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2013-11-04 21:43

CALL TO ACTION: Wheels24 reader SCHALK COETZEE asks SA riders to share in the two-wheel spirit on SA's roads. Image: AFP


"We bought a motorcycle to be free," writes Wheels24 reader SCHALK COETZEE as he asks riders to share two-wheel camaraderie on South African roads.

A constraint
is something that plays the part of a physical, social or financial restriction. It is a derived form of the intransitive verb form constrained.

After reading many discussions regarding bike riders, clubs and even political influence, I think the most important factors regarding bike riders have been overlooked for far too long.


We need to start at financial service providers - banks

Why is owning a bike still seen as a luxury item which the attracts a higher interest rate than buying a car? One can understand off-road motorbikes and quads but there is no point classifying a motorcycle that is used specifically for commuting as a luxury item (as a side note – a luxury item in my opinion is for recreational use only).

When buying a house through a bank there is normally an officer who evaluates whether the money being borrowed for the property would be viable compared to the investment by the bank.

With the above in mind; why not have an bank official appointed as to check ALL financing accounts against the applicant’s name as well as registrations and/or agreements thereto (in case of divorce settlement/s) and then make a decision regarding the correct finance rate as to ensure that commuters are being looked after.


We need to look at clubs and/or bike fraternities

Being a budget biker, there's not a lot of talk among riders about gathering/s and/or rides for the fun of it. Why is it such a close-guarded secret with some cubs and/or fraternities that nobody hears about getting together just for the fun of riding?

Riders always speak about brotherhood and how they look out for one another but as I have come to see in BikeSA magazine and various other magazines, the “normal Joe” owning a bike and riding for pleasure, leisure and/or work is forgotten.

As I have mentioned in a previous article, I do not belong to a club but I do have a member number with Busa Riders SA and Hayabusa association. I do not see real benefits of having such a number and/or affiliation. I am not saying I am and/or want to quit any of the two association/s, I am merely trying to see if this article and my direct approach towards other riders is not just a single view but a shared general/national view that needs to be addressed.

With clubs all over SA there are so many functions being held and I truly believe that for a budget rider it is not always viable to attend the more far-out get-togethers so I urge bike riders to advertise on Twitter and Facebook (free advertising) as much as possible. This ensures that even a rider who's around the corner from any gathering can say, “Thank you for making me a part of this.”


Begging the question: “How many can say that they have really made any effort to show how much being a fellow rider means?”

I try my heart out every day while I commute, greeting left and right where I can. I’ve noticed these days it doesn’t matter if a common interest is shared.

The whole hype of being a fellow biker is really going down the drain. I am sticking my head out as I know that comments will fly to the contrary but I am merely sharing my thoughts as a lone rider and trying to get all riders to talk to one another.

We all bought a motorcycle for the same reason – to not be stuck in traffic and to experience freedom.

As a lot of bike riders and fraternities would say: Keep the rubber on the tar and enjoy safe and courteous motoring.
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