Key Considerations While Shopping
Engine size – Engines are measured in cubic centimeters or CCs, which refers to the volume inside the engine where air and fuel is combined to power the bike. Typically, a motorcycle with a higher number of CCs means a bigger engine, more power and faster speeds.
Weight of bike –The heavier the bike, the harder it is to operate. You need to be able to upright your bike if it gets knocked over.
Height of seat – While straddling the bike, make sure your feet can touch the ground when you stop. Also measure the length of your leg from the bottom of your foot to your groin. If the seat is higher than the measurement, the bike is most likely too tall for you.
Keep these features in mind while researching the various motorcycle categories below.
Different Types of Motorcycles
Commonly referred to as “naked motorcycles,” these bikes are known for their upright riding position. Both handlebars and foot pegs are situated so that riders can maintain a comfortable position without having to reach too far forward. Their moderate-size engines and functional, user-friendly design make them a good option for new riders.
Cruisers are modeled after large American machines from the 1930s to 1960s – the most popular being Harley-Davidsons. These bikes have a V-twin engine designed for low-end torque and offer a low riding position, high handlebars and forward foot pegs – causing riders to lean back slightly. This seating may not be ideal for beginners who are anticipating riding at higher speeds for long periods of time, since pulling back on the handlebars to battle wind can be tiring.
Referred to as dual-purpose or on- and off-road motorcycles, dual-sport bikes have high seats and a high center of gravity to better handle rough ground. They’re similar to dirt bikes, except they feature mirrors and lights that make them legal to ride on public streets. Their small engines and lightweight frames make them a good choice for a new rider, as long as they can straddle the bike with both feet planted on the ground.
Designed for long-distance riding, touring motorcycles have large engines and bigger fuel tanks. They give riders a comfortable, upright seating position and more storage, but their size and higher cost may make them more suited for experienced riders.
Optimized for high speeds and acceleration, sport bikes have high-performance engines on a lightweight frame. They feature higher foot pegs and a longer reach to the handlebars, which is beneficial when riding into the wind at higher speeds. At lower speeds, sport bikes can be tiring because they put more weight on a rider’s hands and wrists.
Consider these bikes a hybrid between a sport and touring motorcycle. Compared to a sport bike, sport touring bikes have more storage, but are overall lighter in weight compared to a touring bike. They also offer a more relaxed seating position.
Once you select the type of motorcycle to suit your needs, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing a used bike versus a new one.
New vs. Used – A used motorcycle may be less expensive, but could cost more in repairs and maintenance in the long run.
New vs. Used: The Pros and Cons
Pros & Cons of buying a used bike
A bike that’s even a few months old will usually have a much lower price than a brand new model.
Since you don’t know how the previous owner treated a bike, it may have more mechanical issues.
Lower insurance cost
While not always the case, a used bike may be less expensive to insure than a new one in the same style.
Upkeep costs may be higher, depending on the level of maintenance required.
Good for practice
New riders are still learning and may not want to risk damaging a new bike.
Lacks new technology
Used bikes may not have the latest safety features.
Pros & Cons of buying a new bike
Has a warranty
New bikes typically come with a warranty to protect against mechanical problems.
A new bike will typically cost more than a used one.
You don’t have to worry about the bike having been damaged from past accidents.
The motorcycle’s value drops when it leaves the lot.
The bike will have no or very few miles on the odometer.
Higher insurance cost
New motorcycles typically cost more to insure.
You have your motorcycle license, the proper safety apparel and now the knowledge necessary to choose the type of bike that’s right for you. Just don’t forget to get the motorcycle insurance you need to stay protected on the road.
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Article Courtesy : Niralee Nirlipta, Senior PRO & Content Writer