How to Choose Your First Motorcycle

If you are looking for an alternative to a car, another excellent choice would be to purchase a motorcycle! The thrill of being out on the open road on one of these powerhouses is unlike any other, and if you have got your bike license and are ready to face the roads with a new set of wheels, there’s no better time to start the search for that first motorcycle.

Here are some factors to consider when making that first purchase:

Don’t overdo the performance, to begin with: A common mistake many buyers make when getting that first motorcycle is selecting a high-performance model – and then being unable to handle it. It is a better option to choose a slower bike, that is with a smaller engine size, to start with and build up those all-important bike riding skills. Then, when you have gained the skills and experience, you can then look at upgrading.

Think about how you will be using your motorcycle: How you intend to make use of your bike will impact the shape and size of the bike you choose. Will you be traveling in dense traffic areas regularly, or will you be traveling out on long distances? How do you intend to use your bike, because recognizing such needs will allow you to select the most appropriate motorcycle to reflect your desired riding experience.

Are you looking at buying new or used? This may be a case of personal circumstances, but you may have more choice to select the most preferred type of motorcycle when buying new, as opposed to buying secondhand. New bikes will also come with a warranty for extra peace of mind. However, second-hand bikes can also be just as a good a choice if you would prefer a bike that isn’t in perfect condition. Therefore, you will not feel too bothered about a little bit of knocks and bumps added to it here and there!

Does your choice of bike fit with your body shape? Some people may not realize this, but bikes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes just as the human body itself does. Each motorcycle will vary in comfort, and therefore the riding experience will also differ from bike to bike because of this. Some bikes may have seating too low or some too high. Others may cause discomfort to the wrists when riding. The only way to combat this is to try each one out for size.

Have You Looked Around? Though it is only natural to feel excited and perhaps think about purchasing the first motorcycle that you see, be practical here and take a look around to ensure you get that best bike for your needs. Take someone with you who can help you get past this point, and also give each bike you see a mechanical check for suitability. That way you are less likely to purchase on impulse.

Have you considered the additional costs of your chosen motorcycle purchase? Lastly, have you taken into consideration the additional costs associated with purchasing a motorcycle? As well as the insurance and maintenance costs, you will also need to factor in those all-important safety gear costs, which can not be stressed enough when riding a motorcycle. These will include a decent helmet, jacket, pants and safety gloves.

Finally, when looking at purchasing your very first motorcycle, make it a priority to choose one that you will be excited to ride every day. Motorcycle purchases are usually a luxury, not a necessity, so take your time to get this right, and this could well be the start of a new thrilling passion.

Author Bio

Gavin Mcgee is a car dealer and enthusiast. Having been connected to cars since his childhood Gavin knows a lot about various cars, their makers, models, servicing and is willing to share his knowledge with others and help them solve any problems they might have related to automobiles and motorycles.