Motorcycle Shopping Ithaca NY

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

Gold Sport Cycle
(607) 257-5854
1812 Hanshaw Rd
Ithaca, NY
University Cycles
(607) 277-1237
802 Dryden Rd
Ithaca, NY
Ithaca Recreation Sports
(607) 564-7913
1906 Elmira Rd
Newfield, NY
Kawasaki, KTM

Ithaca Harley-Davidson
(607) 594-3536
6033 Route 13
Cayuta, NY

CNY Powersports
(607) 756-6578
3871 US Route 11
Cortland, NY
Honda, KTM

Gold Sport Cycle
(607) 257-5862
1814 Hanshaw Rd
Ithaca, NY
Suzuki, Kymco

(607) 273-2230
1575 Trumansburg Rd
Ithaca, NY

Ithaca Recreation Sports Kawasaki
(607) 564-7913 Phone
1906 Elmira Rd
Newfield, NY
Ithaca Harley Davidson Inc
(607) 594-4536
6033 State Route 13
Cayuta, NY
Gary's Cycles & Auto
(607) 535-7068
1907 Street Rd 14
Montour Falls, NY
United Motors

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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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