Planning to buy a first Motorbike? Don’t be Blindsided! For most of us, getting a bike is a dream come true.
I remember the thrill when I first bought my bike. I was in cloud number nine for my first few rides.
It was exhilarating from the roar of the engine, feeling the gears, to the nostalgic fear and pleasure that flooded me.
However, this did not last long as there are some crucial things I came to learn along the way. Of course, I wished I should have known them before but we’re here to prevent a repeat of that mess. As I was budgeting for my bike, all I wanted was a dirt bike. And what did I know about dirt bikes? Nothing!
Therefore, this threw me at the mercy of any trader who’d want to sell me a dirt bike. All they had to do was name a fair price, cheap to buy, tax, and insure, and we got a deal.
However, here are some of the tips you should watch out for before making that purchase:
1. Start with something you can learn on
As a beginner, getting a heavy engine is not the best choice even though your budget is high. Remember, the weight of the machine should be one you can hold up if you put a foot down. An extremely heavy engine is not one you should train with. It’s the one you get when you’re a pro.
2. Get your safety gear before the bike
Safety gear includes a helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots. Now, these can be as much as $600 or more. It is therefore advisable to start purchasing your gear earlier to prevent straining your bank account while getting both the bike and the safety gear at once.
3. Consider a new bike
I can hardly stress this enough, consider a new vehicle. As much as a used motorcycle has its benefits, getting a new one from a reputable motorcycle trader gives you a warranty, low mileage, or none at all, peace of mind with regards to vehicle history, and a cut down on constant repairs or breakdowns.
Although I saved some cash when purchasing my first used motorcycle, I had to spend extra on new tires, brake pads, chains, sprockets, long story short, life was in and out of the garage. Mind you, the older the engine, the more the fuel problems. Despite this, if you’re handy with the toolbox and up for the mechanics, go get your “beast.”