How to Buy a Used Motorcycle

How to Buy a Used MotorcycleIt’s time. You’re looking to buy a used motorcycle. Before you do, there are some things to keep in mind. After all, it is a little different from walking through those gleaming new motorcycle showrooms.

So, if you’re looking for your first used motorcycle, or want to add to your collection, here are some rules of the road.

What type of ride are you looking for. What motorcycle type are you interested in buying? There are sport bikes, cruisers, touring bikes, scooters, even dirt bikes and enduros. Know what you are looking for before you ever go out shopping!

Choose a dealership or a private party. Depending on where you live, motorcycles may be abundant and for sale in the private market, or not. Ideally, you should buy from a dealership; because they have the best and most knowledge, so bring your list of questions and ask on.

Inspect the bike for yourself. Don’t send anyone else out for something you want for yourself. In fact, take another motorcycle buddy with you to answer any questions or for a second pair of eyes to see what you may not see. There are certain mechanical checklists that you can find that will have you looking like a pro of a used motorcycle buyer.


Do a test run. Don’t let anyone talk you into buying a used motorcycle without trying it out for yourself. Make sure the day is a nice one, with dry road conditions. Pick a route that you are familiar driving and have at it. Be sure to test the light, the brakes, and accelerate through all the gears. Listen intently for any strange noises or leaks. How does the bike respond when turning left or right or braking suddenly? Everything should feel secure and the ride smooth.

Upon return, check the bike again. Look for any leaks, or spillage. Be sure to check the oil level, too.

Look into its service history. A well maintained motorcycle will have service records that will certainly be a help to you down the road. Ask for those records and find out when the motorcycle was serviced last.

Just a few tips for you on how to buy a used motorcycle. There are many of them out there and if one doesn’t fit into your lifestyle, leave it go and look for the one that truly has your name on it. With a little patience, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

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