When you are going to buy your first motorcycle, both good and bad news is that all your acquaintances who already have a bike (or don’t even have one) will be happy to give you “advice”. However, to distinguish the good advice from the bad, you should first understand the topic yourself. This article is for beginners. In it, we will talk about moto-classes, their purpose, and which motorcycle to choose first.
To begin with, it is necessary to be defined for what you buy the motorcycle
Where do you plan to ride it most often? For example, it will be more convenient to move around a big city on a small-capacity motorcycle every day. For riding mainly on paved long-distance roads, you should pay attention to the plastic-lined versions of motorcycles, and for country roads, it is better to choose a motorcycle with an elongated suspension – it will better cope with the bumps on the dirt road.
You need to choose a motorcycle with your heart, but in your choice, it is also recommended to proceed from logic
- One of the key points in the early stages – the height of the seat. It is important that when stopping, the driver can stand leaning on both feet and not stretch on tiptoe to the road surface.
- The first bike should not be too powerful. An insecure biker simply can’t handle an “evil” and sharp model. We recommend staying on models with a volume of 125 – 300 cubic meters. Such bikes run quite fast, and the consumption of gasoline is quite within reasonable limits.
- Take into account the physical data of the owner. As a two-meter athlete, it is not necessary to consider too small equipment for purchase and vice versa – it is important not to overestimate your capabilities when choosing a device that is too high or heavy. The lighter the bike, the easier it is to drive at low, and therefore suitable for training speeds.
- A motorbike for a beginner must be bright! Even – loud. And not in order to show off, you just have to be visible on the road.
- Your bike should be a little phlegmatic and not in a hurry to react immediately to a barely noticeable touch to the handle.
In the future, most of these nuances will be leveled by experience, but in this case it is about buying the first motorcycle for 1-2 seasons.
Classes of motorcycles
Motorcycles can be divided into several classes, depending on their design, appearance and purpose. Here are the main ones:
The easiest way is to start with classic road motorcycles. On most “road workers” you are provided with the correct landing and easy getting used to motorcycle control tools. Most road motorbikes have a plastic fairing and look like sports motorcycles.
Road motorbikes are convenient when riding around the city and on the road, they are even sometimes called “universal”. Modern models are usually equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS), and sometimes a system of exchange rate stability (TCS). These “electronic assistants” are designed to facilitate the control of the bike and prevent such dangerous situations as locking the wheel during emergency braking, or, conversely – slipping the rear tire during acceleration (“drift”). However, such systems are most often installed on motorbikes of other classes.
Cruiser-class motorbikes are often mistakenly called “chopper”, but unlike the classic chopper with an elongated fork and rigid rear suspension “hardtail”, cruisers are quite suitable for everyday use. Cruisers are built for comfort, not speed. These “limousines” are designed for slow movement on good quality roads and suburban highways. However, there are also “wolves in sheep’s clothing”: uncompromising power-cruiser, which in acceleration and management resemble sports bikes (although they are worth their characteristics – extremely expensive).
The cruiser, due to too loose landing and low maneuverability – not the best choice as the first motorcycle, in addition, some of them are heavy and wide enough to travel on a narrow city line. But sometimes these fables are so consistent with the style and charisma of the owner that other than buying a cruiser, there are no other options.
The scooter is an excellent vehicle for city driving due to its small size, the presence of a trunk under the saddle, and minimal fuel consumption. The scooter does not need to work with the transmission, as most models have a variator. The volume of engines of modern “mopeds” – from 50 cm3 to… 800 cm3 in new models.
The “off-road” motorcycle will give the feeling of freedom that experienced motorcyclists talk about. You no longer need to think about the quality of the road surface or its presence at all – the suspension of this bike will easily cope with all the bumps in your path.
You will have to pay for the passability at a lower cruising speed on the track, a modest gas tank, and high sail. We are talking only about dual-purpose models, and uncompromising “enduro” and “evil” cross bikes for the first season will not work at all, except when a beginner aims to use the bike only indoors and is ready to drive a motorcycle to the destination by trailer.
Sport motorcycles are the right choice for track riding. But riding a “sportbike” around the city can be a deadly occupation for a beginner: according to the sad statistics of motorcycle accidents, most accidents occur to owners of “sports” who failed to drive an “explosive” motorcycle. And each fall on a lightweight “plastic” motorcycle costs a grief-rider in a fairly substantial amount. After all, few “sports” can be equipped with such necessary for beginners safety arches, because their installation often requires a violation of the integrity of the fairing.
Budget for buying and caring for a motorcycle
When calculating the budget for the first motorcycle, it is necessary to take into account not only the cost of the unit itself – it is necessary to calculate the cost of motorcycle schooling and obtaining a driver’s license, as well as fuel, maintenance, storage, and liability insurance.
In addition, the team cannot be neglected. The first thing that a beginner biker should have is a quality helmet with maximum protection. How to choose a helmet? It is also advisable to buy a motorcycle jacket and motorcycle pants. You definitely need good gloves – you feel the handles in them better. Shoes should be strong and without heels. In this case, in addition to their own protection, we also recommend installing safety arcs or so-called “sliders” on your iron horse.
When choosing and buying the first motorcycle, you should turn to experts in this matter.