MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND IT IS TIME FOR SOUTH AFRICA TO EMBRACE MOTORCYCLES AS A MODE OF TRANSPORT
The Motorcycle Industry fully opened for business, along with the rest of the Automobile Industry, on 1 June 2020, subject to all the required health precautions. Whilst it is early days, a number of Dealerships have reported that the limited business they were able to do in May was unexpectedly good given the circumstances, and this appears to be continuing into June.The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the South African economy across virtually every sector, and the impact of this will be felt for years to come. Websites associated with vehicle sales are now reporting a significant increase in numbers of consumers searching for lower priced vehicles, indicating, amongst other things, that consumers are looking at ways of lessening their financial burdens.Now is a perfect time for consumers to look at motorcycling as a solution to not only their transport requirements, but also to take some load off their financial problems.
Practical, economical and reliable motorcycles and scooters are available from as little as R 15 000. For a sum of R 20 000 it is quite feasible for someone to equip themselves with a brand new scooter, helmet, jacket and gloves and have money to spare for a training course.The R 40 000 to R 90 000 price bracket offers a number of sub 500cc motorcycles and scooters that will easily commute at freeway speeds economically. These units generally have a two-year unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty and are from reputable brands such as BMW, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Kymco, Suzuki, SYM and Yamaha.A typical example of a person living 15km’s from work, using a vehicle with a fuel consumption of 10l/100km, will result in an annual fuel cost of approximately R 21 000. A small capacity motorcycle or scooter using roughly 3l/100km will have an annual fuel cost of R 3 500. The saving in fuel alone will easily take care of maintenance and insurance and also have the added benefit that the motorcycle will pay for itself over a two-year period. With interest rates having been lowered recently, motorcycle dealerships are offering attractive finance options that are available through various finance houses nationwide.Then there is the time saving. That typical 15km journey will probably take between 45 minutes to an hour in peak hour traffic in a car, but 20 minutes max on a motorcycle. That is a minimum time saving of one hour per day and equates to roughly 250 hours per annum. 10 whole days! People who earn income on a per hour basis can easily recover the cost of a motorcycle by working an hour per day extra. Certainly, more time is available for leisure and family activities.Whilst there is a widespread perception that motorcycles are dangerous, the reality is that the rider can manage the risks far more easily than what many people realise. Undergoing basic training is the first step. Correct and appropriate safety gear is the second. However, the biggest contributor to safety is the attitude of the rider relative to other road users and conditions. A rider who rides in a manner believing that everyone should see him, with an aggressive attitude, is a big danger to him or herself. A rider who THINKS CAR/ROAD whilst riding will take appropriate preventative and pro-active measures whilst operating a motorcycle and will find a completely different world out there.Obtaining a licence is also not the horror story that it used to be. It is easy to obtain an examination date online and take it from there.
Commuters who use public transport such as taxis, busses and trains may find the purchase of a motorcycle a bit more challenging, due to financial constraints. The advantages of mobile independence however, once tasted, is immeasurable, in addition to many hours saved in terms of travel time to and from work. Lastly, in the times to come, Covid-19 will have a dominant influence on many of our daily actions. For those in the know, riding a motorcycle is one of the finest ways to practise social distancing and express and enjoy personal freedom.
If you’ve read Bill’s previous article on the Zontes 310V cruiser you might remember he mentioned the twin rear shocks were, err, rubbish. Which was a bit of a shame because the rest of the bike, he said, was fantastic.
You can also watch his video on the 310V in our video section, or, on ‘The Bike Show’ You Tube channel, which Bill now works on as well.
Anyway, after a call to the Zontes factory in China they apologized and sent these new nitrogen/gas replacements, which were fitted by our friends at www.thebikemansa.co.za (082 573 5124), who also retail all of Zontes’ motorcycles range, of course.So Bill hurriedly ran off to collect the 310V again, and according to him the problem is well and truly solved. As you can see the springs are slightly different and the damping is now so good that it can support Bill’s mass nicely, so he says.
Therefore, the Zontes 310V is now the prefect cruiser, and more importantly, the only one in the 300-400cc bracket, and for just under 80K it’s a very attractive option to everything else.
Now go to www.zontes.co.za to locate your nearest dealer and to find out when you can get your hands on one.
Our good friend Noddy at www.bikeworx.co.za now has full Texa diagnostic equipment for every bike from AJS to Zundapp – well nearly.
So, if you have any irritating faults with your modern motorcycle and can’t seem to find them, or why there’re there, Noddy and his friendly staff can happily assist.Not forgetting his famous Dynajet dyno, (which all our test bikes are run on), and all things involved with it, like fuel mapping and the like, to attain maximum performance from your stock ECU.
Either way give him a call on (011 792 5795) for more information.