5 Common Mistakes You Make When Buying a New Motorcycle
It is not just the prospect of purchasing a new bike that is exciting.
Even just the thought of buying a new motorcycle is and getting those wheels underneath you is more than enough to get goosebumps.
Upgrading a new motorcycle or adding to your garage can be enough to make sleeping impossible.
If you are like us then you have done your research, piles of brochures, spreadsheets being put together, pouring over internet forums on bike advice, putting up pictures of your dream bike.
It is well advisable to go into your new purchase with wisdom, research, and patience. Learn from the pros at your local Ducati store and go into a purchase with the confidence of a seasoned 2 wheeling monk.
1. Buying too much machine for your skill level
This is easy to do and probably the most common mistake a new buyer will make. Either buying new or used it is much too easy to get in way over your head. We like to think our skill levels are much more capable than they really are.
It is hard to move from level to level. But the truth is that too much bike is too much bike. Just like with a car it is more advisable to drive a slow car well, than a racer like a dummy. You can build your skill level and then jump into the high level skill and bike types.
2. Purchasing a motorcycle before first riding
Researching and looking at photos all day long is fine and dandy, but it won’t actually tell you if that bike is the one for you. You need to jump on it and give it a ride. Of course you are looking for a safe area that is comfortable to your skill. It helps to have a friend who has the motorcycle you are looking for.
Dealerships will ask you to sign and show insurance before you can test drive. Bring the appropriate safety gear. Now for the ride. Make sure to really get a feel for the bike. Are the pedals and handles right for you. How is the position for your body? Test drive for as long as they will possible let you. Patience is a virtue.
3. Not talking to other owners
Internet forums exist for situations like this. Find and talk to the people who already bought the model you are interested in. Ask the questions. Read the reviews. Look for pro’s and con’s of the bike.
How is the maintenance and where are the problems if any. Even though you have your mind set on a certain bike, doing good research can potentially make you realize it is not the one for you.
4. Purchasing over your budget
Shop within your means. Committing to a bike that will break your bank is a bad idea. Impulse buy is a much too common occurrence in this market. Make a budget. Stick to it. Insurance is also going to go up as well as other expenses.
5. Committing to the wrong style of motorcycle
A sport bike isn’t for everyone. If you have a long daily ride, you might be better suited for a comfortable ride position and better gas consumption than a sports bike.
A racing suit might look cool, but sitting in hot traffic will make you rue that decision mighty quick. Just because you are a fan of MotoGP, does not mean you have to look like one.