You are now a motorcycle license holder, your eye already riveted on the list of dealers near you to find your new mount. But have you carefully matured your choice before you start? Before you go headlong into buying your first motorcycle, here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Each rider has his own motorcycle!
Rather an urban driver or a lover of long journeys? Young wolf in love with speed or seasoned road user looking for new sensations? Take the time to identify your priorities before flashing on the first comer. For example, big riders with strength will favor a roadster for its power and its reassuring side, while small city builds will favor a basic, light and handy motorcycle on small perimeters.
2. New or used?
Is your budget tight? Are you young, with little road experience? Favor the purchase of a used motorcycle: the savings made on insurance and the purchase of the motorcycle will largely offset any future repairs if the mileage is not excessive. If necessary, plan to take out a motorcycle loan to offer you the two-wheeler of your dreams. Do you want to spoil yourself, and adopt a motorcycle that is perfectly suited to your profile? Choose new motorcycles.
3. What engine power?
It is not because you have your motorcycle license in your pocket that you will be able to master any racing car! For a first purchase, choose a handy motorcycle, with a twin-cylinder engine or three cylinders maximum to get your hands on. The new A2 license regulations, which came into force in 2016, require all young motorcycle riders to ride a motorcycle with a maximum power of 47.5 horsepower.
4. What braking system?
You could be tempted to go to the economy by favoring a basic braking system on your first motorcycle. However, more sophisticated technologies exist today, bringing you more security for your first walks! Coupled braking (or CBS) offers, for example, more comfort and shorter braking distances. Radial braking, if your budget allows, offers unrivaled performance, combining progressive braking, power and precision.
5. Weight, driving position, passenger, etc.
The technicality of a motorcycle will force you to ask yourself a thousand questions to make the right choice. How much weight should it weigh, between the stability of a heavy motorcycle and the handling of a light motorcycle? What riding position, what height of motorcycle to adopt in relation to my size? Will you be driving frequently with a passenger in the back of your seat? So many questions that will have to be answered before submitting your registration certificate to the prefecture.
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