Obviously, if you've done your homework, then this step won't be of much use to you. But for those who only have a general idea of what they're looking for, here are some points to consider when narrowing down your choices. First, be honest with yourself about what kind of riding you're going to be doing the most, because purchasing a sportier bike with its more committed riding position when you really should have sprung for a bike with more upright ergos will hurt more than just your back and your wrists, but possibly also your bank account. Also, remember that what type of bike of bike you buy will influence your insurance payments. Most, if not all, riders will say that they chose their particular machine because they felt a connection with that bike—a case of form taking precedence over function. Not to say that performance isn't important, but in this age of two-wheeled techno-wizardry, nearly every motorcycle out there will be able to get your heart racing the moment you decide to really twist the throttle.