You’ve got your motorcycle license and you’re ready to get on the road, but you have to make the decision about what kind of bike you want to buy. There are so many brands and different models on the market that it’s hard to know which one to choose. Base your decision on your own needs, your skill, and of course, the price. If you’re buying a new bike, depending on the model and the features it has, you could pay anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000, or more. In some ways it’s similar to buying a new car, and most motorcycle dealers will try to work out financing for you.
When you first start riding, you should begin by buying a smaller motorcycle that’s easy to control when you don’t have much experience. Through safety courses and practice, you need to learn to be a good rider and how to have total control over the bike rather than concerning yourself with a bigger, more expensive model. You may not realize just how much power a larger bike has until you start riding it. No matter your level of experience, take a rider course and practice with friends and alone. There are motorcycle safety training classes at every level. For a list of local courses available, visit our rider education page.