wide and rarely has much traffic on it.
boho wrote:Personally I feel people overreact about the dangers but that's maybe me just not valuing my body parts enough.
. The OP is right to be concerned. Underestimating the situation is a sure-fire way to end up in the ER, and I personally know three people (and have heard of many more) who did. Fortunately they got patched up and it doesn't show, but in each case there were consequences beyond the immediate unpleasantness (one lost a dream job because she couldn't physically turn up on the expected start date). Be careful, and you'll probably be OK.