If you are thinking about buying your first motorcycle, then congratulations – a world of excitement, freedom, and fun awaits you. That being said, you are now handed the tough task of selecting which motorcycle you should buy.
There is no easy feat, there is so much to consider when buying your first motorcycle, from cost to comfort, whether to opt for manual or automatic, and that’s before you even think about what brand to choose. Fortunately, if you are struggling to choose your first motorcycle, you have come to the right place.
Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about motorcycle ownership, plus our top tips for selecting the perfect bike.
Select your engine size
If you have only just completed your CBT, you are somewhat limited when it comes to engine size, with those aged 17+ allowed a motorcycle with up to 125cc and those aged 16 limited to 50cc.
That being said, there are still plenty of high-quality motorcycles for you to choose from with smaller engine sizes, and you can enjoy the benefits that come with a smaller engine, such as enhanced fuel economy and lower insurance costs.
Choose manual or automatic
Whether you already have experience operating a vehicle on the road, you can choose between either a manual or automatic motorcycle. The former allows for you to get your head around gears and clutches, which can be useful if you want to upgrade to a bigger bike in the future. In contrast, the latter is ideal for those who don’t have road experience and those who live in busy, congested areas.
Pick new or old
As a new rider, there is a lot to be said for choosing a second-hand bike, as not only will the upfront cost be lower, but you will also feel less distraught if you have a crash or drop in the first year of ownership.
However, it is worth noting that some motorcycles hold their resale value better than others, with Suzuki motorcycles and also Honda ones tending to remain desirable for longer.
If you have your heart set on a brand new motorcycle, there are several advantages to this choice, including the manufacturer’s warranty that should cover the cost of parts and labour costs.
Consider your average route
When selecting your first motorcycle, it can be a good idea to think about your average route. This will help determine what kind of bike you will need. For example, if you live in central London, you don’t want a bike that is too wide as you will end up enviously sitting in traffic while more streamline bikes whizz by.
Or, if you live in a more rural area, you need a bike with tyres that can accommodate knobbly roads and muddy tracks.
Don’t forget to consider what you will be carrying on your person when riding. Will you simply have your laptop bag, or maybe you need space for a whole set of tools. The luggage you are likely to have will have a bearing on the type of bike you need.
Buying your first motorcycle is a special time, but you must ensure that you choose with your brain as well as your heart, as otherwise you may be left with an expensive purchase that you can’t fully enjoy.