Buying your 1st Motorcycle

Need help buying your first motorcycle?

Awesome that's what we are here for! Do you have any experience operating a clutch? Can you ride a bicycle? Have you taken a motorcycle safety course? What is your primary reason for making purchase? (transportation, new hobby, fuel efficiency, fun or making new friends) Is it going to be your primary mode of transportation? Decide on your goals, what do expect from or plan on doing with motorcycle? Riding on the street, off road dirt, a mix of both?

Which bike are you most excited to ride? How many miles do you plan on riding per day/ per week/ per month? How many hours do you plan on riding your motorcycle per day? Where will the majority of your motorcycle riding take place? mostly local streets, highway, long distance trips or any mountains or big hills? How many miles per day will be spent on highway commutes? What percent of total riding will be 100-200 mile trips?

Do you plan on riding with other people? How often, any passengers? What percent of total riding will be with a passenger? What is your preferred riding style? What type of car driver are you, aggressive, in the middle, laid back?

How important is comfort to you? Do you need to be very comfortable or are you willing to give up some seating comfort for more sport performance handling and horsepower? How important is horsepower to you? How do you plan on paying for motorcycle? Cash, finance or both. What is your budget? How much can you afford per month for payment insurance, helmet, jacket and gloves?

What type of credit do you have? Limited or none, poor, good, better, or best? Where is your motorcycle going to be kept? In garage,outside apartment complex, in a parking lot at work for most of the day? Based on the answers to these questions we can help you decide which motorcycle is best for you.

Visit our showroom now, we can explore different models and pick out your new vehicle. Sitting on a few models will help you decide which bike feels right. Making Sure You're on the Right Machine.

There are a lot of street bikes and scooters out there to choose from, and the variety—not to mention the categories, like cruisers, touring bikes, sport bikes and standards—can often leave a first-time buyer stumped. Which bike should you get? How are you going to use it? Where are you going to ride? Do I want a street bike, or will a scooter be better? The questions are almost as numerous as the array of machines. The bottom line is that with Honda’s extensive line of street-legal products, you’re certain to find a model that suits your needs.

1. How do I know when a bike or scooter is the right size?
When it comes to choosing an appropriate size bike or scooter, the best rule of thumb is simply to go into your dealer and sit on a variety of machines. If it feels too big, it probably is. Get a feel for the various models on the floor, and then discuss your needs with a knowledgeable Honda sales rep.

2. How should the bike or scooter fit me?
You should always make sure that: 1) your feet can touch the ground, and 2) you can easily and comfortably reach all controls (brakes, throttle, clutch, turn indicators).

3. What sort of model should I buy?
Honda makes a wide array of street machines, from the 49cc Metropolitan and Ruckus scooters to the 999cc CBR1000RR sportbike and 1795cc VTX1800 V-twin cruiser. Again, what you need to ask yourself is: 1) what type of riding you intend to do; and 2) how much bike or scooter you really need.

4. Where can I learn more about choosing the right bike or scooter?
Beyond simply strolling into your nearest Honda dealer and asking, you might want to check out the various street bike and scooter enthusiast magazines, industry buyers’ guides, and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) website at Also, hit up your friends who ride for their advice and opinions. There’s no shortage of information easily at hand to help guide you through your purchase. And remember: Motorcycling Is a lot of fun, and there’s no reason why your buying experience shouldn’t be too.

5. Are there dedicated resources for specific types of riders, like re-entry owners, women or commuters? The quick answer to this is a resounding “yes” — there are numerous groups, clubs and/or training centers out there for pretty much every rider type, skill/experience level, and gender. The best bet would be to 1) consult your local Honda dealer for organizations in your area; and 2) search online for the specific group/club that suits your needs.

