- Physical size. The size of the motorcycle is important for both comfort and safety. A motorcycle that is too large or too small can be difficult to control, especially for a new rider. Riders should consider their height, weight, and inseam length when choosing a motorcycle.
- Engine size and power. The engine size and power of a motorcycle will determine its performance. A larger engine will provide more power, which can be helpful for highway driving or passing other vehicles. However, a larger engine will also be heavier and more expensive to operate. New riders should start with a smaller engine and work their way up to a larger engine as they gain experience. (You are riding for yourself, always ride your ride, don’t worry about how big other bikes may be, be comfortable.)
- Braking. Good brakes are essential for safety on a motorcycle. Riders should look for a motorcycle with strong brakes that are easy to control. ABS (anti-lock braking system) is a good feature to have, especially for new riders.
- Suspension. Good suspension is important for comfort and control. Riders should look for a motorcycle with suspension that is well-suited for the type of riding they will be doing. For example, a motorcycle with soft suspension will be more comfortable for riding on bumpy roads, while a motorcycle with stiff suspension will be better for handling sharp turns.
- Ergonomics. The ergonomics of a motorcycle refer to how it fits the rider. A motorcycle that is not comfortable to ride can be dangerous, especially for a new rider. Riders should sit on and ride a few different motorcycles to find one that is comfortable for them.
- Fuel efficiency. Fuel efficiency is important for both cost savings and the environment. Riders should consider the fuel efficiency of the motorcycle when choosing one. A more fuel-efficient motorcycle will save money on gas in the long run.
- Price. Motorcycles can range in price from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. New riders should set a budget before they start shopping for a motorcycle. It is important to find a motorcycle that fits their budget and their needs.
- New versus Used: We recommend for new riders who are adept at mechanics a used bike may work for you, but you may have to wrench. If you are not very mechanical or unfamiliar with motorcycle engines, brake lines, steering fluids etc. Buy new, get a service agreement from your dealership, and a warranty so you can keep riding even if it needs some mechanical upkeep.
In addition to the specifications listed above, new motorcycle riders should also consider the following factors when choosing a motorcycle:
- The type of riding they will be doing. Do they plan on riding on the highway, in the city, or off-road?
- Their experience level. Are they a new rider or an experienced rider? (see above)
- Their budget. How much money are they willing to spend on a motorcycle?
- Their personal preferences. What style of motorcycle do they like? What color do they want? (the consumer in us all want a bike that reflects who we are)
It is important to do your research and test-ride a few different motorcycles before you make a decision. This will help you find the right motorcycle for your needs and budget.
Here are some additional tips for new motorcycle riders:
- Take a motorcycle safety course. This is a great way to learn the basics of riding a motorcycle and how to be safe on the road.
- Wear proper gear. This includes a helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, and pants. (ATGATT- All the gear, all the time)
- Be aware of your surroundings. Always be on the lookout for other vehicles and pedestrians.
- Ride defensively. Don’t assume that other drivers see you.
- Start slow and gradually increase your speed as you gain experience.
- Have fun! Riding a motorcycle is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise.
- If you get into trouble or caused harm by another driver’s negligence, call Cyclistlaw, 512-386-8117. #IYKYK