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Your friendly staff has been there. Really. We all remember that moment when we decided we wanted to become motorcyclists. We will also never forget the day we threw a leg over our first street motorcycle. No moment in life – with the possible exception of parenthood – has so many hopes and fears associated with it.

Let’s just start with the most immediate duo at the moment of leaving the dealership or receiving the keys from your bike’s previous owner: “I’m going to have so freakin’ much fun on this bike!” and “Please, God, don’t let me drop my new bike and look like a newbie!”

Deciding to become a motorcyclist and buy your first streetbike are choices that come from the heart and soul. Still, you don’t want to leave your thinker out of the process. I’m like most people in that I like to lead with my heart and follow with my head, but I generally don’t make a move on big decisions until I’ve consulted both.

  • Starmag

    My first streetbike. 1966 Ducati Falcon 50. $75 from Mukwonago Fireman’s Park annual flea market. Thanked my dad thousands of times for buying it for me until he made me earn it through extra chores. Thought I’d burn out my retinas just from staring at it. Red,white, and blue sparkle 3/4 helmet. Insurance? License? Sure….

  • IslandTosh

    I was laughing as read #1, but then it started hitting a little too close to home. Now I can’t let the wife read it, least she realize the seriousness of my condition


    I’ve owned three motorcycles up until this point in my life, but have only owned one at any single time. I’ve just purchased a new to me motorcycle yesterday, marking the first time I’ve owned two motorcycles at the same time. Pray for me.

    • Evans Brasfield

      Be careful. It’s a slippery slope…

  • John B.

    Great list Evans! I would add one item to your list. Think about what kind of riding you want to do: Daily Commuting; Track Day Specialist; Iron Butt Long Distance; Dual Sport Adventures; One or Two Up; Sunday Cruising; Off-road; or all of the above. If I were new to motorcycling today, I would consider the Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. That bike checks many boxes for new and experienced riders.

  • Sloan Essman

    A Honda 599 as on “6 -buy a used bike” was my first, and it was bought used. Loved it but later got something with a little more wind protection for long trips (VFR800)