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Buying Your First Motorcycle

When choosing your style, you should consider the riding position of that motorcycle and if it will be appropriate for the type of riding you will be doing (eg. commuting, long distant rides, touring etc.)

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When it comes to motorbikes, one size does NOT necessarily fit all, so saddle up and sit on the bike to measure your reach. The seat height is an important factor to consider with your first motorcycle. If you can't reach the ground comfortably, you may struggle to balance the bike when you come to a stop. This can hinder your confidence or focus when learning to ride.UPDATE: Cycle ergo is an awesome online stimulator to view riding positions, seat heights and motorcycle ergonomics. You select a bike model, put in your height and inseam, and it does the rest!!

One great feature we encourage you to look out for is ABS. The ABS prevents wheel locking during hard braking situations and increases stability, which increases your safety!Fun fact: ABS was introduced to motorcycles in the mid 80's and was not issued on every bike. In December 2017 ABS became a standard (mandatory) feature on all new motorcycles and scooters in Australia.

There are many people out there who will gladly take advantage of your lack of knowledge. Screw them, we say! We have put together a detailed guide and inspection checklist so you can take charge of the situation, identify the red flags and buy that perfect motorcycle for what it's worth.

Higher CCs usually sacrifice your fuel efficiency in the process. Some other metrics you should be aware of is horsepower and torque. These will determine how fast a motorcycle can accelerate. Beginners should always stick to riding within their own skill level. Try to avoid a bike with too high of CCs in the beginning.

Great for riding around town or when you need some speed. Sport bikes come in a variety of sizes. So, something like a CBR300 - 600 can be a great first bike. You may find a weekend trip up to the mountains to be a little challenging on your back after a hour or two of riding, but you will feel the advantage of the high revving and road-grabbing tuned suspension in the twisties of the North GA mountains.Honda CBR300R - infoKawasaki Ninja 250 2012 - info

Buying your first riding jacket means making some decisions. Your individual needs and preferences will play a big part in your choice, so we've put together a comprehensive guide to help you reach the right decision.

A leather motorcycle jacket will generally be more abrasion resistant than most other riding jackets. Leather is a tough fabric, and in the event of a crash your skin will be pretty well protected if you're wearing it. If your focus is on safety then a strong leather jacket will probably appeal to you.

Generally, mesh will come at a better price than most other motorcycle jackets. If you're a beginner and don't want to break the bank this can be quite appealing. It's important, however, to have a long-term mindset when you're buying gear.

Good motorcycle armor protects your upper body from bone breaks and internal injuries. Impact injuries are by far the worst type a rider can receive, with long term and sometimes permanent consequences.

Some motorcycle jackets have adjustable straps so you can tailor the fit to your body. This can be handy, but you won't find in in a lot of jackets, and there's plenty of gear available that should fit you well even without the option to adjust.

Riding gear can be pretty expensive, so it's tempting to go for something cheap but this will probably be to your own detriment. Your first jacket should last at least a few years, so look for something that ticks a lot of boxes and won't need replacing anytime soon. You don't want to cheap out now and find yourself wanting a better jacket in 12 months.

There's no reason that a motorcycle jacket shouldn't fit your personal style. The best brands offer plenty of variety in their gear, be it leather or textile, so you can grab something that matches your own sense of identity.

Consider where and when you'll be doing your riding. If you're a weekend rider, you can find a great jacket that doubles as casual wear. If you commute to work, depending on what you do, wearing a presentable motorcycle jacket could save you from having to change clothes.

Jackets with a waterproof and wind-resistant outer shell can be great for when the weather turns on you. Just be careful not to put all your eggs in one basket, because hot weather will be a factor as well. If this is your first jacket then you'll want something that can be worn year-round.

Your previous experience with gears and using public roads is something to consider here. If this is the first time you have driven any sort of vehicle on public roads, there is already a lot to get used to. Rules of the road, other traffic, and directions will all be going through your mind.

