Tips For Buying A Used Motorcycle

If you don't want to spend a fortune purchasing a motorcycle, you should consider buying used. Of course, whenever you purchase a used vehicle, there is some risk involved. Here are a few tips that will help you mitigate this risk when it comes to purchasing a used motorcycle.

Types of Motorcycle

Before you start looking for a used motorcycle, you should consider what type of riding you will be doing with the bike most often. You may use your motorcycle for touring, commuting, sports, or even a combination of the previous three types of riding. When it comes to purchasing a used motorcycle, this is definitely the most important thing you must must consider.

While it may be tempting to purchase a super bike for yourself, you should resist the temptation if you know you're only going to be using the motorcycle for commuting purposes. No matter how powerful and amazing the super bike is, you will likely hate it when commuting. This is especially true if you're planning on riding the motorcycle with an extra rider on a regular basis.

Reputable Dealership

If possible, you should purchase the used motorcycle from a reputable dealership. In general, if you stick with private sales, the used motorcycle will cost you less. However, if the bike ends up breaking down, you will not have anyone to turn to. The vast majority of reputable dealerships offer a warranty for used motorcycles. The dealerships that don't offer warranties are typically willing to work with customers if anything goes wrong with the used bike within the first few months of purchase.

Private Sales

If you absolutely must buy a used bike from a private party, you should insist to the seller that you be able to take the motorcycle to a dealership before you purchase it. At the dealership, you will be able to have the bike inspected and assessed for a fee. The dealership will also be able to do an ownership history search to ensure the motorcycle isn't stolen or listed as "written off". By taking the bike to a dealership before purchasing it, you will mitigate the risk associated with private sales.

As you can see, there are many things you can do to ensure you're not ripped off when it comes to purchasing used motorcycles. Just follow the tips discussed above and you will likely be satisfied with the used motorcycle you decide to buy.

For more information, contact a local dealer, like Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson.