You’re full of determination to take one of the bravest steps in your life and finally decided to buy a motorcycle. Congratulations, the following article is exactly for you! Since we truly believe that our experience is vast enough, we would love to share it with you!
When choosing the fist bike, your expectations might not coincide with your actual abilities. For instance, your heart starts beating like crazy when you see Yamaha R1 and you think to yourself F*ck yeah, this is what I want!
To talk at least a bit of common sense to you, we would like to remind you that any motorcycle is a power keg you’re sitting on. It can explode at any moment. Motorcycles like Yamaha R1 belong to the so called High Performance class and are intended solely for racing purposes – they should be driven only be drivers with sufficient experience and skills, those who are well aware of their actual limits. Breaching those limits usually means inevitable crashes and injuries. To put it simple, motorcycles don’t forgive you for your mistakes. Considering all of the above, you must understand that this is your first, not the last motorcycle!
Properties that you should take into account when evaluating the possible motorcycle options:
- is it cheap enough (don’t forget that you have to pay for the insurance as well)
- is it practical enough (by that meaning the engine size and its location)
- does it have any spoilers or tuning
- does it fit your dimensions (for instance, can you touch the ground when sitting on it)
- can you lift it without assistance
We’ve tested many different bikes and have come across such things that would not been able to image in the past. One of such things has been handling – had bought a cycle that was quite difficult to maneuver, it was nearly impossible to drive between two cars with it. This often resulted in hazardous situations – about to fall of, topple to one side or the other etc. Motorcycles we’ve had problems like these are Gixxer 750 ZX7R and CBR900 – large, heavy and the driver can’t support them on both feet. Of course, this is not an issue for experienced drivers, but you have to gain this experience somehow at the beginning.. Do it by steering away from these monsters, and we believe you’ll be fine. More or less, haha!
The first bike our colleague Melissa had was the 1998 Suzuki GS500E, so called naked bike without any spoilers. Since the bike has only 500 cubes, overtaking maneuvers on highways were quite exclusive events. At about 90 miles per hour engine is roaring like crazy, but it still was possible to keep up with superbikes (if they did not fly faster than 115 miles per hour). She chose this bike cause it was relatively cheap and didn’t have those expensive plastic details that would cost her a small fortune to repair or substitute in case of an accident. Yes, some of her pulled a leg, but it did not matter – she knew her limits and wasn’t ashamed of them. After all, this was her first, not the last cycle!
We suggest to set your budget below $ 3,000. It may sound suspiciously little, but it’s possible to find quite good things if not nuggets! Melissa paid for her first bike $ 2,750 and went a year without any upgrades, just regular checkups and maintenance works.
In our opinion the best models to start with are:
- Suzuki GS500
- Kawasaki EX500
- Ninja 250
- Suzuki SV650
For additional information we recommend to check the Motor Safety Foundation website, there is plenty of great stuff for appraising motorcyclists.