Your Guide to Buying a Motorcycle for the First Time

Your Guide to Buying a Motorcycle for the First Time

If you’re looking for a very exciting experience, a motorcycle will definitely deliver lots of thrills. Although it’s important to take motorcycle safety very seriously, this is a type of vehicle that can provide lots of enjoyment. With both solo rides and riding with someone on the back, you can get out and take advantage of everything the road has to offer.

While there’s a long list of reasons why so many people are crazy about riding motorcycles, the first step towards being able to enjoy all of those reasons is actually purchasing a motorcycle. If you’ve decided to move forward with this purchase but aren’t exactly sure what to look for, you’ve found the right post. Here’s what you need to know to successfully buy your first motorcycle:

The 5 Main Types of Motorcycles

One of the main decisions you’ll need to make is which type of motorcycle you want to own. The five main types on the market are cruisers, sportbikes, touring, dual-sport and standard. Each of these motorcycle types has their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Once you identify exactly what you want out of a motorcycle, you’ll be able to pinpoint which type is the right fit for you.

Engine Size, Seat Height and Weight

In addition to the different types of motorcycles, there are a few key features that deserve your attention. The first is engine size. While a bigger engine has increased power, bigger isn’t always faster. A sportbike with a 650cc engine will always be able to beat a 750cc cruiser. Seat height is next. Since this will determine your comfort, it’s crucial to sit on a variety of different bikes before making your final decision. And the reason weight is important is because you want to ensure that in the event your motorcycle ever tips over, you’ll be able to quickly get it back up on your own.

New or Used

As with cars, if you’re working with a budget, used is almost always the way to go. When evaluating different used motorcycles, the main thing to keep an eye out for is that a bike has been properly maintained throughout its lifespan.

Taking Care of Your Motorcycle

Once you become the proud owner of a motorcycle, you’re going to want to keep it in great shape. The best way to do that is by keeping up with all required motorcycle maintenance. Additionally, if something ever happens that creates the need for motorcycle repairs, you’ll want to deal with that issue in a timely manner.

If you’re looking for a certified mechanic you can trust to properly service your motorcycle, you’ll love working with Hawks Auto and Cycle Service Center. Because our team has extensive knowledge of motorcycles, we’ll be happy to provide any guidance you may need. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

July 28, 2015
BY Joe Hawk