How to Buy a Motorbike
1 Make Sure You Know Your Models
It’s easy to believe you’ve found something rare – perhaps so rare that the seller doesn’t know what they’re selling you. However, unless you know your bikes inside and out, you can’t be sure. We all want to believe we’ve found an unbelievably good deal. Do you know your cruisers from your touring bikes? Could somebody sell you an off-roader and convince you it’s a dual sport. Does the engine type match the model?
A good salesperson will try to tell you that the dusty bike in the corner of their garage is authentic and worth a lot more than they’re charging, and that if you don’t take it now the price will go up. Just make sure you’re buying the type and model that you think you’re buying, and there’s no substitute for a good knowledge. Take an expert with you, perhaps from the local biker bar, if you’re worried you’ll be taken in.
2 Know What a Good Price Is
Every bike seller will tell you that you won’t find this model for that price, but there’s just no way to be sure without doing the research. So, if you’re desperate to get hold of a preloved Harley Davidson then check the prices of the model you like. The mileage will always affect the price, for better or for worse, so make sure you factor this in. Also, most people will claim their bike is still in mint condition but don’t take this for granted. Check it. We all see our beloved bikes as being shiny, almost new, still – but this doesn’t always match up to the reality.
3 Choose a Reliable Seller
If you’re buying a used bike, you need to have some guarantees before you hand over the money. Using a reliable website is a must – the website should allow you to check the address of the seller before you even contact them. Also, any serious seller trying to sell their bike online will probably have heard from several time-wasters before you get in touch. They may be just as weary as you are, and they may not want to have you round for a test-drive until they’re sure you’re serious. Although, if you do see a dusty bike on the roadside with a paper ‘for sale’ sign attached, there’s no harm in asking if you’ve done your research.
4 Is the Seller Transparent
It could be a scam. Make sure you know enough information about the seller – make sure you know they are a real person, not a robot, selling a real bike, rather than pedalling a scam.
Once you’ve contacted the seller, make sure the bike has the right documents. There should be a title, a bill of sale, and a vehicle history report. If you can see any customisations, repairs or modification, these should also be visible on the vehicle history report. Even if this makes it take a little longer, when you’re speeding away on a bike you can trust it’ll all have been worthwhile.