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A Motorcycle Buyer's Checklist

The dream of roaring down the open road on your bike comes to life when you buy a motorcycle. Consider these important safety points before purchasing.

Don't Buy Too Much

If you’ve been off of motorcycles for awhile, you may be surprised by the performance of today’s bikes. Even models with small-displacement engines are notably faster and more powerful than they were 10 or 20 years ago.

The Right Fit

When shopping for a bike, start with one that fits you. When seated, you should easily be able to rest both feet flat on the ground without having to be on tiptoes. Handlebars and controls should be within easy reach. Choose a model that’s easy for you to get on and off the center stand; if it feels too heavy, it probably is. A smaller model with a 250- to the 300-cc engine can make a great starter or commuter bike. If you plan on doing a lot of highway riding, you might want one with an engine in the 500- to the 750-cc range so you can easily keep up with traffic.

Antilock Brakes

Available on a wide array of models, antilock brakes are a proven lifesaver. IIHS data shows that motorcycles equipped with ABS brakes were 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than bikes without it. Locking up the brakes in a panic stop robs the rider of any steering control. That can easily lead to a skid and crash, which can result in serious injury. ABS helps you retain steering control during an emergency stop, and it can be especially valuable in slippery conditions. This critical feature is now standard on many high-end models and adds only a few hundred dollars to the price of more basic bikes. You may be able to offset some of the cost with an insurance discount. Either way, we think it’s a worthwhile investment in your safety.

AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oils

Once you have found the right bike, AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oils can help protect it. AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil is a premium oil designed for those who demand the absolute best lubrication for their motorcycles. It is the result of extensive research and is specially formulated to excel is all areas unique to motorcycles, including high temperatures of air cooled engines such as Harley Davidson V-Twin, wet-clutch lubrication, extreme-pressure regions of gears and chains and rust common to short-trips and storage. AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil is multifunctional and fullfills the requirements of both domestic and foreign motorcycles.
If you're looking for the best AMSOIL Synthetic Oil and Lubricants, trust, AMSOIL. LLC in Jonesborough. We can help you find the right synthetic oil and lubricant for all your engines. Call us at 423-845-0157 and check out our online shop for even more products. We proudly serve Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol and the whole Tri-Cities area and the entire state of Tennessee, including the Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis areas.