There’s a lot to consider when buying a motorcycle. Here are five tips to help you find the perfect bike and get the best out of your money.
Know your budget
First, you need to decide how much you’re willing to spend. This include the upfront purchase cost and the running costs such as fuel, insurance and maintenance. Older used bikes can be cheaper to buy, but they may be less reliable, may be more expensive to insure and may be less economical fuel-wise. Finances schemes could also be worth considering, but make sure to shop around to find the best interest rates.
Consider your experience
Experience is an important factor to consider when buying a bike. If you’re a new rider, you don’t want to buying anything to powerful – 600cc is usually too much, even for some experienced riders. When it comes to the displacement, stick to bikes under 500cc. There are a surprising number of great bikes in this category such as the KTM Duke.
Reviews are great for giving you an idea of the pros and cons of each model. This can help you to make a better judgement when choosing a bike model for your needs. On top of reviews, check out comparison guides and buying guides such as The Ducati Monster buying guide. Such guides could help you to determine whether you’re ready for such a bike.
Inspect in person before your buy
Nowadays, you can buy a motorbike over the internet. The problem with this is that stops you from inspecting the bike in person. This isn’t important with used bikes – you need to get a good idea of the condition and photos won’t always provide enough information. However, the main reason why a personal inspection is so essential is because it gives you a chance to get on the bike and check that it feels comfortable. You need to be sure that you can comfortably reach the pedals and handlebars. Certain bikes may also cause you to lean forward or lean back (as is the case with cruisers) and you need to be comfortable with this. The seat height and weight are also important factors.
Check the paperwork is in order
A lack of documentation for the vehicle can be a bad sign. Make sure that you’ve got all the right paperwork and check that the details match up with the bike (you don’t want to accidentally buy a stolen bike!). It’s important to always have some form of receipt whether you’re buying from an independent seller or buying from a dealership.