You’ve already done the easy part, by choosing to buy a motorcycle, now is the hard part, the decision of, which motorcycle do you go for? There are loads to choose from, and it can be rather daunting if you think too long, and too hard about it. The chances are, you’ve already got some kind of idea in mind, and perhaps you’ve already had a look on the Internet to see what’s on offer, which is a good starting point, however, without a clear idea of what you want, you’ll probably end up going round in circles for a while until you settle for something for the sake of making a choice;
Is this your first motorcycle?
Unless you know a bit about bikes, and what you want, then it’s kind of inevitable, until you answer some questions and tick off your needs from your wants, done carefully, you mind end up covering all bases. If you are a first-time buyer, then it makes sense to look at Aprilia 125cc bikes from Wheels Motorcycles, Aprilia are a great place to start, because you have the choice of a lesser powered bike that only has a 50cc engine, or you can go straight for the selection of 125’s.
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You will, however, need to take a CBT test with one of your local instructors to satisfy the UK laws, not to worry though, the CBT test is reasonably straightforward, and for most people a ‘tick box’ exercise that shouldn’t take long. The great thing is that you can ride anything up to a 125cc motorcycle, for some people, it ensures that they don’t progress too quickly and end up ditching their 125 sooner than they should do, and selling your home in order to finance a more powerful machine.
Which style is best for you?
Always visit your dealership in person to try the various bikes before you buy, the bike has to feel right and have controls that are suitable for you, and that are easily reachable based on your body size, some bikes might look great but, they just won’t feel right or, you may find that you aren’t able to see certain important instruments further still, if you aren’t able to position yourself in the recommended riding position for your choice of bike then you need to move on to another model or, style.
Style wise, 50cc bikes are generally very basic and mostly come in the form of a ‘scooter’ type with a ‘sit up and beg’ riding position. Whilst they are great for your posture, they may not be powerful enough for you, or just not be what you want. Looking at 125’s within Aprilia range, you have a decision to make between a sports scooter, a choice of two ‘dirt’ style bikes, a Tourer or, a sport bike, your choice will all come down to, your budget, the feel of the bike, what it has and ultimately, it will boil down to your own personal preference.