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.

  • 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….
    http://www.coolitalianbikes.com/_/rsrc/1336235302975/1964-ducati-falcon-50/ebay-right.jpg?height=300&width=400

  • 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

  • JACKatSCOTTS

    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)