When we search about choosing right motorcycle for beginner we can find a lot of articles for that. You find a lot of info about motorcycle type detail as well. Who write all articles most of them really expert. So, who am I? How can I write something for choosing motorcycles?
I am just a rider like you or I was looking to find a right type of motorcycle when I started like you. Just want to share my experience and opinion for that.
I bought my first motorcycle on 2006, which was Honda Naked CBF 250. After that I ride BMW 650 GS. I had a change to ride also Honda Transalp as well. I am on the world trip since 2016 and have been riding Honda CRF 250L. We can get a lot of messages about choosing motorcycle.
Let’s start some questions before tell which one is the right motorcycle for yourself :
- I don’ t know who you are. What do you like to do for your travel or weekend? Camping, hiking, sport, nature, easy weekend, push yourself sometimes….
- Why do you want to have a motorcycle? All my friends have, want to something different, I saw some shows, don’t want to stuck on the rush hours, and give a feeling to you freedom….
- Have you never ride motorcycle before? Are sure you like to do that?
- How much money do you have to spend for a motorcycle?
- If you have a motorcycle do you want to just ride or want to learn mechanic as well?
- Do you have any health problem like back, neck, heart…?
I asked them when I was beginning. I like camping and nature so much. I saw some movies and I wanted to have a motorcycle 11 years ago. I was thinking more freedom. Also, I was living in Istanbul and rush hours are crazy there and I didn’t want to sit many hours in the car for go to only 20 km.
When I started to search and ask about motorcycles to who was riding motorcycle they give their opinion and almost all of it was different type or model. 🙂 I am 169 cm tall and how I can ride a motorcycle if my feet don’t touch the ground. We had always rush hour and not good roads what I can do with race? That motorcycle how I can buy because you said best? Do you have any idea how much it is? I had an answer to almost everybody what they told to me buy.
I need to choose a model to start, first I wanted to learn what does it mean the type!
Naked (Standard): The other name is street motorcycle and upright sit position.
Touring: Long distant motorcycle. They are general more big and heavy. Can’t find small cc alternative. Like a big brother for naked. 🙂
Sport: For me, it means race. Open the gas and go fast J a forward leaning sit position.
Sport Touring: It is between touring and sport model.
Cruiser: Means Harley Davidson for me. 🙂
Dual purpose and adventure: It can vary off-road conditions from tar road to dirt. Upright sit position.
Off-road: Motocross, Enduro, Rally, Dirty bike… in the same category type. They are good for sand, gravel, mud, river and snow.
Scooter : To be honest I never search about it.
How did I choose my first motorcycle in the beginning?
Even if a dual-purpose type of motorcycle looked like right for me, after answer all my questions, I bought NAKED. I was beginner. I prefer was practice more on the tar road. So, first one can be a street motorcycle J
I suppose a lot of new rider think same way. I could learn to ride. I can drop it easily so, nice to be light. I am beginner and I don’t need power so much. 125 CC or 250 CC could be a good start. Maybe 250 CC is better if I like and want to keep the same motorcycle for a while.
The price is important. I don’t want to pay a lot of money. If I drop it the part must be cheap. Mechanic needs to be easy to understand. Therefore, I can fix some basic things. If I don’t really like to ride I want to sell it fast and don’t loose a lot of money.
I wanted my feet touch the ground, not only my toes like a ballerina. I was sure that I would have a balance problem a lot.
I didn’t look for side bags, window, hand protection…etc. If I want to have them I could buy separate.
And I bought HONDA CBF 250. I ride 2 years and like it. I made 15.000 km. Only, long distant journeys (each day, 400 km ride with it in 5 days) killed me because it isn’t that type of motorcycle. 🙂
If you ask about Ferry He had only one motorcycle which we have been riding for our world trip journey Honda CRF 250L 🙂
Thank you for the great website and videos. I have a question I hope you can help me with: I the Maurtitania video I noticed that the Lady (sorry, do not know your name) can easily reach the ground with both legs from the bike (elsewhere I read that she is 169 cm, correct?). Did you have to make any height adjustments to the Honda CRF and if yes, what did you do?
Yes we lowered her bike so she can reach the ground easy now. We made a whole down in the middle of the bike in the frame and lowered the suspension as well, it’s actually a pretty easy job to do.