Since 1965, the Honda Centre has been getting riders, ready to ride!
Over 50 years, of introducing our passion for two wheels!
Fun, yet practical. Inexpensive, yet priceless. There really is nothing quite like riding a motorcycle. Fortunately, becoming a motorcyclist isn’t difficult at all.
The Honda Centre is here to help you get started.
Simply follow the three steps outlined on this page and you’ll be ‘up-to-speed’ in no time on licensing requirements, choosing the right bike, preparing for your ride
and more. Red-Y to ride? Let’s get going…
The requirements for obtaining your motorcycle operator’s licence typically involve a series of graduated steps before you’re able to ride any size of bike with no restrictions (such as staying off highways or not riding at night).
Signing up for a certified rider-training course makes it easier to navigate through the process, and they, even provide the bike for you to learn on.
YOU WIN by taking lessons. As soon as you sign on with an approved riding school you are eligible for our new rider discount card.
That means that you save money before you even start.
Helmets Gloves Jackets, and Boots from the best brands in the sport.
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Learn What To Look For
Riding a motorcycle is a whole lot of fun, and so is shopping for your first bike. Sure, it can seem overwhelming at first,with so many different models to choose from, but once you learn a little bit about how one style of bike differs from another
, it’ll be easy to find the bike that’s just right for you. Here are a few of the important things to look for in your first bike:
Seat Height Being able to put both of your feet flat on the ground when you come to a stop gives you extra control and confidence.
And if the seat is too high, the bike can feel intimidating to ride – particularly if you’re just learning.
Street bikes typically have a lower seat height than off-road or dual-sport bikes, in part because they need less ground clearance.
Seating Position A bike’s ergonomics – how your arms and legs are positioned and the angle of your back and neck when you’re riding – plays a huge role in ride comfort,
how easy the bike is to handle and how confident you feel.
The seating position may seem just right at a standstill, but awkward once you start riding.
For your first bike, look for something that puts you in a gentle crouch – not too leaned forward with too much stress on your arms – and not too leaned back with your feet too forward.
Weight A lighter bike is simply easier to keep balanced when you’re stopped, or when you’re tip-toeing into a tight parking spot.
It’s also easier to move around in a garage or put it on or take it off its sidestand or centrestand.
In most cases, the bigger the engine, the heavier the bike. Honda weights always include a full tank of gas, so you know exactly the weight of the bike at its heaviest. Not all companies do this
Body Work In many ways a motorcycle could be considered functional art. With a motorcycle all the parts have to work in harmony for the style of bike.
Honda has seven distinct categories of motorcycles, each one of them distictive’
Engine Size Along with displacement, the number of cylinders an engine has contributes to how it performs, how it feels, how it sounds, how much it weighs – even how it looks.
Smaller bikes aimed at new riders typically have one or two cylinders to keep weight low and the bike narrow.
Cruisers usually have two-cylinder engines, often with a classic V-twin shape, and high-performance sportbikes and touring bikes almost always have four, or even six, cylinders.
Riders often fall in love with the sound and feel of a particular type of engine – all are capable of great performance, so it often comes down to what you prefer
Brakes Braking on a motorcycle is a lot like braking on a bicycle – it takes a little bit of practice to do it properly and safely without skidding the tires.
That’s why Honda leads the way with technology designed to make braking a whole lot easier to master and safer to use.
Especially when you’re just starting out, a bike with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is a great choice because ABS helps to prevent the wheels from locking and skidding
if you brake too hard or on a slippery surface. An ABS system that links or combines the front and rear brakes is even better
– it automatically applies some braking force to the front wheel when the rear-brake pedal is applied, and
(depending on the type of linked system) some force to the rear wheel when the front-brake lever is applied