Purchasing a motorcycle is on many people’s bucket list but when you’re new to the world of two wheels it can be difficult to know where to start.
Leon Stephens, owner of local store Boats ‘n’ Bikes says, “The best advice I can give anybody searching for their dream bike is to think with their own heart and brain, not anyone else's,”
“They are the only ones that need to be happy with their bike choice.”
Faidon Christodoulou, motorcycle sales manager at Australian motorcycle giant Deus Ex Machina has some sage advice for riders purchasing their dream motorcycle.
“Questions I usually ask my customers are: ‘What are you going to use the motorcycle for? What style of motorcycle do you like? What is your budget?’ Answers to these questions can help steer you in the right direction and get you seated on your motorcycle sooner.”
In most rider’s cases, they already know what they want, it just comes down to searching around.
“Get in contact with friends in the industry, motorcycle clubs or custom shops to get their advice,” he said. According to Leon the most suitable bike for muster available at Boats ‘n’ Bikes is the DR-Z250 Suzuki.
It has an electric manual start and an air cooler.
“This bike is purpose-built for mustering and has long legs to get back to the station,” Leon said.
What about price?
Budget can be a determining factor for most riders.
The price of a motorcycle depends on what you’re looking for.
From a two-hundred-dollar basket-case to a $100,000 Ducati Desmosedici, prices can range as far and wide as your passion leads.
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“‘What are you looking for? What type of riding will you be doing? Will the vintage beast be up for commuting or will I need to compromise with something more modern?’ These are questions that will get you closer to the cost involved and help you realise if your budget is too low and you need to compromise a little or if you even have one in the first place, then buy whatever you want,” Faidon says.
Market values are a great starting point, but keep in mind these are not always correct and can either make you seem like a fool, low balling the seller or the seller can be seen as a dreamer.
Remember the saying, “It’s worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it.”
The good ones don’t stick around for long so don’t waste time and let it get away.
Finally, it’s important to remember that whatever motorcycle you purchase, you should ensure you have the correct safety gear.
Speaking to a reputable motorcycle accessories store can be a huge help in knowing what safety gear you will need.
They are often good at showcasing options for all budgets and can help you make a decision.
Several local stores, including Northern Motorcycles and Boats ‘n’ Bikes, have a full range of helmets, jackets, gloves, and boots in store to keep you safe when riding.
“The most imperative thing is they need to get themselves a good jacket, gloves and a helmet,” said Leon, “To turn around and go with a hoodie it's just not going to cut the mustard if they have an accident,”
“We have a saying in the industry, only get a $2 helmet if you have a $2 head.”
Researching options to see reviews on particular products ensures you get the quality you need.
Purchasing a motorcycle can be one of the most exciting things you can do.
Just follow these tips to ensure you get the ride you want at the price you can afford.