Buying a Motorcycle
September 19, 2009 3:48 PM Subscribe
What's a good motorcycle for me and what do I need to know about the process of getting one?
posted by sickinthehead to travel & transportation (22 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I am a mid-twenties woman of about 140lbs and 5'9. I am tired of having to rely on public transportation to commute and there is no way to park near my building with a car. Thus, I am considering getting a motorcycle to get around, and also for random road tripping on weekends. I live in Chapel Hill, NC. When I was a kid/teenager I road dirt bikes a lot, so I have some idea of how to maneuver a 2-wheeled vehicle.
My questions would be the following:
-what sort of bike do you think would be good for me? Let's ignore a definitive price limit, but I'm assuming no BMW or HD or the likes.
-I would have to take motorcycle driving lessons as part of acquiring the license to drive it (I believe). What are they like?
-Do you put motorcycles onto your car insurance policy?
-Can you finance a motorcycle like you can a car?
-Can I just park my motorcycle somewhere and take the keys out and assume that it would be safe?
-What else should I know?