The thrill of riding a motorcycle is like no other. And with over 9 million registered U.S. riders it’s easy to see that it is a popular mode of transportation. As a rider, you know how exciting and freeing it is to be on the back of your bike. You can (most likely) fondly recall your first ride and the day you purchased your first bike. However, that first motorcycle is not likely the only bike you will ever buy. So, how do you determine if it is time to upgrade your cycle to something newer or different?

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Motorcycle?

Motorcycle UpgradeDo you have more experience? Are you still riding the basic bike, you first purchased? After a bit of riding, you may now but feel like you have gained more experience. If so, you may p want more power. Talk to some more experienced riders for their recommendations.

Has your style or needs changed?

If your current bike was bought for speed but now you are seeking comfort, a new bike may be the solution. Perhaps, you are planning a long road trip and want something that can hold up for the ride. Or it could just be that your circumstances have changed, and you need a ride that allows for a passenger. Before making the upgrade, think about your current usage and what you see for the future. It may be a new bike is the best goal, or it could be something a modification to your current bike will do the trick.

What about technology?

With the constant advancements in technology, there is always some type of improvement. If your bike is lacking safety features such as anti-lock brakes or you want the most recent tech items, then a new bike is definitely a good idea.

 Are you spending a lot more time doing repairs?

If you seem to spend more time in the garage making repairs- rather than upgrades- then it may be time to sell your bike and upgrade to something newer. Take a minute to tally how much money you have spent on repairs and compare it to what it would cost to buy a new bike. It might surprise you.

Are you doing a lot of window shopping?

If you feel the urge to stop at every bike shop you pass or spend long hours perusing newer bikes online, then it might be time for an upgrade.

If you plan on selling your current bike to make the upgrade, then it is important to have invested in the maintenance of your motorcycle. This will allow you to get the most money possible on the trade or selling price. A synthetic oil will boost how your motorcycle performs. Your dealer Lifetime Oil has transmission fluid, lube, and oils. These products will keep your bike at peak performance levels.

No matter what your reason(s) for upgrading your ride, it’s always a good day to visit your area motorcycle shops. After all, you never know who you might meet or what type of bike you may see.