Choosing Your First Motorcycle
So you have decided to take up riding. Can’t blame you. It is a great past time and while you enjoy the freedom of riding around Seattle on two wheels, you will also enjoy meeting the great people who share in your hobby or dare I say lifestyle. Now, you must come to a decision as to which type of motorcycle that you want. It is a big decision as each type of cycle has its own merits. In this short article I will cover the top three choices of motorcycle styles and will skip over the crossovers. If you find yourself stuck between two styles, you can explore the crossovers yourself.
First, you have the cruiser. A low riding bike with a torquey engine. This is what most people in the club ride but that doesn’t mean that it has to be for you. The great thing about a cruiser is that it can be infinitely modified to fit its riders taste. Chrome, blacked out, crazy paint jobs, you can do nothing to them. Cruisers are your best bet if you want to ride around, well, cruising. They handle better at low speed and are more comfortable for long periods of riding. You are not going to be the fastest bike in town but you will get there in style. Of course, there are a lot of powerful, big engine, cruisers out there but these are not well suited for inexperienced riders. If this is your first bike, stick to a small to medium sized bike. One more thing that you get with a medium sized cruiser is reliability. These bikes are usually based on tried and true technology. Tech that is easy to learn and maintain. In conclusion, if you want a bike that is easy to ride and easy to maintain, a cruiser might be the bike for you.
Got the need for speed? Then you want a sport bike. Sport bikes will be lighter in weight with higher powered and more sophisticated engines. They will have the latest in suspensions and engine technology. This is great but it also means that they will be a bit more complicated to maintain. In addition, sport bikes are not well suited for long rides or low speeds for that matter. If you will be using this bike as a commuter, you might think again. Also, keep in mind that these are temperamental little bikes with a lot of power. Sensitive controls can make them difficult for the novice rider. If you choose one of these bikes, be sure to start with a lower powered model. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. In conclusion, if you want to go fast and don’t need to go far, a sports bike might be the choice for you.
Want to travel across the country? Touring bikes can get you there with ample storage and comfort to spare. Get a Touring bike and you can get things like full blown stero systems and even heated seats. They will also have storage to spare so that you can carry all of the gear that you need. The thing they won’t have though is sport bike handling or speed. Another caveat is that these bikes will be expensive albeit built to last. In conclusion, if you want to go far and have a lot to spend a Tourer might be for you. Just don’t expect to go carving corners.
Besides the styles of bikes listed above, there are countless crossovers. You can get crosses Touring Cruisers, Sport Cruisers, Etc. You make sacrifices with whatever bike you choose so your best path might be to choose a basic style and then check out the variations and spinoffs at your local dealer.
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