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What to Consider Before Buying A Motorcycle

September 17, 2012 - San Diego, CA

Motorcycling is a fun sport - but it does cost a significant amount of initial investment. Motorcycles don't just grow on trees, so when buying one it's important to think about a few things. Read on to learn what to consider before buying a motorcycle.

Consider Your Experience

One common mistake among those new to the sport is to buy a motorcycle with far more performance than they can handle. If you are new to motorcycles choose a light-weight bike rather than the one that you just saw on the cover of a magazine. New riders should aim for a four-cylinder of less than 600cc or 75cc for sports machines and 150cc for everyday use. Learning to ride on a slower bike will help you become a better rider; after you've gained more experience, you'll be ready to upgrade to a faster bike and truly appreciate it.

Consider Your Body Type and Riding Style

While this seems like a given, most people don't know that you can't just hop onto any random bike you find. Just like people, motorcycles come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and the ergonomic experience of riding will differ greatly from bike to bike. A large part of selecting a motorcycle is comfort and instinct. You won't know if a motorcycle is right for you until you "try it on." When looking at bikes sit on a lot of different models to get a feel of height and riding position, and if possible, take them for test rides. This will ensure you get long hours of riding as well as comfort and safety.

Consider Your Needs

Consider how you'll be using your motorcycle and how riding it will impact your experience. Will you be riding in lots of traffic? Traveling long distances? If it will be your primary source of transportation you will definitely want something bigger and more comfortable, while you might be able to get away with a less comfortable, but sexy bike if it's just for weekend use.

Consider Your Budget

Motorcycles can range anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000 or more for a brand new model at a dealership. However, you can find plenty of great deals through private sellers so take your time and shop around for the best deals without sacrificing good quality. Never buy a bike on first sight or visit. You may even want to bring along a more experienced motorcyclist friend when you go to look at it. And don't forget to include safety gear! Pants, motorcycle helmets, motorcycle jackets, and gloves meant for motorcycling should all be included in your budget too.

Consider the above points before buying a motorcycle, and you will be sure to find a winner.

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