Anytime you purchase a new motorcycle it’s a big decision, but never is it more important than when you’re just starting out your motorcyclist journey. If you’re new to riding it’s not easy to know where to start when it comes to choosing the right bike for you.
Firstly, there are a few things to consider. What is your price range? Knowing how much you are willing to spend on your new bike is a pivotal first step in narrowing down your search. We commonly see riders spending between $2000 and $4000 on a used bike and $5000-$8000 on a new one. Don’t let these numbers scare you, once you establish your budget you’ll be able to find a motorcycle in your price range, it just might not be the exact bike you were thinking of, so be flexible and willing to look at all types of brands and models.
Do you want a new or used motorcycle? Brand new bikes are super eye-catching, you don’t have to dish out a ton of money to fix any mechanical issues from the previous owner, and they usually offer the most up-to-date technology that could make learning to ride easier. But you should consider a pre-owned bike when you’re just getting started and here’s why. You can usually get more bang for your buck if you’re buying a used motorcycle, but more importantly, when you’re first learning to ride you’ll probably find yourself accidentally dropping your bike and roughing it up. It’ll be less heartbreaking if you’re scratching up a bike that’s already been through it, then your a brand new motorcycle, and hey, you can always upgrade once you’ve gotten the hang of riding.
What are your riding plans? This is another important question to ask yourself when purchasing a new bike. There are so many different types of bikes all with different purposes, so you want to make sure that you are getting a bike that fits your needs. Will you be going on long-distance road trips? Using it as a commuter? Or do you just want to hit the trails? Whatever your goals, there is a motorcycle segment for you.
Once you’ve answered those three main questions, you’ll have a good basis for your beginner motorcycle search. We’ve compiled a general guide of the best beginner motorcycles to help get you started, take a look.