Buying guide for your cross country ride
By Simon Duncan on April 25, 2019
Are you thinking about buying a cross country motorbike? If so, this post is for you. Buying your first cross country ride is an exciting time, but you also need to be prepared. Here are some of the top things to think about:
New or Used?
If you’ve always had your heart set on a cross country bike right out of the showroom, it’s understandable. The bike will run perfectly, it’ll have a warranty, and it’ll be in impeccable condition.
But a used bike can be a great option if you’re new to riding. It hurts a lot less to scratch up a used bike than it does to hurt a brand new one. You can practice and learn on a used bike and then graduate to a new bike once you have a bit more experience. Just make sure you take a used bike to a mechanic and get it checked out before you pay.
Go to motorcycle school
Before you actually purchase your new ride, make sure you’ll be a safe driver, and take one of the many Motorcycle Safety Foundation classes. Riding a cross country bike is very different to riding a scooter. You’ll need to understand how to use it in a variety of conditions, and these classes are a great way to hone your skills before you put down a lot of money.
Get the right gear
Along with your new bike, you’ll also need to invest in some gear. Luckily, you can get some of the best motorcycle parts and accessories online. Make sure you choose motorcycle riding gear that you know you can trust, and find the best head protection possible. If you come off your bike at any point, you’ll be relying on that gear to keep your body in one piece.
At the very least, you’ll need a full-face helmet, a motorcycle jacket, protective pants, boots, and gloves. This may sound like a lot, but if you come off your bike and end up sliding on concrete, it’ll save your skin.
Take a test drive
Whenever possible, ask to take a test drive before you commit to buying a bike. Understand how the bike works, check if it feels comfortable, and ask yourself if you could see yourself sitting on it for hours at a time. The brakes should be responsive, and you should feel cushioned on the seat.