Whether you just got your motorcycle license or an experienced rider, buying a new motorcycle is a not easy. Here are some tips to help you pick the best motorcycle (scooter) for your needs.
Things To Consider
Scooter vs Motorcycle
Scooters offer a more natural and comfortable seating, while motorcycles are easier to use if you’re already familiar with driving a stick. Both have limited storage and are subject to threats and perils on the road. Scooters and motorcycles less than 50cc do not require riders to have a license.
Scooters are available in a wide array of prices from $1,000 to $9,000. Motorcycles commonly start at $4,200. Keep in mind that protective gear and other necessary accessories need to be purchased and could cost up to $1,000 extra.
Picking The Right Type
Allots seating for an extra passenger, offer a relaxed ride and a longer wheelbase. Available in smaller economy variants to bigger versions. Price range falls anywhere between $4,000 and $18,000.
Sport Bike Motorcycles
Ranked low in comfort and practicality, ideal for riders with experience. Power and speed varies depending on model. Available from $4,000 to $16,000.
Ideal for commute and errand use. Lightweight designs as well as bigger, bulkier models are available. Prices start at $4,000.
Dual Purpose Motorcycles
Built for both on and off road conditions. Can be used in urban settings for individuals with specific preferences. Fully equipped with necessary lights ,available between $4,500 and $7,500.
Low upkeep requirements, easy on energy consumption, limited speed. Can be charged with a household current. Available from $8,000 to $14,000.
Comparable to cruiser motorcycles, still features seating comfort, storage capacity, and shift-free driving of traditional scooters. Prices range between $7,500 and $10,000.
Bright colored and reflective gear will help other motorists see you in dim light environments. Keep lights on when night time riding.
Size Up the Surface
Potholes, bumps, humps, and other irregularities along the road could cause serious crashes and injuries. Adjust speed and route accordingly when faced with these.
Protective eyewear will keep debris, bugs, and other particles from irritating or obstructing your vision.
Reduce the chances of incurring a fatal head injury if and when a collision occurs.
Sand, rocks, pebbles, and wet leaves can cause accidents during a turn. Sometimes they are unavoidable but do your best.
In Cold Weather
Riding through cold climates can cause chills and speed up fatigue. Wear jackets and other insulated clothing to keep yourself warm in cold weather.
Don’t Leave Exposed Skin
Low speed spills can cause road rashes, so make sure to wear reinforced clothing for better protection.
Protective pads and other gear can offer some level of protection in the event of a crash.