Motorcycle Shopping Albany NY

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

Phibb'S Kawasaki
(518) 459-5000 Phone
456 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, NY
 
Phibbs Power Sports
(518) 459-5000
456 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, NY
Makes
Yamaha, Kawasaki, Ducati

Albany Honda
(518) 452-1003
390 New Karner Rd Rr 155
Albany, NY
Makes
Honda

Spitzie's Motorcycle Center
(518) 456-7433
1970 Central Ave
Albany, NY
Makes
Harley-Davidson, Buell, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi

Seymour's Motorized Sports
(518) 785-1004
1350 Loudon Road Route 9
Cohoes, NY
Makes
Suzuki

Phibbs Motor Sports
(518) 459-7231
456 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, NY
 
Spitzie''S Motorcycle Center
(518) 456-7433
1970 Central Ave
Albany, NY
 
Albany Honda
(518) 452-1003
390 New Karner Road
Albany, NY
 
Seymour's Motorized Sports
(518) 785-1004
1350 Loudon Road Route 9
Cohoes, NY
 
T N T Motorsports
(518) 477-2868
1530 Columbia Tpk
Castleton, NY
 

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Not to belabor the obvious, but if you've never owned a motorcycle, promise yourself that you'll look into one of the 1,500 rider courses offered by the Motorcycle Safely Foundation.  A lot can happen when you're riding a motorcycle and some of it's not good. So take the time to learn how to ride it right. You'll find more information on safety courses at msf-usa.org.

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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