How to buy your first motorcycle

Getting a first motorcycle is exciting and a lot of fun. To avoid pitfalls when buying your first bike, you will need to take some things into account. If you follow these steps, getting your first bike is easy. As a motorcycle dealer, I see people making the same mistakes. A pity, because buying a motorcycle involves a lot of money. It is a shame if your purchase ends in a disappointment.

Avoid these mistakes

First, you will need to know what kind of bike you want. Most people know what they like, but sometimes people buy the first motorcycle they lay eyes on. If you know what you want, you can search online or go to a motorcycle trader. That brings me to the second mistake. Some people think they know it all, when it comes to motorcycles. But if you never bought a motorcycle before, chances are you don’t really know what to look for. It comes to real technical knowledge, to be able to decide if a motorcycle is really worth your money. Therefore, I always recommend buyers with little to no experience, to get a motorcycle trader to do the actual purchase. In this way, you ensure you get a good quality bike. Third, I would recommend looking for a standard model if you want to buy a motorcycle for the first time. Don’t waste time on rare models if you just start driving a motorcycle. Get used to your vehicle first and then maybe go for that special model you always wanted, whether it needs to be imported or not. Rare models are hard to find and hard to maintain, since motorcycle parts are also rare. With a standard, newer model, maintenance is much easier to do yourself or get done at your local garage. Last, a newer model is likely to be safer too. Especially when you are a novice driver, this is extremely important.

Enjoy and be safe

My last recommendation is all about fun. Enjoy your new bike and make sure you acquire all the gear you need. It goes without saying that you will need a helmet, the right clothing, shoes and gloves. This, you can also buy at your local motorcycle trader. Buying on a budget? Look for secondhand motorcycle clothing. However, a helmet always needs to be new. After seven years of use, you have to get a new helmet. If you are ever unsure about safety on your motorcycle, please consult your local motorcycle trader for more information. Having fun on you bike starts with being safe.