What To Consider Before Buying Your First Motor Bike
There’s no doubt about it: anyone who has ever owned a motorcycle will probably tell you that there is nothing in the world quite like it.
If you’ve decided to buy your first motorcycle, get ready to adopt a new lifestyle filled with sunny days, long and winding roads, cool gear, and plenty of adventure. If you’re just starting out, here are some key points that you might want to consider before you buy your first bike.
#1 Rider safety courses are a great way to learn the basics.
They usually last 2 or 3 days, but you can probably find a longer course if you want. If you take one of these courses, you might receive as much as a 20% discount on your insurance. Most riders will probably tell you that if you have no experience, a safety course is a must.
#2 Decide on the type of bike you want to ride.
There are three basic seating positions: feet back, feet center, and feet forward. Sport bikes usually place the rider in a more aggressive, feet-back position. A typical “standard” bike will allow you to ride with your feet directly beneath your knees. These types of bikes are great for beginners because they are easy to handle as well as being very comfortable.
Many “cruiser” models employ a feet-forward position. These bikes are also good for beginners, but it is a matter of personal preference. The feet-forward position will allow you to stretch out a bit more, while still maintaining the cruiser type of feeling. You should go to dealerships and sit on the various types of motorcycles before deciding on the position you like best.
#3 Decide on how much power you will need.
You will hear many different perspectives on how much power is good for a first bike. The answer is: it depends on the rider. For highway cruising, a 600cc engine will be more than enough. For the city, a 250cc-500cc engine will provide adequate power.
Motorcycles with engines larger than 600cc’s are also just fine for beginners. One thing to keep in mind is that an 800cc engine in one motorcycle might produce the same amount of horsepower as a 1000cc engine in another bike. Engine size does not necessarily equate to increased safety or ease of operation. It really depends on the bike.
#4 Do your research.
Not all motorcycles are constructed in the same manner. Look up repair history, search through video reviews, and listen to what
experts have to say. It might save you from making a bad decision.
#5 If possible, ride a friend’s bike.
The more riding experience you get under your wing, the more informed you will be when it comes to making the big purchase.
#6 Research safety gear.
Along with your motorcycle, you will want a good helmet, a good pair of riding gloves, and a quality pair of boots. At the minimum, those three items will keep you protected in case of a fall. Some riders also opt to wear protective suits and even armor. The world of motorcycle accessories is vast and there are many excellent products that will make your experience safer and more enjoyable.
#7 When it comes time to actually make the purchase, bring the prospective motorcycle to a reputable mechanic for inspection.
It may cost you a little time and money up front, but the peace of
mind that you will receive (and lack of costly repairs) will be priceless.
#8 In order to get the best deal possible, use websites that give accurate and realistic assessments of value.
If you are buying new, there won’t be much room for negotiation. But if you are buying a used bike and you have really done your research on the model, you can get a great deal.
#9 Insure, register, and get the bike inspected.
It is also a good idea to save all paper work for tune-ups and repairs, just in case you want to sell the bike at some point down the road.
#10 Have a great time.
Motorcycling is safe and fun when proper riding technique is utilized. Welcome to the club! VIGOROUS
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