You Should Know All About Motorcycle
Most people have a good idea what type of bike they can see them self’s on. However before going out and buying one it’s a good idea to work through the following advice.
Research prices and specifications
Spend some time online looking around at the motorcycle you desire or, if you have not chosen yet, in the class of motorcycle you wish to purchase. Good research will more than pay for the time you spend doing it. There are also numerous motorcycle magazine reviews online where you can really get into detailed specifications of the motorcycle you seek.
Once you know what you are looking for, here are some pricing guides which will help you figure out how much you should spend:
NADA Guides – A quality resource which many dealers use as a pricing guide for used motorcycles. There are also some useful tools here.
Kelly Blue Book – Another well-respected resource for motorcycle values in the United States, but not as many tools.
Registered users can use the Advanced Search section to look over the recent list of completed auctions giving you some idea of how much the bike you want is selling for in the market.
Before you go, get an insurance quote
This is an often overlooked part of the search for a new or new-to-you vehicle; missing this, though, can really cost you a great deal. Check with your auto, home or life insurer for a quote on the motorcycle model for which you are looking.
Or, go online and check with one of the many reputable sources there. Any motorcycle event in North America will be sponsored by at least one insurance company, so you may try there as well.
Always get more than one quote because insurance pricing varies significantly from provider to provider. However, in today’s insurance market, you also need to be sure of what they will cover; many insurance companies offer inexpensive policies which will pay very little if your bike is wrecked or stolen – be careful!
Research potential problem areas, or you will regret it
Many motorcycles have known problems which are recognized only after many miles of use, and after the bike is out of warranty. Check with dealerships – the mechanics are usually the best resource – go online and check various forums, or ask people you know who are bike-savvy about the model you seek.
You may find that there are certain model years which are better than others. At the very least you will be forewarned and will be armed with the knowledge you need when you actually get to visit the motorcycle.
Will You Purchase from a Dealer or Private Seller?
Going to the private market can save you money
Purchasing a used motorcycle from a private seller through sources such as eBay, Craigslist, or online classifieds can save you significant amounts of money.
However, you also have a much tougher time of getting a problem resolved if something about the bike should turn out to be not as advertised once you have handed over the money. Be careful and back out if you suspect anything is too good to be true – it usually is. The research you have done will help you here, use it well.
A dealership will often have a wide selection and reliable service
Dealerships in the United States are generally very reliable provided they are an official representative of one of the larger marques. Dealers will have a larger selection and are often more motivated to sell – time on the showroom floor costs them money. There are also many decent used motorcycle dealers as well.
Most are quite trustworthy, but motorcycles are not covered by any sort of federal ‘lemon law’ in the U.S., though some states do protect their motorcycle buyers. Those would be Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
Outside of those states, it is wise to research dealer experiences online before you buy. If a warranty is offered, examine it closely before your purchase. Be very careful of extended warranties; use caution and do that research.