Being a true biker is more than simply owning a motorcycle and riding it to work and back. Biker’s lifestyle is a much more complex notion than many people think. However, you don’t need to be part of a gang to feel like a biker – instead you can complete a couple of simple steps and enjoy the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed about.
Decide which motorcycle suits you
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time bike buyer or are upgrading your new ride – you should put a lot of thought into shopping for a new motorcycle. Bikes come in all shapes and sizes, and much of your enjoyment from the ride depends on whether you make the right choice. For example, if you’re all about speed and extreme driving, a great option for you is a sports bike, which is fuel-efficient, but not too safe. Classic motorcycles are usually less fast, but they allow you to travel to large distances without getting tired at all. Plus, classic bikes are more respectable among other bikers, which can be important for you if you’re planning to join some club.
Set a budget
If you look at motorcycles for sale in Nigeria, you’ll see that the prices range from ?50,000 all the way to ?200,000 and beyond. The price depends on many factors, from the production year to the condition, and from the type of bike to the gear that comes with the purchase. You don’t need to buy the most expensive one to get the most out of your biking experience. However, the more expensive your motorcycle is, the newer it usually is, which naturally reflects on its condition. While choosing a bike for the right price, don’t forget to account for extra costs like the driver’s licence, delivery fee, registration expenses, and possible immediate repairs.
Buy the necessary gear
The important thing to remember is that out of all motorcycle gear most items are optional and depend on your driving style, taste, and budget, but a helmet is essential and should be worn every time you travel anywhere. A good motorcycle helmet should be perfectly fitting and made out of high quality materials. Buying a used helmet is normally not recommended, unless it’s in a flawless condition – worn out helmets don’t ensure the highest possible level of protection. Other useful gear includes motorcycle jackets or suits, boots, and gloves – they are not compulsory, but they help you feel safer and more comfortable while driving.
Join a club
Riding a motorcycle is such a popular hobby that you can find a bikers’ club in every major city. Usually these clubs are open to new members, which means you can simply contact the club and apply for a membership in order to join. Research the club you consider joining: it can turn out that their rules or approach to biking is different from what you expect. Established motorcycle clubs often have their own branded gear and accessories that help you stand out from the crowds of other drivers.
Follow the rules
As soon as you become a member of a club, you have two sets of rules to follow: one is the universal one, which applies to every driver, and one is specific for your club. The rules commonly include driving safely, wearing your protective gear at all times, never sitting behind the wheel after drinking, realizing the dangers that come with riding a motorcycle, and being courteous and ready to help other drivers if they’re in a situation they can’t resolve on their own. Following these rules will make you a great biker, whether you are a part of some club or ride alone.