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How to choose the right motorbike

Choosing your first motorbike can be a bit confusing going by the number of options available in the market. Some people may be influenced by their friends who own motorbikes, only to end up buying the bike they didn’t want. You don’t have to buy anything at random, but you should be well informed before you step out of the house to purchase your bike. Your decision should be clear one after analyzing what best suits you to choose a motorbike; you should consider the following:

  • Types of motorbikes available in the market
  • The terrain you mostly ride on
  • Maintenance requirements
  • The intended purpose
  • Personal experience with bike riding.

Types of motorbikes

The motorcycle community is highly diversified. It has a wide range of motorbikes to choose from. You should be aware that motorbikes have different builds, for different purposes. Motorbikes can be classified into four main groups:

  • Street bikes
  • Off-road bikes
  • Dual-purpose bikes
  • Scooter and Mopeds

These bikes have sub-classifications of more refined groups like cruisers, touring bikes, standard motorbikes, sport bikes, and dirt bikes.

Of course, you’ll have to work within your budget, but once you’ve bought your bike you might want to resell it later. If you are worried about resale value, check online to see what bikes sell for secondhand with various mileage. You can always use a company that guarantees a buy-back. Here we would like to mention We Buy Any Bike because they are one of very few companies in the UK who buy any motorbike and collect it from your door step.

Street bikes

The name already tells the story behind this bike; they are made specifically for paved or tarmac roads in the city. They have smooth tyres with light tread on them. They have a small ground clearance thus are not suitable for off-road riding.

Off-road bikes

Off-road bikes tend to have deep tread on the tyres to give superior grip on mud and sand

Off-road bikes tend to have deep tread on the tyres to give superior grip on mud and sand

They are also referred to as dirt bikes. They are designed for rough roads and unpredictable hard terrain. This means that they can comfortably be ridden in surfaces that are sandy, dirt roads, on grass, and also on rocky terrain. They are best for countryside tours.

Dual-purpose bikes

These are a hybrid of the off-road and street bikes. They are designed for recreation and equipped with features like horns, headlights, turn signals, and side-view mirrors. They can do well in the two types of terrain, and if you usually find yourself on and off the paved roads, these could be your best choice.

Cruisers

They are good bikes for new riders because they have low seats and it’s easy to set your feet on the ground on stopping. They have a disadvantage when it comes to riding for long distances. They lack the comfort that is required due to the posture the rider assumes when riding. They also lack big ground clearance making them harder to handle around the bends and curves.

Touring bikes

Touring motorbike in the desert

Touring motorbike in the desert

They are better modeled for long distance riding in comparison to the cruisers. They have large engines, windshields, more luggage space, and high capacity tanks. They have better ground clearance, and they are easier to handle than the cruisers.

Standard bikes

They are also referred to as naked bikes, and they are made for general purpose riding. They don’t come with windshields or fairings. Standard bikes are low-cost bikes and can be good for anyone trying their hand at motorcycling for the first time.

Sport bikes

These bikes are made for thrilling speed experiences. They have

  • High-performance engines
  • Lightweight body
  • Better brakes
  • Higher foot pegs
  • Longer reach – this makes the rider lean forward.

They are not comfortable to ride for long due to the sitting posture of the rider.

Terrain

When choosing a motorbike, choose wisely according to the kind of roads and areas you are likely to visit often. Some motorbikes are made for paved roads in the city, while others can fit even on rugged roads. You need to check the ground clearance and the suspension system of the bike. For rugged roads, stronger suspension systems are recommended, while city streets don’t have so much for you to worry about.

Purpose

Before you purchase or decide to purchase a certain type of a bike, sit and think about what you expect to use the bike for. The cruisers and the touring bikes are designed for comfort for long distance riding. The touring bike has a big luggage capacity compared to others. You need to choose well if it is for ordinary scooting or racing. Will you be carrying a pillion passenger? An essential thing when buying a motorbike is to consider how suitable the bike will be for whatever you intend to use it for.

Personal experience

There is a first time for everything. You should be honest with yourself about your level of riding experience. Experienced riders can easily handle bigger and more powerful bikes than beginners. While new bikers can enjoy smaller machines, experienced riders can easily get bored by machines whose power does not match their skills. For beginners, it is advisable to start with smaller motorbikes that fit their abilities rather than the big ones that you have to take time to grow into.

Darren has owned several companies in the automotive, advertising and education industries. He has run driving theory educational websites since 2010.

Posted in Advice, Motorbike

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