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Tips for Selecting the Right Motorcycle for You

By King Law Firm on May 9, 2013

Texas Motorcyclist TipsThe choices available on today’s market for motorcycles can be overwhelming.  Bikes come in so many different models and configurations.  From simple scooters to heavy touring motorcycles capable of taking you across the country, choices abound.  However, don’t be overly influenced by the colorful, slick brochures available at dealerships.

Use Common Sense

Use your common sense when making a selection of the bike that is right for you.  Consider your purpose — what do you plan to do with your motorcycle?  Will you be off-roading, doing only weekend riding, or spending hours cruising on the highway?  What should you be looking for in a motorcycle best suited for you?

Consider the Size That Is Right for You

  • The weight of the bike is important.  You need to be able to handle the motorcycle and keep it safely balanced.
  • Seat height is also an important consideration.  Never purchase a bike that you cannot sit on with both feet flat on the ground.
  • The largest available motorcycle engine is in the 650cc range.  Never purchase a motorcycle that is far too powerful for your riding experience and skills.
  • One of the most recommended engine sizes for the beginning motorcyclist is the 250cc model.  These bikes offer enough power, handle well, and enable most riders to plant both feet on the ground.

Consider Buying Used

Especially if this will be your first motorcycle, consider buying a used one.  Purchasing a bike that has already been depreciated can save you a great deal of money.  Bikes, like automobiles, lose much of their value during that first year.  If your bike goes down, it will be less expensive to repair.  Many riders sell their bikes when they want to upgrade, making them generally in good condition.

This advice was brought to you by Austin motorcycle attorney and motorcycle enthusiast Ray King at the Ray King Law Firm.  Call “The Motorcycle Attorney” at (512) 375-4455 if you become injured in a motorcycle crash that was the fault of another for a free case evaluation.

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