Buying a Used Motorcycle: Know What to Look For

Buying a Used Motorcycle: Know What to Look For

yamaha-mt-03-1001058-mAre you in the market for a new motorcycle?  Are you familiar with the process of buying a used bike?  If not, then there are several things that you should consider before you hand over your money.  Taking your time and following these tips can help ensure that you are happy with your investment.  It might even help you prevent an unforeseen accident in the future.

Get a Feel for the Market. The worst thing that you can do is to run out and buy the first used bike you find in Saint Petersburg.  At any given time, there are a myriad of used motorcycle options available on the market and checking out several of them can give you a better idea of the current fair market prices.  Additionally, this research can help you avoid buying a potential lemon.  While taking the time to hunt for a new ride, ask a friend to come along.  A second set of eyes can often find things that the first person might overlook.  Additionally, because the friend doesn’t stand to gain or lose, he or she is more likely to recognize a scam.  If nothing else, having a friend along will make it easier to load the bike when you ultimately make a decision on one.  Do not buy a motorcycle without seeing it with your own eyes.  It is wise to take it for a test drive as well, which means that you should bring your license and riding gear along when going to check out a used bike for sale.

Make Educated Assumptions. While there are instances when the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is true, this probably isn’t the best time to listen to such advice. If the body is full of scratches, dents, or rust, there is a very good chance that there are more important components similarly affected.  While it might not always be true, it is pretty safe to guess that if the owner did not take great care to keep the body of the bike in good shape, he or she probably didn’t do much to keep the rest of the bike running well either.  Even if you just purchased it, a poorly maintained bike could get you into a lot of trouble on the highway.  If the bike fails in some way and that results in an accident, you could face serious financial loss, bodily harm, and could even be deemed negligent in a court of law.

Know What you Want. There are many different types of motorcycles on the market in St. Petersburg.  It is wise to do your homework.  Ask friends who know a lot about bikes, do some internet research, or even visit dealerships for more information about the various makes and models.  You will want to know which fit the type of riding that you intend to do.  For instance, some bikes are built for cruising, which is to say that they will keep you comfortable for long spans of time.  Others are built to be extremely lightweight and easier to manage. It is also a good idea to ask about known defects in particular models.  As with cars, there are motorcycles that are notorious for suffering mechanical issues.

As always, shop smart and ride smarter.  If you make a wise investment and take the time to be properly trained in how to operate a motorcycle, you will avoid loss and might not have to utilize the services of a personal injury attorney.