When did you realise you had outgrown your two-wheeler & Why?

A recent ride gave me a completely new perspective about what type of motorcycle I was truly yearning for deep inside.

BHPian TheHelix0202 recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

We already have a thread on cars here.

But two-wheelers, especially bikes, aren’t as expensive as cars (well, the majority that plies on our roads aren’t - and thankfully!), and for a reasonably well to do individual, the depreciation doesn’t hit as hard as it does when selling a car (generally speaking or comparing; disclaimer: I could be totally wrong here, take it with a pinch of salt ). Little did I foresee that I’d be aspiring to travel the world on two wheels someday. A little bit of backstory -

It’s been exactly 9 months since I got my Gixxer SF 155 (yes, I got her one day after Valentine’s Day), and I feel that I have exploited 90% of her potential (the remaining 10% is something that I can only do on a track, which is a far cry for me). I’ve never been a biker before getting my two-wheeler license, but once I did, there was no turning back.

BUT, within 6 months, I felt quite bored with the Gixxer. A major factor in my feeling this way was this life-changing group ride I undertook with BHPian @nitinkbhaskar. That ride gave me a completely new perspective about what type of motorcycle I was truly yearning for deep inside. As far as I was concerned, I preferred fully-faired bikes (I couldn’t afford the R15 V3, so went for the next best thing. As they say, you’ll never be happy when you have to “settle” for something, but I never knew that the itch for something more substantial would be this prevalent!).

The fact that ADV’s and Tourers grew on me was something that I attribute to my BHPian friend’s Reyah, the baby BMW GS!

Screenshot of BHPian @nitinkbhaskar’s post

Subsequent rides with another friend on his Dominar 400 only drove the final nail into the coffin. The fact that I could, for my height and inclinations, stand on the footpegs of some motorcycles, makes me rejoice in watching countless YouTube videos of 390 Adventure’s, Himalayan’s, Xpulse’s, Dominar’s and more. Even the Duke 390 tugs at my heart now, when once upon a time I was afraid of its infamous hooligan-like nature. I’m thirsty and hungry for more, and I am thirsty and hungry big time - and this makes me wonder about something that I’m quite unsure about yet. Do I sell or keep my Gixxer for longer? For all her positive points, I’m left with a feeling of dissatisfaction at the end of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I love her, but I haven’t even given her a proper review on our forum yet!

I feel that the Gixxer is a sort of neither-here-nor-there motorcycle, though being touted as a sports tourer. It isn’t as sporty as one would expect or like it to be, and its weird ergonomics sort of hurt my chest (I have a condition). It’s better than some Naked 200cc motorcycles out there (top speed wise), but that’s about the only thing going for it; what with the useless wind deflector, that goes for a toss too.

All this rambling, what’s the point, you ask? Well, folks, that leads us to my question for you - what was the story behind selling your motorcycle in a time frame that you didn’t quite expect, or how soon did the bug move onto something that satiates the soul to start biting you? Did you laterally upgrade, or exchange, or did you learn to deal and live with it, and were just wise with your money? Share your tale of outgrowing your motorcycle.

Here's what GTO had to say on the matter:

Kinetic Honda = 6 months or so. Loved it when it was new. That feeling of your own personal vehicle was wow, and this was also my first two-wheeler! Within a couple of months though, found the transmission to be slow (although smooth) and grip levels very okay. Truth be told, friends bought Yamaha RX100s and my heart was sold on the motorcycle's acceleration, style & exhaust note. Asked Dad, he agreed to the RX100 swap and the scooter was sold ASAP. Probably my shortest ownership of any vehicle, although the RX100 didn't last long either. It got stolen at or about the 1-year mark when I'd gone to Gaiety Galaxy cinema to watch Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

Here's what BHPian aargee had to say on the matter:

The general automotive scene is (I mean generic & we all have to remember exceptions in every scenario), graduate -> find a job -> buy a motorcycle, become biker -> tour for sometime -> get married -> bike for some more -> buy a car, become an auto enthusiast -> graduate. The only difference is that the second graduation happens with a child.

The exceptions are very very rare folks like below:

And there're some exceptions among the exceptions who neither fall into this quadrant nor the other!! Maybe a little confused soul like me. Where the enthusiasm started after a job like a normal guy, but self dissuaded staying away from motorcycles. Got married & bought a car like a normal guy, but somewhere lunacy sprung & went back to motorcycling again!!

