Buying Your First Ever Motorcycle – Here’s what You Need to Know

It’s crucial for a prospective motorcycle buyer to focus on the finer points rather than just the overall appearance. Indeed to buy all kind of motorcycle (รับซื้อมอไซค์, term in Thai) is easier said than done. There is more than meets the eye. It is a must to examine the motorcycle from all sides. Making a rush purchase is something you should avoid doing. In this article, we will tackle some of the most important things you need to consider when buying a motorcycle, whether it is your first time or not.

Seat Height

The rider’s height varies and so as the motorcycle’s seat height. If the rider’s height and seat height doesn’t sync, there is a tendency that the rider will not be comfortable riding it. It will significantly affect the rider’s balance, which could be a potential cause of danger. The key is to choose a motorcycle with a seat height that allows you to place your feet on the ground even if you are seated.

Foot peg placement

Foot peg placements vary from one bike to another. Some are placed slightly backward while others are in the middle and forward. Touring motorcycles usually have their foot peg placement slightly forward. For racing motorcycles, the foot peg placement is a bit backward. As a motorcycle rider, it is a must to have the foot peg placement modified according to your riding style.

Clutch and brake lever

Hand size varies from one rider to another and so as the grip. Some riders have stronger grips than others. Regardless, you need to make sure you are comfortable operating the levers. Keep in mind that some levers are designed farther than the handle grips. Although there are a few models with handle grips closer together.

Size of the motorcycle tank

Large fuel tanks are comfortable for some riders, but uncomfortable for others, particularly many female motorcycle riders. Making sure that your legs can be locked in between the tank is essential for improved control of the bike, especially when cornering.

Temperature of the engine

The problem with powerful motorcycles is that their engine tends to heat up easily. In fact, the engine’s heat can sometimes get intolerable. This can be a devastating experience for a motorbike rider. Hence, it is a must to greatly consider this factor when buying one.

Motorcycle’s weight

Prior to purchasing a motorcycle, be aware of its curb weight. There will come a moment when you’ll need to move the bike out of a parking spot forward or backward. You need to make sure you can move the bike around, especially when help is not available.  This is most often than not the case in a parking space.


When considering the budget, you need to take into account not only the cost of buying the bike but, most of all, the maintenance cost.  Find out how much the replacement parts for your selected unit will cost and compare them to the prices of other bike models. The size of the engine also affects the budget because bigger engines consume more fuel.

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