Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying Your First Motorcycle

motoplex | August 31, 2020 | 0 | Helmet , Lists , Riding , safety , Shopping , Training

So, you’ve thought about it for a while and you think you want to get a motorcycle. First of all, what took you so long? Riding is an incredible way to save some gas money, explore your area and find parking anywhere you go. Not to mention it’s always a great time to head out on the highway and log some miles. But what if you don’t have a bike of your own? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From safety and insurance, to tips for buying, we’ve compiled this list of things to consider so that you can find your dream bike in no time.




Taking a motorcycle training course is a must for any rider. Even if you’ve already had some experience on the road a training course will give you the preparation and skills to ensure a safe and smooth ride. For those of you in the Idaho area, you can learn from certified coaches with the Learn to Ride program offered at High Desert Moto Plex. For anyone outside Idaho you can search for local course offerings on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website.



In most states you’re required to have a motorcycle license or endorsement before you can operate a bike legally.  Getting your motorcycle license generally requires a road test (this is where that safety course will really come in handy), and for anyone not already carrying a typical driver’s license it may also include a written road rules exam. Licensing laws vary state by state, but in most cases a motorcycle license is inexpensive and only takes a few weeks to get. You can find a wealth of additional information in this Idaho Motorcycle Operator’s Manual.



Motorcycles come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and, much like vehicles, different motorcycles fit different people. For example, if you are a tried-and-true pickup driver you might find that a 2-door coupe doesn’t fit the bill when it comes to your vehicle of choice. You’ll want to make those same considerations when it comes to purchasing your first motorcycle. Sit on some different setups and see how they feel. As a starting point you’ll want to make sure that you are able to place both of your feet flat on the ground and hold the bike comfortably between your legs at a complete stop. Figure out what type of riding you will be doing the most often. This will help determine what body style you want which will then allow you to focus on the size of the bike.



Choosing your first bike is a personal decision, and one of the most important factors to consider is why, when, and where you want to ride. Are you looking for something that allows for speed and agility? If so, a Sport Bike might be the right choice for you. Do you long to set out on some cross-country rides? Then you might want to check out a Touring Bike. Perhaps you want something simple and suited for all purposes. In that case a Standard Bike could be the thing you are looking for. If you aren’t quite sure which type of bike suits you best there are some great resources out there. Again, this is not the time to be shy so do your research and then go and ask a professional- you’ll want to be on your bike as much as possible so choosing one that fits you correctly is imperative!



New or used, financing or buying, make sure you know your price range before you buy.  It’s easy to be tempted by the newest or best looking bike in the floor room, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice for you right now. Having a price range set and knowing your financing options before you start looking will help keep you on track when temptations arise. Make sure to factor in additional costs like insurance and gear when you set your budget – you’ll be glad you did in the long run.



Remember that taking a short cruise down the street, or even around the block, may feel pretty great but what will it feel like on your first 5 or 10 mile trip, or your first 50 or 100? Test driving your potential bike beyond the parking lot is crucial. Most shops will let you schedule test drives ahead of time, and some even offer the convenience of scheduling your test drive online.



If you are a first time buyer you’ll likely have some questions, so don’t be afraid to ask! Being prepared and informed will help you make the right decision and find the right bike. Reach out to Uncle Larry (or Aunt Linda, or anyone you know with experience and expertise), or simply contact the experts at a shop like High Desert. Whether it be in-person or online, they’ve got experts that are there to help you.




Think about it before pulling the trigger. Purchasing a bike is a big commitment, but with the proper amount of knowledge and research it can lead to finding your lifelong companion (or at least your first love). Checkout this article called “How do you know you’re ready for a motorcycle?” to help you with your decision!




Once you’ve identified your first motorcycle, the next step is to get properly fitted gear. You’ll want to equip yourself with some of the basics like a riding jacket, gloves, riding boots, a helmet and whatever badass accessories you want to incorporate into your bike. Remember, a part of riding is about having fun on the open road- don’t be afraid to be yourself and show off a little bit.




Now that you’ve done your research and found the perfect starter bike for you, it’s time to hit the road! Stay safe, have fun, and make sure to enjoy every mile.


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