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6 Key Steps to Buying a Used Motorcycle
You May Ignore to Your Detriment
The biggest question facing motorcycle buyers everywhere is whether they should
buy a new one or settle for a used one. When you buy a used bike from leading
dealerships, offline or online, it saves you a lot of money. But that’s just tip of the
iceberg. Buying a used motorcycle has few potential risks. If not careful, one can
become a victim of vehicle frauds or scams and get burned.
Make sure you follow these 6 measures to avoid pitfalls associated with buying a
1. Decide what you want
Do you want the motorcycle for daily commutes, make tours, engage in sports, or it
is a combination of all these. Identifying the reason behind your quest for a bike will
enable you to go for the right one. At such time, it is important to be honest with
2. Buy from a leading dealership
Purchases from private individuals may be tempting because of lower prices, but
buyers cannot return to them in case the motorcycle goes kaput. On the other hand,
most dealerships give warranty and are even ready to work with you should
something goes wrong with the bike within the warranty period. A few more dollars
spent could mean freedom from future troubles.
3. Check the bike yourself
Do a visual inspection of the obvious parts such as steering head, tires, brake, brake
fluid, clutch, chassis, sprocket, chain, fuel tank (for oil leaks or corrosion), etc. These
motorcycle parts can be inspected manually or by using some simple tools. If you’re
a bike buff and possess a fair knowledge, you may do it yourself. Otherwise, seek
help from a professional mechanic.
4. Do a VIN check
Actually, this step should precede everything else in the process of buying a used
bike. A motorcycle VIN check tracks the history of the vehicle throughout its life-time.
Information such as make and year of the vehicle, the number of times the vehicle
has changed hands, service history, theft, recalls, cloning, involvement in accidents,
and pending criminal or insurance cases become clear on running a simple VIN
5. Take it for a test drive
We never know how things are like in life until we actually do it. That’s exactly why it
is important to test drive the motorcycle you intend to buy to ascertain how the bike
feels. Select a pleasant day with dry road and good visibility. Pick a route you are
familiar with with light to medium traffic. Put on all the safety gears. Notice if there
is anything abnormal about the bike, for instance, engine noises. Start slow, then
accelerate and decelerate and see how the bike responds. It should feel stable.
6. Negotiate a realistic price
After you obtain a detailed information on the motorcycle, it is time to negotiate the
price. Both the buyer and the seller must be realistic and reasonable in arriving at
the final price. Ensure that you get a fair price befitting the condition and
performance of the bike. You may also do some research online, or ask someone
knowledgeable about the prevailing prices of used vehicles. This will safeguard a
buyer against overpricing.
At any time, there are a lot of second-hand bikes in the market for those interested
in such used vehicles. One can get even leading brands such as Yamaha and
Kawasaki out there. It may take some time for you to decide; nevertheless, the bikes
will always be there. Never let your eagerness to buy overtake careful considerations.
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