How To Use RideApart

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With RideApart, you can now research your next motorcycle purchase by comparing bikes side-by-side through in-depth specs. Here’s how that works.

First, click through to our Buyer’s Guide located at Motorcycles.RideApart.com. You’ll then find yourself looking at a list of new, 2013 models sorted by our rating. We’ve tried to make that rating as simple as possible, using a 1 to 10 scale and, unique to RideApart, there are bikes ranked at the bottom end of the scale. This is meant to be a powerful shopping tool for you, the consumer.

Once you’re there, there’s a bunch of stuff you can do in pretty much any order you want to do it. You can search for specific bikes, sort them by manufacturer, price, category, year, with ABS, without ABS, engine size etc.

Once you’ve found some bikes you want to look at, hit the “Compare button” under the image.

That then loads whichever bikes you want to compare into the black bar at the bottom.

Add at least two bikes, then hit “Compare Now” in that black bar. You can clear those bikes individually or all at once should you change your mind. That then takes you to the comparison page.

Now, you can get your hands dirty, compare specs, reviews, anything you want.

And, we want you you help inform the overall shopping experience. User Reviews are going to be a massive part of how people will shop for bikes through RideApart. Got something to say about a bike? Tell us! You’ll be telling motorcycle consumers as a whole, too, so this really means something.

User Reviews are right there at the bottom of every model page. Spot an error (there’s definitely errors in this initial data set), fix it for us! Users have the ability to edit all the motorcycle listings. Seriously, please use your expertise to help us help all of you.

And there you go. Use our Buyer’s Guide to research bikes, our Gear Guides to pick the best helmets, jackets, gloves, etc, our How Tos to learn to ride better or figure out how to work on your bike, DriveApart to decide which car is best to haul your bikes around, News to keep you informed and Hell For Leather for entertainment.

Questions? Comments? Let us know.

  • kinscore

    I realize there aren’t a lot of diesel or electric motorcycles in the RideApart database (or at all) but it would be nice if there were a checkbox somewhere for that sort of thing. The more available filters the better, really, I think.

    Does the Brammo Empulse R really have a four stroke AC motor and 9.311 gallon battery?
    http://motorcycles.rideapart.com/l/1456/2013-Brammo-Empulse-R

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Yeah, anytime you license data, it’s going to be a little janky. There’s hundreds of thousands of data fields we need to dig through and correct/work on/just straight up fix. We’ll get there. Prioritizing the most popular models, but we should be close to 100% by the end of the month.

      • http://madebyfred.com fred vg

        I’m excited about this. In Belgium every year there’s an ‘All Bikes’ book, it lists all the bikes that are for sale in the belgian market. Each bike gets a brief description, a picture, a list of specs and the msrp. It’s a great tool and very addictive. Looks like this might be a digital alternative for the American market.

      • Kyle

        Wes – Congrats on launching the site! no easy task and the direction seems to be incredible. Looking forward to seeing and exploring more.

  • RideAway

    So now, unlike every other motorcycling site that does shootout comparisons based on measurable performance metrics and multiple opinions, you can use a scale of 1 to 10, arbitrarily defined by the way it made one writer feel, to go out and confidently purchase a new ride! REVOLUTIONARY!!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      try clicking on the picture of the bike? the whole reason we’re doing this is that each of us has tried to find info or a certain spec about a bike and had a really difficult time. Our goal is to provide the most extensive list of those performance metrics and spec sheet items in a package that lets you see the bikes you’re considering side by side. and we include those “multiple opinions” you ask about both in our written reviews (the “what other’s say” section) and by asking you to include your opinions about bikes you’ve had experiences with in our user reviews.

      for me, it was the 3 hours it took me to find the width of a stock bonneville (I was trying to purchase new handlebars and wanted to make sure they were narrower than stock) and I had to find the answer on a forum page where someone else had asked the question and it was answered by a different forum member going out and measuring his bike with a tape measure.

      We’re trying to get the tape measure out so you don’t have to. Searching the forums, so you don’t have to. We know the importance of having good data and not just copying the specs listed on every other site and leaving out the rest, which is why our whole team will spend the next month or two of our lives sitting in front of a spread sheet filling in the holes and correcting data. The RideApart Rating is just another tool we give you so you can see what our (those of us lucky enough to get to ride pretty much everything) opinions of best in class are to help guide your search for a new bike.

      you’re right. it is revolutionary.

    • HoldenL

      The RideApart rating doesn’t seem, to me, to be as arbitrary as readers’ star ratings. Maybe you believe the opposite. You can ignore ratings if you want and sort by price or alphabetically. So I don’t understand the complaint.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      You know, when we licensed this original data (that we’re now rebuilding), it aggregated reviews from the established names in motorcycle media. The lowest score of any bike, on a scale of 100? 84. RideApart doesn’t follow tired conventions for a reason.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stroblgerardo Gerardo Astroball

        Wes, I agree with the need for such index and the score system. I would like some brief point description on why such score. EX (Honda NC700X: 10 best value or bang for buck. Honda CBR250R, 10 best beginner bike, and skill developer, BMW 800R.. 3 .. mmm why? have no bias towards BMW or that model which I find as meh.. but a 3 is.. well a bad score, for no justified or listed reasons…) Provide the feedback to the user of why your rating.. as you do on the bikes you have reviewed). Or reserve the scores for bikes with a review that justify either the good or bad score.. Essentially people look for your adivice (all RideApart’s staff) but need the reasoning behind the number, even if its just vain or for esthetic reasons.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          Yeah, the basic platform you see right now is going to get much deeper and richer over time as we fill it with more content. You guys can also help us do this by using your own knowledge in the User Review portion.

