Motorcycle Shopping Utica NY

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

Wilsons Yamaha Country
(315) 793-6000
1003 State Route 9
Queensbury, NY
 
Dds Motorsports Kawasaki
(315) 792-4660 Phone
2100 Oriskany St W
Utica, NY
 
D & M Bike Accessories
(315) 768-2405
260 Oriskany Blvd
Yorkville, NY
 
North Country Cycles
(315) 768-4718
380 Oriskany Blvd
Whitesboro, NY
Makes
Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Schwinn

T N T Sport Cycle
(315) 736-6207
415 Oriskany Blvd
Whitesboro, NY
 
Chenango Import Motors
(315) 732-8711
71 North Genesee Street
Utica, NY
Makes
Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki

DDS Motor Sports
(315) 792-4660
2100 Oriskany St West
Utica, NY
Makes
Kawasaki, Kymco, Can-Am

Harley-Davidson/Buell of Utica
(315) 797-5570
4870 Commercial Drive
New York Mills, NY
Makes
Buell, Harley-Davidson

North County Cycle
(315) 768-4718
380 Oriskany Blvd
Whitesboro, NY
 
TNT Sport Cycle
(315) 736-6207
415 Oriskany
Whitesboro, NY
Makes
KTM

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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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