The moment you get tired of taking the public transport every time and decide to actually get yourself a suitable personal means of transportation, many questions pop into your mind at once like what means of transport you think will apply to you the most (e.g., car, bicycles, motorcycles), or what model of this means of transport do you feel comfortable with the most (For example, do you want a 2009 Suzuki GSX-R or a 2019 Hyundai Sante Fe), or if you did not know how to drive before, where can you take driving lessons , in the case of a bike, you need to acquire an initial basic training for motoring. When you are done deciding these three, how much exactly are you willing to spend?
This is where most people go back to the drawing board to think again about what they want, and this is fine, people sometimes under budget for the things they want to get in the convenience store and as a result have to return home without getting those things.
After you decide on the amount of money that you want to spend, things don’t just end there. In the case of a motorcycle which is what we will be talking about, you need to figure out whether the money that you have set aside will be able to buy a new one or a used one. In any case, one thing you need to put at the back of your mind is that a used bike is cheaper than the new model of that bike at any time. This is probably why people buy used motorbikes.
In order to successfully buy a good used bike, there are certain things you have to take note of;
The Condition of the Bike
The problem with buying a used bike over a new one is that you can never tell what had happened with the bike before, where it had been or what had gone wrong with it. You can’t decide with one glance whether a dent is actually just a bluff or just as bad as it looks and once you buy a used bike, you can’t return it or take out your warranty, it also doesn’t come with insurance, you have to earn to live with how bad. There can also be undisclosed costs of maintenance that will probably tell you whether the price you got it for was worth it or was just a prelude to something worse in which case you might need to change the chain belt or any other such things. To avoid all of these things, you have to pay maximum attention to the condition of the bike that you are about to buy so that it will not become something of a liability sometimes along the line.
Take Note of Your Own Mechanical Ability
Are you willing to get dirty on a lonely road trying to check whether there is something wrong with the chain belt of your motorbike or check to see if the plug is dirty? Do you know how to get down every Saturday to do a routine maintenance on your bike right in your home? Then a used bike is definitely for you. For people who don’t know a lot about the inner workings of a bike or what to tweak or touch when something happens to it to make start working again, you may either want to get a used newer model that can be easily looked into at every roadside mechanic’s shop or stay off used bikes all together. It will save you a lot of money. A motor bike is always risky to operate thus we always suggest a pretest lesson before you finally decide to go for your driving adventures.
The Price of the Bike
One thing with used bikes is that their prices differ from dealer to dealer. You can think you’ve gotten a good deal with someone only to find out that at the same bike you just bought for what you believe is a cheap rate is at the next store. For used bikes, this happens a lot, what you need to make sure of is that what you will be buying with your money is actually worth it and that you won’t be regretting it any time soon. To know the past histories of the bike, you may get from private sellers who are willing to get rid of the bike at any price. This is actually cheaper than getting from a dealer.
Have a Way Out
When you are trying to purchase a bike, and you have been talking to the seller for a couple of weeks, for your own safety, make sure that you don’t see the person is a place hidden from the public eye. Also, don’t create a situation where you will not be able to get out financially after the sale. If you are not sure that what you got won’t make you incur a loss at a later time, or that you won’t have to change anything too serious on the bike, then bargain until the price you get is good enough for you and your situation.
If you are not sure about something, ask about it until it makes sense to you. Ask about the condition of the bike, if it has a serious problem, why he is selling, how long he has had the bike, how he maintains it, how you should maintain it. Don’t allow yourself to be pressured into buying a bike that you know next to nothing about. Check to see if there are any issues with the registration of the bike, check with the DMV to verify the name of the current holder of the bike; you don’t want to get mixed up with a stolen bike, its way too much trouble. If the bike is not running, ask for the reason why it is not running. If he says it is a minor issue, ask him for the minor issue, if you don’t understand the minor issue, bug him to explain some more.
You can never be too sure with a used bike really.