5 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING YOUR MOTORCYCLE
1. Am I a moron?
If the answer is “yes,” you may want to stick to public transportation or a Hummer. On a motorcycle, you’ll need your wits about you at all times, though one of the beauties of motorcycling is that it will teach you to focus.
2. Do I want to ride for business, pleasure or both?
If you’re thinking of a motorcycle as strictly transportation, nearly any bike you feel comfortable on will work. If you’re interested in motorcycling as sport and social activity, Internet forums are a great place to start your research.
3. Do I have money?
Unlike most pursuits that are enjoyable, you can still ride motorcycles even if the answer is “no.” In fact, in the long run, if you’re already driving a car, a motorcycle will save you money. And places like Craigslist and eBay Motors make it easy to track down previously owned bargains.
4. How much riding experience do I have?
If the answer is zero, starting out on something with standard-style, sit-up-straight ergonomics is the way to go because those kinds of bikes are easiest to control while learning. Sit on something like a Honda CBR250R or Harley Sportster to see what we mean. Note the differences in weight while you’re at it. Lighter is more controllable.
5. What kind of motorcycle would make me most attractive?
Any motorcycle will make you more attractive as long as you keep it on two wheels.
CHOOSE YOUR RIDE
The emphasis here is on performance, acceleration and handling. Slightly less utility than other types but lots of fun.
Think of a sportbike without the bodywork and an increased emphasis on all-around abilities: local commuting, touring, backroad riding.
Intended for off- and on-road use. Some are streetbikes in dirt clothing, others are pure off-road racers with headlights.
The classic American-style motorcycle. Laid-back, big and beautiful.
Designed for long-distance travel, includes built-in luggage, expansive weather protection and all the creature comforts.
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Lots of storage and great mileage make them wildly practical and an excellent way to get started because nearly all of them use fully automatic transmissions. Twist the throttle and go.