Motorcycle Shopping Chowchilla CA

Know what to expect before you go shopping for your first bike.

Kuckenbecker Tractor Co
(559) 674-2496 Phone
800 S Madera Ave
Madera, CA
 
Yamaha 99
(559) 645-4545
28615 Green Ct
Madera, CA
 
Madera Honda Suzuki
(559) 674-0041
124 South E Street
Madera, CA
Makes
Honda, Suzuki

Vespa Merced
(209) 383-3673
1234 Auto Center Drive
Merced, CA
Makes
Piaggio, Vespa

Merced Powersports
(209) 722-8055
265 West 15th Street
Merced, CA
Makes
Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki

Yamaha 99
(559) 645-4545
Highway 99 & Avenue
Madera, CA
 
Honda Suzuki Of Madera
(559) 674-0041
124 South E Street
Madera, CA
 
Madera Suzuki
(559) 674-0041
124 South E St
Madera, CA
 
Kawasaki Of Merced
(209) 722-8055 Phone
265 W 15th St
Merced, CA
 
Yosemite Of Merced Harley Davidson
(209) 723-9702
1645 West State Highway 140
Merced, CA
 

Motorcycle Shopping

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Not to belabor the obvious, but if you've never owned a motorcycle, promise yourself that you'll look into one of the 1,500 rider courses offered by the Motorcycle Safely Foundation.  A lot can happen when you're riding a motorcycle and some of it's not good. So take the time to learn how to ride it right. You'll find more information on safety courses at msf-usa.org.

Decide What You Want

As you probably know, there are any number of different types of motorcycles: touring, cruiser, sport, standard, dual purpose, motocross and enduro bikes.

Whichever you choose, there are a number of things to consider when shopping for a bike.

1. Does it fit?  Sit on it and see if the seat height is right. Ideally, you should be able to straddle the bike with both feet flat on the floor with your knees slightly bent.

2. Is it too heavy?  If you were to drop the bike, could you pick it up yourself?  Can you balance it when stopped?

3. Is it reliable?  Here you'll want to do some homework and do some Internet research. In addition, ask friends who own bikes about their maintenance costs, performance problems and their overall satisfaction. 

4. Does it have what you need?  Again, do your homework. Decide what you're going to need in terms of engine size, fuel tank capacity, accessories, etc. In short, don't overdo it. Don't get carried away with a bunch of bells and whistles and end up with a bike that costs too much and has features you'll never use....


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