When our family started riding motorbikes, my parents weren’t the ones sitting on the sidelines fixing the bikes all the time. They didn’t have the mechanical knowledge to do that, and it wasn’t really of interest to them either. You might be a parent who loves fixing bikes and doing the mechanical stuff, and that’s great, but if you aren’t is it still practical for your family to get into motorbikes?
What we discovered in our family was that motorbikes were still practice and a great hobby without mechanically minded parents BUT there were a few things we did to make this easier.
- Buy a decent bike
It might be tempting to buy the cheapest bike that you can find, but in the long run, this may not really be the cheapest and most sensible move. Many of the cheap bikes do break down a lot, and you might just find that you’ll spend most of your time at the motorbike track with a frustrated child looking at a bike that won’t work. We have found that buying a slightly dearer, more reliable and reputable brand bike can pay dividends in the long term. This type of bike, if serviced and maintained well seems to give a lot more riding time between break downs.
- Get it serviced regularly
Initially, we didn’t get our bikes serviced a lot, and naturally, they started to break down and cause problems when we were riding. When we had big riding days, we started to make sure we got our bikes serviced at a reputable dealer after every few big riding days, maybe every 30 hours of riding. For us, this was worth every cent and made our rides much more pleasurable. It meant the bikes started first go and mostly didn’t cause us issues during the riding. Even though we were budget conscious, spending this money really worked for us on our family riding adventures.