You’ve been thinking about buying a motorcycle for years. After all, you live in one of the most motorcycle-friendly states, so why not? Although you’ve driven for a few minutes on a friend’s bike, you’ve never had one of your own.
Beginner motorcycle riders are already at risk for getting into accidents, but they increase their chances when they purchase the wrong bikes. Motorcycles that are too heavy and too fast for a beginning rider can cause serious and grave injuries.
What to Look for in Your First Bike
Know your limits before purchasing a first bike. You need to feel comfortable with your choice and feel safe. Here are some things to look for:
- Bikes that are low enough for your height. A bike that doesn’t allow you to easily place both feet, or at least one, on the ground can leave you feeling fearful and unconfident. This might cause you to hesitate at an inopportune moment and have an accident. Look for a bike that features a seat low enough to make you feel stable.
- Motorcycles that fit your speed level. Forget riding the powerful motorcycle. Beginner riders should look for bikes with engines that are 600 cc or lower. When you learn to ride on a slower bike, you tend to become a better driver. In addition, operating a bike that has a smaller engine is typically safer, as you won’t be able to easily hit high speeds that can cause you to lose control.
- Bikes that fit your size. A shorter person requires a bike that is a different size than for a taller person. Additionally, a petite person would likely be uncomfortable on a bike that a person of a bigger stature would like to ride. Choosing a bike that fits your body and is easy to handle can keep you safe.
We Can Help You
If despite your best efforts you become involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, the legal team of Johnson and Gilbert may be able to help. Contact us today at 800.556.8890 to learn how we have helped other riders in the Daytona Beach area get the compensation they are entitled to, and how we may be able to do the same for you.