How To Choose A Motorcycle


I’ve always been a fan of motorcycles, ever since I was a kid riding my dirt bike.  Although I can’t feel the wind through my hair anymore lol, I still love to hit the road and go for a ride as often as I can.

My friends always ask me for tips on how to pick a motorcycle so I figured I’d write an article about it.

What’s Your Skill Level?

Have you ever even ridden a motorcycle before?  If the answer is no then to stay away from anything too powerful especially if you’re a smaller person.  Newer riders will want to stick to a bike that’s light, has a low seat, has ABS (anti-lock braking system), is cheap and basic.

The lighter weight will make balancing and be steering the bike much easier and the lower seat height will allow extra security by allowing the feet to touch the ground.

If you’re an experienced rider on the other hand then you have a much wider range of bikes that you will be able to handle.

Types Of Motorcycles

In general, there are 4 main types of motorcycles which are scooters/mopeds, street bikes, offroad bikes, and dual-purpose bikes.  There are much more subcategories of course but these are the main ones.  So which category should you pick?

Well, that depends on where you will be riding.  If your riding off road then obviously you’ll want a bike for that.  If your riding on the street then a Harley, crotch rocket or touring bike should fit your needs.  If you’re the type of person that is just going to ride it to work and back in the city then a scooter/moped might be just the thing for you.

Making A Decision

Overall you want to put the information together and come up with the best solution based on your needs/goals.  It’s important, to be honest with yourself about your skill level and of course stay within the budget that you have.