So, you’ve found the Hog you’ve always wanted and now you want to take that wonderful piece of machinery for a test drive, do you? Well, here are some tips for you to consider so that you can make a wise choice about your prospective new ride.
First, make sure you come prepared for the test ride by bringing the appropriate safety gear. You won’t be going far if you don’t make sure you are prepared.
Before you do anything else check the frame and body and make sure that there are no obvious defects in the body of the bike. Once you have done this you can move on to the next step.
Next, you will need to familiarize yourself with the bike, yes, a motorcycle is a motorcycle but each one has its own feel and style. So, get a feel for the handle bars, mirrors, pedals and throttle at a minimum before you fire it up and head out on the open road.
Now that you’ve moved out onto the open road, variety is the spice of life. You need to put the bike through the paces and the longer your ride the better. Make sure to vary the speeds of the bike and break, checking both the breaks and acceleration. Take the bike through varying road conditions such as turns, curves, hills, and flat stretches. Make sure to take a few bumps to check the shocks and suspension. Most of all drive the bike like you would drive it is it was yours. Pay special attention to the sound of the engine it can tell you a lot about the bike.
If at this point everything seems in order make sure you check the bikes history especially regarding past accidents. You may also want to take the bike to a mechanic you trust and have him inspect it to make sure that there isn’t anything you’ve missed. This may cost you a little bit of money but not nearly what it will cost you if you something is seriously wrong with the bike that you didn’t find on your own.
If you’ve followed these tips and that new bike fits you like a glove, feels like a dream and your mechanic has given the bike a clean bill of health, then you should be satisfied that you have done the best you could when test driving your new motorcycle. Have fun with your new motorcycle.