The same is true for the more rural rider. If your commute home is likely to be shared with big muddy tractors, then you may wish to choose a motorcycle with more suitable tyres. A bit of knobble goes a long way.

Sure, there are a hundred thousand practical reasons for getting yourself on a motorcycle. If you are anything like me, you have been rolling them out to your nearest and dearest for a good while now.

So there is actually a decent amount of logic involved in letting a little part of your decision making being led by the aesthetic properties of the motorcycle. There are motorcycles with 125cc engines in pretty much every style category. From street tracker to cruiser. From sports bike to scrambler.

Your very first motorcycle is an exciting time for new riders. It's your entry into the fast-paced, thrill-seeking world of motorcycling. A chance to explore your adventurous side and the freedom of jumping on your bike at a moment's whim.

Since every rider is different, there is no hard and fast rule about buying a bike. It all depends on what you want to use it for. Some people commute while others take their riding off-road. The right bike should fit your needs and circumstances.

Your buddies will probably throw a lot of advice your way, which is great, but often it will be advice about what theylike in a bike. Since you'll be the one riding it, doing your own homework is the first step toward finding that perfect beginner motorcycle.

Adventure Riding: Adrenaline junkies sometimes make the mistake of picking the most powerful bike in the shop, which they inevitably struggle to handle. It's your very first bike so choose something that lets you stay in control.

Sport bikes are light, ultra-fast motorcycles that are perfect for track racing. You'll need some serious skill to handle one of these, so think twice if you're an absolute beginner. These powerful machines will also hike up the cost of your motorcycle insurance.

If your idea of motorcycling is seeking adventure, these bikes are built to handle tough conditions. Adventure bikes are the four-wheel drives of motorcycles and will see you through terrain that most other bikes can't handle. They're lightweight, comfortable, and won't break the bank either.

While your decision will need to be practical, there's no reason you shouldn't look good while you ride. A motorcycle is a reflection of your style and individual spirit. You should look and feel in charge every time you step on it.

No matter what you use it for, ride with something that feels like an extension of yourself. Owning a motorcycle is a personal experience, so much more than a car, so make a wise decision but choose something that you know you'll love.

Try to spend 5-10 minutes on a bike you're thinking of buying. You should feel relaxed and be able to plant your feet flat on the ground, which will be necessary for balance when you come to a stop. Your arms should feel relaxed on the handlebars and the weight should feel like it won't affect your handling, so try not to get anything too heavy.

Budgeting for your first bike is a tricky balancing act. You don't want to blow the bank but it's important not to cheap out too much. Spending that little bit more can sometimes make a big difference, so make sure that you get value for what you spend.

You'll need to get a helmet, pants, jacket, gloves, and boots. Thankfully there are a ton of styles out there for modern motorcycle clothing, so you won't be limited to hard leather. Expect to spend around $800-$1,200 on your riding gear.

The thing about first motorcycles is they're not meant to last. You're still learning the ropes and will almost certainly drop your bike a number of times in the process. Think of it as something temporary that will be upgraded once you've gained more experience.

While certain models are considered beginner friendly, you'll need to ask yourself if it's worth buying one as your very first bike. It takes time to find your feet as a rider, and you might be better off getting a Harley as your second bike.

It's tough to know how much to spend on your first motorcycle. Generally speaking, expect your first motorcycle to cost at least $5,000 if you're buying brand new. A second-hand bike will obviously come cheaper. How much cheaper depends on if you go through a dealer or an online marketplace.

Your first bike is exactly that. It's not meant to last forever and you'll need to shop with this in mind. Once you've honed your skills and figured out the type of riding you want to do, that's the time to start thinking about your second bike.

As a learner, your motorcycle should have an engine somewhere between 250-600cc. There are several reasons for this, like the lower price point which also makes the bike easier to sell once you're ready to move on.

It also makes the motorcycle easier to control. A bike with a smaller engine performs great at low power levels, compared to a charged-up beast that seems to have a mind of its own. Smaller engines will allow you to develop your skills at a comfortable rate. 041b061a72


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