When you are looking to buy motorcycles there are a few things that you need to consider before you open your wallet.
Firstly, have you decided on the actual type of motorcycle you want? How about where to look to buy the bike or what checks should be made when inspecting a used motorcycle? We will have a quick look at some pointers below to help.
What will the motorbike be mainly used for? Will it be used to commute to work? For touring? Even though you might love a 1000cc sports bike for the open road, it could be uncomfortable and not good for commuting. Also using a Harley for a track day could be equally frustrating.
When the type of bike has been decided upon it’s then time for the fun part – bike viewing! Here it is best to buy from a proper dealership if you can for better peace of mind. Doing this will probably cost you slightly more than if you bought private but at least you will have some assurance knowing you will have warranty and some kind of comeback if something goes wring with it. Buying privately could cost you much more further down the line. If you do buy privately it is recommended that the bike is at least checked over by someone who knows what to look for like a mechanic or a visit to a dealership.
The next step is to actually take the bike for a ride. During the test drive make sure you use all of the features and check for strange sounds from the engine or the bikes body. Put the bike through its paces in different conditions and various speeds and ensure the brakes and gears feel good. Also is the steering responsive and do the dials all work properly?
Lastly, check that the bike looks fine. If you can check the tyres, spokes, under the seat, brake fluid and all other aspects of the bike. Do the dials seem to work properly? Ideally the bike should have the owner manual with full service history too. Some of these things can be found out with the owner before going to see the bike itself and can save you time.
When you buy motorcycles there are some real gems and bargains to be found so make sure you search high and low to find your perfect ride!