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Steps to Buying a Used Motorcycle

Mar 28, 2008
So you want to buy a motorcycle? Welcome to the club: tens of thousands of people ride motorcycles throughout the summer, and some are lucky enough to live in an area where they can ride a motorcycle year round. The price tags on new motorcycles today, however, can be eyebrow raising, and is more than enough to squash the dreams of many would-be motorcyclists. If you look to motorcycle traders and used motorcycles, however, you will be surprised at how easily affordable the motorcycle of your dreams probably is. If you are new to buying used motorcycles, however, you may want to learn a bit about the process before you jump in.

Finding a Trader The first thing you may want to do is find a motorcycle trader that you can trust and will want to work with. Most motorcycle traders are in the business because they love motorcycles and enjoy working in a business that has everything to do with them, but there are those who feel that selling used motorcycles are a way to a fast buck, and they are only out for themselves. The best way to discover which traders are good and which are not is to do your research. Talk to different people and look online for reviews of traders. This will help you to find a reliable motorcycle trader that you can trust.

Finding the Bike Next you should think about what kind of used motorcycles you will want to be looking at. There are dozens of different makers out there, from Honda motorcycles to Yamaha motorcycles and even some Triumph motorcycles. Decide if you are looking for an older bike, a touring bike, a sports bike, or something altogether different or really specific. Then do a bit of research about what the sticker price for a new motorcycle of that brand is, so that you will have a good comparison for when you find a used motorcycle that sparks your interest.

Dealing with the Seller Some motorcycle traders allow you to deal directly with the seller, while others like to play the middle man for you. If you are dealing directly with the trader, you need to make sure that you do not expect to have your cake and eat it too. The seller will always be trying to make as much money as he can, and you should go into the discussion expecting that. This doesn't mean that you may not be able to talk him down, however, because motorcycles for sale are generally for sale for a specific reason.

Feel free to ask the seller anything you would like to know, from the miles that he put on the bike to the original miles that were on the motorcycle when he purchased it. If he can't answer the questions you are asking, or at least make a good attempt, you may want to look for another seller. Buying a used motorcycle can be a lot of fun and can net you the bike that you have always dreamed of owning, so get out there and take a look at all of the hidden surprises that await you in the world of used motorcycles.
About the Author
Victor Arthur Pidkowich - writer for Used Motorcycles For Sale - http://usedmotorcycleforsale.ca - A site dedicated to the listing of new and used motorcycles in Canada and the United States.
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