Have you ever taken a motorcycle out for a ride only to feel like something was off?
Maybe the bike was too high, or it was so broad that you could not balance.
These types of discomforts not only make riding unenjoyable, but extremely dangerous.
Choosing the right motorcycle is critical to your safety and the safety of passengers as well as those on the road with you. You must be in full control of your bike, have a good fit, and enjoy the road ahead.
Whether you have ridden bikes for years or you are new to the motorcycle game, make sure you choose the right bike for the correct use.
Riding is all about comfort, feel, and excitement. To get the most out of your experience, you need a motorcycle that fits your budget, height, weight, and riding skills.
Your level of riding experience is by far one of the most crucial factors to picking the right bike. Some bikes are more newer-rider friendly than others. And if you were to choose the wrong bike, you may find yourself at higher risk of severe injuries.
If you are new to riding, you want a motorcycle that features:
There is no universal agreement on how many different types of motorcycles there are, but there are broad categories of motorcycles – and you should consider these categories before you pick your bike.
Street bikes are designed for the asphalt and paved surfaces of city streets. They have lighter tread patterns and smooth tires for better handling and include the following types of bikes:
Off-road bikes are just as they sound: designed for off-road use. They have a lighter weight, rugged construction, and the tire treads are thick and capable of handling dry or wet surfaces. The suspension of these bikes is stronger than street bikes. That is because they are designed for uneven terrain.
Generally, an off-road bike can handle everything from grass to sand to dirt.
Hybrid bikes combine street bikes and off-road bikes to create one dual-use motorcycle. These also ensure the bike is street legal, regardless of the surface you are on.
Hybrid bikes are harder to predict because they depend on the manufacturer’s design and what two bikes they are combining into one. Some come as adventure bikes, which are touring and off-road motorcycles combined.
These bikes are harder to maintain, often require higher grade gasoline, and can be difficult to handle if you are new to riding.
You know the types of motorcycles, but do not forget the size.
Bikes are measured out by engine size. An engine size measures in cubic centimeters (CC), which is the volume inside the engine where fuel and air mix to propel the bike. More CCs does not always mean a bike is faster than one with lower CCs.
Usually, engine sizes are designed around the style of bike. However, various styles come with different CC sizes too. For example, a sport bike will come in multiple CCs.
Most motorcycles that require a motorcycle license range from 350 cc to over 600 cc. These are then put into two classes, which are those above the 35 kW/48 HP class and those below.
Typically, a motorcycle with more than 48 HP will have an engine of 600 cc or higher. When looking at bikes, consider this: every 14 to 17 cc equals approximately 1 HP (horsepower). Therefore, the bigger the CC, the more horsepower.
Newer riders are safer going with a bike that does not have a high CC, simply because those bikes are designed for higher performance and speeds – something a newer rider does not necessarily need.
Never solely base your selection on CC. Some starter bikes have a higher CC amount than others but are still suitable for new riders. For example, the Yamaha FZ-07 has a displacement of 689 cc but is still equal to another beginner-friendly bikes. One is known as the KTM 390 Duke with a displacement of 373 cc, and the other is the Suzuki DR 200, which only has 199cc but is very user-friendly.
If you are a new rider, it is safer to pick a new bike over a used bike. While you might think that a used bike is more cost-effective for those incidents you might encounter, you cannot predict how a used bike was cared for or how it will perform. Experienced riders know how bikes operate and respond. Therefore, they are more equipped to handle the unpredictable nature of a used bike.
If you do want a used bike, go to a reputable dealership and request the ownership history of that bike – including accident information. That way, you can ensure you are not buying a rebuilt bike or one that might not be street legal.
Accidents on motorcycles happen even for the most experienced riders. If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, contact an attorney immediately.
An attorney can help you receive compensation for your injuries. A motorcycle accident often results in more catastrophic, serious injuries than your average passenger vehicle incident. Therefore, you will need someone experienced in these types of accident claims to help you receive the compensation you deserve for medical costs, lost wages, and more.