No one has to really buy a bike. But that’s that not point; when you’re shopping for a Moto Guzzi, it’s not because you need to, but because you want to. But before you spend some cash, make spend a few seconds on the seat to see how it feels, and ask some important questions.
How much experience do I have?
Riding a motorbike is fun, but it can also be dangerous. Therefore, the first thing you consider before buying any motorcycle, are your abilities and skills. If you don’t have experience; you’re a novice, learn how to ride. For those with experience, but haven’t ridden in a while, taking a refresher is a good idea. Oh, and if you don’t own a motorcycle license, then you’ll definitely need one.
How will I be riding?
The kind of riding you’ll be doing dictates rather nicely, the kind of bike you’ll be shopping for. No point in getting a Moto Guzzi if you’re not going to be using it for what it was designed for. If you’re more old-fashioned, a more traditional bike is the way to go. Prefer pure speed? Sport bikes are for you. Like to see the scenery while riding long distances? Touring bikes are your friend.
What’s the budget?
It’s a discretionary purchase, more a want than a need. That means that bills and payments, like the mortgage or the heating bill, come first. Depending on what type of bike you choose, pricing varies wildly. Motorcycle dealers, like their cousins, the auto dealers, offer financial options, and may even have used bikes for sale.
Is the bike for me?
The most important question to ask. How tall are you; if you can’t plant both feet right on solid ground while the bike is standing upright, that’s a no. If this is the first bike you’ll be riding, don’t even consider at high-performance bikes. If you’ll be using it as your primary means of daily transport, consider a standard bike. For longer commutes, or when you need to bring a passenger along, a cruiser is the one for you. Consider what your needs are, your physical condition, and your habits. Carefully consider what you need to find out which bike is for you, because that is the biggest factor when it comes to deciding on a bike.
What else is needed for riding?
Well, more than just a bike, you need to make sure you have the right safety gear. Safety gear, like helmets, a rain suit for less than stellar weather, and, maybe, dedicated eyewear, particularly for those who need correctional eyewear. Don’t cut corners when getting a riding outfit, when you end up needing it, it’ll be the only thing protecting you from the pavement. Same with the helmet; if it doesn’t meet government standards, it’s not worth getting.