An inexperienced rider may be able to safely ride a large, powerful machine from point A to point B, but he or she may not enjoy the experience if they find the bike difficult to maneuver or are intimidated by the machine’s power. Conversely, an experienced rider may quickly find themselves bored with a bike that does not offer the power or handling their riding skills can handle.
Also, if you are returning to the sport or haven’t rode much in recent years, keep this in mind as your skills may take a while to build up. Generally speaking, it is better to purchase a machine that fits your current riding abilities versus buying one that you will “grow into”.
The following are brief descriptions of riding position associated with each style of bike:
On the other hand if you are only going to ride a couple thousand miles a year, service costs become less of an issue and may not be as important when finding the right bike for your needs.
As a general rule, cruiser style bikes have low seat heights that accommodate a wide range of rider sizes, while dirt bikes and dual sport bikes have taller seats that may not be appropriate for everyone. Standards and sport bikes fall somewhere in between depending on make and model.
One of the best things to do is to sit on a variety of motorcycle styles, makes, and models and see which ones feel best.
New bikes have the latest features and technology, come with a manufacturer warranty, may qualify for special financing, and parts and service are often readily available. However, new bikes cost more than used bikes, require a break in service, and may be more expensive to insure.
Used bikes are great for a beginner rider worried about damaging their machine, have already been broken-in, and are often a great value. However, one may not always know how well the previous owner took care of the motorcycle, and replacement parts may be more difficult to find.
If you plan on carrying a passenger often, be sure to consider their comfort and riding experience in addition to your own. There are a number of accessories that can make your passenger's ride more enjoyable such as a backrest, floorboards, and helmet to helmet communication systems that you may want to consider.
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