Now that something has triggered your interest in buying a motorbike, you need a few guidelines in the best options. For many people, thinking of owning a motorbike triggers feelings of freedom, thrill, excitement and power. For most riders, although these words may have initially triggered an interest in the bike, they do not do justice in describing the experience of riding it.
It starts when you throw your leg over the bike and settle into the saddle. As you touch the starter, you feel the the throb of the engine as it fires up in response to the slightest adjustments to the throttle. That is the moment you start to experience the reality of riding your motorcycle.
Before we go further, let’s back up a little. New riders often ask what size, style and type of motorcycle they should buy. The answer to this common questions is that it depends on the individual. Although there are a few general guidelines, you should be guided in person by an experienced dealer who will be able to advise you on this personal decision, based on your age, weight and size.
If you decide to learn to ride a bike from an organization that specializes in training new riders, you will find that they will generally provide small motorcycles that have low seat heights and are light in weight. The small bike size helps new riders reach a comfort level more effectively and faster.
One of the first things you will learn to do is “paddle walk” the bike. This means sitting in the seat and moving the bike forward and backward by walking your feet forward and backward – this gives an idea of how the bike feels. It is important to make sure that the height of the seat is right for your size so that your feet reach the ground comfortably.
The next step will be your training partner pushing you from behind so that as you move forward, you lift your feet from the ground and onto the pegs to get the feel of the bike under power.
Most training organizations will go through these choices in order to help new riders to become accustomed to the bike. The height of the seat is, in fact more important than the weight and size of the bike so it should be a priority consideration. You will find learning to ride a bike far more difficult if the height of seat means you do not have a comfortable reach to the ground.
Although experienced riders will slide to either side to extend their inseam reach, this is not necessary for an new rider. As a new rider you would find that sliding to the side can result in the bike leaning at an angle that you are unable to recover from. In this situation the only option you would have would be to lay the bike down, and then use the lifting techniques you have been taught. You may also need help from others in order to get the bike back onto its wheels.
The combination of the ideal seat height, weight, size and appearance is what most people are looking for in a new motorcycle. Starting with the seat height, then moving on to the size and weight, and finally adding appearance is the best order to make your choices in. It is important to start with a good foundation in your seat hight, size and weight before moving on to the look of the bike.