Hi guys and girls.
My name is Arek , polish national , been living in Uk for past 10 years , but yesterday arrived to Vancouver for year or maybe longer . Been riding every single day in London for past 2,5 years, and since I'm here I need to find myself bike , and need some help from you guys regarding insurance costs and other small things ( have to add that did quite alot of googling ) .
My most recent bike was Gsxr 750 k5 , which was amazing . I'm thinking about purchasing either the same bike or go up to 1000 but 1 model older ( k3-k4 ) which has the same shape as Gsxr 750 k5-k6 .
How much realistically I should pay for one of above bikes , just to add that I don't mind bike with high milage , as in Uk I was doing around 20k km's/year and know that as long as you look after your bike and service it it will be realiable and serve you long time .
How much insurance should I pay as a 29 yr old male holding car licence for over 10 years , bike one for 2 years ( it's Uk licence , but I will exchange it in nearest few days for Canadian one - I kow that it costs something like $50 ) .
Are there any other legal expenses with owning bike , eg. In Uk you have to put your bike through Mot test to check whether it is roadworthy or not , plus you have to pay "road tax " every year for using roads .
What is the theft rate in Vancouver like ? As in Uk I lost 2 bikes , and 1 was vandalised .
Are there any exemptions for bikes , eg . In Uk you can park them in most parts of London for free , even on meters , or chargeable parkings + you have special motorbike parkings all around London , guess that's why there's so many ppl commuting on them ( free parking , filtering allowed , cheaper running costs , more fun )
Ps is there anything like londons famous "Ace cafe " where every weekend hundreds of bikers come over to hang out.
Sorry for such a long introduction and all the questions .
Hope you gonna be able to help me.