Friday, February 25, 2011

The chosen girl

Last September 2010, I wrote about how hard it was to choose from "some girls"

Now, I have to announce I made a choice. It is a BMW F 650 GS from 2004.

I will get it next Wednesday, I'm very excited about it! It's even hard to sleep :D
It needs a simple adjustment. It was bought from a lady and she is not very tall, so it has the low version of the seat. I will get the standard one.

So, next steps are to investigate about the proper equipment: helmet, jacket, trousers, boots and gloves.
Then, to subscribe for the driving lessons. In Switzerland, one must have its own motorbike in order to take the classes. So, first step is done :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Hard to choose from these girls

I have been dreaming more and more with having a motorbike. It happens that I don't have a motorbike  driving license. I have been looking around and to drive the type of motorbike I want, I need a A1 driving licese. This requires several things:
- to own a motorbike (What? Really? I explain better later)
- a motorbike jacket
- motorbike boots or mountain boots
- gloves
- helmet
- motorbike trousers (I can't use a pijama?)
- 12 hours of driving classes

The hardest part in all of this is the motorbike itself. I was surprised when I went to the driving school  and was told that I must buy in the first place the motorbike in order to have the classes. And the instructor was very proud to say this is probably the only country in the world that works like this.
He also said that he receives many surprised foreigners when they find out (like me) that we first need to buy a motorbike. And here is my problem.

First, I'm not really sure if driving a motorbike is something for me. I have always driven cars, I like motorbikes but I don't know how well I feel driving one. I just drove a couple of times, each one of them for 5 minutes - so it's not a lot of experience, let's say.

Anyway, I have decided I will get one. If in a year if I find out I don't really like it so much I sell it again, probably losing a bit of money (experience costs).

I like the style Trail. I have been looking primarily to to three models: two from BMW and one from Suzuki.

Here they are!

Suzuki XF 650 Freewind from year 2000

BMW F650 from 1996

BMW F650 from 2000

Very hard choice it seems. The prices vary a bit from these three models. The BMW from 2000 is the most expensive. The Freewind from 2000 is just a little bit more than the BMW from 1996 which makes it nice deal in terms of relation year/price.
But... from all I'm reading the BMW has an astonishing quality compared to any other. It's a bit heavir but not much, just 15kg more.

What I love on the BMW 2000 is the front part above the wheel (don't know the name) which gives it that aggressive look, compared to the Freewind and the BMW from 1996.

So, what do you think? I want to go out with one of these nice girls :) help me choose one.
Do you have of these to sell in Switzerland? In Luzern? Then please let me know!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Just a first look

Just some random pictures from the Internet to start.