Most buyers who stick to a budget, just account for the initial purchase price of the motorcycle.
But, that’s where they go wrong. Don’t forget to account for maintenance expenses, insurance premiums, fuel consumption, reliability, spare and repair costs. Over years of ownership, in some bikes these things can add up to as much as the cost of the bike!
4. Brake and Clutch Lever
Some bikes have levers that are closer to the grips, some don’t. Some have hard grips, and some don’t. While it may seem like an inconsequential thing, but it’s not. Imagine having small hands, distant levers which are hard to pull, and riding in heavy traffic everyday!
5. Foot Pegs
See if the positioning of the foot peg suits your comfort and riding style. And if not, make sure that you can adjust according to it.
6. Handle Bars
While they may look pretty comfortable, riding for a long time on a bike with wide-apart handlebars and a forward-riding position can be a pain the rear. In the back, that is.
Something to worry for the smaller ones among us. And in some cases, even the bigger ones. Yes, your bike is big and it looks badass. But, when the time comes and it falls or you’ve to push it by the road or to the gas station, you wouldn’t look so badass if you aren’t able to do it, for it’s so unbearably heavy.
8. Tank Size
For the maximum control of the bike, and especially doing cornering, locking the tank between one’s leg is necessary. However, some bikes, especially some customs come with tanks so wide you can make a football pitch on them.
So, unless you’re the size of an NFL player, do give this a thought. And this especially goes for most women riders.
9. Seat Height
You should be okay if you’re average height. However if you’re on the shorter side, or too tall, many motorcycles can be uncomfortable for you. Especially dirt bikes for the shorter ones among us. You should be able to put both your feet to the ground and balance the motorcycle properly.
10. Engine Vibrations
While there are folks who get a kick out of bikes that vibrate like rusty old things, most of us don’t. Make sure the piece you get doesn’t. This, especially goes out for those looking for a ride in the pre-owned market.