Six things to know before buying your first motorbike
Just got your motorcycle licence? Here are six tips for chosing your first bike.
An unintended advantage of barring novice motorcyclists from riding the most powerful machines is that it at least narrows the decisions to be made in choosing your first bike. But not that much, since the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) lists more than 200 individual motorbikes, including mid-range bikes up to 660cc. Admittedly, that list includes vintage makes unlikely to have much novice appeal, but it also embraces contemporary models from BMW, Ducati and Harley-Davidson as well as the big four Japanese makers and other marques.
Manufacturers of renowned performance bikes, e.g. Ducati, and of big cruisers and tourers such as Harley and BMW, have extended their offerings into the learner market is a testimony to the growth of this sector.