Home' Get Up and Go : Summer 2015 Contents You've worked hard all your life,
the kids have left home, and
you've been dreaming of one
day cruising around the country -- and
indeed the world -- with the love of
your life on the back of a motorcycle.
But there are a few problems: You
don't have a licence; you don't own a
motorbike; you don't know what one
to get; you don't know where to ride;
and you've got no one to ride with.
The good news is that these are
simply speed humps to ride over on
the way to what could potentially be
years of motorcycle riding joy. So read
on, our two wheeled enthusiasts...
Stone the crows, I don't have a
Throughout Australia -- no matter
what age you are -- you have to
complete a motorcycle riders' course
at a designated rider training centre.
In Sydney there's a mob called Stay
Upright that provides the course for
learners, which consists of two half
days of instruction.
Most people without any experience
can pass the course, which costs just
Once you've completed that, you
then head to your local motor registry
and sit the multiple choice computer
exam. If you pass that you are the
proud owner of a set of L plates which
you must then use for a minimum of
After three months you must
complete another recognised course.
In NSW this takes a full day and will
again cost just over $100.
Now the good news and the bad
news. If you're over 35 and have a
good driving record then you only
need to have your provisional licence
for a period of 12 months. The bad
news is that during this time you
cannot carry a passenger.
Eeek! I don't own a motorcycle.
If you've never had a motorbike
licence then the largest motorcycle
you are allowed to ride in Australia
as a learner rider and a P plater can
only have an engine capacity of 650cc.
Generally, most L platers start on a
250cc motorbike because they are
light and easy to manoeuvre while
they're getting the hang of it.
Your dreams of a thumping 1200cc
Harley Davidson or Indian, Norton,
Ducati or Triumph are going to have
to wait a little while longer.
Okay, I've got my full licence. So
what should I buy?
How should we know? Do you like
sports cars or sedans? Do you have a
need for speed or is getting somewhere
half the fun of arriving? Buying a
motorcycle -- like anything really -- is
an individual choice.
You might have always wanted a
Harley-Davidson but think that hey,
everyone's got a Harley, and prefer the
all new Indian motorcycles that are
making a comeback in a big way.
Like a car, take some for a test ride
and see what best suits you.
Let's ride... but where to?
Wherever you want. If you're in
Melbourne you could head down
the Great Ocean Road or to the
Mornington Peninsula. From Perth
the Margaret River is waiting to be
explored. Brisbane based bikers may
want to head for the granite belt or
the Sunshine Coast. And Sydneysiders
could hit the road for the Hunter
Valley or down south to Wollongong.
If you haven't done it before then
there are some tips to be had from the
experts. Unless you're a seasoned pro,
riding a motorcycle into the unknown
is a lot different to hopping into your
car and doing the same thing.
Santina Keith, co-owner of the
motorcycle tour company -- Eagle Rider
Australia, says a good leisurely day ride
should be no further than 400km.
If you're new to motorcycling, they've
done the hard work for you. Eagle Rider
will supply the Harley-Davidson bikes,
the GPS if it's a self-guided tour, and
accommodation, and they also offer
guided tours where you simply follow
an experienced motorcyclist from the
company. Daily bike hire ranges from
$205 to $290 per day to between
$1200 and $1500 a week.
I want some friends for the
Motorcycle riding gives us the
opportunity to meet new friends and
join a special club of like-minded
people. But which club? And what
kind of people?
If you're into Harley-Davidsons
then you might want to consider
joining the Harley Owners Group
(H.O.G.) Australia which has 24,000
members. The Ulysses Club is another
option. Like the H.O.G.s, Ulysses
have numerous chapters around
Australia which also offer regular
rides for members.
There are also plenty of clubs for
specific motorcycle models. Google
them or contact us for a list.
So what are you waiting for? Get on
ya bike! •
Visit: [@] www.eaglerider.com.au
ON YA BIKE!
If you've dreamed of owning a motorcycle,
now is probably the perfect time to do it.
By Brad Foster
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