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The experience of buying one’s first motorcycle is both exhilarating and intimidating. However, once having gone through the process, you’ll likely become addicted to this activity. As experienced bikers will confess, there are certain pieces of information they wish they would have considered prior to buying their first bikes in order to avoid some common mistakes.

In part two of this blog post, Kathie Russell provides some expert tips for buying your first motorcycle.

Make Sure the Bike Is a Comfortable Fit

One of the most important factors that one should consider when it comes to buying a motorcycle is its comfort. Having a good idea of how it will feel while you’re riding will allow you to make an informed decision when it comes to buying a new bike. Unfortunately, due to some liability issues, you may not be able to test drive a new bike. However, by sitting on it, you can get a good idea of its comfort.

Another aspect that one should consider when it comes to buying a motorcycle is its saddle shape and seat height. Newer riders will typically prefer a bike with a low enough saddle to allow them to plant their feet flat on the ground at a stop sign. 

One of the most critical factors that one should consider when it comes to buying a motorcycle is its weight. Touring bikes and cruisers are typically heavier than other types, making them harder to handle for those who are new to the sport. 

Check the Paperwork

Before you start the process of buying a new motorcycle, make sure that all of the necessary paperwork is in order. This will allow you to make an informed decision when it comes to buying a new bike. One of the most important factors that one should consider is the seller’s ability to provide you with the necessary documents, such as a title and vehicle identification number. Make sure that the bike is registered to the seller in your state. Doing so will allow you to avoid any legal issues. Be wary of people who try to sell a bike without the proper documents.

Purchase the Proper Gear

Before you buy a new bike, make sure that you’re equipped with all of the necessary equipment to ride it safely. This includes helmets, gloves, and boots. It’s also a good idea to try on the gear at a local store. Since you’re trusting the equipment that you’re buying, it’s usually a better idea to spend some time testing it out before you make a final decision.

If you’re planning on buying equipment online, don’t hesitate to return something that doesn’t fit right. It may be a hassle, but you’ll be grateful later on when you’re riding in something that fits appropriately.

Don’t Forget Insurance

Before you start using your new bike, make sure that you have a motorcycle insurance policy in place. Most major insurance companies also offer this type of coverage, so you can easily find a great deal on a policy through the same company you use for your primary insurance.