Buying A Used Or A New Motorcycle…Tips That May Help In Your Decision

When it comes to buying a motorcycle, you might be torn between choosing a new one or a used one. A new motorcycle will provide you with a lot of benefits, but that does not mean that you should overlook the used motorcycles on the market. It is important that you compare buying a new motorcycle with buying a used one before you make any decisions.  

The Price

The first thing that most people look at when buying a motorcycle will be the price. You need to set a price range before you start looking at either new or used motorcycles. This will help to narrow down your choices and help you determine whether you should look at new or used vehicles.

New motorcycles will cost a lot more than a used one. Used motorcycles will have depreciated over the years and will generally be cheaper making them ideal for people with a limited budget.  When you are looking at the price of the motorcycle, you will also need to consider where you are buying it.

If you are buying a used motorcycle from, you will generally get a lower price.  Used motorcycles from dealers will carry a premium which increases the cost. New motorcycles can be purchased from dealers or the manufacturer, but the costs will generally be similar.  

When looking at the price, there are also some hidden costs that you need to take into account.  These costs will include the servicing of the motorcycle. Most motorcycles will need their first major service at 10,000 to 15,000 miles. If you are buying a new motorcycle, you will have to factor the cost of this service into the price and it could add up to $1000 to the cost. This is something that you might be able to avoid with a used motorcycle.  

The last point that you need to consider when looking at the price of the vehicle will be how you are going to pay for it. A used motorcycle will have to be paid in full which could be a problem for some people. A new motorcycle can often be purchased on finance with many brands and dealers offering 0% financing for the purchase.  

The Condition Of The Motorcycle

When you look at the condition of the motorcycle, buying new will always win. This is due to 2 factors and they are the new condition and the new features. Buying a new motorcycle ensures that you are not inheriting any issues caused by the previous owner and are able to start with a clean slate.  

The condition of a used motorcycle can vary greatly depending on the effort the previous owner put into maintaining it. There are some people who take great care of their motorcycles leaving you to buy a vehicle that is almost as good as new. However, there are other people who leave their motorcycles to rot and are now trying to get rid of it.  

When you buy a used motorcycle, you will have no idea of what happened to the bike before you got it. It is possible that the previous owner tried to add a turbo and when they failed put the bike back together on their own. You will also have no way of knowing how long the current owner took to get the bike started before you came over to test it.  

Regardless of the condition of the motorcycle, once you own it, you will be responsible for any issues. This is particularly true if you are looking at a used motorcycle. New motorcycles will often come with a 12 to 24 month warranty period where you are covered for any issues that you face. Of course, you would need to check what the warranty covers as they are not all the same.

The Skills You Have

When you buy a motorcycle, you need to consider the skills that you have and what you are willing to do for the bike. There is one question that you need to ask yourself and this will help determine if you should get a new or a used motorcycle. This question is whether or not you are going to fix the bike if and when something happens.

If you answer this question with a resounding no and know that you are going to be taking your bike to a mechanic when something goes wrong, you need to look at a new bike. New bikes will be easier for people with no mechanical skills to handle. While they do cost more, you are also less likely to run into major problems and if you do, your warranty will generally cover this.

However, if you answer this question with a yes, you can look at a used motorcycle. Of course, you need to know a bit about mechanics or be comfortable with technical YouTube videos. If you are one of these people, then getting a used motorcycle that might need a bit of work will be fine.  

Technology And Safety Equipment

If you are looking for a motorcycle that has the latest technology, you need to look at buying a new bike. New motorcycles will also have all of the latest safety equipment which is important to consider. This is not only important for your personal safety, it is also important when you consider the insurance that you need to get.  

This does not mean that used motorcycles will be unsafe or lacking in technology. The age of the bike will play a large role in the safety and technology that is incorporated and you need to keep this in mind. If riding modes, traction control, and ABS are important to you, you will need to look at a new or almost new motorcycle.

Buying a motorcycle can be an exciting endeavor, but you might be confused regarding new and used bikes. There are a number of points that you should consider when choosing between new and used bikes such as price, condition and safety equipment.

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