Motorcycle Shopping Ann Arbor MI

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

American Harley Davidson
(734) 747-8008
5436 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Nicholson's
(734) 769-9815
4405 Jackson Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
 
American Harley-Davidson
(734) 747-8008
5436 Jackson Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
Makes
Buell, Harley-Davidson

Michigan Powersports Kawasaki
(734) 482-4386
1196 Ecorse Road
Ypsilanti, MI
 
JR Cycle Works
(734) 416-8480
503 Amelia Street
Plymouth, MI
Makes
Big Bear Choppers

Nicholson Enterprises
(734) 769-9815
4405 Jackson Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Nicholson'S Kawasaki
(734) 769-9815 Phone
4405 Jackson Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
 
Nicholson's
(734) 769-9815
4405 Jackson Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
Makes
Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki

Scoot Around Town
(734) 484-9993
1180 East Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI
Makes
Piaggio, Vespa, Kymco

Plymouth Powersports
(734) 451-7200
110 W. Ann Arbor Rd
Plymouth, MI
Makes
Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki

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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