Buying Your First Motorcycle: What You Should Know pt 1

My bike. 2015 Ironhorse 883
My bike. 2015 Ironhorse 883

So you have decided you want to start riding a motorcycle? Excellent! Riding a motorcycle is a fun way to get away for a few hours. Riding a motorcycle is nothing like driving a car. You use a car to get somewhere, you use a motorcycle to go somewhere.

Now that you have decided that you want to ride a motorcycle it’s time to decide what kind of bike you want. There are so many options out in the world. American vs. Japanese bikes. Adventure bikes vs. Cruisers. ┬áCarbureted vs. Fuel Injected.

That’s where I come in.

I recently bought my first bike. Then I bought my second first bike because the first one was terrible. So I am going to share with you what I learned from my first shopping experience in a multi-post series that will go as follows:

Part 2: Height and Weight

Part 3: The importance of shopping around/The difference in motor sizes

Part 4 Carbureted vs Fuel Injected

Part 5 Picking out a bike based on what you want to do with it

Part 6: Gear and Accessories

Part 7: Conclusion

The posts will go up on Friday afternoons.

The first thing I encourage you is to take an M Endorsement class. A lot of local bike shops (Harley Davidson for sure) as well as community colleges often have the M classes. When you have that endorsement on your license dealers will let you test ride the bikes which is a great way to make sure you don’t end up buying a bike that you don’t want.

in addition to taking the class, search Youtube for beginner motorcycle videos. There are a lot and it’s a good way to get an idea of what you need to do before you get the bike under you.

My favorite beginner video is Twist of the Wrist There are also books on Amazon by Twist of the Wrist that are great if you want a continuous guide.

It’s a little bit campy but it has a lot of great information about riding. Specifically it sorts out the many myths you hear about riding from the truth. And it explains the idea of counter steering in one of the most accessible ways I’ve found.

There’s a lot of information and I hope that I can make your bike buying experience a fun one.

Happy riding and see you next Friday



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