Helpful Tips For Buying A Used Motorcycle

Nothing quite compares to the thrill of owning your own motorcycle. Although you can certainly buy a brand-new bike, there are a lot of great reasons to consider going with a used model instead. Since used bikes are less expensive than their brand-new counterparts, you may be able to afford a nicer bike by purchasing a used model.

Use the following tips for buying a used motorcycle to ensure that the process goes smoothly. That way, you can get a bike that is not only affordable but also in great shape and safe to ride.

The Initial Stages Of Shopping For A Bike

Before you start looking at bikes, figure out exactly what you are looking for. Start by identifying what type of bike you are interested in. Next, carefully evaluate your budget to determine how much money you can afford to spend. Make sure to leave a little bit of extra wiggle room in your budget to cover costs like registering and insuring your new bike, buying accessories, or making minor repairs.

The next step is to take a look at the bikes that are currently available in your area. Usually, the easiest way to do this is by checking the classified ads for your city or county. As you evaluate each listing, make sure that the seller has provided clear pictures of the bike. You should be able to see it from every angle so that you can get a good idea of its overall condition.

Look for listings where the seller has provided a detailed description of the bike. This description should include information on the overall condition of the bike as well as how many miles it already has on it. Ideally, it should also include details about how often the bike was serviced and how it was stored and cared for.

If you are mechanically inclined, don’t be afraid to look at bikes that need a little bit of work. Oftentimes, you can save a lot of money by purchasing a bike that needs a few minor repairs. Just be realistic about the cost of the repairs to make sure that you don’t wind up having to spend a ton of money on the bike before it is road-worthy.

If you aren’t a skilled mechanic or if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of repairing a bike, you should shop for a motorcycle that is in good condition instead. Although it will cost a little bit more, it is usually worth it since it eliminates the need for repairs.

Meeting With The Seller

Once you find a bike that you are interested in at, the next step is to contact the seller. Set up a time to view the bike. Ask the seller to leave the bike cold rather than warming it up. That way, you can see how well it starts after it has been sitting for a while.

If there is a chance that you are going to buy the bike the same day that you inspect it, consider taking a truck or bringing along a trailer so that you have a way to get the bike home without riding it. Additionally, for safety, consider bringing along an extra person so that you aren’t meeting with a stranger alone.

After you arrive, start by asking the seller if you can inspect the title. Make sure that the numbers on the title match the numbers on the bike.

Inspect the area around the bike, looking for any puddles or stains that could indicate leaks. If there is an excessive amount of oil or grease visible on the bike, it could also indicate problems with seeping.

As you examine the bike, keep your eyes open for signs of crash damage. This can include everything from bent levers and scratches to parts that are a slightly different color than the rest of the bike. If you notice any damage, ask the seller about it. Find out how severe the crash was and what repairs were made.

Look inside the gas tank for signs of rust. Examine the paint and the seat to make sure that they are in good condition. Finally, check the tires to make sure that they still have good tread.

Ask the seller if you can take the bike for a test drive. Many sellers are understandably hesitant to let a stranger ride off on their motorcycle. Consider leaving a deposit behind with the seller as a way of gaining their trust. If you aren’t an experienced rider, you may want to bring along someone who has been riding for a longer period of time to take the test drive for you.

At this point, as long as everything looks good, you can start negotiating on the price. Ideally, your goal should be to get a great deal on the bike without shortchanging the seller. Both of you should come out of the deal feeling like you were successful.

Make sure that the paperwork for the bike is filled out correctly and get a bill of sale from the seller. If necessary, get the paperwork notarized. Check to see what the laws are in your state before going through with the purchase so that you don’t overlook any important steps.

Finalizing The Sale

At this point, there are only a few things left to do. Start by filing the paperwork with your state. Next, take the bike to a mechanic to have it professionally inspected so that you can make any necessary repairs. Be sure to keep extra money on hand to cover the cost of filing the paperwork and the cost of making repairs.

These simple tips on buying a used motorcycle will help you find a beautiful bike that you can be proud of. As with any major purchase, proceed with caution. Always do your homework to make sure that the bike is in good shape, that the title is clear, and that the seller is being honest with you before agreeing to go through with the sale.

~ by velofinds on June 1, 2018.

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