Any speed rider will tell you, not all motorcycles are created equal, and this can make all the difference when it comes to learning how to ride. In fact, choosing the right first motorcycle is critical to allow you to learn the skills and handle what it takes to become an expert rider.
Getting a motorcycle that isn't too heavy or powerful allows you to learn some of the finer points of handling, and you can always switch to a bigger bike when you're ready.
Here are five important things to ask if you are buying your first motorcycle:
1. What is the purpose of a motorcycle?
Is it made for the street or for playing in the dirt? Knowing where and how you want to ride will play a major role in your decision-making process. If you want to do a little bit of both, consider getting a dual sport bike, which has a knack for heating up in the afternoon and cleaning in time for your appointment that night.
2. How heavy is it?
It is fairly common for first time riders to “drop” their motorcycle at least once, mostly because the bike is too heavy for them. For your first motorcycle, consider one that is lighter and easier to maneuver. You can always move on to something bigger when you're ready.
3. How popular is it?
Purchasing a model that has been positively reviewed and has good resale value means that you will most likely be able to sell your model quickly when you are ready to upgrade, without losing much of your original investment.
4. How much power does he have?
There is no sense in starting with a bike that will scare you; Go for a 250cc or 300cc (cc) motorcycle and you'll still have plenty of power. Going even further can lead to panic decisions and poor driving reactions. Take your time and grow your bike. You'll be glad you did.
5. What is the cost of insurance?
Always check with your insurance agent before buying a motorcycle, and make sure the cost is in line with what you can afford. The number of ccs on your bike can affect insurance rates, which is another reason to keep the numbers low when you're just starting out.
Learn more about how Nationwide motorcycle insurance can save you money and keep your new bike rolling.