The open road is beckoning you, and you have this need to feel the wind in your hair, but unfortunately, your current budget just isn't flexible enough to handle the payment on a brand new motorcycle. In these situations, checking with a motorcycle dealer about their used rides is the easiest way you can still feed your need to ride. However, when it comes to motorcycles, buying used involves some serious consideration. There are a few tips to keep in mind when you are shopping for a used bike to ensure you don't end up with a motorcycle that has mechanical issues.
Research parts for the used bike before you buy.
Motorcycle parts can range in price from highly affordable to incredibly expensive, depending on what model the bike is. The last thing you want to do is invest in a used bike that fits into your budget only to find out later that the parts for the thing are so expensive that you can't afford proper maintenance. Go online and do a few quick searches for parts that frequently need replacing for any specific model. For example, the fuel filter for one model of bike could be double or triple what you would have to pay for some others.
Get to know the service records.
When buying a used motorcycle, you will have to know that the bike has been well maintained. Ask the dealership if they have a record of the service the bike has received. If they don't, see if it is possible to contact the previous owner. Check out things like the oil in the motor and what condition the tires are in, as these aspects can be a good indicator of how well the bike has been treated through the years.
Know the bikes overall brand reputation.
It doesn't matter if it's a Harley-Davidson or a Yamaha, every motorcycle model has a reputation when it comes to the parts and motor. If you find a used bike at a dealership that you are seriously considering, make sure you take some time to do a little research about what you are buying before you do. Look up information about the longevity of the specific motor the bike is outfitted with and body issues that previous owners have faced. While every bike is bound to have a few flaws, knowing these flaws will help you make a better offer on a motorcycle you are planning to make your own.