Your first car, first day at a new job, your first baby, whether you’re 18 or 80, buying your first motorcycle can be up there as one of the most memorable times in life. You’ve done your research, learnt the basics of handling a bike, bought all the gear and all that’s left is choosing your first set of two wheels to get out on the open road.
But before you splash the cash, there are some essential things to consider when looking to buy your first motorcycle:
Used or New?
It’s arguably the first thing you’ll contemplate when deciding on your first motorcycle. Now, both used and new bikes come with their own set of benefits and drawbacks. A new bike will likely cost more than a used bike both for the bike itself and insurance premiums. However, new bikes are fresh off the production line. You’re paying for the latest industry tech meaning no wear and tear, no faults and no miles on the clock.
However, if you’re new to riding, a used bike may be a better choice. If you decide soon after buying that riding isn’t for you, you’re not spending too much on a brand new model. Also, riding a used bike means there’s less worry about damaging something that’s in near perfect condition.
What you’ll use it for
Identifying your needs is likely to make the choice of buying a bike significantly easier. If you’re a city dweller, it might not be wise to buy a bike with wide bars and a bigger frame, as you’re likely to be sat in tight traffic regularly and a large bike makes it difficult to filter through.
If you’re going to riding long distances on the weekends it might be worth considering comfort, if you drive on uneven country roads you might want to look at stability and durability, if…you get the idea…..
Manual or automatic?
Once you’ve completed your CBT training you can legally ride both automatic or manual motorbikes.
Previous experience of navigating the gears out on the road is something to take into account here. If you’ve never driven anything before, controlling the clutch on top of riding, following the road rules and taking other road users into consideration can be a lot to handle. If the thought of this does make you feel nervous, then purchasing an automatic at first could be a good place to start.
However, if in future you want to own a large bike, it could be worth getting used to the gears sooner rather than later. So further down the line you can ride the bike of your dreams already with gear experience in the bag.
Your long term budget
It’s also important to consider how much your first bike will cost in the long run. How much will the insurance premiums be per year? It’s worth checking with multiple providers to ensure you get the best deal for you.
If you’re buying a used bike, consider how often the bike will need servicing, or will it need some work doing to it right away?
And is the bike a bit of a gas guzzler? Meaning you find yourself at the petrol station more often than not.
It might seem tempting to channel your inner Steve McQueen and go for a big bike with a powerful engine. A lot of the time powerful bikes have far more performance than a lot of newbies can handle.
It might be wise for your first bike to start with something a little slower and easier to handle. Once you’ve mastered riding a slower bike you’ll be ready to take the plunge and upgrade to something with a little more torque.
Above all, it’s important when choosing your first motorcycle to research, research research. And once you think you’ve found one that ticks all the boxes, do some more research; look on forums, read blog posts, ask questions to the seller. Your first bike is something you’ll remember for the rest of your life and will likely influence future bike purchases, so make sure you make the right choice. And if you’re looking for a motorbike insurance quote for your first bike get in touch with the team today.