If you’re passionate about mechanics, especially two-wheelers and speed, you’ll probably have thought about buying a motorbike specially designed for racing. If you know your way around, you may be hesitating between two models. However, if you’re a beginner in the field, choosing the type of motorbike and the model is a difficult task. You will need to know the different characteristics of a motorbike and make a choice according to your needs and preferences. You must have a thorough knowledge of motorbikes. The price of the one you choose must also fit your budget.
A few precautions before buying a racing motorbike
Many people who are thrill-seekers choose to buy a racing car while they are not aware of the risk they may be facing. Motorbikes should not be ridden with the heart but with the head, so you must be extremely careful when riding a racing motorbike. You may freely drive one, specially designed for racing on public roads, provided it has road homologation and you have a proper driving licence. You also have the possibility to ride a motorbike specially designed for racing on closed circuits which are homologated by the French Motorcycle Federation even if you do not have a driving licence. However, you will need a CASM to be able to ride it on a circuit and participate in races. Make sure that you are fully entitled to drive one, specially designed for racing, before you get on the handlebars. Inform yourself as much as possible about the technical requirements of the motorbike you plan to acquire to avoid unpleasant surprises. For example, if you have an A2 driver’s licence, make sure that the motorbike is eligible for the A2 and that it can be registered without any problems by taking a look at its power.
Advantages of opting for a used racing motorbike
Before buying a motorbike, make sure you also check the cost of its insurance. Check with your insurer for more information about the cost of insurance for the two-wheeler you plan to buy. Ask for estimates to get an idea of the price. In general, new motorbikes will cost you more in insurance compared to used motorbikes. If you are new to motorbikes, buying a used motorbike specially designed for racing will offer you many advantages except from the cost of insurance. Among the advantages is the fact that you have the opportunity to save money when you buy the motorbike. Also, you may be able to get a good start when you set out. Practice first on used racing motorbikes to gain experience. When you have enough experience, you can resell your two-wheeler and opt for a new motorbike specially dedicated to racing. Don’t be afraid to buy a used motorbike that has a good number of kilometres on the odometer. The condition of a motorbike depends on its maintenance. You will then have a good chance of coming across a used bike in better condition, on which you will train while you have paid much less compared to a new one.
Criteria for choosing a racing motorbike
You can choose from a wide range of models. The main criteria for choosing a racing motorbike are the type of engine design, power, weight and the behaviour of the motorbike on the track. As far as engine design is concerned, you can opt for a two-stroke engine that is livelier, with simple mechanics, or a four-stroke engine that has more complex mechanics but is more powerful in the middle and high rpm ranges. If you are a beginner, choose a small-displacement racing motorbike to immerse yourself in the world of racing. Also, choose a motorbike that fits your size. A heavy motorbike is harder to handle than a light motorbike.
Choosing a motorbike according to the rider
The choice of a motorbike specially designed for the race is also made according to the person who is going to drive the bike. Ask yourself about the experience you have, your riding style and your size. For safety reasons, stay on the less powerful racing two-wheelers if you are younger due to lack of experience. On the other hand, if you have enough experience riding a racing motorbike, you may choose a larger displacement motorbike. Take into account the “all full” weight of the motorbike, but not just the dry weight mentioned by the dealer. Make sure that you can handle the race motorbike with your size and stature.