Investing in a new motorbike is a really exciting purchase. Giving you sense of freedom and knowledge that the thrill of riding is worth it. Even though for most they aren’t a necessity, but a passion.
Whether you are buying a new bike from a dealership or a used motorbike, you still need to check through all of the details. You might as well do it right!
Research is key
Before you start looking at bikes, whether new or used, make sure you do your research. Like anything, you need to know what you are looking for before you go and buy something. Make sure you know what you are looking for, whether this be by the model, engine size or performance you need to know what to expect from the bike. You don’t want to be something and be underwhelmed because you haven’t done your market research.
Plus, you need to do your research so that you know whether or not you can afford what you are looking for. Makes sure you take into consideration the overall cost of the bike, the price to insure it, monthly running cost and the cost of any repairs that may occur. There’s no point buying something that you can’t afford, no matter how hard you try to make it work.
Make sure that you also research the popularity of model or manufacturer. A rare bike may seem like a great investment, but if something goes wrong and needs a new part fitting, make sure you can. With limited edition brands or vintage models, tracking down spare parts or a mechanic who is willing to do the job can sometimes be difficult.
Let the person you are dealing with or the dealership know what your intentions are. Being upfront with someone can often mean that they are more willing to help. Let them know your budget and what you think you want or can afford. If your initial idea is out, then they might be able to find you something that is more suitable for you. Honesty often is the best policy.
Understand what to look for
When purchasing in a new bike make sure that you have given it a good checking over. From the body work to the mechanics, make sure it is all in good condition. If you are unsure, take someone with you that you trust who can give you a bit of advice. The person selling the bike shouldn’t mind, especially if they’ve got nothing to hide. Plus, it’s your money that you are investing, you want to get it right.
Investing in a motorbike is a big investment. Especially if it isn’t a necessity. Whether you are upgrading your current model or investing for the first time, make sure you ask all the right questions and do your research. Knowledge is really important to avoid any pitfalls you may incur, whether through the actual vehicle or through the paper work. Obtain all the important information about the bike and before buying a new motorbike.
This article was written by Becky Nisbet with useful information from Used Bike Wanted. Becky is marketing manager for a forward thinking digital agency in glorious Batley, West Yorkshire.