Owning a Motorbike: What You Need to Know

A lot more people are looking at motorbikes as a viable alternative to owning a car. Motorcycles are a simple, convenient transportation option that will turn heads everywhere you go. Unfortunately, as with any other thing in life, a motorcycle does come with a price attached to it. So, before you buy a motorcycle, here are a few things you should think about.

The Bike Itself

When calculating the true price of owning a motorcycle, you need to think about the bike itself first. Depending on the model you would like to buy a beginner bike will cost you anything from £3,000 to £8,000. Sports and heavy-duty motorcycles can go as high as £30,000. In many cases, motorcycle dealers will give you financing options if you would like a pricier bike.

Also, remember that the type of motorbike you own will determine how much maintenance and repairs will cost.

Maintenance and Repairs

Motorcycles require maintenance from time to time, and because they require a service more often, they can be more expensive to maintain than cars. That said, how frequently you visit the repair shop will depend on which type of bike you have and how well you take care of it.

If you buy a new bike, it will likely not need any repair for the first three or four years, but if you buy a used bike, it may need servicing immediately after you buy it, which increases its upfront cost. Since it already has some miles on it, a used bike might also need to be serviced more often.

If you do not want to go through the headache of not knowing whether your bike will require any servicing shortly after buying it, it is always a good idea to buy a bike from a trusted dealer. Although there are dealers who sell and service different types of motorcycles, it is better to go to a dealer who sells and services the exact type of bike you own. Owners of Suzuki bikes could be better served by visiting a dealer like Greater London Motorcycles. Greater London Motorcycles is a leading Suzuki dealer in London and the South East. They provide quality Suzuki motorcycle servicing in addition to selling Suzuki bikes at affordable prices. These Suzuki bikes range from scooters to the latest sports models with each of these bikes checked and serviced using genuine Suzuki parts if they require any servicing.

Safety Gear

Every motorcycle rider is required to at least have some safety gear on. A helmet is mandatory and could be life-saving in a serious crash. Ensure that the helmet you buy passes all required specifications so that you can be assured of its protection. Remember that better helmets cost more, so you need to factor that in too.

Other safety gear you should consider includes jackets, boots, trousers, spinal protection if you own a faster bike, and gloves. Riding gear made out of Kevlar and leather may be pricier, but it offers better protection than gear made out of other material.

License and Insurance

Before you get out on any road, you need a license and insurance. As with driving a car, you need to have permission to ride a bike on the road, so you need a license. Insurance is there to protect you, your bike, passengers and third-party property in case of an accident. It is important to shop around for the best insurance before you settle on one provider.

The cost of the insurance you get will depend on the provider as well as what it covers. At a minimum, it should cover medical bills, property damage and bike theft.

Owning a bike is a very exciting prospect, but you need to understand what is involved before you go to the shop.

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