How to choose the perfect motorcycle

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From design and performance to seat position, every rider has different preferences that determine whether a bike is perfect for them. And with so many models available, the options are nearly endless when it comes to finding the right motorcycle.

Choosing the bike that is right for you is important. You want to choose something you’ll enjoy and love for years to come. So what do you need to consider to find the perfect ride?

Consider your riding style

Before you start shopping, make sure you have a clear understanding on why you’re buying a motorcycle and what kind of riding you’ll be doing. This will impact which type of motorcycle is best for you.

Different motorcycle models are designed to suit different purposes, from commuting and long-distance trips, to off-road riding and racing.

If you dream of road trips along the coastline, the perfect bike for you may be a touring model. Whereas something with higher horsepower, like a KTM Duke sportbike, is better suited for those who feel the need for speed.

Your riding style is a big influence on what bike is suited for you. While you might prefer the look and design of a cruiser, if you are going to use your motorcycle mostly for commuting through city streets, it might not be the best choice.

If you’re buying your first bike and aren’t sure what riding style is most suitable for you, do some research around the different motorcycle types to narrow down the list and understand your options.

Get the look you want

There’s no denying aesthetics are a consideration when looking for your perfect motorcycle.

Design varies greatly between bike models, and you may find yourself drawn to a particular look which could heavily influence the kind of bike you buy. Often with more of an old school design, a cruiser motorcycle has a very different aesthetic to something sporty like a Honda CBR-1000RR.

Think about your colour preference and to ask about the variety of finishes available for any of the bikes you’re considering. Some models may only be available in particular colours and finishes. While colour might not be your biggest priority, you don’t want to purchase a motorcycle, only to decide you hate the colour a few months later.

It’s also worth enquiring about customised colour options, if you fall in love with a model, but not the colour available.

The right fit

Feeling comfortable on your motorcycle is crucial. Your feet should sit flat on the ground as well as sit comfortably on the footpegs, and your hands need to be able to easily reach the handlebars.

As well as comfort, the right fit is important for ensuring you have proper control over the bike and can easily maneuver it without stretching.

We recommend you spend time looking at the wide variety of motorcycles for sale and testing a few out if possible. Some bikes may have lower seats so that your arms have to reach higher, while others may have a higher seat, with closer handlebars, causing you to sit up straighter. While riders who are taller may need footpegs to be positioned further away from the seat to be comfortable.

Make sure to get a feel for the height of the seat, and where the handlebars and footpegs are before buying a motorcycle. These factors affect the positioning of your body which can affect the riding experience.

If the positioning isn’t quite right, ask if the seat, handlebars or footpegs can be adjusted. Some motorcycles will be more comfortable for you than others, and it’s important to feel confident in your positioning.

Customisation

Something to keep in mind when buying a motorcycle is that with many models you have the option to customise them. This could be a good option if you find a bike you love but just have one or two things you’d like to change to make it perfect.

If you prefer the feel, style or even the speed of a sport motorcycle but want to use it for long distances, customise it with a more comfortable seat, clip-on handlebars or additional storage.

Just keep in mind different motorcycle models have different levels of customisation available, so if you’re thinking about customising your bike, make sure this is an option before you buy it.

Customising a motorcycle could be the best option if you are struggling to find a model that is perfect for you. It will also add some personality to your ride.

Finding the perfect motorcycle

Finding the perfect motorcycle is no small feat.

Do your research and test out as many motorcycles as possible to find the one that suits your needs and preferences. Whether you’re an experienced rider or buying your first motorcycle, it can take time to find the perfect ride.

For expert advice on choosing the perfect motorcycle, visit the team at Peter Stevens Motorcycles.

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