Buying a motorcycle can be considered an investment; it’s the same with all vehicles. It’s a dangerous vehicle to master, though, but so are all other vehicles. Without the proper guidance and training, you’re essentially risking life and limb when you ride your brand-new motorcycle.
If you really want to buy one, you should have a basic idea of how to choose the best model. How should you choose a motorcycle?
Fits your need
Buy a bike that fits your need. Whatever that may be—a bike to get you where you need to go or just something to get from one place to another—you should choose a motorbike that will fill that role. If it’s city driving, choose something that’s fit for traffic. If it’s for going to another place far from where you live, you can choose one that will get you there quickly.
Admit your limits
Learning to ride a motorbike is different from learning to drive a car. If you’re really dead set on riding one to work, you should first learn whether you can handle one or not. It’s a difficult beast to master and if you think you can do it easily, you might be way over your head. You should start on the less-powerful, slower bikes before you go ahead with the bigger ones.
Know your type
To know which bike is good for you, you have to know which models are which. This is according to the make of the bike. Probably, the speed and the way it handles are governed by the make.
Cruisers. More commonly known as hogs, these are built for a relaxed form of ride. You’re going to buy it if you’ve been a long-time rider. If not, you’re better off with other models.
Sports bikes. These are mass-produced (in a sense) to be released to the general public. Built for speed and mobility, you’re going to have to be intermediate to handle it.
Standard bikes. These bikes are the workhorse of the motorcycle crowd. They are made sporty but not as high-strung as the racing models and are generally easier to handle than cruisers.
Scooters. Easy to ride and easier to learn on, these usually come in 50cc variants and are easy to handle. You have to learn to keep to the side streets, though, as these can’t be ridden in the highway.
Adventure tourers. These bikes are often seen on the road or even off-road, and they can be heavy and expensive to maintain.
It’s always a good choice to buy second-hand simply because you’re saving more. However, you should be aware of the history of the bike as well as know how to look for damage. If you can’t see any, you can go ahead and buy it as long as you have the budget and its papers check out fine.
Don’t forget to pay for insurance! Now that you’re riding a bike, the risk is bigger. This is the time when you really need insurance. Insurance does not only cover your injuries; it also covers any and all damages your bike may incur on the road.
These are only some of the reasons why you’re buying a motorcycle. Know the difference between the models and you’re on your way to creating your own persona on a motorbike.