Tips for Choosing Your First Motorcycle


Motorcycles, unlike automobiles, offer a much more visceral experience – one that mandates a certain degree of risk but is rewarded with the ultimate sense of freedom. As soon as you hit the road and feel the wind in your hair, your senses are completely engaged.

How to choose your first bike

If you’ve been dreaming of hitting the pavement on two wheels, there are hundreds of options out there. As a first-time shopper, you probably want something that looks “cool,” whether it’s a vintage Triumph or a Harley Davidson Road King. Veteran bikers will tell you to check your romanticized view at the door and take a more practical approach when picking out your first bike. Looks – while important – should be the least of your concerns.

Before visiting the dealerships or scanning the classified ads, ask yourself the following questions.

What kind of riding will you do – weekend road trips or a daily commute in start and stop traffic? Are you interested in a cruiser, a sportbike, a dual-sport or a standard motorcycle? How big is your budget? And most importantly, will your first motorcycle fit your lifestyle?

Today’s motorcycles are designed for just about every type of riding, including freeway cruising, off-roading, commuting, racing and adventuring.  When narrowing down your choices, the experts recommend that you stick to a lighter, smaller and more manageable bike. As you hone your skills, you can upgrade to something bigger and more powerful down the line.

Different categories of motorcycles

Consider the differences between each category before trying out a bike:

  • Standard motorcycles—also known as “naked bikes,’ are a nice all-around option with a neutral riding position. They are sporty, comfortable to operate and offer a good measure of control. Recommended:  Honda CB500 line
  • Cruisers – are designed for long-hauls and are built for comfort, not speed. While they have a lower seat height, some have high handlebars that can be awkward for new riders.
  • Dual sports – are meant for road and off-road travel. They are comfortable, relatively inexpensive and the smaller models are lightweight.
  • Sport bikes – are built for speed and not comfort, riders are sitting in a tucked position that is great for racing, but not long road trips. Insurance costs are typically higher as well.

The last bit of advice is to do your research and take it slowly when shopping around. Perhaps consider buying a used bike and saving some cash — as most people upgrade once they develop their riding skills.

Protect your legal rights in an accident

Thrills and excitement aside, motorcycle riding comes with inherent dangers. All it takes is one distracted or reckless driver to cause serious injury. The Long Island motorcycle accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin and Jaye understand what you’re going through and can protect your legal rights.

We represent victims of motorcycle accidents in Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. Call our offices today for a free case evaluation.

Additional Resources for Buying Your First Motorcycle:

  1. RevZilla, How to Choose Your First Motorcycle
  2. DigitalTrends, Motorcycle buying guide: What to know before buying your first bike
  3. com, Choosing Your First Motorcycle