Any rider will quickly tell you, all motorcycles are not created equal, and that can make a big difference when it comes to learning how to ride. In fact, picking the right first motorcycle is crucial for allowing you to learn the skills and the handling 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 move up to a bigger bike when you’re ready.
Here are five important things to ask if you’re buying your first motorcycle:
1. What’s the motorcycle’s purpose?
Is it made for the street or for playing in the dirt? Knowing where and how you want to ride is going to play a major role in your decision-making process. If you want to do a little of both, consider getting a dual-sport bike, which has the versatility to get muddy in the afternoon and clean up in time for your date that night.
2. How heavy is it?
It’s fairly common for first-time riders to “drop” their motorcycle at least once, often because the bike is too heavy for them to manage. For your first motorcycle, consider one that is lighter and easier to maneuver. You can always move up to something bigger when you’re ready.
3. How popular is it?
Buying a model that is favorably reviewed and has a good resale value means you’ll probably be able to sell yours rather quickly when you’re ready to upgrade, without losing too much of your original investment.
4. How much power does it have?
There’s no sense in starting out with a bike that’s going to intimidate you; look for a motorcycle with 250 cc or 300 cc (cylinder capacity) and you’ll still have plenty of power. Going bigger than that can lead to panic decisions and poor driving reactions. Take your time and grow into your bike. You’ll be glad you did.
5. How much does it cost to insure?
Always check with your insurance agent before you buy 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 to lower numbers when you’re just starting out.
Learn more about how Nationwide’s motorcycle insurance can save you money and keep your new bike rolling.