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Some people can hardly understand the very value of vintage bikes as a hobby. However, we dare to admit that this hobby is not for everybody.
The matter is that a vintage bike is an extremely problematic thing. It’s much slower than its up-to-date rivals. Moreover, it takes such a motorcycle more time to stop. However, the most disappointing thing is that an old bike is unable to take on its modern rivals in terms of reliability. As follows from this, such a motorcycle is so specific that you can’t use it as your primary transportation means. Instead, you can drive this bike only on your day off and when you are assured that nothing bad will happen to your motorcycle. Are you ready to use your old bike on such weird and tough terms? If the answer is affirmative, keep reading this helpful beginner vintage motorcycle guide.

Of course, an old bike can bring you more than just a slew of nasty troubles. This motorcycle will enable you to drastically develop your mechanic skills. Such bikes are much simpler ones than modern ones, so you will cope. After all, you have no choice but to repair it from time to time to keep your vintage bike running. You will be delighted by the feeling that you know your motorcycle inside and out and this knowledge enables you to easily repair it on a trip using simple tools. For many people, a capability of fixing your bike by yourself is a pure miracle and it will make you proud of yourself.

Owning a beginner vintage bike: how to get started

Once you have made up your mind to become an owner of an old-school bike, get ready for an uneasy life. It’s not about constant repairs. Finding such a bike is another headache.

You’d better focus on models produces in the 1960-1970s. They have much in common with today’s bikes, so it won’t be a problem to find parts for them. What’s more, it won’t be a devastating thing for your budget. They’re quite affordable.

Secondly, you are highly recommended to find a bike with a working motor. Rebuilding the engine before the first ride is what anybody would be reluctant to do.

Well, after a brief introduction you are ready to compare vintage bikes from different nations.

Japanese vintage bikes
Here we are going to consider Japanese old-school bikes

Advantages
• Very affordable
• Abundant
• Reliable
Downsides
• Quite complicated carburetors
• Some parts can be more expensive than the authentic bike

Not so ago it was very hard to find spare parts for these bikes. Fortunately, the current resurgence of so-called café racer bikes gave birth to a new industry specializing in parts for these motorcycles. So, it means that you can find literally anything you want to have your old Japanese bike rebuilt/modified. Old Japanese bikes will probably never lose their popularity, so if you manage to find an old motorcycle of this nation you will be happy.

US vintage bikes
Of course, American old bikes also have their own pros and cons. Let’s view them.

Advantages
• It’s easy to find affordable parts
• Easy customization
Downsides
• Many mediocre models
• Bad production quality in the 1970s

As a matter of fact, Harley-Davidson had been remaining the only American bike maker. So, if you are searching for a true old-school motorcycle from that era, you can opt for this brand and you won’t lose.

European vintage bikes
Of course, we can’t overlook European old-school motorcycles. An old bike from this region can be a true masterpiece, but get ready for high costs.

Pros
• An intriguing array of models
• You can profitably invest in a rare model
Cons
• Bad Lucas electronics
• Expensive parts

If you aren’t ready to shell out a lot on expensive parts when trying to fix an old German bike, for example, there’s an alternative solution. You should opt for UK bikes – they are most affordable of all European ones.

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