So, you’ve made the decision to buy a brand new motorcycle. Happy days! There’s nothing like the feel of riding away on a fresh from the factory motorcycle that’s now yours. If you’re a seasoned rider, you’ll probably have at least an idea of the type of bike you want, whether it’s a particular brand or model or both. But if you’re a first-time buyer or looking for something completely new, the scope and scale of choice can be overwhelming. Far from the initial “kid in a candy store” excitement, you might feel more like you don’t know quite where to start. From the make and model to the engine size and features, there are a lot of things to think about before making your final decision.
Whether you're a first-time buyer or a seasoned rider looking to upgrade to something new, the team at Bridge Motorcycles will help you make an informed decision and find your perfect motorcycle match.
Visit the showroom
Our first, and maybe most obvious, recommendation if you're looking to buy a new motorcycle is to come and take a look around the showroom. As well as being able to check out motorcycles from a range of manufacturers, you also get the benefit of drawing on the team's decades of biking experience to explore all the options. As well as helping you narrow down your search, we can guide your through finance options, servicing requirements, and any new accessories and gear you may want.
Choose the right motorcycle for your ride
Knowing what the motocycle will be used for makes it easy to narrow down the options. Are you looking for a zippy run around to help you beat city traffic, or are you thinking more of long weekend rides on the open road? Do you feel more comfortable on a sports bike, or a cruiser – something vital to consider if you’re going to be on it for hours at a time! Considering the main purpose of your motorcycle and how practical it’s going to be in your daily life will immediately rule out some models and help you narrow down your search.
Size matters when it comes to the motorcycle engines
Engine size is an important factor to consider when buying a brand new motorcycle because it affects the power and performance of the bike. Larger engines typically have more horsepower and torque, which can make the bike faster and more responsive. However, larger engines also tend to be heavier, which can affect the handling and manoeuvrability of the bike. If you plan on using your bike for long distance travelling and exploring, a larger engine may be more suitable, whereas if you want a bike for shorter city travelling, you may want a motorcycle with a smaller engine which isn't as big or heavy - something that can easily become hard work if you're constantly turning and manoeuvring through winding, slower-moving city roads.The type of motorcycle your can legally ride also depends on the licence you have so make sure you consider this. You don’t want to set your heart on a motorbike, only to discover that you can’t actually ride it yet!
Don’t compromise comfort for style
When buying a new motorcycle, it is important to consider comfort. A sleek, sporty model may look fantastic, but if you don’t find the riding position comfortable it can quickly turn into more of an ordeal than anything else. When examining the bike, make sure to try out how it feels. Visiting a showroom like Bridge Motorcycles is especially good for this because you can check out a variety of different motorcycle types to find one that best suits you. Little aspects like making sure the seat is the right size, the handlebars are at a comfortable distance from your body and the foot pegs are in a position that allows you to comfortably rest your feet, will improve your bike riding experience tenfold.
Think about the ongoing costs and benefits
When buying a new motorcycle, it is important to consider the cost and availability of service and maintenance for the specific model and make. Brand new motorcycles come with guarantees and warranties that vary by manufacturer which provide peace of mind and protect you if any unexpected issues arise with the bike, but regular maintenance keeps everything running smoothly. Specialist dealers like Bridge Motorcycles tend to have their own additional guarantees. For example, we provide motorcycle servicing from factory-specialised technicians to make sure your bike gets the right care to keep it running smoothly.
Don’t forget about insurance
It’s not the most thrilling part of buying a new motorcycle, but it’s important to make sure that the vehicle is properly insured and registered once you’ve purchased it. The bike’s engine size and power can have an impact on insurance so consider any monthly payments before you commit to buying. You don’t want to settle on the perfect bike only to discover it comes with eye-watering insurance premiums that you didn’t consider.
Buying a new motorcycle is a great experience that doesn’t come around very often (for most of us, anyway!), so it's important to consider several key factors before making your purchase. Take the time to research and come in to our showroom and view different models and options. The team can make sure you find the perfect motorcycle that meets your needs and fits your lifestyle. With the right bike and a little bit of care and maintenance, you'll be able to enjoy many years of adventures on the open road.
Thinking about buying a used motorcycle instead? Read our guide to buying a used motorcycle.