So what’s all this about then? A blog relating to the Yamaha AG200 motorcycle? What’s this guy on? Well the naysayers can scoff and make fun of my little obsession here but I feel it’s my job, via this blog, to try and educate, inform and maybe bring a few readers around to my thinking on the tough little bike whose origins stretch back over thirty years. A bike doesn’t stay in production that long without being good at something! So if you’re a naysayer, go away!
Now you’re probably thinking that I’m one of those nutters who is stuck in the past and doesn’t want to know about the new stuff. Or perhaps he is too tight to buy something new (let’s face it, in this range, motorcycling isn’t all that expensive!), and hacks away at this old rubbish that he gets for nothing. Well you would be wrong on your presumptions because I do own newer and more specialised bikes. I lust after an HP4 BMW and will own one one day, and as for dirt riding, I have lived through the era of two stroke domination and owned them, rode them and maintained them. I was not blind to the new technology bought into the four stroke world and now own them too. I’m an electronic engineer, to turn your back on technology is not in my nature.
OK so we have got that out of the way, I’m not a tight arse or a Luddite so why the effort and info on an old, cheap bike? If you haven’t worked it out by now, I am consumed by motorcycling. If anything, it’s getting worse for me because as more tech. comes to the field the more (because of my profession) it draws me in. The thing is when you are really into a field of interest, you also understand the roots of it. In this case I’m not talking about the roots of motorcycling in the physical sense, I’m talking about a motorcycle at its basic level; strip away the tech and give me an engine (preferably single cylinder), basic suspension and we are away.
Sometimes I think it’s good to go out into the countryside and smell the roses. All too often we are hanging off a 180HP monster down the main straight of Phillip Island at a track day and the last thing we are thinking about is our relationship with the machine. We feel the rush, the adrenaline and satisfaction of getting a corner or lap right, but not about the basics of what riding means to us. Dirt riding is the same. We are racing mates or the clock. It’s all good fun and I participate in it all, but sometimes I feel the need to step back.
So how about simplicity? A bike that you know that as long as there is fuel in the tank, it will get you home. The experience is not about the bike or how it performs, but where it gets you, and what you can see while you are on that journey. Slow and reliable! If the focus is not on speed then you will start to notice things like economy, reliability, comfort and carrying capacity. When you are on a lowly bike you are invisible, there is no expectation to perform, and it’s just you and your bike and the experiences it can give you. Is it the ultimate freedom? Is this what we all got into motorcycling for in the first place?
Starting to see where I’m coming from? No? Oh well…let’s see if I can enlighten you…and I welcome you to my site no matter what you ride or even if you don’t ride at all, you may be surprised at what else I’m into that this tough little bike enables me to do.