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Buying Your Bike Online

Aug 18, 2007
Riding a motorcycle is a visceral kinesthetic experience that can never really be described. There are no real words to explain it. It must be lived. The same is true in some ways for buying a motorcycle. It's hard to put into words the kind of bike you are looking for, or set up the deal when you aren't standing beside the bike with your hands on it.

Yet a growing number of people each year are managing to buy their bikes online and find it a satisfying and helpful experience. You can't go down the road with the wind in your face on a website, but you can set the process to that experience in motion. There are some important things to know if you're thinking of buying online.

Check The Treads

Check out the website you are planning to purchase your motorcycle from. Make sure the site is reputable and has a history of dealing fairly with customers. You can check your better business bureau or online agencies to make sure complaints haven't been filed against the site you are using.

Dealer sites are typically safer than independent ones because they have a whole business to maintain. Many motorcycle manufacturers also have online sites that show and sell motorcycles. Those are safe, but sometimes have higher prices because they can't offer you dealer incentives. Still, if you live far away from a dealership of a specific type of bike you want, a dealer site is the best choice.

Look In The Side Mirror

Even if you have the model name and number down, don't buy a motorcycle until you know more about it. Having a good experience riding your neighbor's bike doesn't mean it's the perfect motorcycle for you. The best way to check up on your future road companion is to go to review sites. One of the best online review sites is Motorcycle USA at motorcycle-usa.

The site features motorcycle related news, pages for racing motorcycle and street bikes, reviews of all the major motorcycles available, a garage area with tips and repair hints, and a link to custom bike manufacturers. It is funded by advertising so you will see commercials and ads for bikes on the main page but it's not annoying and you can click the link to the place you want to go at any time.

Find The Starter

Of course for most buyers the second thing to do after picking the bike you want is arrange the financing. If you are shopping from a dealer's site they often have links to arrange financing for you or will give you a list of online financers so you can compare rates. The other thing that's necessary is to learn the laws and regulations for motorcycles and motorcycle licensing in your state. The MSF "

Motorcycle Safety Foundation " has a link for state laws and also shows where the nearest Rider-Course is for you to be trained if you are a first time rider. They even have a review site to test your basic motorcycle knowledge.

All the online time in the world can't really replace the feeling when you start that bike and feel the power as it propels you along. But your online time can help you wisely secure the ride of your dreams.
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