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Picking out your first motorcycle isn't as easy as buying a cool looking ride. To help you make the best choice, check out this post.

Choosing Your First Motorcycle

If you're getting ready to buy your first motorcycle, congratulations! Before you make your final choice be sure you're making an informed decision. To help you do this we've compiled this list of basic information for first time motorcycle buyers.

Types of Motorcycles

Although you may have your heart set on that cool looking motorcycle your friend has, it may not be the best choice for you. To decide what type of motorcycle will be best for your needs start by asking yourself what you will need it for. Do you plan to use it daily or is it something you would like to use for a road trip? Are you looking to ride it on paved streets or on unpaved roads? Being honest when responding to these types of questions will ensure you make the right investment.

Street Motorcycles

As their name states, street motorcycles are made for riding on the street. This means their smooth tires and light tread pattern are meant for use on paved roads. There isn't just one type of street motorcycle for you to choose from, there are at least five subcategories. Standard motorcycles: Standard motorcycles are your basic street motorcycles. They are called this because they don't include many special features or many of the bells and whistles other types of motorcycles include. Touring bikes: Touring bikes are ideal for longer rides, such as road trips. They tend to be bigger and heavier, but this is because they offer more storage space. Their bulky nature can make them a bit more difficult to maneuver. Sport touring bikes: Sport touring bikes are a mix between touring bikes and sport bikes. They are sportier than your standard touring bike and are smaller in size. Even so, they can still be bit heavy and even bulky. Sport bikes: Sport bikes are easy to recognize thanks to their sleek and compact design. Their design will tend to be quite aerodynamic and speedy. If you get passed by speeding motorcycle on the road, it's very likely it was a sport bike. They may be uncomfortable for beginners because they require you to lean forward as you ride and they can be quite fast. Cruisers: If you're not sure what a cruiser is, picture a chopper. These bikes are popular with experienced riders and are often custom made. This, of course, requires a serious investment so they may not be ideal for a beginner.

Off-Road Bikes

Off-road bikes are commonly known as dirt bikes. These types of motorcycles are made for use on rougher terrain which is why they can easily handle being ridden on surfaces like dirt and sand. They generally have lighter bodies that are also more rugged in their construction. Their tires have a thicker tread because they need to be able to handle unpaved roads. Off-road bikes include better suspension because of the rough conditions they endure. While new users can have a great time using an off-road bike, it's best to proceed with caution. No matter what type of motorcycle you decide to invest in, be sure to keep it in great shape with synthetic oil changes in Austin. Contact AMSOIL Dealer- Carol Bell at (512) 658-0357 to learn all about their full range of AMSOIL Oil products for your ride. You can also check out their products in their online shop.

Dual Purpose Bikes

Dual purpose bikes take elements from off-road bikes and combine them with elements from street motorcycles. The resulting hybrid bike is great for recreational use, such as trail riding, but is also street legal. Features like a horn, turn signals, and mirrors make it so that they're safe to ride on the street. These can often to be referred to as adventure motorcycles because they're great for taking on long distances on or off a paved road. They can be a bit larger and on the heavier side, making them a bit tricky to maneuver at first.


Scooters are great for beginners because they tend to move at a lower speed and offer a comfortable riding position. They may not be suited for the highway since they don't reach highway speeds, but one great benefit of riding a scooter is the impressive gas mileage they offer.

Beginner Motorcycle Tips

Before choosing a motorcycle have a clear idea of what you plan to use it for. This alone will help make the process much easier. It's also a good idea to start off with a lightly used motorcycle. Your idea of how you will use it may not be as accurate as you think, so investing in a new motorcycle right away isn't recommended. Use your first motorcycle to develop your skills and your riding habits, and then invest in your dream ride. Once you have your motorcycle, make the necessary adjustments so that it's comfortable while you ride it.

Synthetic Oil Change in Austin, TX

Once it's time to change your motorcycle's oil, be sure to give it a synthetic oil change. AMSOIL Dealer- Carol Bell can help you find the perfect oil for your needs. For personalized service, contact them at (512) 658-0357. Learn about products like AMSOIL's 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil.

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