Darren Rowse over at problogger is having a group list writing contest, so I thought I’d throw in a list of things a wish I knew when I bought my first motorcycle.

  1. Buy a used motorcycle the first time.
    The motorcycle you dream of might be very different from the motorcycle you will actually like to ride once you get started. Buying a used motorcycle prevents you from loosing too much money should you change your mind. If you buy a 3-4 year old motorcycle it is most likely almost as new anyway.
  2. Try before you buy.
    Try all the motorcycles you can get your hands on, even ones you normally wouldn’t consider, just to have something to compare. Usually dealers have (or can get) demo motorcycles of new models. When buying used either at a dealer or privately ask for a test ride. If you are refused, walk away. There are plenty of other sellers.
  3. Get a second opinion.
    It’s not unlikely that when you find the motorcycle you want, you will be so obsessed with it that it might cloud your judgement. Get a mate who knows about motorcycles to come with you and check the bike out. If you don’t know anyone riding, make an appointment with a motorcycle dealer/mechanic and ask the seller to take the bike to the mechanic with you for a check.
  4. Check brake discs, tyres and chain.
    These are the things that get worn over time, and can set you back quite a bit when it needs to be replaced. Brake disc width should be more than the width specified in the manual for the specific motorcycle (seller should have the manual). There’s a mark on the tyres for when they need to be replaced (get seller to point it out for you). To check the chain, grab a link at the rear sprocket and pull it backwards, if you can pull the link a bit away from the sprocket, the chain (and both sprockets) needs to be replaced. Know the price of these parts for the motorcycle, and ask the seller to replace or cut price accordingly.
  5. Remember to check insurance rates.
    Call up different agencies and ask them for the price of 3-4 motorcycles you are considering. The price may vary a lot depending on your age and motorcycle type.

There are more things that are good to know when starting off as a motorcycle rider. But you will learn that soon enough and you can always just ask us motorcycle nuts.

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23 Responses to “5 things I wish I knew when I bought my first motorcycle”

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  2. MamaDuck  August 17th

    All excellent ideas (makes me almost wish for a motorcycle now, think I can strap Lil’ Duck on my back? ;)). Our list is up if you?d like to look? have a great day!

  3. Jersey Girl  August 17th

    When I got divorced about 8 years ago, I went and got my motorcycle license…it was such an incredible feeling of freedom…Not a rider today, but loved the experience.

  4. Cindy Little  August 17th

    This is common sense always buy a used when you have first past your test, how upset will you be to drop a ?9K bike & believe me when I say its easy everyone drops their first bike sometime

  5. Dynamike  August 17th

    Buying a used bike first is a great tip.

    I always say that there are two types of riders; those that have goen down and those that will.

    The likelihood of going down decreases exponentially with experience.

  6. Jesper  August 18th

    You are so right. I’ve dropped my bike a couple of times. Nothing serious, just a moment not paying attention, and ups! forgot to but the sidestand down…wham!

    It happens to everyone, one way or the other.

  7. Tinker  August 22nd

    I’m puzzled by the folks trying to sell their motorcycle on Craiglist,and they say, without exception “perfect for a beginning cyclist”. Don’t they know that those thing with all the plastic on them are AWFUL Expensive when the machine hits the ground?

    Heck, I saw an ad for a Kawasaki Concours. Sure enough! “Perfect for a beginner” Truly perfect for a beginner that weighs 400 pounds, I suppose.

    All I can imagine is that they don’t think much of new Motorcyclists.

  8. Jesper  August 22nd

    Not to mention the increased insurance cost those bits of plastic tends to add.

    I’d choose something a little smaller than a Kawasaki Concours for my first bike.

    You see a lot of stupid for sale ads. One of my favorites is when they just copy the factory specs into the ad. What the heck is that about? :-)

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  12. matt  February 4th

    Great post! I would definately suggest doing research first when a href=”http://www.powersportstv.com”>buying your first motorcycle.

    There are just so many models to choose from so doing your research first is very important.

  13. Dave  July 18th

    Nice article. Thanks for the heads up. Check out http://www.bestfirstmotorcycles.com to see an in depth look at beginner motorbikes.

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  15. Mr. Motorcycle  March 14th

    I enjoyed the read.
    Another good thing to consider for anyone looking for something truly custom, and wanting to do it themselves is to not buy a new bike. Why pay for brand new stock parts to discard them for new custom parts. Build slowly with a used bike, get a cooler than new stock bike, for less money.

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  17. Alfie Davies  May 20th

    i already upgraded my family car to Hybrid to help the environment.:-’

  18. Amelia Thomas  September 9th

    i like hybrid cars because they are more energy efficient compared to petrol engines;-~

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  20. newbiej  January 25th

    I have an opportunity to buy a good nighthawk 750 for my first bike. What advice is there from you guys? is it worth buying before I learn to ride? or would it be better to wait?

  21. Jesper  January 25th

    I’d say learn to ride before you buy the bike. But of course of it’s dirt cheap and there’s no chance you will strike a deal like that again. Then…

  22. Jeanmarie Ianniello  March 8th

    Hey! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the great work!

  23. Anthony G  October 5th

    What if the bike is a ninja 250 or cbr250. Those bikes are cheap and are brand new.

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