6. I’m meeting resistance from certain friends on purchasing a motorcycle. How do I counter their arguments against riding?
Each case like this is different, and those who object have their reasons. That said, you could put their minds at ease by explaining that you have taken or will take a rider safety training course, and that you intend to follow all rules of the road safely and intelligently. A proper rider is a defensive rider, and there are no better weapons than awareness and caution when it comes to avoiding accidents. And given today’s gas prices, you could also point out the cost-efficiency of riding a motorcycle, and how much money you will save at the pump.

Wearing the right gear is essential to safe riding. What’s more, it helps you get maximum comfort—and therefore maximum enjoyment—out of the sport, while also greatly reducing the severity of the injury in the event of a get-off. And even better, as many an experienced motorcyclist will tell you, it’s a lot of fun shopping for moto-gear whether it’s that trick new helmet or the latest racer-replica leather jacket. You can start right at your nearest Honda dealer for all the latest kit, and from there you’ll find countless outlets—online, specialty stores, etc.—where you can literally shop til you drop, so check them out and have a blast. Meantime, here are a few essentials that should be at the top of every rider’s shopping list.

Helmet. The most critical piece of protection you can ever put on. Full-face helmets give the most protection.

Eye protection. All street bike full-face helmets come with face shields (clear or tinted plastic windscreens that slide up and down). Barring that, wear goggles or shatterproof shades.

Denim is OK, but for maximum protection leather or heavy-duty synthetic materials (like ballistic nylon, cordura and Kevlar) specifically designed for a motorcycle protective gear is even better.

Long Pants.
Like jackets, denim is passable, but leather and heavy-duty synthetic are better.

Full Fingered Gloves.
The best safeguard against abrasion and debris.

At a minimum, over-the-ankle boots made of strong leather.

High visibility.
Bright-colored apparel is best, and gear that has reflective strips or piping is even better.

*Source materials for all safety gear tips found in this section:,
MSF Riding Tips: You and Your Motorcycle manual

Get Up Close and Personal with Your Honda

One of the first things you should do after purchasing your new Honda street bike or scooter is get to know everything about it. Start with your Owner’s Manual, which diagrams and explains components on your machine. Not all motorcycles are exactly alike (and scooters have their own unique features to consider), and your manual will help you understand the operation and maintenance needs specific to the model you’ve chosen.

Shifting gears. Get to know your transmission: Pull in the clutch, shift into first gear, and then ease the clutch out as you learn where exactly your transmission’s “friction zone” is.

Braking. Smoothness is key. Your ride doesn’t like abrupt inputs, and especially so when it comes to braking.

Turning. You need to learn your street bike or scooter to make it turn. Except in the case of low-speed turns, all it takes is a gentle press of the handlebar in the direction you want to turn (right for a right turn, left for a left), and your motorcycle or scooter will follow your lead.
*Source materials for all tips found in this section:, MSF Riding Tips: You and Your Motorcycle manual, and Honda OwnerLink.

Rules of the Road

Whether you’re getting ready to buy your first street bike or your 10th, nothing beats the exhilaration of knowing that you’ll soon be out on the road doing what you and millions of other fellow enthusiasts love.

Riding a motorcycle or scooter is more than just fun—it’s also fuel efficient and a great way to rack up serious savings at the pump compared to most four-wheeled vehicles. What’s even better is that there’s a Honda street machine for every lifestyle and rider type, with communities and clubs where owners can meet and share their mutual passion for the sport.

Street motorcycling also involves responsibility, and riding defensively and staying alert is a great start. So is dressing properly with the right protective gear, like a DOT-compliant helmet, long pants, jacket, full-fingered gloves, eye protection, and over the ankle, sturdy footwear.

Beyond that, there are countless resources for riding tips—starting with your bike’s Owner’s Manual and the “Riding Tips and Practice Guide” provided by your local dealer, as well as Honda’s Rider Education Centers—to help you stay safe while getting the most out of your two-wheeled experience.

Here are a few websites to look into for more information on everything from basic riding and safety tips to rider education and training.

Honda Rider Education Centers
Honda Rider’s Club of America
Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)

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