Mopeds, Sports Bike
My Motorcycle and Me: Andy NgFounder of the popular SingaporeBikes.com forum, the biggest online Motor Biking community in Singapore, Andy shared with us his of love for the two-wheel ride and how he started the popular virtual hang-out place for motorcyclists in Singapore.
How long have you been riding a motorcycle? Or how long is it since you first rode a bike?
I have been riding since 1998 when I first took my class 2B license. I took it after hearing some exciting discussions among 2 of my friends who were taking the lessons and sharing their experiences on the “tactics” to pass the various lessons. It started with a simple taunt “You think so easy? You go take class 2B license see how hard it is!” That’s what pushed me to go for motorcycle license and therefore started my riding experience.
What was your first motorcycle, and why was it so special? What is your dream motorcycle, and why?
Every new rider will face the urge to own their first ride; needless to say, I too fell for the temptation and actually down payment for my first ride (A Daelim Magma 125cc) at a roadshow at Suntec City. Every rider will love their first ride, regardless of whether it’s a brand new or second-hand ride. It’s special to me because I was still schooling at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and enlisting into NS soon so I do not have much funds to actually upkeep a motorcycle, so I sold my bicycle, depleted my savings and yes, I pretty much trashed everything I have in exchange for my first ride. So when things went extreme, logically it just bonded me with my ride, very naturally. She’s all I had at that time.
Frankly speaking, I do not have any preferences to any type of motorcycles. I find that each type of motorcycle provides me with different riding experiences and as I grew up and financially more stable, I started riding different types of motorcycles whenever I changed my ride. Cruisers, scramblers, scooters, mopeds, sports bike, Tourers, roadbikes, supermotards etc. My latest ride was an Aprilia Shiver 750cc Roadbike, which I traded my BMW GS650 from.
You created Singaporebikes.com Forum, what sparked the idea, and how has the journey been till now – as you recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. What is your vision for Singaporebikes.com Forum in years to come?
About a decade ago, while I was still in my national service, things are getting pretty bored and I spent a lot of time on online bulletin board, and the hottest one during that period of time was actually the Delphi-forums where anyone can register an account in there and create their own sub-forum category. And due to the popularity of it, the site encountered the inevitable consequence of bad traffic bandwidth and surfing it became a drag. And after several search engine queries, I began to experiment with setting up a forum board and it started with a simple vision – Why not all the motorcycle-related sub-forum groups in Delphi-forums, migrate over to this forum board that I created and we can create the same forum groups just like Delphi-forums?
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