How to Buy or Purchase a Used Motorcycle

Do Some Pricing Research Before You Buy or Purchase a Used Motorcycle

Before you go into negotiations with a seller, find out typical used motorcycle prices. Know what the expected fair market value of the bike you’re interested in would be.  You can find market values of motorcycles at www.nadaguides.com, and you can see what other people are listing similar bikes for on sites like www.craigslist.org, www.cycletrader.com, or www.ebaymotors.com.  Have an idea what you are willing to offer and adjust it along the way as you inspect and test ride the bike.

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Ask Questions About the Motorcycle You are Looking at Purchasing and Buying

Find out as much as you can about the bike during your initial phone or email conversation with the seller.  There are several questions you can ask that might give you an idea of how the motorcycle was maintained:

  • Did you buy the motorcycle new?
  • Are you financing the bike, or do you own it?  Do you have the title?  (Note: it’s more complicated to purchase a bike used when the owner doesn’t have the title.)
  • Have you ever dropped your bike or been in an accident with the bike?
  • What kind of maintenance schedule have you followed?  Do you have any maintenance records you can share with me?
  • Who performs your bike maintenance?
  • Where do you store the bike?  Do you winterize it?
  • Why are you selling the bike?
  • How often have you used the bike, and what type of riding do you do?

Inspect the Bike

A thorough visual inspection of the bike can reveal potential problems and give you a sense of how the motorcycle was cared for and maintained.  Nothing can replace a complete bike inspection from an accredited motorcycle repair shop, especially if you aren’t comfortable inspecting the bike yourself.

However, if you have to inspect the bike on your own, view the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has developed a comprehensive checklist for pre-ride inspection that can come in handy for checking out your used bike. By the way, it’s a good idea to bring a small flashlight with you when you inspect a motorcycle.

Test Ride the Motorcycle

If the seller is willing, take the motorcycle for a test ride.  You can bring a friend to the inspection and leave him/her behind so the seller knows you will return.

  • Make sure to bring the appropriate gear for the ride, as well as your bike license.
  • Start slowly and get comfortable with the way the bike feels and responds.
  • Test the brakes. They should not pulsate. If they do, it is a sign of warped disks. The brakes should be smooth and even, and not grab forcefully.
  • Accelerate through the gears to make sure the transmission feels firm.  It should not slip out of gear under acceleration or feel choppy.
  • On a clean patch of road, weave left and right slightly to see how the bike responds. Make sure it feels stable and easy to correct.
  • Listen for any unusual engine noises, suspension creaking or rattling, and any excessive vibrations.  If you think you hear something unusual, ask the seller about it.  Sometimes bikes make unique sounds that don’t necessarily indicate a problem.

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If you are local to me I’d be more than happy to look at any Motorcycle bike you may want to purchase.

BRING IT ON BY (it is best to call first)

CALL ME AT PHONE 772-209-2089 to make an appointment with me to view or come out and take a look at the bike you may be buying. (may be a charge for this)

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