Owning and riding a motorcycle is a thrilling and rewarding experience. But before going out and just buying any old thing, there are several factors to consider. This article will discuss three tips on buying the right motorcycle.
Consider Your Riding Experience
Is this your first bike? Or have you been riding motorcycles for years and you now want a brand new bike? If you are a beginner, you should consider a less expensive, used bike to practice on and gain experience riding. Almost everyone drops their bike a few times when learning how to ride. You’re best off to start with a used bike off Craigslist or somewhere like. Then you can upgrade when you are ready. That way you don’t end up owning a bike that overpowers you, or damaging an expensive bike.
What Bike is Your Best Fit
The kind of riding you’re interested in fairly well dictates the type of bike you should shop for. Conversely, the kind of bike you ride largely defines your motorcycling world and lifestyle. So, besides selecting a bike based on its mechanical and performance attributes, consider what circles you’ll likely be riding in. If you don’t think of yourself as a racer or a biker in the Wild One vein, and you would be comfortable at, say, an Eagles reunion concert, consider a traditional bike. People attracted to sportbikes, on the other hand, tend to indulge in extreme activities—think The Fast and the Furious, only on two wheels. If you want to hang with the hip-hop crowd, maybe you’re a sportbike candidate. Folks who enjoy the touring lifestyle tend to be older—often they’re retirees—and are in no kind of hurry when they watch the scenery go by on all sides. If an RV lifestyle or dinner theater appeals to you, so might a touring bike. But if you want to put some adventure into a long daily commute, you may be cruiser-bike material.Think about how often you will be riding and why you are riding. If you intend to use a motorcycle for regular transportation, consider a standard or traditional bike. If you plan on long distance riding across thousands of miles, possibly with a passenger, you are going to need a touring bike. Learn about the different types and styles, determine what you will be using it for, consult with experts, and then make your purchase.
Is this the Bike for me?
As you shop, consider your body type: If you cannot put both feet flat on the ground when the bike is upright, it’s too tall for you, period. Also, if this is your first bike, or you’ve never ridden anything scarily fast, don’t even look at a high-performance bike.
That said, if you see yourself using the bike primarily as daily transportation, consider a standard, or traditional, bike. If you used to ride years ago, these will look familiar, but feel better thanks to electric starters, fuel injection and disc brakes. If your commute is a long one, you typically do it with a passenger and you want a bit more style, the next logical choice is a cruiser. If you intend to spend many hours and miles in the saddle with a passenger sitting behind you, you need a touring bike. For a little more performance in a touring bike, there’s a subset called sport/touring. If you primarily want to straighten curvy roads, your needs will be best met with a sportbike. If you want a basic commuter that can keep going when the pavement doesn’t, look at a dual-purpose bike: a standard bike with extra ground clearance and knobby tires.The price of a motorcycle varies greatly depending on many factors. If you are planning to buy new you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000. Before you go out buying, know whether used or new is a good fit for you and also keep the amount of money you can spend in mind.
If you are into motorcycles or the motorcycle lifestyle be sure to check out the Colorado Motorcycle Expo January 28-29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado!