Choosing the right motorcycle can be a difficult choice if you’re new to riding.
There are a few things you’ll want to consider when picking the bike you should get, including:
- Your level of riding experience.
- The type of riding you’ll be doing.
- How often and for how long you typically ride.
- Your height and weight.
The right size bike for you will:
- Allow you to plant your feet firmly on the ground at a stop.
- Allow you to comfortably reach and operate all the controls and levers.
- Allow you to fully move the handlebars from one side to another.
- Be powerful enough for the speed and distance of riding you’ll be doing.
- Be comfortable enough and suited for the type of riding you’ll be doing.
What is the Best Starter Motorcycle?
If you’re just starting out as new rider or you’re still learning how to ride, a beginner motorcycle is the way to go for your first bike.
You can find beginner motorcycles in different styles/classes of bikes, but here as some good general guidelines to follow:
- Buy a used motorcycle for your first bike.
- Keep the engine size within the 250cc to 750cc, go towards the higher if you’ll be riding for longer distances or on the freeway.
- Select something on the lighter side of the motorcycle weight range.
- Choose something with a comfortable, ergonomic seat position for the type of riding you’ll be doing.
- Choose something with a windshield, fairings, and storage if you’ll be using the bike for your commute.
What Size Motorcycle do I Need?
It’s important to select, or adjust, your motorcycle so its suited for your weight and height.
A motorcycle that’s a match for your size is going to be more comfortable to ride, easier to control, and safer.
If you’re a lighter-weight rider, a lighter motorcycle will probably be a better choice for you.
If you’re a heavier rider, you may need to see about adjusting the suspension on your bike.
Height-wise, you’ll want to select a bike that allows your feet to be flat at a stop. If you are teetering on your tip-toes every time you come to a stop, you’re going to risk falling over.
You’ll also want to be sure that you can safely and comfortable reach all the levers and controls. If you need to stretch or strain in order to operate something, you are not going to be in control of the bike.
Be sure to take the time to sit on a variety of bikes to get a feel for what is going to be best for you. If you’re unsure, as the dealer or an experienced rider for some help.