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Crucial Questions to Ask Before Buying Your First Motorcycle

Whether you're looking for adventure or something to get you from point A to point B, purchasing your first motorbike is not a choice to be taken lightly.

Aligning your unique demands with the manufacturer and model can assist you in determining which bike is best for you.

Here are the five questions you should ask while buying your first motorcycle:

1. What will you be using it for?

Is it meant for use on the street or in the dirt? Knowing where and how you want to ride will play a significant part in your decision-making process. If you want to do a little bit of both, consider investing in a dual-sport bike that can get dirty in the afternoon and clean up in time for your date that night.

2. How heavy is it?

It's fairly common for first-time riders to "drop" their motorbike at least once, usually due to the bike being too heavy for them to handle. Consider a lighter, easier-to-manoeuvre motorcycle for your first ride. When you're ready, you can always advance to something larger.

3. Should I get motorcycle insurance?

Before you take your new bike out on the road, keep in mind that you'll need to get motorcycle insurance coverage. Most major auto insurance companies also provide motorcycle insurance, so you may be able to obtain good coverage via the same company that insures your primary vehicle.

Motorcycle insurance coverage covers most of the same things that car insurance policies do. At the most basic level, this will include liability insurance for bodily injury and property damage, but it's also a good idea to acquire collision insurance to help repair or replace your bike and underinsured motorist insurance to protect you against drivers who don't have enough insurance.

4. New or used?

There are a lot of tradeoffs connected with both new and used bikes, and there is no one "correct" decision; the choice is entirely individual and is determined by personal tastes (not to mention finances.)

New motorcycles come with the assurance of dependability and a guarantee, albeit you'll have to pay a premium for that peace of mind.

Used bikes are ideal for beginners since there is less risk of harming something that isn't in pristine condition. They're also frequently better deals because they've previously depreciated, though they may not be as dependable as new motorcycles and will cost more in the long term.

5. How big should my first motorcycle engine be?

Your priority as a beginner should be to get a motorcycle that you can control.

The size of the engine will be determined by the model you select. Two-cylinder bikes with less than 600cc displacement are a suitable place to start for beginning riders. Buying an overpowered motorcycle may be risky, putting you, your bike, and other drivers in danger.

When it comes to selecting your first motorbike, there are so many models to choose from that it might be overwhelming.

Remember to consider how you will use it, how it feels, and what best fits your budget.


Your first bike should be one you can learn on and feel confident riding. You should be able to control, manoeuvre and stop the bike comfortably.

There are many things to consider when purchasing your first motorcycle. Remember to ask the important questions before buying a motorcycle — this article can help you understand the differences between motorcycles to help you decide which bike is right for you.

At York Motorbikes, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer customers an exceptional professional experience. We provide a fast and efficient turnaround whilst maintaining the highest of standards. We are Triumph and Honda specialists, but we also offer a full range of services for all makes and models of motorcycle. From MOTs to servicing and repairs, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got a broad selection of quality motorbikes for sale, perfect for the beginner biker! Browse our shop now!

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