If you want to put aside the stress and impatience that driving and parking in Malta brings with it, we may have the practical solution you need. Scrap your car and buy a motorcycle or a motor scooter from one of the various motorcycle dealers around Malta and Gozo.
Most dealers are importers of both new and second-hand motorbikes. They offer a diverse range of bikes so whatever rider category you fall under, a dealer will manage to find your dream bike in no time. Apart from selling motorcycles, some dealers may accept part exchange and may trade bikes. Hiring bikes and repairing are extra services they may offer.
Dealers would normally not just have motorcycles for sale but also stock in numerous motorcycle parts and accessories, ranging from covers and luggages to motorcycle helmets and clothing. From boots and pants, to gloves and jackets, a motorcycle shop can provide all the protective wear needed to start your two-wheeled journey safely.
If the motorbike you would like to buy is not in stock, a professional dealer will take care of the whole importation process. He will contact the supplier, transport it safely and handle all the necessary paperwork. Do check for any additional costs you may be required to pay.Payment options may differ from one dealer to another. Some may request the total payment at one go while others may request a deposit and accept monthly payments. Requesting 0% deposit is also common nowadays.
How do you choose which motorcycle to buy? Here are 5 things you need to know before buying a motorcycle and a number of factors which you need to consider:
Should you opt for a new or a used motorcycle?
Do you prefer buying a new motorcycle or a second-hand one which in turn would be much cheaper than a new one? If you go for a used bike, we do suggest you choose one with low mileage.
Different types of licence
There are different motorcycle licences from which to choose. You can go for a category A, A1, A2, A1 automatic, A2 automatic or B motorcycle licence. The licence you get will determine the maximum engine capacity your bike can be and whether you can get an automatic or a standard bike. The engine power varies greatly, usually ranging from 125cc motorcycles to 1000cc.
What are the different types of bikes?
The type of bike you choose depends mostly on its purpose. Where, when and what will you use it for? A naked bike is suitable for daily commuting, a chopper (type of cruiser) is befitting for a Sunday drive and racing would require a sport bike since it needs a high-performance engine. A touring motorcycle is a requisite for long distance drives especially if you aim for a road trip around Europe in the near future. You can also find motorcycles with multiple attributes, such as sport touring and dual sport bikes. The latter is suitable if you intend on using it on the road and for off-roading adventures.
However, if your main target is off-roading, you should go for a dirt bike. For lightweight fast motorcycles, cafe racers are the solution. You may even choose to order a customised motorcycle such as a bobber, according to your preferences. If you prefer an easier ride which is simpler to learn, go for a scooter or a moped since these are normally less powerful than motorcycles due to their smaller engines. If you're not a two wheel fan, dealers also sell quad bikes and buggies.
Take care of the environment
If you want to do your bit for the environment, you can always opt for an electric scooter or an electric motorcycle. As charging stations are popping up in more areas around Malta and Gozo, this eco-friendly solution is more viable than before.
What are the different brands available?
There is a wide range of brands when it comes to motorcycles. A Harley Davidson is synonymous with cruiser motorcycles, while Vespas and Lambrettas are famous types of classic motorcycles. You'll definitely find a brand which suits your style.