December 29, 2022

How to choose the right motorcycle

Choosing the right motorcycle for you can be difficult due to the many choices. This post breaks down some tips on how to choose the right one for you.

How to choose the right motorcycle

Are you in the market for a new motorcycle? Whether you're a seasoned rider or new to the world of motorcycling, choosing the right bike can be a daunting task. There are so many options to consider, from engine size and power to style and features. In this post, I'll outline some key factors to consider when choosing the right motorcycle for you. I'll cover some tips in finding the perfect project bike down the track, this is purely for getting two wheels on the road.

  • Purpose: What do you want to use your motorcycle for? Are you looking for a daily commuter, a weekend cruiser, or a touring bike? Different bikes are better suited to different purposes, so it's important to consider how you'll be using your motorcycle.
  • New or Used: This also falls into the budget tip but if you're after something that has already been customised then your likely to be looking at used bikes only, which helps narrow your choices. Buying used also has it's pros and cons which will be discussed in a later post.
  • Engine size: Motorcycles come in a range of engine sizes, from smaller 250cc bikes to larger 1,000cc+ models. Larger engines generally offer more power and acceleration, but they may also require more maintenance and be more expensive to insure. Smaller engines are usually more fuel-efficient and easier to handle, but may not offer the same level of performance.
  • Riding style: Consider your riding style and experience level when choosing a motorcycle. If you're a beginner, you may want to start with a smaller, lighter bike that's easier to handle. If you're an experienced rider, you may be comfortable on a more powerful or specialized bike. If you're not looking at customising it but love the retro look, there are plenty of modern classics, most manufacturer's now have their own take of the Scrambler, Cafe Racer and Bobber style.
  • Brand and model: There are many different motorcycle brands and models to choose from, each with its own set of features and characteristics. Research different brands and models to find one that fits your needs and budget. Don't be afraid to test ride multiple bikes to see which one feels best to you.
  • Budget: Motorcycles can range in price from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the brand, model, and features. Determine your budget before you start shopping and stick to it. You may have to compromise on certain features or opt for a used bike to stay within your budget. Getting second hand is also your friend as long as you know what you need to look out for.

Most manufactures have their own spin on the modern classic

Hard to go past the Triumph Scrambler (Image from the Triumph Website)

The Royal Enfield has had a recent resurgence.

By considering these factors, you'll be well on your way to finding the right motorcycle for you. Don't be afraid to ask for help or advice from more experienced riders, you might even be able to twist their arm and help you out with the inspection. With a little research and consideration, you'll be able to find the perfect bike for your needs.

In later posts we'll also be looking at what things you need to look out for when buying a used moto.


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