Buying your own bike is a big commitment. Whether it’s a Honda motorbike or a Harley, you need to commit a lot; learning how to ride, and buying the right safety gear, among others. Now, you’ve got the enviable but daunting task of getting a motorbike that’ll suit your needs.
First things first
What kind of bike are you going to get? This is a fairly big process, as there’s a lot of bike types thanks to manufacturers creating branches and sub-branches of bike genres. The biggest distinction is between on-road, off-road and dual purpose (ie. both of the former two) motorbikes, then narrowing it down from there.
One of the first things to consider about which bike you’ll be buying is to ask ‘Will this bike agree with me?”. You want a bike that’s comfortable for you, both for short rides or long ones, taking into account where your weight rests primarily, how your knees bend, how long your reach is, how tall you are, and the like. Be honest with yourself and properly estimate the long-term effects of bike comfort, in order to find the bike that’s most compatible to your physical needs.
Motorbikes tend to be heavily associated with freedom, which makes sense, since one of the easiest ways to go on a trip is to pack personal items into a saddlebag and/or top case on your Honda motorbike and just ride. If you’re going on a long distance trip, consider getting a bike with saddlebags or one that can be fitted with a set.
Modern technology has made aids like traction control and anti-lock brakes to be commonplace on motorbikes. For lightweights, this can help them enjoy riding with something backing them up, or in case of inclement weather. For purists, they can opt to just turn these systems off with a simple button touch.
Come on. Of course this is important to consider. This is a big driving force behind motorbike purchases, so you definitely want to consider this. Style is subjective, so what you think looks good isn’t the same as to what others will think looks good. Best bet? Get a bike that turns heads.
Most riders usually don’t pay much attention to fuel economy, but not all bikes as gas guzzlers. There’s a lot of potential for fuel savings when choosing the right bike, so it’s well worth considering. Remember, that bike might look good, but if it goes through gas so fast that you can’t ride it, then what’s the point?