Motorcycle Shopping Traverse City MI

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

Classic Motor Sports
(231) 943-9344
480 US 31 South
Traverse City, MI
Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Buell, Triumph

Classic Motor Sports Kawasaki
(231) 943-9344 Phone
3939 S Blue Star Dr
Traverse City, MI
Performance Customs
(231) 935-1500
2801 N. US 31 S.
Traverse City, MI
Big Bear Choppers

Cajun Harley Davidson
(231) 342-0487
4120 Wetzel Lane
Traverse City, MI
Motor City Harley-Davidson
(248) 473-7433
34900 Grand River
Farmington, MI

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Great Escapes Motorsports
(231) 943-9800
136N. US 31 South
Traverse City, MI
Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki

Vespa Traverse City
(231) 943-5858
3938 Rennie School Road
Traverse City, MI
Piaggio, Vespa

Classic Motor Sports H-D
(231) 943-9344
3939 S. Blue Star Drive
Traverse City, MI
orthwoods Harley-Davidson/Buell
(866) 667-8443
980 S. Wisconsin Ave
Gaylord, MI

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1977 Mopeds
248 N Kalamazoo Mall
Kalamazoo, MI

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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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