Sure you’re excited at the prospect of buying a motorcycle. But, if you’re buying used, there may be some additional homework you’ll have to perform before making an investment in the unknown. Sure, you’ll make mistakes along the way. We all do. But, when buying a motorcycle, the rule of thumb is better safe than sorry.
Where to start in the process of buying a used motorcycle? Check out these Top 10 Mistakes When Buying a Used Motorcycle. Sure to make you think twice before your score your previously owned motorcycle.
1. Buying a bike beyond your skill and experience level. All motorcycles require a certain amount of skill and experience. Buying something beyond where you’re at makes no sense over the long run. You could hurt yourself, your passengers or worse. Buying used gives you an opportunity to have a bike to learn on or, perhaps, a bike to transition into. But, by all means, don’t get in over your head with this previously owned vehicle.
2. Buying a model that doesn’t connect to the kind of riding you’d like to do. If you’re a city rider, don’t by a touring mobile. If you plan to tour, why buy a stripped down classic? Think about what you need in advance of buying your used motorcycle. You can save time and aggravation by matching the bike to your riding needs.
3. Spending too much for a previously owned motorcycle. Just because something’s a Classic, doesn’t mean it should break the bank. Do your homework before spending too much for too little. Factor in tax, tags and what you’ll need to do to get the bike ready for the open road.
4. Not spending enough for a used motorcycle. Don’t spare the change on a used bike just because it’s an older model. Do your homework and see how much similar models are going for on the open market. Expect to spend more once you have title.
5. Buying a used bike that’s too tall or not tall enough. Bikes should fit your body. It makes no sense buying a used bike if it doesn’t fit you right. You’ll be out big bucks and the previously owned motorcycle will languish in the garage.
6. Buying a used bike without having it checked out in advance. It’s always best to have a used motorcycle checked out by a qualified mechanic in advance of purchase. That way you know what you’re getting and how much you’ll need to put into it to restore it or get it road ready. Don’t be afraid to test drive the bike in the city and on country roads. Be wary of frame damage. Make a visual inspection of the chain. Don’t be afraid to seek out several opinions before you agree to the deal.
7. Buying a used motorcycle unseen. Pictures lie. So does the Internet. Be very careful about buying a used bike unseen or untried. You’re asking for trouble. Unless you’re a seasoned pro or you’ve bought and sold bikes this way for decades, relying on established relationships or suppliers, you’re way out of your element buying a bike unseen.
8. Buying a used bike without a title. If it doesn’t have a title or if the seller is hedging on the paperwork, you may have to pass on this ride. This is particularly important when dealing with private dealers.
9. Buying a used high performance bike. If you’re new to motorcycles, the last thing you should do is invest in a used bike that’s beyond your ability to control. Sure, it’s shiny and fast. But, best to take a pass on this used bike.
10. Buying a used, foreign-made bike. I’m partial to Harley’s. That’s right: Harley-Davidson USA. Seriously, why buy Honda or BMW when you can buy a Harley? At least, you should check it out if you’ve never owned one. Model years count among the used Harleys. Some years and models were better than others, so do your research.
Official Website for Harley Davidson USA
HD Rider Forum Pages
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