Thinking about buying your first motorcycle? Riding a motorcycle is an undeniably fun and rewarding experience that will allow you to enjoy the open roads in a more personal setting. In order to get the most from your new hobby, though, you'll need to choose the motorcycle that's best fitted to meet your needs.
One of the first things you should consider is whether you want a new or used motorcycle. Opting for a new motorcycle will give you peace of mind knowing that it hasn't been driven by anyone else, and that it shouldn't have any mechanical problems. But choosing a used motorcycle, you can save tons of money. It's not uncommon for used motorcycles to sell for 40-60% of their original cost. So a $15,000 motorcycle may only cost $7,500 used.
If you plan on riding your motorcycle across long distances (which most people do), you may want to choose a model with a built-in stereo system. Doing so will allow you to listen to music while riding, and it can be useful for turn-by-turn voice navigation. Whether you want to listen to the radio, MP3s stored on your smartphone, or directions to your destination, a motorcycle stereo can do all of this and more. Even without a 'built in' stereo, companies like Steel Horse Audio offer handlebar mounted motorcycle speaker systems that will mount to any motorcycle.
There are literally thousands of different types of motorcycles on the market. Nearly all of them, however, can be broken down into one of two different categories: sportbikes or cruisers. Sportbikes generally offer greater maneuverability and handling, while cruisers are designed for maximum comfort and speeds on long, flat stretches of road. Cruisers became popular with the advent of Harley Davidson, during which many bikers would ride across the country. The cruiser-style of Harley Davidson motorcycles allowed riders to navigate the long and often barren landscape as they made their way across country.
When shopping for your first motorcycle, be sure to sit down on the seat and get a feel for it. Motorcycles come in all different shapes and sizes, which is why it's important to choose one that's appropriate for your body. Just because a motorcycle looks nice on the outside doesn't necessarily mean that it's comfortable to ride. And if you buy a motorcycle that's not comfortable, you probably won't be riding it much.
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