Motorcycle Shopping Poughkeepsie NY

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

Dutchess Recreational Vehicles
(845) 454-2810
737 Freedom Plains Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
 
Dutchess Recreational Vehicles
(845) 454-2962
737 Freedom Plains Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
 
Zack's V-Twin Cycles
(845) 229-1177
799 Violet Ave
Hyde Park, NY
Makes
Victory, American IronHorse

Moto Insanity
(845) 236-3500
1116 Route 9W North
Marlboro, NY
Makes
E-ton

R P M Cycle Works
(845) 565-0515
815 Blooming Grove Tpk
New Wiindsor, NY
 
Dutchess Recreational Kawasaki
(845) 454-2810 Phone
737 Freedom Plains Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY
 
Ed's Service
(845) 454-6210
600 Violet Ave
Hyde Park, NY
Makes
Yamaha, Triumph

Teixeira's Polaris
(845) 229-8877
1680 Route 9 G
Hyde Park, NY
Makes
KTM, E-ton

East Side Custom Choppers
(845) 778-2100
617 State Route 52
Walden, NY
Makes
United Motors

Woodstock Harley Davidson Buell
(845) 338-2800
949 State Route 28
Kingston, NY
 

Motorcycle Shopping

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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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