5. Scope Out Local Bike Shops

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If you’re fortunate enough to live in an area with multiple motorcycle shops/dealerships, visit them all. If any offer events, attend one. The shop selection process is similar to trying on new clothes. It may take a while to find something that fits you. Once you do, start building a relationship with the folks there. Look at the new and used bikes offered to see if any suit your needs. Buy stuff from them once you get a bike. Yeah, you can usually save money ordering online, but local shops are great resources for new riders. The employees will be more likely to help you out if they see you as part of their community instead of someone who comes in to shop and then orders online.