Choosing the Right Bike Size

Most of us learn to ride motorbikes from a young age and continue to ride throughout our lives. Those who ride from a young age tend to buy bigger bikes, not only because they are fast, but they are comfortable as well.

However, if you’re anything over 15 years old and just getting into motorbikes, you might want to reconsider that 1000cc or even 600cc you’ve got your eye on. Everyone always says “I’ll be fine with a bigger bike” even when they have no experience. And sure, many riders are fine for a ride around the block, which usually ends in scratches and even worse.

So, where should you start to ensure you not only avoid making a fool of yourself, but also learn how to control the bike properly? Well, there are a few steps you need to follow, and if you’re willing to participate in the small steps, you’ll find yourself becoming a much better rider much faster, and you’ll have much greater control over the motorbike, even when you eventually move onto the bigger bikes.

Start with Off-Road

Let’s say you get on your 600cc bike as a beginner, open it too much around a corner and the back-wheel stars to spin a slip out under you, would you know what to do? If you don’t, the best place to start is getting a fun off-road bike and going to play in the dirt. Many of the dirt bikes are legal for on-road use as well, allowing you to commute and play with it on weekends.

Getting off-road is a lot of fun, and it allows you to learn control extremely fast as it throws obstacles at you that you won’t find on the roads in normal conditions. It is those conditions you need to be aware of and ready for as they end of being the ones that decide whether you’re going to fall or manage to save it.

You don’t have to get a tiny 50cc off-road bike either as most above 15 years old can handle a 250cc and still have more than enough power to play with. Whether you want to learn how to drift a bike, wheelie or just about any other tricks, when you have a dirt bike, there’s no better place to learn than on soft green grass.

Stepping Up from the Dirt

Once you’re confident in your dirt bike abilities and ready to hit the road with something a little bigger, go for the 600cc as you’ve have everything you need to handle it well, assuming you spent enough time on dirt roads and fell a couple of times at least.

You instantly feel a major weight difference with the bikes, which will be terrible to start with as the dirt bikes make it really easy to play. If you find you’re not a fan of a heavier bike, consider a motard and get the best of both worlds.

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