Millions of people dream about owning a motorcycle, and now you get to go turn your dream into a reality. Sure, we all want the cream of the crop, like a bike that roars powerfully when you start the ignition and rev the engine but purrs when it’s on the road.
If you’re not ready for that kind of horsepower, you’ll be paying extra for features that you won’t use. On the other hand, if you’re planning to go off-road or use your bike for racing, you’ll need special equipment that isn’t included in standard packages.
How do you know which motorcycle is your Goldilocks version—you know, just right? Use these three tips to narrow down your next bike to the ideal specimen.
With thousands of different varieties out there, the first step is to figure out the most agreeable position for you on your bike. That will point you in the direction of where to go and what to avoid.
Consider factors like how you’re going to want to sit comfortably. Are you a posture-perfect person (best for your back), or would you rather lean forward or backward? That decision matters because each bike has its own seat positioning style.
You’ll also have to decide if you want your feet to be situated behind, in front of, or just below your hips. If you’ve never ridden multiple kinds of bikes before, try them out with each of these positions. You’ll notice a difference in how you hold your weight and the bike’s balance.
You’re going to show off your bike daily, of course. It’s your new pride and joy, and with good reason!
Beyond the bragging rights, why else are you going to use your motorcycle the most? Will you be cruising, highway driving, or entering sports events?
Cruisers typically have the lowest seats and fatter rear tires. You can customize them in a variety of ways to make your bike look personalized to you and handle well at high speeds. They aren’t quite as comfortable for long road trips as other bikes because of the low seating positions.
On the other hand, touring bikes are specially designed for long distances. Between the bigger gas tanks and upright seats, bikers on a touring cycle can get seated and relax for hours. If you plan on carrying passengers frequently, this is your best bet.
If your aim is flashy and bold, a sports bike fits the description. They’re created to go fast and look sleek, so they’re usually colorful and stylish. However, to be as aerodynamic as possible, the sportbike doesn’t have as many features and has a smaller gas tank.
We all want a souped-up Harley or whatever our dream bike is. But if your bank account screams bicycle instead of a motorcycle, you may have to compromise a bit.
Keep in mind that you’re not just paying for the bike. You’ll also have to cover fuel, maintenance, and tire replacements. Most states also have a special license and registration requirement for bikes and motorcycle insurance coverage.
Check with your insurance company to find out how much a policy is for the bike before you buy it. The odds of getting severely injured on a bike if you’re in an accident are high, as this article by JT Legal Group shows.
Insurance companies determine their rates by the potential damage and replacement costs, making bike policies hefty. The state minimum might be cheap, but it also doesn’t cover everything you should have.
To be effective, your policy should include:
Without those main factors, if you’re in an accident, you could be looking at massive bills coming out of your pocket.
Can you handle the monthly payment on your bike plus insurance premiums and maintenance? If the answer is yes, and the bike is comfortable and has all the features you need for what you’re going to use it for, you’ve found the perfect bike.