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Motorcycle Safety: Buying Your First Bike

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Purchasing a motorcycle is a big decision and there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Are you going to be riding mostly on trails or highways? How much power do you need or want? How experienced are you? These are just some of the questions you need to think about.

A motorcycle should be chosen on the basis of comfort and functional needs:

  • Select a motorcycle that fits. You should be able to touch the ground with both feet when astride the cycle.
  • Consider passenger needs. If you’re planning on having passengers, you need a seat with foot pegs for the riders.
  • Check the location of controls. Make sure you can reach and operate them with ease.
  • Buy the power you need and can handle safely. You should be strong enough to push or pull the bike up off the ground if it falls over. But if you plan to travel long distances or are looking for speed and/or performance, a larger cycle may be necessary.
  • Consider the primary use of the bike. Some motorcycles are designed for highway use with special tires and more powerful braking systems, while others are designed for off-roading. If you plan to do both, consider a combination cycle.

“Popular Mechanics” published an article with more ideas on things to keep in mind when buying a motorcycle. The above list is just a start and you should always be sure to read your owner’s manual thoroughly.

Think about it.