Things You Should Know Before Buying a Used Motorcycle

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There’s an adage that I’ve taken to heart over my lifetime. “A man trying to sell you something is a man that should not be trusted.” The fact of the matter is, the customer is only right when it still means a profit. No matter what you’re in the market for, used motorcycle or otherwise, it is wise to keep this in mind.

10 tips for buying a used motorcycle

  • Keep Your Poker Face – 

It is a fatal mistake to show your emotions in front of a sales rep. Let on that you’re a sucker for bikes with high acceleration or the color red and that salesman will take advantage of it. Suddenly all the lower priced models will have low acceleration and poor traction. You’ll be introduced to every high-end red motorcycle on the lot. There’s no such thing as a sales rep trying to ‘find what’s right for you.’ As you examine any bike, make sure you ask a broad range of questions. Mix in questions low and high priority questions carefully to keep him from learning your true interests.

  • Don’t Form Attachments –

No matter how tempting, don’t fall in love with the first bike you see. It doesn’t matter how excellent that Suzuki looks; there will be better choices on the lot. Be it better mileage or a bike in better shape; you need to keep your options open.

  • Negotiate –

Don’t let yourself be fooled like Hank Hill- only suckers pay sticker price. Knock that price down as low as you can. Invent or otherwise exaggerate flaws to gain some leverage over the sales rep. It’s always wise to feign disinterest to make them sweat a little.

  • Buy for Quality, Not Brand –

Dealers love shoppers looking specifically for the high-end brand names. It isn’t that a Harley-Davidson isn’t worthwhile purchases, it’s just that they aren’t necessarily worth the price jump. Keep an open mind and consider that Hyosung.

  • Determine Your Needs –

Before you even look at a motorcycle, make sure you’ve contemplated your exact needs. Intend to ride a lot in the city? Consider fuel efficiency. Is the purchase for sport and recreation? Acceleration and handling will be your priorities.

  • Test Drive –

While this might sound like common sense, sometimes people pass on this option. Not only is this a good idea for seeking out faults in the motorcycle, but it also alerts you of whether or not it’s a comfortable ride for you. So test drive before buying your bike is a go-to option for every rider.

  • Check It Afterward –

After you’ve driven for a solid ten minutes or so, make sure to examine the frame and mechanical parts of the bike thoroughly. Do you see any flaws, leaks, or other issues to worry about? Use a flashlight to examine its parts better.

  • Request History –

That BMW might look fantastic, but one look at its vehicle history could send you ducking for cover. Never purchase an automobile without a good look at this. You’ll be doing yourself a favor, trust me.

  • Consider Your Source –

More often than not, you’re better off purchasing from a dealership over a private sale. Toss aside the newspaper and log off eBay, it’s just not wise to limit your options this way. Just make sure you pick a reputable dealer.

  • Consider Add-Ons –

Frequently what will inflate the price tag of a specific motorcycle are add-ons. This creates a two-fold problem. You’re paying more- that goes without saying. The other issue that arises is that you might not realize what you’re paying more for and be misled to think the higher price is a pseudo-quality assurance. Don’t cheat yourself- determine just what extra bells and whistles are attributing to the price tag and whether or not you need them.

Six tips for test driving a used motorcycle

You’ve got your eye on a used motorcycle for sale and are considering making the purchase. First, you’re going to have to test drive the used motorcycle as part of your inspection. There are several factors to consider before you buy, whether you’re a first-time motorcycle buyer or just adding to your collection.

Here are six tips for test driving a used motorcycle:-

  • Give yourself enough time –

Buying a used motorcycle should not be a rushed purchase. Show up with plenty of time to prep before you take the bike on a test ride. Bring your equipment, such as a helmet and gloves. Also, be prepared to fill out insurance information if the dealership requires it before the test ride. A private seller may not.

  • Look at the motorcycle –

Before you hop on the bike, check it for cracks in the frame. Small cracks can lead to more significant problems down the road. Look at the tires, check the battery, and the sprockets for wear. Sit on the used motorcycle and look at the mirrors, pedals, and gauges. They should be in working condition.

  • Start slowly –

You won’t know what condition the bike is in until you ride it, regardless of what the seller told you. For your safety, ease into riding the used motorcycle at a comfortable speed. Cruise with the bike to see how it performs at a constant speed. Does the bike provide a comfortable ride?

  • Assess how the motorcycle rides – 

Choose a motorcycle that handles in a way that’s comfortable for you. Accelerate to see how well the used bike performs. Check is how the clutch engages, and instead or not; it slips. Is there enough power for the bike? Is the shifter smooth? The motorcycle should take off smoothly from stops. Pay attention if the bike pulls you one way more than another. This could indicate that the frame is bent.

  • Test the brake –

Test the brakes to see how those respond. The brakes should operate smoothly and respond quickly enough if you have to make a quick stop in case of an emergency. If the used motorcycle has anti-lock brakes, make sure they don’t lock up during the test drive.

  • Listen closely –

Listen for noises, such as a loud muffler or wheel bearings. This could indicate that you’d have some repairs down the line. Rattling or squeaking shock absorbers would need to be replaced. The brakes should not make excessive noise. Ask about the warranty. For added protection, ask the seller about a used motorcycle warranty. The terms should include a contract period and features that are comfortable for you. Ask about the contract length. Contracts typically range from one to three years. Ask if the used motorcycle warranty covers limited mileage or require a deductible.

If you’ve followed these tips and that new bike fits you like a glove, feels like a dream and your mechanic has given the bike a clean bill of health, then you should be satisfied that you have done the best you could when test driving your new motorcycle. Have fun with your new bike.

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