I am now officially one of those foolish people who spurn two of the normal four wheels and all of the normal heavy steel armor which are so important to most drivers: I am now allowed to ride a motorbike as a learner!
Never mind that I have no helmet or boots, no actual motorbike, and am yet to obtain my actual physical learners permit, owing to bloodyminded vicroads beuraucratica.
I can happily recommend Motorcycle Motion as a great place to train for and sit your motorcycle learner’s permit tests.
As to why, there are a few of reasons:
- I thought it might be fun
- E laiks baiks! I look forward to going touring one day very much.
- Money. It takes a lot more of the stuff for fuel, registration, maintenance, insurance and e-tag fees to keep this on the road:
…than it does for this:
…which is incidentally the same kind of cheap learner-legal bike I hope to soon buy off my brother.
Several people have expressed concern about the safety, or lack thereof, inherent in my doing this. I want to be very clear and very public in stating that my eyes are open. I know very well that motorcyclists are vastly more at risk than car drivers. I do not intend to take any chances, and will not be going anywhere without substantial safety gear. Nonetheless I know that what I am going to do is inherently unsafe. I’m ok with that.
More news will follow when I actually do some riding.