Important Factors To Consider When Looking To Purchase Your First Motorcycle

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy your first motorcycle.

Most states require you to take both a written and moving test. Grab a copy of your state’s Motorcycle Operators Manual. Reading the manual thoroughly will provide the information you need to know to pass the written test.  For Texas riders, visit the DMV website for details.

If you’ve never ridden a motorcycle before, motorcycle lessons and a safety course must be at the top of your list.

During your rider training classes you’ll likely learn about the right safety gear. Safety gear: Tip top of your list too!

Once you’ve been on a bike or two, you may consider borrowing or renting a motorcycle or two before putting too much thought into the big purchase.

One common mistake new riders make is purchasing a bike with far more performance than they can handle. Stay away from crotch rockets, especially anything with an engine larger than 600cc; when you learn to ride on a slower bike, you’ll become a better rider because of it. Plus, after you’ve honed your skills and gained experience, you’ll be ready to upgrade and truly appreciate a faster bike.

Consider your needs.

Will you be riding in lots of traffic? Traveling long distances? Motorcycles come in many shapes and sizes, and you must consider your individual needs when picking a bike.

Consider how you’ll be using your bike, and how riding it will impact your experience; for instance, if you’re looking for a weekend toy, you might be more tolerant of a sexy bike that happens to be less comfortable then one you’re going to ride to work every day.

Recognizing your needs will make choosing your future bike become infinitely easier.

Consider features and choose wisely.

Bikes have become increasingly specialized and the features each motorcycle offers can be both empowering and daunting.

To give you some ideas of what you may want, take a look at our online Vehicle Showroom. Once you’ve become acquainted with what’s available, stop by the dealership.  While you’re here, you’ll begin interacting with different bikes and will probably develop distinct likes and dislikes, which will get you one step closer to making a purchasing decision.

Consider your body type.

This point is less obvious than it might sound. Bikes come in dramatically different shapes and sizes, and so does the human body. Try a bike on for size, and if possible, take it for a spin; you’ll find that the ergonomic experience of riding will differ dramatically from bike to bike. That sport bike you thought was so cool, for instance, might strain your wrists to the point of discomfort. Conversely, that cruiser might win you over with its low seat and manageable center of gravity. You won’t know until you try one on for size!

Consider New or Used.

Just like a car purchase, there are a number of trade-offs associated with both new and used motorcycles and there is no single “right” choice; the choice is completely individual, and depends on personal preferences (not to mention finances). New bikes come with the comfort of reliability a warranty, though you’ll pay a premium for that peace of mind.Used bikes are great for beginners because there’s usually less worry about damaging something that’s not already in perfect shape. They’re also often better values, since they’ve already depreciated, though they might not be as reliable as new bikes, and cost more money in the long run.
Be sure to have a used motorcycle checked out by a qualified mechanic.

Consider your long-term budget.

When committing to buy a motorcycle, don’t forget to estimate all the added expenses associated with riding.

  • Insurance rates: Pick a plan that works with your budget; in general, the higher the deductible, the lower the premium.
  • Safety gear: A quality helmet (helmets save lives), jacket, gloves, and pants can add up to a substantial amount of money.
  • Routine maintenance and service: Varies wildly, depending on make and type of motorcycle.

Consider sleeping on it.

Buying your first bike is an exciting endeavor, but don’t get too swept away with the heat of the moment. If you see a bike and fall in love with it, make sure you’ll enjoy owning it after the initial thrill fades. Read up about the model you’re considering, and consider all factors– economic, practical, and otherwise, before making your purchase. Chances are, you won’t regret your forethought!
People rarely choose to buy a motorcycle because they have to; bike purchases are often guided by passion. In spite of the inevitable practical issues to consider, it’s important to choose a bike that you’ll be excited to ride.Many experienced riders will suggest you buy a sensible first bike, and if you can find a motorcycle that fits all the logical criteria and also makes you excited to ride, you’ve chosen well!