There’s no doubt that riding a motorcycle offers a high level of freedom and independence, and with the great expanses of natural beauty we have in Australia, there’s no better way to travel than on a big bike. Of course, you do need to gain some hands-on riding experience before graduating to a big bike, and a small, 300cc bike would be ideal for a beginner. After a couple of years, you can graduate to a bigger machine, which could be from 500-1300cc, which is capable of touring all day long as is designed for extended riding.
As you would expect, there are a few popular styles; if road racing is your thing, check out the Yamaha R Series, which starts with the R15, a 155cc single-cylinder sports bike with a fair amount of power for a lightweight and, as you would expect from Yamaha, superb handling, incorporating Moto GP technology. Then comes the R3, a twin-cylinder version of its baby cousin, the R15, with a lot more hp on the rear wheel and a sturdier frame, and the R3 is the perfect machine for a small person, as the bike is easy to manoeuvre in traffic, yet it is ready for speed on the highway. You can test ride both these bikes at dealers with Yamaha motorcycles in Sydney, and if you are already a proficient rider, you’ll love the YZF-R6, which is bred for the track and features Moto GP tech throughout the bike. The 600cc 4-cylinder engine cranks up frightening power and the state-of-the-art fairing design keeps you firmly in control, and with a special electronic gear changer, speedy changing really make a difference with acceleration.
The Yamama Tenere is a 699cc road/dirt bike that is designed for rough riding, yet it is equally happy in the city, with terrific handling. Great if you are into disappearing into the wilderness for a few hours, with ABS that you can adjust on the fly, giving you the best ride on all surfaces. This has to be your favourite if you love off-road riding, as the bike is perfectly balanced and able to handle all types of terrain, and when loaded up with your camping gear, you’re good for 4-5 days of solitude.
Get some riding training, then choose your ideal machine and start to experience the freedom of the open road on two wheels and you certainly won’t regret it.