It’s hard to shake the motorcycle bug once you’ve caught it. A few rides through the countryside in the open air can get you hooked, and make you decide that you want to buy your very own motorcycle. Before you do, though, make sure that a motorcycle is right for your lifestyle, and take the time to research the different models so you know you’re getting a vehicle that works for you.
Questions to ask yourself
What kind of lifestyle are you leading right now? Motorcycles are often better for people without a spouse and young kids in the home. That’s largely because it’s natural for your family members to worry about something happening to you. It’s true that riding a motorcycle brings with it an increased risk of injury as well as death. A helmet and other protective gear can help, but you’re still at the mercy of other drivers in much larger vehicles. Are you OK with that? Is the experience of riding a hog worth the danger that comes with it? Only you can answer that question, although you should definitely consult with family members first. Let them make your case, and then make your case in favor of riding a motorcycle. Maybe they’ll want you to get a life insurance policy before you start riding, which is more than fair. Maybe they’ll never entirely be comfortable with it, which is their right. You may not enjoy hearing it, but it’s better to have these conversations now, before you spend thousands of dollars on a motorcycle.
It may also help to talk with motorcycle dealership employees about the risks. Are there any ways to mitigate them? Are some models safer than others? Someone who has been selling motorcycles for years should be able to answer your questions. And if they don’t know the answers right away, they should be committed to doing some research and getting back to you.
Find the right one
There are motorcycles available for every type of person. A smaller motorcycle may be cheaper, but it will come with less power. A bigger motorcycle has more power and a heftier price tag. It’s important to consider everything. Don’t rush into making any decisions you might regret later. When a dealer shows you a motorcycle, make sure to really get in there and take a good look at it. Examine the engine. Sit down on the motorcycle and figure out if the seat is comfortable enough for you. Ask questions about the materials. You’ll want to know if the exhaust system is made of perforated steel tubing, aluminum, or carbon fiber. You wouldn’t buy a car off the lot without taking a good look under the hood, so do the same thing with a motorcycle (minus the hood part). Some people are fiercely loyal to Harley-Davidsons, while others prefer Hondas or Kawasakis. A few people have no brand preference whatsoever. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you want to make sure you’ll get a quality vehicle that will serve you well for however long you have it. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line, it’s up to you to stay safe, have fun, and enjoy the open road.