“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close”.
Are you a motorhead living in Singapore? Are you thinking of getting yourselves a snazzy new set of wheels? If that’s the case, we have you covered.
Here is all you need to know about owning a motorcycle in Singapore — right from the size of the hole it will burn in your pocket to the coolest bike clubs that you absolutely need to be part of.
Let’s start with money matters
Owning a motored vehicle in Singapore is an expensive affair. Additional charges like the COE (Certificate of Entitlement) and ARF (Additional Registration Fee) are primarily responsible for hiking the price to get your dream machine on the road.
The ARF is a tiered fee, which means that you will pay more fees if your bike is high-end or luxury. This table illustrates the difference:
|Motored Vehicle||Bike 1||Bike 2||Bike 3|
|Open Market Value (OMV)||$4,800.00||$ 8,000.00||$18,000.00|
|Excise duty (12% of OMV)||$576.00||$960.00||$2,160.00|
|GST (7/107 of OMV + Excise)||$351.70||$586.17||$ 1,318.88|
|Registration (Fixed amount)||$220.00||$220.00||$220.00|
|ARF Tier 1 (15% of first $5000)||$720.00||$750.00||$750.00|
|ARF Tier 2 (50% of next $5000)||NA||$1,500.00||$2,500.00|
|ARF Tier 3 (100% of > $10,000)||NA||NA||$ 8,000.00|
|COE (Fixed)||$7,602.00||$7,602.00||$ 7,602.00|
|IU (In-vehicle Unit or value card)||$160.50||$160.50||$160.50|
|OTR price before FOB, Road Tax & Insurance||$14,430.20||$19,778.67||$ 40,711.38|
This calculation brings us to the price of the vehicle before freight, road tax and insurance. The LTA provides clear guidelines on calculating the Road Tax, which is based on the vehicle’s Power Rating (PR) and Engine Capacity (EC). There is also a road tax surcharge that is payable for motorcycles that are ten years and older. The surcharge is a percentage of the road tax and increases with years.
Now, let’s talk about the biking havens
If you are more of a brick and mortar kind of a person then these established motorbike dealers will not disappoint you:
Address: 399 Changi Rd, Singapore 419846
Phone: +65 6299 0770
Address: 370 Ubi Rd 3, Singapore 408651
Phone:+65 6513 9326
Address: 152 Jalan Besar, #01-01 Coyuco Bldg, Singapore 208870
Phone: +65 6295 5449
Most of them don’t have websites, but you would be wise to keep an eye out for offers on their Facebook pages. Gumtree and Carousell can also sometimes be perfect places to strike a deal for used bikes as you would be dealing directly with the seller. Do make sure that you have the vehicle checked by a professional and have all the paperwork in place.
And what about the destinations?
In tiny Singapore, it can be slightly challenging to find open roads to race your mean machine, but this track by Eagle Rider around the island is a great option. Seletar is also popular amongst bikers. You can head to Wheeler’s Estate later for a refreshing drink or a hearty meal.
Most Motorcycle riders will head out to Malaysia very often to get those wheels revving. Some cool destinations to check out for a short-day trip are Malacca, Muar, Mersing and Desaru in Malaysia, not too far from the Singapore border.
Cameron Highlands and Penang are great too if you have a little more time. A lot of biking groups also plan trips to ride to Thailand. If however, you do not have any time constraints whatsoever, then your possibilities are endless. You can ride out from Singapore and go beyond Thailand to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or even India!
Finally, some of the coolest bikers in town you can meet!
They say that a journey is best measured in friends rather than miles. That’s exactly why you need to find your tribe of like-minded bikers to share your passion and perhaps your beers with. Singapore has quite a lot of biker clubs that meet regularly and plan riding adventures.
Take the time to find the one that feels right for you.
Mad Dog Motorcycle Club
This exclusive club is for Harleys and large bore cruisers, and membership is by invitation only. The Mad Dogs just celebrated their 15th Anniversary in Singapore.
Singapore Bikers (SG) Meetup
The Singapore Bikers meet on one Sunday every month for rides to places like Malacca, and Mersing for lunch. They also regularly plan rides to other destinations in Malaysia, Thailand and beyond. You can join this group on Meetup.
The Storm Riders meet every Saturday night at LC food court in Tanjong Katong. Bikes of all sizes are welcome. They plan regular trips to Malaysia and Thailand.
Friday Night Bikers
This group meets up after 10 pm on Friday nights near KTM Railway Station and ride out into Malaysia. They are known to be a very friendly bunch.
One of the most popular all women’s club in Singapore, Sheriders is 150 riders strong. The group is close like a family and celebrate birthdays and festivals together when they are not riding out to Malaysia and Thailand.
The Road Angels is another all-girls biker group with young women who share a passion for speed but also understand the importance of safety and stand by each other on and off the road. They meet up for dinner once a month and enjoy riding together within Singapore. Sometimes they also ride to Malaysia.
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