I have been a passionate rider for years, my entry-level trusty bicycle lasted me a full 4years before the crank gave way and there was no way to fix it.
I used to ride almost every weekend to East Coast just to grab a drink, I know cycling burns little calories, but it's fun, especially when it rains. Ever since months back when it spoiled, I had no been riding, and gained a little weight with that.
Whether I'm riding on the roads, or on the pavements, riding for hours weekly made me a very patient guy, some of my biking friends always liked to speed, being young and ignorant, I've gazed at them crashing into others and falling on sandy grounds, speed isn't everything, safety was.
My first bad experience was when riding in a tight road, a car driver flipped opened his door, and I almost slammed right into it, luckily there wasn't any traffic on my right and I managed to swerve out of danger.
Since then, I had a few rules for myself.
- Speed only when it's clear.
- Every corner confirm got people one.
- Always allow others first, especially vehicles.
A few months ago, I signed up with ComfortDelgro driving centre to learn motorbikes.
I'm very glad I made that decision, at least there will be more biking options for me once I complete it.
For starters, you will enrolled as a 2B learner, a Class 2B license will allow you to operate and ride a motorbike under 201cc in Singapore.
I've completed my theory lessons and test, and am currently halfway through the practicals.
I've noted some silly things.....that I've should had noted about, and now I am noting it down here for you to note.
In the training circuit.......
- Everything goes 2x 4x 6x slower than normal roads.
- You will be training with beginner car learners, they move even slower than bikes.
- Some buggers dare not make turns, which is silly, they hold up the entire class.
- You are not allowed to stop side by side with cars.....
I've also been mocked many times,
"Ha, you don't want a car because you can't afford it." - naive fellow.
Yes, it's true, in Singapore, technically no one can afford a car! You are charged for everything, parking, tolls and even a need to pay almost a hundred thousand just to get a certificate of entitlement.
Whereas for motorbikes, it's more fuel efficient, it's more convenient and it's cheaper! You can get a 2nd hand motorbike for as low as s$500, but many wouldn't recommend that obviously.
If you love bikes, I'm with you.