What do you ride?

As much as I love the manufacturers’ shiny new offerings, there is much to be said for the bikes that have created so much pleasure for us in years past. These older bikes create great opportunities for purchasing second hand, whether they are only a couple of years old or classics from yesteryear.

I’ve always had a soft spot for old Hondas. They bring me back to times gone by – nostalgia can be seductive.

Thanks to Mike Seate (from Cafe Racer fame), these older bikes are enjoying a rise in popularity. They tend to be a dime a dozen and create great opportunities for a cheap initial purchase which can lead to fantastic customization results. Most importantly, the bikes offer a great riding experience! Character and performance are in abundance.

After losing a couple of bikes in Hurricane Katrina, I had the chance to buy a bike to replace them. There were so many options available! I spent hours upon hours thinking about my choices. In the end, I replaced my bikes with a bike that I had owned previously! Why? I was familiar with the bike. It did everything I wanted it to. And even better – I had money left over to replace all of the things that made my previous bikes so well suited for me on my commutes and longer rides – which can be quite expensive.

There is much to be said for the excitement of purchasing a brand new bike. I’ve always liked the fact that no one has ever ridden my new ride before. But there are many advantages to buying second hand – the cost savings can be huge; design flaws have typically been worked out; parts availability can be plentiful; etc. The money saved can go a long way in making the bikes our own. And heck, any bike I buy is new to me.


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About nolarocks

Life long motorbike rider from New Orleans with a passion for riding sportbikes, naked (cafe) bikes, dirt bikes, mini bikes and on and on and on. Throw in some Isle of Man TT racing, short circuit racing, and the glory days of 1950s-1970s English/Irish/Manx road racing and you are getting close. I can't get enough.
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