How much of a beating can a bike take??..
a bit more than first meets the eye, actually. But it greatly depends on what happens and how.
Obviously, head on, at speed, into a solid object is gonna crumple the bike big time. Front wheel becomes embedded into the engine, bars and forks
become part of the petrol tank. That's worse case scenario.
Side impacts also depends.. is it the bike impacting something or something impacting the bike?
Something else hitting the bike is gonna do a bit more damage than the bike hitting something sideways on. Reason is that if the bike is under control
and being forced into a sideway hit, then the speed will already have been reduced and the situation prepared for, but damage is still likely to
occur. Everything/anything from bent handle bars, broken mirror, dented petrol tank, slightly twisted forks, cracked/smashed fairings/indicators,
dented/bent/broken exhaust pipe/s, bent/broken/missing foot pegs.
Mostly cosmetic, though on certain bike models there are a couple of engine side casings that are prone to damage, like the clutch housing.
Sliding down the road will do mostly scratch damage but all the items listed above are prone to some sort of damage but mostly few small dents and
scratches, depending on speed..faster you're going, longer the bike takes to stop sliding, unless it hits something....
motorbikes don't have all the soft metal skins that cars do. A lot of cars become write-offs with the smallest of accidents due to structural design,
yet everything on a motorbike can be replaced and is already built for strength and durability. Cars are actually designed to crumple, in particular
with hitting another car.. the crumpling of both cars is supposed to reduce the impact/damage.. unfortunately for cars, this means major damage and
If you've had a knock and bend the frame, the frame can be replaced.. a cars frame can't, unless you have it professionally straightened and most
insurance wont cover that.
Every part of a bike can be replaced and rather quickly, even quicker if you can handle tools and know where to get spares from.
You can even 'mix and match' parts far easier than you can with cars. All depends on your mechanical ability and the parts you're trying to fit.
Some of the older generation 'bikers' will most probably know someone who builds bike parts (including frames) from scratch.
I was doing a 200 mile run from Plymouth to London on my old 1985 Kawasaki Z750, it needed a service..big time.. along the way, the head gasket
decided to blow on one cylinder, so that was causing me a bit of grief. Then my rear light failed, it was electrical problem rather than the bulb, so
I had to use my rear brake to light up my back. And last but not least, the throttle cable snapped.. so removing the outer throttle cable casing,
tying the inner cable together and re-routing it so it would reach the throttle grip where I was able to loop it over and grip it tightly, I managed
to limp the final 50 miles to where i was going.. Couldn't have done that with a car, but I might have found a way..lol
Turning left hand corners was a problem due to the new length of throttle cable..
Looks like you'll be going the way of the Honda NSR then.. seeing as you can ride up to 250. IMO you can't go far wrong with one of those. The three
other major manufacturers will offer something in that range too so feel free to check them out.
Dug up a few lists of models for you.. have a look through and you'll see what's what.
Just had a deeper look at that last link and you might find all you ever need there.. in particular, this link..
The UK used to have a 250 learner limit.... it was brought down to 125 when i began riding.. not sure if it's changed again since. There is a big
difference between a 125 and a 250 though. They might both still only do 110 mph, but one will sure as hack get there a lot quicker...
But, no matter the size of engine, tucking yourself down to get streamlined and opening the throttle wide on a straight is a nice blast...
My first bike was the original Yamaha DT50, then I accidentally on purpose slipped onto a Suzuki GT250, had to go back down to a Kawasaki 125 for my
license and then went straight out a bought a Kawasaki Z750.
That really was a shock..going from a 125 to a 750.. not just the massive power difference but the weight of the bike too... took a while to get used
to starting, stopping and cornering properly. I was at a stand still once, a side wind caught me and knocked me off balance... I dropped the bike and
had to ask for help to pick it up.. was funny.. but that was just another part of the whole biking experience.