Thinking of getting another motorcycle or your first one? Riding a motorcycle isn’t for everyone, but if you’re a good match for the skills needed to operate one safely, it’s a fantastic lifestyle and an experience that words struggle to describe.
It’s not unusual for people to buy a motorcycle and quickly develop a passion for the lifestyle and the community. People tend to fall in love with the freedom and sense of independence a motorcycle provides.
UCLA research shows that when riding, the bikers experienced increased sensory focus and resilience to distraction. Riding also produced an increase in adrenaline levels and heart rate (similar to exercise), and a decrease in cortisol (stress) levels.
If this all sounds good to you, a motorcycle may be right for you; however, there are a few things to consider before making your purchase.
If you’re thinking about buying your first bike, really consider what you’re getting yourself into. It takes a certain amount of bravado to ride a motorcycle, especially in traffic.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you are more likely to be injured while riding a motorcycle than while driving a car. But like all risks, they can be managed, and riding can be safe and fun. When you ride, be sure to check the weather and wear appropriate gear.
Make sure you are visible to everyone around you while you’re on the highway. Don’t assume that other drivers see you. Assume they do not see you and be sure to practice defensive driving techniques. Also, keep your contact up to date with the motorcycle manufacturer so you’ll be notified if there’s a manufacturer’s defect that could put you at risk.
There are many kinds of motorcycles from cruisers, dirt bikes, touring, trikes, and more. JD Power lists 10 (including scooters), so you can find any flavor of bike to match your wants and needs.
They range in size, maneuverability, terrain capabilities, and the number of seats, among other criteria. Your experience is important. If this is your first bike, consider selecting one that is smaller with good maneuverability.
When you’re on the bike, how do you feel? Is it too big for you or not big enough? Is the riding position comfortable? Your purchase can’t just be dependent on looks. If you’re not comfortable, you probably won’t enjoy your ride.
A used bike may or may not be a great bargain. Newer motorcycles have more advanced technology and safety features, but they depreciate as soon as you ride them off the lot.
Depending on the condition, the bike may need major service soon. Before buying, have the bike checked by a trusted motorcycle mechanic. It’s important to find the right bike for you, so keep an open mind when you check out and ride what’s available, new, or used.
Electric motorcycles are new in the marketplace. There are many more traditional bikes available, but they may be a good option depending on your preferences.
You will only need electricity to charge them, and given the simplicity of electric motors, the long-term costs of maintenance and repair could be a fraction of a gas-powered motorcycle.
Your selection is limited by how much you can afford to spend. You could get an older used motorcycle for $500 or spend $83,000 for a new Aprilia RSV4 FW-GP.
With the vast majority of motorcycles somewhere in between. Less expensive new motorcycles can start at $3,000. Find the one that meets your needs and gives you a good value.
Some motorcycles are cheaper to own than others. Buy as much insurance coverage as you can afford to protect yourself if you’re involved in an accident. It’s important to protect yourself since more than 1 in 4 drivers are uninsured or underinsured in Florida.
Some issues that impact your rates include:
Maintenance and repair costs can vary widely depending on the type, age, and brand of motorcycle.
No matter which motorcycle you buy, Rubenstein Law is here for you and provides you with the resources you need. We can answer your questions and help you out if you’re involved in an accident. Call our motorcycle team today at 800-FL-LEGAL.