“Most people selling or purchasing a motorcycle have an intimate relationship with bikes: our research shows that most of them consider that purchasing a motorcycle is a dream they've always wanted to accomplish,” says Cole Reiken, Director, Automotive Marketplace for TRADER Corporation. “To avoid any bad surprises, they should prepare their purchase and make sure their emotions don't control the purchasing decision.”
The following tips should help you keep both feet on the ground – until your next motorcycle ride, of course:
– Don't be afraid to ask the seller how many miles are on the motorcycle, if it is still under warranty, or recent maintenance or repairs completed, with information on the quality and age of replacement parts.
Set Your Budget
– While prices differ according to the make, model and year of the motorcycle, the average price is about $10,000. This should not be the only consideration though: make sure you also plan for maintenance and insurance fees as well.
Identify Your Needs
– Ask yourself what you will use your motorcycle for: will it be to drive on the highway, in the city or for cross–country? Are you looking for comfort, or is speed and performance your main focus? Remember to also consider your height and weight – one size doesn't fit all.
Make Sure You Have The Proper Driving License
– To drive a motorcycle, you'll need a license – and a helmet. There are different types of licenses depending on which motorcycle you'd like to drive, so make sure you take all necessary courses and accreditations before hitting the road.
Meet The Seller In Person
– Whether buying a motorcycle online on a classifieds site or at a dealership, it's important to meet the seller, see the motorcycle, and try it – even if it's just in the parking lot. Make sure you're properly insured and are licensed though.
With these tips in mind, feel free to start your quest for the perfect motorcycle!