Selecting a new bike is not an easy task. Selecting your first bike will either lead to a lifetime of joy or a bad experience which may end your two-wheeler career. So, don’t take this lightly. You won’t get this chance of buying another one at least for many years. So, it would be better to explore the options and take a decision after examining the specifications.
But, even that’s not enough. Because in these days all big brands and small ones provide great features and technology in the motorcycles but it doesn’t mean all these are right for you. At least, now there are wide 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 in big brands like Ducati, BMW, Harley or Kawasaki then you be thankful that they all have LAMS options.
Anyways, let’s discuss this in details. We have few tips for you which will help you out 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 can go for branded bikes which have high-tech features, warranty support and a reputation for reliability.
Plus, after 5-6 years, you will realize that cheap Asian motorcycles were discarded, broke down, and out of the market. You won’t be able to get aftermarket components. However, branded motorcycles will have better resale value and can give you few bucks in return after all these years.
If you are a veteran and it is your passion to ride motorcycles then you must consider the budget as well. If you are an average rider also looking to keep your bike just for a year or two before moving to 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 will leave your motorcycle damaged.
Plus, it is better to damage a cheaper bike than an expensive one. Moreover, you should save some money for riding gear as well.
You can explore the cheaper brands in LAMS wide range of motorcycles and scooters.
Height & Weight
This is another important thing to consider before making your mind. Height and weight are important to consider since you are the one who will ride it. So, it would be better to know if you are comfortable with tall sports bike or short cruises. If you are a short motorcyclist then cruiser will be suitable for you. Since it has a small height and lower center of gravity which will actually feel lighter and have perfect balance 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 each purpose. So, you better clear 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.
Hope, these tips will help you figure this out. If you have any queries please don’t forget to mention in the comment section below.