Buying your first bike, here’s what you need to know
Planning to buy your first motorcycle? Motorcycles offer a sense of freedom while you cruise them along curved roads., revving up the bike’s engine as you cruise along the road that go miles and miles. It’s a nirvana in its own sense. Sounds romantic for any bike fanatic. Keeping the romanticism aside, you need to consider some factors so that the love between you and your bike does not prove to be a costly affair.
The first and the very obvious yet important factor is that, before even considering buying a new motorcycle, you need to be sure that you have the skills and abilities to ride any bike. If you are a novice, or even its been a while that you rode a motorcycle, you need to take a refresher course. Get a motorcycle license first if you don’t have one, to ride legally. The best way to go about all this is, enroll in a riding school.
Once you have learned or brushed your skills on changing gears on a motorcycle without stalling it, you need to decide which kind of motorbike you intend to buy. Before considering the mechanical attributes and performance, decide on the need. Do you need to buy it to zip around the city streets and reach swiftly to your workplace or college, join a motorcycle club, or cruise along the road to take it on road trips?
Once you have decided on the need and plan to go ahead and buy one, consider these points like; your body type. No matter how badly you want the bike, if your feet don’t touch the ground when the bike is upright, then the bike is too tall for you. You might as well should not consider high-performance bikes.
Look for a bike that you feel comfortable sitting on. Take it for a small spin. How does the saddle feel? Are you able to maneuver the bike on difficult curves? How well does it respond to throttle and braking? Once you have done these with a couple of bikes, you will get a clear picture of which bike suits you best. And once you have decided on what type of bike you wish to buy, consider the technical aspects such as, type of engine, braking aspects, suspension, tires etc.
After you have put a finger on your choice, it’s time to consider the financial aspects. Get a competitive insurance quote for your bike. There several insurance agencies on the internet that can help you provide the best quotes. Get in touch with a local insurance agency for the same. Decide on the finance. That is, the mode of payment (cash or other financing options).
Don’t forget to buy the biking gear that best suits you and your bike. Helmet, jacket, gloves, boots and dedicated eyewear.