- 02 June 2017
You are excited to have your motorcycle driver's licence and are looking for your first motorcycle.It's now time to find out which one is the best for your lifestyle and your driving skills.
Before looking for the motorcycle that suits you, let's start with the basics. Here are five things you should be aware of for any first motorcycle:
- Always buy a motorcycle with ABS brakes. If your wheel locks, it's an almost guaranteed fall;
- Since you can't adjust your driving position, make sure you are comfortable on it before buying;
- Don't start with a bike that's too powerful as it will be harder to correct your mistakes while driving;
- If you are going to travel a lot, consider if you will need wind protection and storage space;
- A used motorcycle will always be less expensive to buy and to insure. If you look at the used market, you should find one with not much mileage. Most motorcyclists change for a newer, more powerful bike after a couple of years.
Do you want a motorcycle that is stylish, yet not too powerful?
Are you looking for a motorcycle with that sexy sports vibe but don't want to buy something you can't drive properly? Bikes with less than 400 cc are ideal for new drivers.
They are not only beautiful and easy to handle, but you can also save on your registration renewal if your bike is under 401 cc.
Good examples of smaller engine bikes would be the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Honda CBR300R. If you want a motorcycle with a more exotic look, you can go for the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2.
Do you want an everyday bike?
Are you looking for a motorcycle that will get you from A to B everyday? Road bikes like the Honda CB500 or the Suzuki SV650 have what it takes. Those motorcycles are less tiring to drive because the driving position is more vertical. This means they are more relaxed, without compromising on fun. If you want to spend a lot of time on your bike and make the most out of your driving licence, road bikes are the best.
Do you dream of long weekend rides?
Have you always wanted to drive a Harley-Davidson on an American highways? Stop wishing and get yourself a custom bike!
There are some nice entry-level models that have the custom look, while being light and practical. For instance, the Kawasaki Vulcan S and the Honda Rebel 500 are good examples of easy-to-ride bikes with the iconic American driving position.
Buying your first motorcycle is really important because your choice will have an impact on your budget, your learning curve and your safety. Once you have found the right fit, you will finally be able to get the most out of your motorcycle driving course.
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