What do you do to get youngsters interested in bikes?

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What do you do to get youngsters interested in bikes?

The motorcycle 'percentage' of traffic on our roads has shrunk from a massive 52% in 1952 to today's tiny 2% in the UK. Most classic and older bikes are owned by grey haired men over 50, few see any younger riders on older bikes; and there are not very many young bikers anyway, the many hoops that need to be jumped through have seen to that. Add to that the 'establishments' adversity' to two-wheeled transport, even though it is far 'greener' and takes up less space that The Motor Car. So what are you doing to get the next generation interesed in riding motorcycles, new or old ones? What am I doing you ask. Every show I go to, I let young children sit on the bike and in its sidecar. I get queues of kids, but not to waste it all, I get the parents to take a photo and 'donate' a £1 in my RBLR poppy tin! I even get ladies in their 70s asking to sit in the sidecar as it brings back memories of their Dad taking them out to the seaside! If we do not generate interest, the bike scene is doomed to die away......just what the EC wants.

 

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Perhaps if we went back to the days of riding a bike (or scooter) before driving a car, it might help. It would certainly give us some safer car drivers with a better appreciation of road conditions and behaviour. (And if they were too stupid to appreciate the dangers of the roads, then they'd get removed from the gene pool before they got into cars - only joking..... honest) Why not reduce the bike age back to sixteen (or at least make 50cc bikes go fast enough to keep up with the traffic - rather than being a danger to their riders), or raise the car age a little, then have a licence that covered two wheels and four up to light commercial (3.5 ton) Basic training would be compulsory, and exemptions for disability would obviously have to be put in place, but other than that, a driver would have to qualify for two and four wheels before being granted a full licence. That way drivers and riders would be aware of the particular problems of each type of vehicle, whether that's wet white lines on a bike or poor visibility and blind spots for car and van drivers. It would then also help the motorcycle industry because if a driver fancied getting a bike, as so many do, the hurdles have already been removed and he or she wouldn't look at the barriers (or the crappy little restricted 125s that are imposed on learners) and give up the idea (as so many also do) Many youngsters would get a taste for two wheels and continue with bikes anyway, if they had the licence, instead of having pressure from 'mummy' to go straight to learning to drive a car (putting the rest of us at risk!). Obviously the details would need fine tuning, but the advantages are manifold.

Strange, really...been on bikes one way or another for years..love em and cant leave em alone....Your thoughts as to why the younger Generation do not ride bikes, are because of the various think tanks that have permeated society and now influence most thoughts you think and most things you do...and do not do... You will of course deny this is possible, but did anyone actually believe that the young ones of yesteryears free ish spirit of rebellion, would be allowed by the NWO to go unchecked? The very idea that society can be manipulated, probably sounds a little far out to you, but I will suggest that a little research...while you still can, will set you straight, and as you go further down this rabbithole of social manipulation , you will encounter other  tales of malfeasance in public office, Treason to Humanity, that will either set off your cognative dissonance ...or maybe even set you free, or as free as you can be from this all controlling Nazi imposed , big brother superstate that wants you dead.... And now that I have said that trolls will kick off with  words like Paranoid, conspiracy,and all of the other lies that are used and carefully manipulated to allow you to live in this Paradyme subtlely asleep, whilst occult agents manipulate your world , to their advantage..and to their design...Our motorcycles...are a part in a very obscure , very occulted, very complicated , but essentialy simple precept, long in the planning and long in the making...and only the knowing of the truth, will answer your question as to why.... 

It's interesting to note that a thread about such an important subject has taken so long to elicit only two responses. I guess it must be because 'Visordown' is a younger biker site (we oldies wear open face helmets and goggles or shades - well most of us anyway!) The younger generation appear not to be concerned about whether motorcycling has a future for the new young to get into. The manufacturers don't help either, by making bikes that are more fashion items and toys rather than means of viable transport....yes I know there are some that are more useable on a day to day basis than others. The EC don't help though. Here's something I've previously posted elsewhere: The new licence regulations that are being foisted upon us all, but most of all on the newcomers to motorcycling, are going to do nothing for the larger capacity bike market. The European Union are supposed to be there for the good of the member nations and their industries, businesses, and economies in general,.... right? Yet the new regulations are going to lead to the majority of bikes that are sold being ones that are not built in Europe. The regs favour the small bikes and the scooters. The bikes that are being produced in China and other far eastern countries by the million, with the advantages of economy of scale making them so cheap, that the few European countries that do produce bikes of those classes will not be able to compete on price. (Mainly Spain and Italy) Surely it would be better to make it easier, and more practical, to own and ride bikes that are actually made in the EU....especially as, at the moment, it's the European manufacturers like Ducati, BMW, and our own Triumph, that have weathered the economic storm better than the Japanese, (Though many of the Japs' small bikes are made elsewhere, including Europe, I believe). It will get even harder when the Chinese start to compete in the bigger bike market, as eventually they will. So well done Brussels.......nice one !.......and well done Cameron, and your various suited monkeys, for following blindly, rather than give a little support to the largest remaining UK owned vehicle manufacturer....Triumph motorcycles ....and of course all the other businesses in the UK motorcycle trade. Remember, a cheap piddly little Chinese Micky Mouse bike sells for fvck all, and I don't know what the expected profit margin on a bike is these days, but if it's 15%,( it could be less, as I said, I don't know)...then 15% of fvck all is still precisely fvck all ! (This is edited from a letter I wrote to 'The Road' a little while back) I added later, in response to someone who thought I was knocking the Chinese bikes : I wasn't particularly knocking the Chinese bikes - their quality, or that of the ones we see here, has improved in recent times - but I was criticising the EC's policy of throwing away the market to China by making it difficult to get onto anything other than imported bikes for new riders. Why the fvck don't they support the European manufacturers by making it simpler, and cheaper, to be able to ride what they actually produce. Once the bug has bitten hard, a new rider will want to move up the ladder to bigger and better bikes...OK, they're usually second hand, but that leaves the manufacturers a new sale to the upgrading experienced biker. Unfortunately the new rider has to go through so many hoops to get a bigger bike licence that his patience, and his monetary resources, get severely compromised along the way. I accept that any sensible person (which probably counts out most motorcyclists) will go for the cheapest option for a first bike, if they're buying 'new' and plan on upgrading at the earliest opportunity. That's just economic good sense, unless they buy a sufficiently 'used' bike so they can re-sell it at the price they bought it for, or at the worst a very small loss. I have to admit that I can't see the point in buying a brand new bike to learn on....but I'm not an aspirational teenager for whom appearance, and owning the 'latest', is everything. Otherwise all those un-restricted, but still legal, sixteener specials from the past would have been lovingly looked after and sold on to be still on the roads with today's teens, rather than those shitty feeble 'twist 'n' goes' that they ride now. But am I right?

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