Are you looking to purchase a motorcycle but aren’t sure which one to choose?
Buying a motorcycle is a big decision. Most motorcycles cost between $5,000 and $10,000 and last for about 40,000 to 50,000 miles. You could easily get a decade of use out of your motorcycle before you need to purchase a new one.
How do you know which motorcycle is right for you? What do you need to look for?
Check out this guide to discover how to buy a motorcycle.
New vs Used
The first thing you need to consider is whether you want to purchase a used motorcycle or a new motorcycle. While buying used will allow you to save money, it does come with some pitfalls, and there are more hoops you have to jump through to ensure the bike is in good condition.
When buying a new motorcycle, you just need to research the dealership online to make sure they have good reviews. Unfortunately, if you buy a used motorcycle off of Craigslist or some other platform, you won’t have the luxury of researching the dealer.
Keep in mind that with a used bike, you may also need to upgrade certain accessories. Check out Kawasaki Accessories for new parts.
For this reason, you’ll need to take extra precautions when purchasing used.
Consider the Ergonomics
While a lot of the fun of riding a motorcycle comes with looking cool while riding your bike, you also need to make sure you’re comfortable when riding. You won’t look like a very cool motorcycle rider with cramped wrists and knees, so consider the ergonomics of the bike before you buy.
- Are my knees bent too far or can I barely reach the pedals?
- Am I putting too much weight on my wrists?
- Do I have to stretch my arms to reach the handlebars?
- Can I plant both my feet on the pavement comfortably when sitting on the bike?
Be honest with yourself and consider how comfortable you’ll be riding the bike in the long-term.
Take it for a Test Run
You should never purchase a motorcycle without first taking it for a test run. Here’s what you should pay attention to before you get on the bike:
- Walk around the bike and check for frame damage (this includes weld tears, dents, and kinks)
- Examine the battery leads to make sure they’re clean
- Check the side covers, fairings, and small nuts and bolts
Once you sit on the bike, this is what you should look for:
- Can you properly see out the mirrors?
- Is it easy to mount and dismount the bike?
- Is the seat comfortable?
- Does the motorcycle feel too heavy to handle?
- Is it easy to engage and disengage the clutch?
When you take the bike for a test spin, here’s what you should pay attention to:
- Does the clutch slip? How long does it take to engage?
- Does the shifter feel smooth?
- Is it easy to find the gears?
- Do the wheels wobble?
- Does the bike have enough power?
You can tell a lot about a bike by taking it for a test spin, so make sure to pay attention to what you see and feel.
How to Buy a Motorcycle: Are You Ready to Buy?
Now that you know how to buy a motorcycle, it’s time for you to make your purchase. Before you know it, you’ll be cruising down the road on your new bike.
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