Selecting a new bike is not an easy task. Selecting your first bike will lead, either to a lifetime of joy or a bad experience, which may finish your two-wheeler career before it even starts. So, don’t take this lightly. You won’t get an opportunity of buying another one for at least a few years. So, it would be best to explore the options and make a decision after examining the specifications.
But, even that’s not enough because these days all the big brands and, even some of the smaller brands, provide great features and modern technology in the motorcycles. But it doesn’t mean all of these are right for you. At least, now, there are many choices with the Learner-Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS). It gives you access to a wide range of motorcycles and scooters that are appropriate to your riding skills.
So, if you really are into big brands like Ducati, BMW, Harley, or Kawasaki, then you should be thankful that they all have the LAMS options.
Anyways, let’s discuss this in more detail. We have a few tips for you that will help you to choose your first motorcycle.
Branded motorcycle or scooters may come at high prices but honestly, I would suggest you make a budget for it. Instead of buying cheap Asian bikes, you should buy branded bikes that have high-tech features, warranty support, and a reputation for reliability.
Plus, after 5-6 years, you will realize that cheap Asian motorcycles are discarded, beyond repairs, and out of the market. And you won’t be able to get aftermarket components. However, branded motorcycles will have better resale value and can give you a few bucks in return after the same number of years.
If you are a veteran and it is your passion to ride motorcycles, then you must consider the cost as well. If you are an average rider just looking to keep your bike for a year or two before getting another, then you should go for the cheaper bike. Unlike veterans and professional riders, the chances of basic errors in your situation are more, which could leave your motorcycle damaged.
You can explore the cheaper brands in the wide range of LAMS motorcycles and scooters.
Height & Weight
This is another important thing to consider before making a final decision. Height and weight are important to consider since you are the one who will be riding it. So, it would be better to know if you are comfortable with a tall sports bike or a short cruiser. If you are a short motorcyclist then a cruiser will be suitable for you. Since it has a short height and a lower center of gravity that will actually feel lighter and maintain perfect balance, more so than a sports adventure bike with a higher center of gravity.
See Also: Tips for Short Motorcyclists
Type or Purpose
We saved the best for the last.
There are motorcycles for every purpose. So, you better be sure you are clear in your mind what you want to do with your bike.
Are you going to use it for touring or adventure?
Are you going to use it for trail riding or café racing?
Or maybe you just want to ride on long trips. It is all up to you.
I hope these tips will help you figure this out. If you have any questions, please don’t forget to mention them in the comment section below.