Tips For Buying A New Motorcycle
Get Your License
You can’t ride without a motorcycle endorsement. Take the permit test at your local DMV. We always recommend taking a motorcycle safety class to get your license, but you can also obtain it through the DMV road test. To test ride any motorcycle you will have to present a motorcycle endorsement. Get some riding experience; it will help you determine what kind of motorcycle you want to purchase.
Deciding What You Want
As a new rider, deciding what motorcycle to purchase is probably one of the hardest decisions. A motorcycle can be intimidating. Some key factors to think about are weight, engine size, riding position and price. For a person of a smaller stature, a large bike should not be considered as a first motorcycle. The weight will be too hard to handle and may cause serious harm while riding.
Great beginner motorcycles are between the 250cc and 500cc class range. These types of motorcycles are light enough to handle, but have enough power to ride on the highway. It is important to find a motorcycle with comfortable seat height. When sitting on the motorcycle, the rider should not be on his or her tippy toes. Sport bike and cruiser styles can be found in this engine size category. For a standard riding position with relative comfort, a cruiser style should be chosen. For a more aggressive riding position and harder lean angles, a sport bike style should be chosen.
The more confident you are in your riding abilities will really dictate why type of motorcycle you will want to ride. The different categories of motorcycles are: cruiser, sport bike, dual-sport, enduro, scooter, trikes and customs. What you want to ride is really up to you. Get an idea of what you like a research it. Check out reviews and ride reports. The internet is a great resource for information.
Visit a Dealership
After you have decided what type and kind of motorcycle you are interested in, visit a dealership that sells that motorcycle. Seeing the motorcycle in person can heavily influence a decision. View your options while you are there. You may have gone in for one type of motorcycle, but leave with an idea of purchasing something that suits you better.
Talk to the salesmen and assess your information. They are there to sell motorcycles, but they also have a lot of knowledge about the motorcycles. Establish guidelines with the sales representative. Do not get pushed into a purchase you do not want to make. Remember visiting the dealership is first a fact-finding mission. You may leave the dealership with a new motorcycle, but only after you have decided 100% that you want that particular motorcycle.
Take a Test Ride
A test ride will greatly inpact on your decision of purchasing a particular motorcycle. A test ride will give you the feel of how the motorcycle performs. You can feel the weight and lean of the motorcycle. Take the motorcycle around turns to feel how it handles. Get the motorcycle up to speed to shift through the gears. Apply the brakes harder than normal to see how they bite. If the motorcycle has accessories, see how they function and if you like the usability. As always, ride with DOT approved gear.