Motorcycles are a fun, spirited way to hit the roadways and for many a lifestyle. However if you are not familiar with motorcycles there are a few things you should keep in mind before you buy your first bike.
Do you know how to ride? Just like with learning to ride your first bicycle, you need to have someone teach you to ride a motorcycle. This should be done and a motorcycle license obtained before you purchase a motorcycle. Local classes and certifications can be found online to help you with this step. Where do you live? Motorcycles are not a bad weather vehicle for the most part. If you live where the weather gets cold, wet, and downright miserable for half the year, you will need to decide if you have room to store your bike during these cold months. If you live where it is always sunny and winter months are moderate, a motorcycle may very well be your main mode of transportation. If so, you will need to prepare your wardrobe and motorcycle for the seasonal variations in order to remain safe, and as comfortable as possible. Also if you live in mountainous regions, you will need to consider the size motor that you will need to maintain speeds through mountain passes and highway driving.
What size are you? You do not have to be a big man to ride a motorcycle. You do have to pick a motorcycle that you can control on the road, and stand back up if you fall or wreck though. Everyone who rides a motorcycle will tell you that they have fallen at some point in their riding history; it is inevitable. Falling doesn’t have to be deadly or disastrous. Choosing a bike that is the correct fit for your body so that you have better control, and receiving the proper training for handling instances where you may have to lay it down are key to being a happy, safe motorcycle owner.
What is your style? Motorcycles come in many sizes, shapes, and styles from racing bikes to touring bikes to road bikes. Knowing what type of riding that you enjoy doing will help you decide which type of motorcycle best fits your needs. Talk to other motorcycle owners, visit dealership open house events, volunteer to ride on the back of someone’s bike for a group ride, and interact with others who ride to figure out which type of riding you prefer. What is your budget? Motorcycles range in price by style, make, and model just as a car does. Depending on what you are looking at your budget may be a determining factor on the type of bike you can afford within the style of riding you like to do. Keep this in mind when comparing motorcycles. Riding a motorcycle has been a symbol of freedom for generations. Being a happy motorcyclist however, depends completely on you and the amount of time, research, and investigation that you do before you jump into buying your first motorcycle.