Shopping for a motorcycle: what should you look for?

There are so many reasons to invest in a motorcycle; however for a first time buyer the issue is where to start? This is why there are several things you need to know when you are shopping for your first motorcycle.

At Acklam Car Sales; one of the top car dealerships in the north of England, we have made it our business to know what our customers are looking for. Over the years we have seen customers come into the showroom wanting a motorcycle, but not knowing where to even start in looking for one.

This means that we’ve learned what you need in your first motorcycle and we’ve got the experience to share it with you. So, where do you start?

First, you have to be aware of your own size. Unlike with a car, that has the room to accommodate you no matter your size in most cases; motorbikes depend on the person riding them. Too big and it can throw you off. A good tip to remember is that when sitting on it, you should be able to plant your feet firmly on the ground. If you can’t, you could have issues when controlling the bike across rough terrain.

You also need to consider engine size. It can seem tempting to go for a 1000cc engine if you’re looking for a thrill, but as a beginner you have to know that this is a mistake; you don’t have the experience to go for a bike with an engine this large and you will find it hard to control. Go for one with a 500cc engine instead.

Of course when buying your first bike you also have to check what condition it’s in. How’s the paint work? Is there any rust etc.? The issue here is that if the condition isn’t great to begin with, it’ll only deteriorate after you’ve bought it. Make sure you ask questions before you buy and that you always do the necessary research.

Finally you have to think about the tires; this is always a key concern when buying a vehicle. Make sure that the tires on the bike of hold air, don’t have any punctures and have a good amount of tread on them. Tread is particularly important for a motorbike as the nature of the vehicle means that if the tires don’t have tread, you’ll wear through them quickly.

When you look for your first motorbike it can seem tempting to think more about style than substance. If you do this then you’ll only regret it later down the line. Invest in your motorbike and do your research.

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