    • Ryu Hyabusa

      Boom!

  • http://www.facebook.com/electricbike Troy Rank

    Its pretty cool how all the comments are getting “moderated” (read deleted). I understand you have you protect your brand but come on.

  • HoldenL

    it would so great if the tables could include the ability to sort by saddle height. That’s a fixation of a certain would-be motorcyclist whom I’m married to, and I’ll bet a lot of newcomers are interested in stand-over height, too.

    Each individual motorcycle page lists saddle height, but I’m saying it would be nice to sort and filter by that metric, too, just as you can sort and filter by displacement and price.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Seat height is in there.

  • grb

    Awesome, this is just what I needed, Im going to dive into it to check it out… You know, Im in the market for a new motorcycle and there is something thats has been giving me trouble as a buyer and I dont see you take into consideration, its reliability and quality, I used to not care about this when I was younger, it was all about the excitement, fun and numbers, thats the main thing, but now at 34 and planing to live in a lake out side the city for wakeboarding (rural area) and I plan to commute on my bike allot, so I want to ride it as my daily, and I also want to work on my bike (basics services, etc) you know, get my hands dirty, I want to take care of it myself. I want a well build and durable bike, the same as a want a well performer and exiting one.

    OK, so now Im starting to consider reliability and how important it is for most buyers (serious motorcycle riders, not just for hobby), I dont want to be left on the side of the road alone, and I dont want half of the time spent on my bike to be in the garage, nor do I want to spent my savings on parts and repairs. Now Im finding out no publication talks about that, theres is basically no practical coverage on that, except for consumer reports and its kinda vague. You have to be an geek/detective and spend hours and hours on forums searching for feedback and find out what are common problems and reliability issues with each model, and you still have to be a psychologist to separate the bull from the honest comments because its all very subjective.

    I now if you buy a Ducati and only use it on sundays for joy ride, put on around 1000miles/year, the dealer is around the corner, you let them do everything for you and dont care about the money, then obviously your not thinking on reliability and couldnt care less if Ducatis are as reliable as japanese bikes. But for most motorcyclist its as important as anything else and NOBODY is rating, commenting, judging, talking or taking into consideration this subject. I dont know what would be the best way to do it, I still need to discover what you guys have put together. But if you do consider this reliability and quality subject then you would definitely have the ultimate shopping tool and the go to for all motorcycle buyers

    Cheers! and good luck with the site. Thanks for the effort

    g

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      We’re hoping first our User Reviews and our future community functionality can provide real world, first hand experience from real owners.

      • grb

        Yes, it’ll be great when you start accumulating feedback from users, and thats very useful info for sure. But you have stuff like Performance, Ergonomics, Fun to Ride, Ride Comfort, and you have no option or mention of Reliability and how difficult it is to repair/get parts/cost. And its still very subjective, the opinion of someone.
        I can predict one user is going to say he has had lots of problems with a specify product while the other is going to say he has had no problems at all, its back to single opinions like on forums and you cant know what criteria they are using to judge this… There has to be a way to make statistics, %s or to quantify this info. How does consumer reports do this and how do they get there numbers? I dont know if its too complicated, but it would defiantly be the ultimate tool.
        I think they have surveys, which is (I think) kinda like your user reviews, but you need to start asking about quality and reliability in them, then you could average all reviews and see an overall rating on each subject.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          Reliability reporting HAS to come from the crowd, for the reasons you suggest. We’ll be iterating some more substantial crowd sourced material which will include stuff like that (and more).

          • grb

            all this is going to be great! thanks

  • Versys Jake

    Cool comparison tool. FYI the Kawasaki Versys is not a dual sport bike.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Our data isn’t perfect right now. There’s hundreds of thousands of fields we have to go over with a fine-toothed comb. Sean, Daniel and I are doing that for the next month or so.

      • Versys Jake

        Understood. It will be a very useful tool once you get all of the bugs out. Good luck with the new site. Don’t forget to entertain us as you guys go mainstream, I just reread that Vstrom review… hilarious.

  • AppleMan5000

    Any plans to add bikes from pre-2009? Could be useful for the used-bike shopper.

  • ChromeWeasel

    It looks like everything is just rated 5 by default. For example, every 2013 Harley and Victory tourer was exactly a 5. Every Victory cruiser was exactly a 5. You should note that the reviews are incomplete right now if no work has gone into actually rating all the bikes. That’s a pretty big selection I’ve just pointed out.

    Also, the ABS function is either broken or your DB is wrong. Most, if not all, of the Victory touring bikes come with ABS standard. Selecting ABS removes all the Vics from options.

    • http://www.twitter.com/seanmacdonald sean macdonald

      read the rest of the comments. the data we licensed is VERY incomplete and we’re working hard to fill the holes and correct the errors.

  • Alex

    Would be good if the stats were given in metric units too :)

  • Emory Kloth

    This place suxs,