When shopping for a motorcycle there are a few things that should be taken into consideration. One of the most important is what type of riding you intend to do. That is, will you be riding mostly in the city, short trips to the country, or longer rides’
For the most part, the majority of motorcycles available today are pretty good at doing more than one duty. However, some bikes are definitely more capable of doing certain things than other bikes are. For example, I would consider getting a sportbike if I would be using it for a daily commuter, riding twisty roads, or short trips to the country. I wouldn’t necessarily pick a sportbike as my first choice if I was planning to ride across Canada however. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that someone couldn’t ride a sportbike across the country. It is just that there are other types of motorcycles (full touring or sport touring) that might better be suited for such a trip.
Now that you have chosen the type or style of motorcycle that suits your needs, you now should decide if you want to purchase new or used. I know that there are some of you out there who would never consider buying a used motorcycle and visa Versa. Either way, buying a new or used motorcycle has its advantages and disadvantages.
Buying a new motorcycle has a lot of advantages; the only real drawback is the price. With the price of a new bike being anywhere from $10,000 Canadian and up, a lot of people do not have the cash, nor are they willing to finance a new motorcycle for 36 to 60 months. Their only alternative is to buy used, buying used is definitely cheaper. There are a lot of used motorcycles out there that are in great shape. There are also however a lot of bikes out there that are lemons, so be very careful.
There are a few things to consider before you decide to buy a motorcycle from someone. The most important thing is to have the bike checked out by a mechanic that you know and trust. You may buy a motorcycle that seems to be a great deal, only to find out that it needs major work in the near future. I would also recommend against buying a bike that is ‘uncertified’ or ‘as is’, generally they require a long list of parts and a fair amount of money in order to be certified.
I would also recommend that you go and look at the motorcycle in the day time. That way you will notice any dents, scratches or problems that the bike may have. By looking at a motorcycle you can tell a lot about how the previous owner(s) took care of it. Little things such as an excessively dirty/ rusty chain, bald tires and frayed cables indicate that he/she did not take very good care of their bike. Scratches on the engine cases, levers, and bodywork might imply that the bike has been dropped. Also, you might not want to buy a bike that has been in a nasty crash and was rebuilt, so it can be sold.
Finally, when looking for a used motorcycle, take your time and don’t rush into a decision that you may end up regretting. If you are going to look at a motorcycle I would suggest that you bring a friend along who can give you an objective opinion. Also, I recommend that you do not bring money with you the first time you go and see a bike. This will stop you from impulse buying, and give you some time to think about it for a day or two. Before any money changes hands. Also, make sure that the motorcycle has the proper papers, that is the VIN number is legit, and there are no liens on the bike.
Don’t get taken advantage of by someone, because it seemed like you are getting a great deal. Buying a bike for $3000 is not a good deal if you have to fork over another $3000 to fix all the problems that the bike may have. So remember it’s ‘Buyer Beware,’ once the sale has been made you are on your own.