Many people getting their first motorcycle are influenced by the slick and colorful brochures they see around motorcycle dealerships. The array of bikes found on the market today is mind boggling, and making the first choice is often frustrating. Everything from simple little about-town mopeds to large and heavy touring motorcycles are on the market. It is often hard to decide what you want and need because of this selection. However, because they come in so many different configurations, taking the time to decide what you want is very important. Common sense should be the rule here. You first have to decide exactly what you want a motorcycle for. Do you want something that is sporty and fun to do some weekend riding, or are you thinking of hitting the open road and spending hours in the saddle? Will you be riding scenic back roads, or spending fast hours on the freeway? This article will handle a few things you should look for in your first new bike and some motorcycles available.
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The two biggest things to consider for any bike are seat height and weight. Never buy a motorcycle that you can’t sit on with both feet flat on the ground. Weight consideration is a must here also because when learning to ride, you do not want to get yourself in a position where when the bike begins to lean over and you can’t keep it safely balanced. Additionally, a lightweight bike will offer an easier learning curve for beginners.
Engine size is also vital because you do not want a powerful motorcycle that is way beyond your skill set. While lower powered engines can still do a lot of damage if you can’t properly handle the bike, they’re ordinarily easier to control for the less experienced rider.
Where you are riding and how often will also help determine which bikes you want to look at. Are you planning on long drives? Short rides to and from work? Will you be sticking to the roads or hanging mostly in the dirt? All of these factors that will determine the type of motorcycle you’re looking for.
For example, long distance riders will need a bike with luggage space, room for a potential passenger, and a comfortable position to sit in. These adventure bikes, however, tend to be heavier and bad for off-road driving. If you need something for dirt roads and stunts, you’ll need a lighter bike—specifically a dirt bike. These are designed with knobbier treads and a better suspension for rugged terrain. There are also dual purpose bikes that are made for both recreational off-roading while still being street legal.
Evaluate what you plan to do with your motorcycle first before you begin researching what to buy, and you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need.
Think Used First
Always consider a used bike as your first motorcycle. When you get a new bike, it loses value very quickly in the first year, just like a new car. It is also a sure bet that you will also have a tumble or two in your first year of riding, and damaging a new motorcycle can result in very expensive repair bills. If you have a motorcycle that has already been depreciated, you can save a lot of money.
Purchasing a new-to-you motorcycle is easy. The main reason you can find a good entry level bike is because most riders sell their own first bike when they upgrade to match their experience. They are generally in good condition, and good bargains can be found.
The best Bike to Consider
Searching online to locate the ideal bike for a beginner is an easy task, but is a good idea to listen to online experts when considering a new bike. They have experience and they know their way around motorcycles. One of the most highly recommended motorcycles is a 250cc model. Its listed characteristics are good handling, sufficient power range, and the ability for a new rider to have both feet planted firmly on the ground. They are good for around town, short road trips and can run on the freeway, although I would be a bit hesitant to do so. Top speed is around 80 miles per hour. They have good line acceleration, get from 0 to 60 quickly, and are heavy enough to be stable at highway speeds.
Bikes for Women
Women have become a big part of the motorcycle culture. No longer is it a man grease and leather institution. There are even women motorcycle clubs open now—Women on Wheels and Women MC come to mind. When a woman decides on a first bike, the weight and seat height are the two most vital things to consider in relation to her stature. You surely don’t want a bike you can barely pull up off the side stand. And, as noted previously, power is also a consideration. Follow the guidelines above with a little extra attention paid to the height and weight, and you should have no issues.
Today, the choice of bikes around is staggering. With everything out there, it can be hard to make a choice. The best bet for anyone considering buying a first bike is to buy a good used standard bike, learn to ride, and learn what they like and dislike about that bike. Only then can you be sure if you really do need that super fast GSXR 600. Not many people do. Remember, motorcycles are transportation. What bike you finally decide on will take you from Point A to Point B. Some just do it with a little more class than others.