We have established from the previous two articles on the subject matter that consideration for buying a bike; especially as a first-time rider, has to go beyond the budget for getting one. There are many facets of motorcycles that should be important to a potential rider, even if such a rider is an experienced one.
In this final installment, we look at a few more important things to consider critically when deciding on a bike to buy.
5. Make Sure You Inspect the Bike
Make sure that before you commit to purchasing a motorcycle, you have already done thorough research on the kind of bike you wish to buy. This will enable you to ask the salesperson the right questions at the showroom. It may prove very wise to know as much as you can so that you can be sure that you are getting the best of what you want. It might even be wiser to bring along an expert or someone who knows a great deal about bikes to help you with the inspection.
6. Check the Height of the Bike’s Seat
The height of the motorcycle seat is crucial as it determines how comfortable and safe you ride the bike. It is important that when you sit on the motorcycle, your legs should have enough allowance to touch the ground without much difficulty.
A motorcycle with a raised saddle that makes it difficult for your legs to touch the ground and the one with lower seats that forces you to bend your legs uncomfortably when riding are not ideal, especially for inexperienced riders. So, before you happily release the clutch and zoom-off with your bike from a motorcycle dealer, be sure that the saddle has the right height that fits your stature.
7. Check the Sound and Noise Pollution Levels of the Motorcycle
In a world that is getting increasingly more concerned about mental health; having a motorbike that makes people jumpy because of loud noise that may even be uncomfortable to you may not be what you want to ride off on. Although some bikers get some sort of thrill from the deafening noise of some bikes; some prefer motorcycles that are equipped with high functioning mufflers.
But whatever may be your preference, you will find motorcycle dealers that will guide you in choosing the bike with the lowest exhaust noise, or who can help you modify the exhaust pipe to reduce the noise level.
8. Take a Look at the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Every detail counts when you are buying something that the law looks closely at. For this reason, it would be wise to take a close look at the motorcycle VIN to be sure that it matches both on the bike and the title.
9. Ensure That the Bike Is Not Stolen
If you are buying a used motorcycle (i.e., as a Second-hand user); take the pains to check the bike records with your local police or Department of Motor Vehicle to be certain that the bike has not been stolen or that it is legally registered to the same person that you are buying it from to avoid the possibility of being accused of theft.
10. Fuel Efficiency is Important
Purchasing a fuel-efficient motorbike will save you a lot of money on fuel, and might just as well save you good money on the cost of maintenance and service expenses. Although motorcycles are cheaper to maintain than motor cars; buying a fuel-efficient bike may prove to be a very wise decision in the long run.
11. Availability of Motorcycle Equipment
One cannot overemphasize the importance of purchasing a bike that you fix as quickly and as cheaply as possible. To ensure your peace of mind, do not be lured by the thrill of the bike’s horsepower; ensure that you can easily find the motorcycle’s spare parts when you need them.
While most motorcycle dealers have enough supply of spare parts and equipment, some types of bikes may require more expensive equipment. It is therefore important that you find out as much information as you can about the availability and affordability of the bike gear and other equipment.
12. Maintenance cost
Having given proper consideration to the different models and types; you now have to give similar consideration to not just the buying price, but also the long-term maintenance cost. How much would you be willing to budget for the regular maintenance of your bike?
For this reason, you may want to consider the material type used to make the parts of the motorcycle, as these may greatly influence what it might cost to maintain your bike. Check to see if the parts are easily replaceable or if they would require some specific kind of replacement material.
In addition, you may also want to find an experienced mechanic within your locality that you can trust, and who can provide you with the necessary proper services whenever you may need such services.
And finally, while riding a bike may be a thrill; ensure that you embark on that adventure fully kitted according to what is required for your kind of adventure; for your safety, and against the elements.
For now; ‘Bon voyage!’
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