If you’re considering trading in your car for a motorcycle, you may be feeling a mixture of emotions- excitement, anxiety, and maybe even a little fear. It’s a big decision, particularly if you haven’t had much experience with motorcycles, or maybe haven’t ever ridden one before.
Here’s what you should know before trading in your car for a motorcycle:
Make a budget
It’s easy to assume that choosing a motorcycle over a car will automatically mean you’ll be saving big, but there are a few things that you’ll need to buy that many people forget about. Along with the bike itself, which will usually be under 5k for a used bike, and between 5 and 10k for a new one, you’ll have a few other things that need to be paid for.
This includes motorcycle gear, and if you can’t afford the gear, you can’t afford to buy a bike- it’s that simple. You’ll need a good helmet that covers your entire head and face, speed and strength gloves, a jacket, boots, and it’s also a good idea to get motorcycle pants.
Along with these costs, you’ll also be paying for motorcycle upgrades and maintenance over the years, and while these costs typically aren’t as often as car maintenance, you’ll find that it’s often more expensive. For this reason, consider buying Yamaha bike parts online if you can, as this will save you a nice chunk of change.
Whether you’re brand new to riding a motorcycle, or you simply haven’t been on one for a while, you’re likely to need some lessons. There are a number of great instructors and classes available, so before you assume you can “learn as you go”, be sure to sign up for a beginners class so you can learn everything you need to know about controlling your bike and keeping you (and others on the road) safe.
Meet new people
One of the reasons many people want to trade in their car for a motorcycle is because those who love motorcycles are generally pretty amazing people. You’ll meet people from all walks of life who are eager to share their experiences, give you great advice, and teach you everything you need to know about riding your motorcycle. You’ll also find that these groups are inclusive and welcoming, if you’re looking for new friends this is definitely a great way to find them.
Learn about your bike
Each time you drive your motorcycle you should do a quick inspection to ensure everything is looking good- especially if you park it outside. Check for any leaks or anything that looks broken, give it a brush down to make sure there aren’t any bugs waiting to jump out at you, and begin learning basic maintenance so if you do have any problems down the line you’ll know how to quickly and safely fix the yourself.