Motorcycle Shopping Grand Rapids MI

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

Village Motorsports
(616) 364-8481
3661 Plainfield Ave
Grand Rapids, MI
Makes
Honda, Suzuki, KTM

Bmw Motorcycles Grand Rapids
(616) 530-6900
5995 South Division Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Shawmut Hills Honda Yamaha Suzuki
(616) 453-5467
2807 Lake Michigan Drive Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Powersports Parts
(616) 538-2690
3818 S Division
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Harley Davidson Wild Boar
(616) 243-1111
624 28th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Village Motor Sports
(616) 364-8481
3661 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Fox Powersports of Shawmut Hills
(616) 453-5467
2807 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Arnold's Equipment, Inc
(616) 534-8928
5812 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI
Makes
Aprilia

BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids
(616) 530-6900
5995 South Division
Grand Rapids, MI
Makes
BMW

Kawasaki Of Grand Rapids
(616) 534-8928
5812 Division Avenue South
Grand Rapids, MI
 

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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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