Buying A Motorcycle FAQ

By: Terry Parker

You can also purchase used motorcycles from a dealership, although the price there will likely be much higher than what a private party would charge. Make sure that the dealership drains and replaces the fluids in the motorcycles that it sells, and that they give each bike a check over before sale and replace parts as needed. Honda and Kawasaki bikes are generally the least inexpensive types to purchase used.

If you must buy a new motorcycle, you should know that any reputable motorcycle dealer will generally stock new bikes, and most of these dealers specialize in (Harley Davidson, Buell) or two brands of bikes (like a Yamaha/Suzuki). Also some will have the major Japanese brands) and European bikes on display. Visit a few dealers to learn the types of motorcycles that each one sells, and feel free to examine each bike closely. Dont forget that you must also factor in the cost of maintenance, even though most new bikes do come with limited warranties.

FAQ) What are some different types of motorcycles?

A) There are many different types of motorcycles, each one designed for a different purpose. Here are some of the more common types

Choppers. These types of bikes, made famous via film, have very raked forks, showy chrome, and reclined seats. Choppers are made primarily by Harley Davidson.

Dirt Bikes: Dirt bikes are motorcycles designed for off road riding and as such feature long suspension travel, minimalistic body work and frames, and knobby tires.
Adventure/ Touring Dual Sports Bikes: These rugged dirt bikes are preferred by long distance riders and feature upright postures designed for lengthy rides, as well as lots and lots of suspension travel.

Scooters. these are small motorcycles with engine sizes as little as 50cc and are inspired primarily by Italian made Vespas.

Sport Bikes. These are designed for performance purposes only, and usually require arms forward riding posture, tight handling, and powerful engines.
Trials Bikes. These are specialized completion bikes tailor made for specific trail events, during which motorcycles are maneuvered around off-road or man made obstacles, and riders are penalized in the event that their feet touch the ground.

Regardless of the type of bike you choose, be sure that you select one that you are excited to ride. Many people purchase motorcycles on impulse and ride them only a few times, but by putting good planning and careful thought into your motorcycle purchase, you can make sure that you arent one of them.

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