Naturally since it’s riding season, you can expect a wave of new riders hitting the road from now through fall. Buying your first motorcycle can be a lot of fun, but also difficult decision. There is a seemingly endless list of different bikes, configurations and options to choose from. However, it’s all a part of the riding process, so embrace it and have the fun!
Before even considering shelling out for a bike, make sure you have the necessary endorsement, training and even motorcycle safety gear including a full-face high quality helmet.
Choosing Your First Motorcycle in Washington
When choosing your first motorcycle, consider your riding needs, body build, experience level and budget. The first question to ask yourself is: “What type of riding do I plan to do?” Think about the kind of roads you want to ride on and how much time you plan to spend in the saddle.
There are four broad categories of motorcycles: sport bike, touring, dual sport and cruiser. Do your homework on the brand, make and model of bike that may be best suited for your personal situation. Research articles, read reviews, browse online forums and visit motorcycle dealerships.
Generally, sport bikes are designed to optimize speed, acceleration, braking and cornering on pavement. They usually have very sleek fairings and the rider sits in a low hunched position over the tank. These bikes generally are very powerful and extremely fast.
Touring bikes are designed to be a mix of sport performance and cruiser comfort. They have a more relaxed riding position. They also generally have protective fairings and windshields. Adventure and “GS” bikes generally fall into this category.
Dual sport bikes are designed to handle both off-road and pavement. Dual sports have soft long-travel suspension and aggressive tires. They also are usually smaller and lighter than pure street bikes.
Cruisers are built for comfort and style. However, style often dominates this class with lots of chrome.
What to Look For in Your First Motorcycle
As a new rider, here are a few suggested attributes to look for in your first motorcycle: lightweight, modest power, neutral handling characteristics, and lower seat height to plant both feet comfortably on the ground. Most importantly, don’t try to compete with more experienced riders. Choosing the biggest, baddest or fastest motorcycle as a new rider is not a good idea, and puting you and your bike at risk is both dangerous and irresponsible.
We believe it’s better to start out with smaller motorcycle, both structure size and performance-wise, and work your way up, rather than struggling with a bike that’s out of your league too heavy or powerful to learn on. Smaller bikes are easier to handle and maneuver, as you continue to build up skills and confidence.
New or Used Motorcycle?
Motorcycle enthusiasts often debate whether it’s better to purchase a new or used bike as your first ride. While this is ultimately a personal decision, there are pros and cons for both sides of the argument.
A new brand bike is likely in pristine mechanical condition, with a manufacturer or dealership warranty. A new bike is costlier and you may outgrow it in a couple years. On the other hand, a used bike is typically the more affordable option. You will likely drop your bike at least once during the learning process, so having a used, less expensive bike is good for this reason. However, you may end up paying for more repairs or maintenance costs in the long-run.
Whatever motorcycle you choose, Evergreen Motorcycle Attorneys is here to help all riders, both season veterans and beginners, on the road. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident this season, give us a call. We offer free legal consultations to help you determine if your motorcycle injury case is viable for compensation.