Motorcycle Shopping Ballston Spa NY

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

Ballston Cycle & Truck
(518) 399-3939
998 Route 50
Ballston Lake, NY

Pro Cycles
(518) 373-0151
1624 Route 9
Clifton Park, NY
Griffin Motorsports
(518) 381-4883
3909 State St
Schenectady, NY
Suzuki, American IronHorse, Schwinn

Vespa Schenectady
(518) 374-3705
1401 Erie Blvd
Schenectady, NY
Piaggio, Vespa

Herba Motor Company, Inc.
(518) 883-3419
3953 State Hwy 30
Amsterdam, NY
Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki

Menneto Powersports
(518) 371-2087
1757 Route 9
Clifton Park, NY
Yamaha, Victory

Jaf Motors Inc.
(518) 399-1391
21 Saratoga Rd
Scotia, NY

Griffin Motorsports Inc
(518) 381-4883
3909 State St
Schenectady, NY
Herba Motor Company
(518) 842-8812
3953 State Highway 30
Amsterdam, NY
Seymour's Motorized Sports
(518) 785-1004
1350 Loudon Road Route 9
Cohoes, NY

Motorcycle Shopping

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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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