How difficult could be to pick the best motorcycle when you havenít bought one before? Well, pretty difficult, I would say, because you donít know what to look for, you have a lot of enthusiasm, courage and, letís face it, you are not that realistic. I mean, I bet you would buy the most beautiful and popular sport bike that you see racing on the highway without actually asking yourself if you can handle it.
This is actually one of the biggest mistake a newbie makes: he or she will want to buy a sport-bike that is more powerful that he or she can handle. See, there is no shame in riding a smaller bike in the beginning and stay well, safe and healthy (read ĒaliveĒ). It would be a shame to go for a big and fast sportbike and die on the road because you didn't have the experience to control your beast. Go for a smaller bike! Really!
You must choose also the type of bike you really like riding so you should test them all to see what fits you: you like sport bikes? You like choppers? Dirt bikes? Cruisers? My advice is to test them all and see for yourself. An Advice here donít go that well, since we all have our our preferences so testing for yourself may be the only solution. Think about what you like to do: race friends on the highway? Relax while touring? Getting dirty in the forest? There may be an answer there.
Also ask yourself what do you want to do with your bike? Ride it everyday to work? Ride it on Sundays just for fun? Do you have other friends to join you? What types of bikes do they have? Thereís no fun in joining a gang of choppers with a mosquito-like dirt bike, really.
Another reason to consider is the price. Price of a crotch rocket could be really high and if this is your first bike, you should choose wisely since if you will find later that you donít really enjoy the bike you recently purchased, it will not be that easy to buy another one since they all cost money. There are more expensive bikes and of course, there are always less expensive bikes. Go figure it! For sure you wonít need an MV Augusta as your first bike, I can guarantee you that (OK, sorry, if your daddy's rich, you can buy whatever bike you want) so look into bikes that cost $5-6000, you have plenty of options here, you can even find good 500 cc motorcycles for that price.
And one more thing to consider, I was just about to forget it: you want to go with a new bike or with an used one? I would recommend you to go with an used one. You may fall once or twice in the process and you would feel bad for the new paint you just left on the sidewalk...
Of course you can always ask ďthe expertĒ, a friend who rides longer than you to help you with directions. Listen carefully and...chose for yourself, donít settle, make the choice that fits you. But listen to his advice since he may come with a thing or two that can bring some light on the subject.
Christian Johnson is a passionate biker, loves to ride fast motorcycles and at the same time he loves writing about motorcycles on his site www.crotchrocketguide.com, about topics such as how to buy your first bike, which one will be a good starting bike and a lot of others great subjects