Continued from where it was left after a break of 5 years with "The Rx100"!! Did some rides here & there, longest was Chennai - Munnar - Chennai for xBhp G2G in 2010, which is when Rx told me...(pls don't ask if the bike can speak...I can listen)

Stop pushing me moron!!

It was the enlightenment!! A glowing beam said that something out there is seeking me & thus the search commenced.

2011 Jun is when the motorcycle found me!! It was in form of Red CBR 250R.

It was my second new motorcycle out of the showroom; it took me to new places that I haven't been; first time across the state of TN, PY, KL, KA, GA, MH, GJ, RJ, DD, DL, UP, HR, BR, JH, MP, WB, OD, TS & AP!! And today when I look back I say holy crap

Fast forward 2021 (almost 2022)...

Can the CBR take to places? Hell yes!!

Do I have the drive to ride that long? Hell yes!!

Will I do it? Hell yes!!

On CBR 250R? This is something that I've been pondering for the last 4+ years.

Is it time to upgrade? Hell...!! Wish I could say yes, but there're a lot of things in my personal life that also makes me ponder...

Whether should I? ???

Whether is it worth it?

I'm still seeking answers...

Here's what BHPian windrider had to say on the matter:

I think there are multiple factors that determine how fast you outgrow a motorcycle. Primarily it depends on what you want from your bike and how much money you are willing to spend. I purchased my very first bike, a unicorn 150 in 2012. I was very happy with it for the first 5-6 years. I did many rides with friends to almost all the major tourist spots in south India. As we kept on venturing out to locations further away from my home, I found it difficult to keep up with the bigger bikes in my group. This was a period when I felt I needed to upgrade, but then financial restrictions didn't allow me. So I stuck with the unicorn. Now it's almost 10 years old and not worth more than 25-30k at most. So I am not worried about it being damaged or stolen I have been taking it to off-road trails where my friends with Himalayans and Dominars won't dare due to fear of their bikes getting damaged. Even if I drop my bike, I am sure it won't cost me anything more than 1000 rupees to get it fixed. I enjoy being completely stress-free on travels. What I am saying is, don't let peer pressure compel you into spending money that you don't have. Yes, a big bike will be a lot more fun, but make sure you have the financial means to live with it. There is no point in getting a big bike if you end up more time worrying about it than actually enjoying it. IMHO, if you really want to upgrade and your pocket allows, get a twin-cylinder. It will satisfy most of your needs and you won't get bored of it quickly like Suzuki. Keep your old bike as a beater bike for daily use and use the new one as a weekend toy. With the way fuel prices are going, you will definitely regret selling your 155cc. Cheers

Here's what BHPian RiderZone had to say on the matter:

  • Pulsar 150: Go bored of it after 5 years, 60k km
  • Duke 390: Did not get bored after 4 years, 50k km
  • Xpulse: 1 year, 2,000 km, not even explored 10% of its capabilities
  • Interceptor 650: Few months, 4000 km, not even started with the customization fun

How quickly you get the urge to upgrade depends on the motorcycle, and you. Small 150cc bikes are very easy to outgrow, your experience with the Gixxer will not be the same with bigger bikes, commuters are commuters after all. I would still like to ride my first gen 390, but the dude I sold it to knows its value and won't sell it back to me.

In my experience, anything 40 horsepower or above is beyond my capabilities as a casual rider to ever totally master and grow out of. The only reason to upgrade then is to "experience" other types of motorcycles and motorcycling. Of course, there are people who change motorcycles every year, but that has more to do with Insta likes than understanding bikes.

It's a disease, unfortunately, but there are worse diseases out there. If you get an ADV, you'll end up spending on all the accessories and gear needed for that type of riding. The moment you start enjoying it, you will get attracted to track riding, buy the bike, accessories and gear needed for that, and find that it's a whole other universe of excitement. Then the wife asks to join in on the fun, and you buy a bike for touring, with the accessories and gear of course. It's not exactly outgrowing as it is sinking deeper into the hole you dug yourself.

I do not understand cars, so my plan for the future includes the Xpulse, the Interceptor, plus a 650 "big" bike like the S Triple or CBR, plus an ADV like the Honda 500, and maybe a Yam Aerox scooter too. Then I will be certain to not want to upgrade until it's time to go then I can buy a litre-class death machine and do it in style.

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