Have you ever imagined yourself going on a road trip with a sunset view while riding a motorcycle, just like you see in the movies? Have you saved up and are finally ready to make that dream become a reality? Buying your first motorcycle is like embarking in a new chapter in your life. It is an exciting adventure that you’ll share with 8 million other motorcycle enthusiast in the US.
One in every 35 people in the US owns a motorcycle, and they were once in the position you are now. Excited, giddy, happy and a little bit scared. But before you wear that cool leather jacket you have, or join the group of riders in your town, it is helpful to hear some advice in order for you to successfully buy your first motorcycle.
Here are some tips before you own a two-wheel ride:
Research, research, research
You are probably interested in a certain brand or a specific model, but before you make a conclusive decision you need to do some in-depth research. Owning a motorcycle can be considered an investment, and just like how businessmen deal with a prospective investment they need to do research.
Your research will help you learn more about your potential motorcycle and will give you a clear, better understanding of how things will be in the future. Be knowledgeable about the motorbike of your choice. Does the manufacturer have a good reputation? Have they had any recalls lately? It is easy to find spare parts? How is it maintained? Do they have a service center? Do they have great reviews when it comes to after sales service? Answers to these type of question will help you decide whether it is a go or a pass.
Take a Professional Motorcycle Riding Course
Learning how to ride a bike from a family member or a friend is cool, but it may lack some aspects of riding that will be needed in the future. Enrolling yourself to a motorbike riding course will help you learn more than just the basics of motorcycling riding. Driving a motorcycle is far more different, sometimes complicated, than driving a car. It requires a new type of discipline, control, and awareness.
Cost of Insurance
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 72 out of 100,00 motorcycles riders get involved in a traffic accident every year. In 2017 alone, 5,000 were in a fatal accident. Accidents can be very expensive, so insurance is a must. Motorcycle insurance is a requirement in most states. Having adequate coverage can also mitigate any financial issues that may occur relating to your motorcycle like medical expenses, theft, and damage to property.
Not Every Bike is One Size Fits All
It is tempting to buy the newest, most awesome motorcycle available on the market, but what you need to consider is your comfort. And comfort lies in the right size of the bike. There is no one size fits all in the motorcycle world. Seat height, for example, is one of the most common factors that newbie riders often overlook. The height of the bike determines how much you can control it and make the bike stable.
Weight is another factor you need to consider. Some motorbikes are heavy so if you are not prepared can make you off balance. One way to test if the motorcycle fits you is if you can comfortably lay your foot firmly on the ground while riding the bike.
Budget For Gear
Do not spend all of your money on the motorcycle bike itself. It is not the only thing you are going to need to ride it. Do not forget that safety gear is essential if you want to be a rider. Helmets alone can help you prevent motorcycle accident fatalities by 37 percent. Other motorcycle safety gear includes:
- Knee and elbow guards
- Chest armor
- Motorcycle Boots
Before you head to the motorcycle dealership do your research for the best price and the best fit for you. Be sure to choose a bike that still leaves you enough money for good insurance and safety gear. Above all, take safety and driving classes to ensure that you are ready to hit the road on your new bike.