If it has always been your dream to own a motorcycle, chances are pretty good you find few things more thrilling than the thought of the wind flowing through your hair as you cruise down the road on your two-wheeled machine. Sure, a motorcycle is not the safest form of transportation, but that does not mean you should not own one if you want one. Naturally, there are some things you should know before rushing out to purchase your first motorcycle.
Are You an Experienced Driver?
One of the biggest mistakes people make purchasing their first motorcycle is overestimating their abilities. If you are a new rider, you should avoid purchasing a crotch rocket. A crotch rocket is an aggressive bike with high-performance capabilities. This type of bike is a lot of fun, but tends to be too powerful for a beginner.
A motorcycle can be a great deal of fun, but it can also be a fatal weapon if you do not operate it with care. If you have never driven a motorcycle before (or you are just a beginner), you should consider taking lessons with a more experienced driver first. If it has been a while since you've been on a motorcycle, it would still be in your best interest to consider taking a class to refresh yourself on the proper way to ride.
How Far Are You Going to be Riding?
If you only plan on using your new motorcycle for short commutes you can't go wrong with looking at sports bikes. Sports bikes are incredibly responsive and easy to handle. They, however, are not an ideal choice for longer commutes as they can become uncomfortable after a while. Their handle bars are slanted downwards and lower than other motorcycles which requires your wrists to support a lot more of your body weight while you are driving.
Do You Really Need a New Bike?
There is nothing wrong with the satisfaction of purchasing and owning a new motorcycle, but it may be in your best interest to avoid making the first bike you purchase one that is brand new. With experience, you will get better at caring for your bike. Initially, you are going to be rougher on your bike than you should be because you are a new rider. Start out with a used bike and purchase a new one later when you are more experienced and can take better care of it.
A used motorcycle is also a great idea if you are going to be parking it in parking lots a lot. A shiny new motorcycle is more likely to get touched or stolen than an older used bike. You will also find every scratch and ding to be a little less troublesome if you did not pay an arm and a leg for a brand new bike.
Whether this is your very first motorcycle or it has just been a while since you purchased one, it is a good idea to know what to expect. With these considerations in mind, you should be able to make a much more sound purchasing decision. You can also try talking to an Edge Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealer or other representative at another dealership for more tips on choosing the right bike for you.