When Should I Upgrade My Bike? ~ MotoJitsu

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In this video I answer a very common question I get, when should I upgrade to a bigger bike. I first recommend not to. Take higher level courses to learn how to be a better rider before thinking the bike is what is holding you back, it isn’t. You’re the one who’s needs the upgrade. The second tip is if you can’t do Brown Belt in my MotoJitsu Master Riding Program, why would you think you need a bigger or more powerful bike? The last tip is if your goals change on the bike you have, then it would make sense to get a different bike. Maybe you want to start going off roading or carry more luggage around or you want to start traveling longer distances, get a bike that will meet your goals.


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  1. OMG, I feel as if you made this video because of me. What happen is that I thought I was (well.. Actually I am) a brown belt after practicing the drill for about 100 times at 15 – 20 mins per drill over at least 4 months (I literally practiced everyday!! ) . I felt somewhat comfortable (!?) being a brown belt about a month ago until during my routine (!?) practice, I dropped my bike for the first time in my life… Yikes.. I had no clue what happened (actually I did not counter balance enough with my body. 😢), but it was a wake up call for me. My 2017 Ninja is OK due to the frame slider although my clutch pedal is bent a bit.. Oh well.. I guess I am not upgrading my bike for a while.. 🙄😑

  2. I keep following up on your videos and posts. I also share them with my friend who is also new on her bike and my bike should be by us quite soon. Hold thumbs. Then I will most definitely "shut up and practice" 😀

  3. Hi, I've been following you for a while.. it make sense.. thanks.. I am from Bangladesh.. always have to ride through heave traffic and I am new in riding.I have Bajaj V 15. It's a 150cc motorcycle. I practiced 8 and it worked for me. Do you have any online version of your book? It'll be helpful for me. Thanks.

  4. I cant do any rotaion inside a 20 food circle 🙁 My bike simply dont allow me to turn that much, haha. Cuz my
    weft angle is to small. #racebike xD
    Maybe i should try it with a higher speed and a lil bit of drifting ^^

  5. Really like your videos and I’ve learned a lot. I watched this video and #3 I think answered my question. I currently have a KLR 650, but I had to move a lot further away from my work so not my commute when from 10 miles a day to 85 miles a day. I don’t do the whole dual sport thing anymore and the KLR is just a pig on the freeway. I’ve been considering going from the KLR to something like the SV650 or maybe even the Tracer 900. What would your thoughts be on a change like that?

    I feel like that falls under #3 cause I’m not necessarily looking for something super over powered but something that’s going to be more adapt to freeway riding.

  6. Hey, I just wanted to than you for all the great Videos you make!
    Today I passed my A2 Driverslicence Test. We have very strict roadlaws and test inspectors here in Germany. Your Videos on slow speed riding realy helped out a lot! Thank you very much!

  7. I have six different bikes and I took each one to the World's highest motor-able road, called "KHARDUNGLA PASS" which is 18379ft. on the way, we have to pass so many deadly passes.. You are right. I felt Bike is not the first thing, It is all about the skill you have which can only take yout to those places.

  8. As you may know, professional motorcycle trainer Ax Axmaker of Be Crash Free recently stopped producing his monthly videos and has moved on into teen driver training. In his final video, Ax recommended just three (I believe) YouTube channels to follow and yours was among them!

  9. I feel like the US should adopt some of the European rules when it comes to motorcycles, it’s far too easy to get a license here. And unrestricted access to any size bike is as well a big safety issue. Sure no system is perfect, and mindset is very important but seeing 19year old kids on 160hp sport bikes is kind of scary.

  10. Crazy thing is, I went from a Ninja 500 to a 636, and I actually learned more by practicing your drills on my 636, then actually went back to the 500 because I had less fear of damaging it with practice. Now I have great confidence riding any bike I have the chance to! I love your tips, technique, and passion for riding

  11. Thanks Eddie. Very sage advice as always. I need to spend less time lusting over the motorcycle classified adverts and more time learning on what I have. I bought your book and look forward to learning more.

  12. When should I upgrade my bike?
    "You shouldn't"

    Seems factitious, but it's not. Asking when should I upgrade my bike, you're thinking about things all wrong. Good video

  13. Good advice! I’ll wait on getting that Streetglide, my Softail Deluxe works well. Courses up here in CT are few and far between, so I got your book and practicing until I get into a course!

  14. Finding a car park that isn't in use 7 days a week is my first problem. I'm happy doing the circles, practice doing figure eights in the basement at work and also practice hard stops, but I have no interest in getting my knee down. I have scraped the pegs/center stand, but even doing a cornering clinic aimed at improving our street riding, undertaken at the local track we were not being encouraged to get our knees down.
    I will be upgrading my bike, but actually, for one of the reasons you identified, a change in the type of riding I am doing, more shingle roads, while still using it for my daily commute.

  15. so all your friends have litre bikes and youre wondering why youre still on an r3? people make the argument that its too dangerous to get a bigger bike for the sake of appearance, but consider an apples for apples argument; how cool are you going to look when that $20k bike you just bought gets dropped at the traffic lights =|

  16. I started riding 5 years ago, I got my learners and in New Zealand we have the learner approved motorcycle scheme (LAMS) motorcycles. A motorcycle that has an engine capacity between 251cc and 660cc, and has a power output of less than 150 kilowatts per tonne (measured at the motor). Generally, over here, it is 6 months learners (after doing a course you can progress to the next stage immediately) -> 18 months restricted (1 year if a course is done) -> full. You can only ride LAMS motorcycles while on learners and restricted. I didn't have the option to skip learners when I started, that process came in later. To cut a long story short, after my first 6 months, every time I went to book my restricted I always ended up booking a roadcraft course instead. A LAMS motorcycle can hit the speed limit pretty quick so it wasn't like I needed a faster motorcycle. I started on a 2009 Hyosung GT 250 and I had that for about a year, then I moved to an 89 Yamaha FZR400 and kept that for a couple of years, and then I switched to a 2014 FZ6R (XJ6R in the US I think). These are all LAMS approved. About a month ago I finally got my full and bought a 2017 S1000R (4000kms on the clock, MINT condition), I love the bike, it's awesome but I wish I had gone with something smaller but full power like a 765r or similar. In my opinion, without doing those courses I would be far less a rider on a powerful machine now – a bad scenario. Its stupidly easy to ride a motorcycle until the unexpected happens; that's where most riders fail to grasp the importance of practice and the benefits courses can offer. I do around 600km a week, starting at 5am to go to work and 3pm when I come home, 50% motorway 50% rural backcountry roads. @motojitsu is 100% correct, software > hardware. Aside, I'm a software developer.

  17. I've been riding bikes for 44 years and I can't agree with you more. Most riders out there can't ride anywhere near their bike's full capabilities. Following your advice will keep more riders alive! Be safe fellow bikers!


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