Motorcycle Shopping Rochester NY

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

Checkered Flag Cycle
(585) 328-2092
196 Lehigh Ave
Rochester, NY
Cycle Stop Honda Yamaha Kawasaki
(585) 424-2121
2550 W Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY
Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Vento, QLINK

Cycle Stop Kawasaki
(585) 424-2121 Phone
2600 W Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY
Hollink Suzuki
(585) 352-1970
386 South Union Street
Spencerport, NY
Country Rode Motowerks
(585) 421-0480
286 Macedon Center Rd
Rochester, NY
BMW, Piaggio, Vespa

Urban Village Scooters
(585) 643-5540
700 South Clinton Ave
Rochester, NY

Cycle Stop Harley-Davidson/Buell of Rochester
(585) 424-2120
2600 West Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY
Harley-Davidson, Buell

Hollink Motor Sports
(585) 352-1930
386 S Union St
Spencerport, NY
Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki

Hollink Motor Sports Kawasaki
(585) 352-1930 Phone
386 S Union St
Spencerport, NY
Rochester Thunder
(585) 533-1111
7283 W Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY
Victory, American IronHorse, Big Dog

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

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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