In recent years, the number of vintage motorcycles in Canada has been booming.
While it’s hard to know exactly how many vintage motorcycles are currently in circulation, it’s estimated that roughly 50 per cent of the country’s motorcycles are in use today.
“Vintage motorcycles are very rare, and when you get them, they can be quite expensive,” says Michael Ayliffe, owner of Ayliff Motorcycles in Toronto.
“The one thing that you should be aware of is the condition of the parts and the quality of the paint.
It’s very important to look at the condition and the condition is going to be very different from the original.”
Some vintage motorcycles that are on the market today have never seen the light of day.
Many of these vintage motorcycles, like the vintage Harley-Davidson, are being ridden by enthusiasts who may have just had a new motorcycle or a refurbished one, but who have been given a new set of skills and equipment to take it on the road.
While the vintage motorcycle market has grown in popularity, it can also be an intimidating place for many of those who are new to the hobby.
“I don’t want to come across as a snob,” says Aylifee.
“I think it’s a great thing for a lot of people to go through, but it’s not a job for everybody.
It can be a bit of a grind.”
While there are many things that you need to know to ride your vintage motorcycle, here are a couple of key tips that will make it a great opportunity.1.
Don’t get too attached to your vintage bike.
“You should always be prepared to leave your bike in the garage for a while, if you want to,” says Mr. Aylief.
“A lot of times, it’ll come back, but you’ll still have it.”2.
Take a break from the bike.
Vintage motorcycles are great for relaxation, as well as a way to get some distance from your daily grind.
You can also do some shopping or even try a new restaurant or cafe in town.
“It’s very much a lifestyle,” says B.J. Gagnon, owner and owner of B. J. Gaggin.
“When you’re riding your bike around town, you can relax.”3.
Check the weather.
A vintage motorcycle is a great way to explore different aspects of life in a different way.
While you won’t see the weather on a vintage Harley, you may see it on a Kawasaki, or it might be a Suzuki.
“There are many places in Canada where it’s cold, there are lots of places in Ontario where it is cool, and there are places in Alberta where it isn’t cold at all,” says Ms. Gagan.
“What you’ll see is the weather has changed, and it’s still a wonderful time to ride.”4.
Consider what you’re looking for.
While vintage motorcycles may look like they’re used, they’re not.
“They’re not used, it doesn’t look like it’s used,” says Gagnons friend, Ms. Aulsey.
“But they’re a great time to look for a new or refurbished motorcycle.
“In a few years, they might look a little better. “
For a lot, a new bike is really not as good as the old one,” says Margo Aulson, a vintage bike enthusiast and owner at The Vintage Motorcycle Store in Toronto, Canada.
“In a few years, they might look a little better.
A used bike is just as good, and for a fraction of the cost.”5.
Try riding it for yourself.
Many vintage motorcycle enthusiasts don’t just want to take their vintage bike on the highway.
“Most of the time, you’ll just go for a ride,” says Tom Aulsson, a motorcycle enthusiast and rider from St. Catharines, Ontario.
“Sometimes you’ll get to go for an hour or two and get a little taste of it, but the most important thing is you’ll have the experience and you’ll know what it’s like.”
“I’ve done a lot riding a vintage motorbike,” says Jana Hildebrandt, owner, and owner, the vintage motorcycle store, and instructor, at The Ride Motorcycle School.
“So I’ve ridden a lot and seen a lot.”
A few of these rides have included some of the classics like a vintage Yamaha R1 and a Harley-Davidsons S1, and some have been more adventurous like the trip to Japan.
“If you’re into the vintage side, you should check out some of these sites and see what’s available for rent or for rent,” says Hildebrands owner, Ms Aulssey.