If 2022 is the year you finally buy your first KTM bike, you are making an excellent choice! A quality new or used motorcycle will give you many years of happy riding, whether you plan to use it to race or commute. Before you make your choice and spend your hard-earned money, however, consider these vital pre-buying tips from Raceworx KTM.
6 Essential Bike Buying Tips
You can easily be tempted to rush into a purchase as you browse through the shiny new and used bikes on the dealership floor. However, before you do, stop for a moment and consider your options. There are several things that can affect the deal you are about to make, as well as the long-term benefits you will get from your new bike.
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1. What Is The Best Choice – Not Merely The Most Exciting?
What kind of bike will really suit you? That sleek, sexy model built for speed – a rugged adventure bike, or a tough and practical bike designed for carrying your though rush hour? Before you get carried away, stop, think, and make an careful choice.
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2. Do Your Research
Once you make your decision about which bike suits you best, make a point of learning everything you can about that make and model. Before you walk into a dealership, you should already have a good idea about the pros and cons of the various options. You should have done your own research about your chosen bike with regard to price and specs. Try to speak to people who already own that make and model, or, at the very least, read reviews online.
3. Budget Beyond The Price Tag
There are more costs to consider than just a bike’s purchase price. If this is your first purchase, you must factor in the cost of riding gear such as helmet, jacket, gloves and boots. You must also consider registration, licensing and insurance. Research all of these and include them in your budget.
4. Ensure That You Know What You Are Doing
Too many people take the skills required to ride a bike for granted. The truth is that riding a bike requires more alertness, skill and responsibility than driving a car. Untrained riders put themselves and other road users at serious risk. Get the training you need before buying a bike.
5. Take A Test Ride
Never make a final choice without testing riding your options. You should know all there is to know about your bike on paper – now is your chance to put it through its paces and see if it is everything it is made out to be. Feel out the handling, braking and acceleration and make sure that the bike is a good “fit.”
6. Make Security Preparations
Prepare a place where you can keep your bike safely overnight. If you don’t have a lock-up garage, invest in measures such as wheel locks, rotor locks, etc. It is also worth installing a tracking device – in fact, your insurer might insist upon it.
Shop For New Or Pre-Owned Motorcycles At Raceworx KTM
RaceWorx is a motorcycle dealer based in Roodepoort. Contact us for more information on the latest models of bikes. Let us help you find the perfect motorcycle for you.