- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 09 June 2014
So, you’ve decided that you want to buy a motorbike. The next step is choosing one that’s right for you. And with so many makes and models on the market, it can be difficult identifying the perfect machine. Below are a few things to consider before making your decision.
Level of experience
Always bear in mind your level of riding experience when shopping around for bikes. If you consider yourself a novice, you might want to avoid the extremely powerful super sport and bulkier touring models until you feel that your riding skills have improved. Similarly, if this is your first-ever bike, you might want to opt for a second hand, medium spec model. That way, you’ll have a half decent bike to help you develop your skills, but you won’t feel too gutted if you were to drop it, which you are bound to do once or twice if you’re a newbie.
Type of bike
Choosing what type of bike you want to ride is always a great place to start. Think of your personal requirements: Do you plan on riding long distances? If so, a touring bike may be your best bet. Or, if your weekdays involve a lengthy ride to the office, you might want to consider a commuter bike. We’ll be looking at this in more detail in the next couple of articles, where we’ll focus on each type of bike individually to help you find the perfect one.
Your choice of bike will also largely depend on your lifestyle and what you plan to use the bike for. For instance, if you’re after a commuting bike, you may want to choose a fuel efficient model with full fairing and screen to protect you from the elements.
Before you even start your research, you need to work out your budget. Don’t just think of the up-front cost of the actual bike; consider running costs, maintenance, insurance premiums, tyres, and so on. You need to make sure you can afford to keep both you and your bike on the road once you have bought it.
No matter what, there will be a motorcycle out there that suits your needs and requirements – it’s just a case of finding it.