For most first-time motorbike owners, buying your bike is the culmination of a lifelong dream. You’ve probably spent hours poring over specialist magazines, picking out makes and models whilst imagining the day that you could own one yourself.
Although this makes your first bike even more magical, it also means that practicality can go out of the window. When you see your dream bike parked up and shining in the sunlight, all thoughts of costs and legalities can be forgotten in an instant. There is only you, your bike, and the thought of the wind buffeting your body as you race along.
But there are some very important things that you need to consider before taking the plunge. If you’ve found the bike of your dreams, here is a list of practicalities to run through before you sign on the dotted line…
As is the case with buying any vehicle, the outright purchase price is not the only cost you’ll need to consider. Keeping a bike can be expensive, and it’s important to make sure that you have the budget you need already in the bank. On top of your initial outlay, remember to factor in everything from average fuel consumption costs per annum to insurance and upkeep. Some makes and models will cost far more than others to maintain, and if you want a bike that you can make the most of, you need to find one that’s within your budget.
Once you have a rough idea of costs, you need to work out which insurance provider you would like to use. Specialist providers like Start Rescue are often a good choice, as they offer comprehensive cover that meets all of your needs. Don’t forget to ensure that you can manage not only your monthly payments but also any excess that you’ll be liable for.
Once you know that you have an appropriate budget and a preferred insurance provider, you’ll need to kit yourself out. Although you can choose to ride around in jeans and a t-shirt, motorbike riding is incredibly dangerous, and your safety should be paramount. A good helmet and proper leathers are essential for any rider with sense, so make sure that you have these safely ensconced in your wardrobe before you even think about sitting on your new bike.
Follow these three top tips today to find the bike of your dreams, and forge a match made in heaven.
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