Like nearly all vehicles, new motorcycles tend to lose around half their value as soon as you drive one off the lot. Obviously, buying a new motorcycle will cost you more than buying a used one, so it all depends on how much you’re willing to spend. You can find a used bike for several hundred dollars, while new bikes can cost anywhere from $4,000 all the way up to $30,000.
Consider how much you can afford to spend on a bike. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of gas, a helmet, riding gear, possible repairs if you’re buying used and accessories such as Bluetooth motorcycle speakers. Calculate the full cost of owning a motorcycle before you settle on a bike.
When deciding between new and used, consider the make and model of the bike. Most bikes will last past the 80,000-mile range, but some makes and models tend to last longer than others. Read the reviews to see how long you can expect your bike to last.
Driving and Mileage
Once you have a budget in mind, consider how often and long you plan on using the motorcycle. If you’re more of a weekend rider who is looking to have some fun when you’re not at work, a used bike may serve you well for many years to come, assuming you’re not putting too many miles on it.
If you’re looking to use your motorcycle full-time, you might be better off with a new motorcycle. You won’t have to repair it as much during the first few years, which can save you money over time.
Consider the health and safety of your companions. You may not care if your used motorcycle breaks down on the side of the road, but other people will. If you want to ride around with your friends or significant other on the back of your hog, make sure the bike has been serviced and inspected by a mechanic or go with a new bike for more peace of mind.
Vehicle Information and Listings
The choice between new vs. used often comes down to information. Getting the details on a used bike isn’t always easy. Many listings come from private sellers who may not bother uploading the vehicle’s maintenance history. If you plan on buying a used bike, make sure you can access the information you need to make a sound judgment. If the seller doesn’t have this information on record or isn’t willing to share it, consider going to a different seller.
You don’t have to worry about this when you buy a new motorcycle. The manufacturer will have plenty of stats and specifications on hand so you can rest assured you’re not getting a bad bike. This makes it easier to compare different makes and models so you can find exactly what you need based on your riding style and driving conditions.
Finally, don’t forget to think about your experience level when choosing a bike. If you’re new to the wonderful world of motorcycles, you would be better off with a new bike so you don’t have to worry about the bike breaking down. New riders may not be well equipped to deal with roadside emergencies. Small issues or warning signs may go unnoticed, leading to costly repairs down the line.
If you’re an experienced pro, you might even be able to repair a used bike by yourself. You’ll be better equipped to handle roadside emergencies, while addressing small problems as they appear.
Regardless of whether you choose a new or used motorcycle, you’ll need to use wireless helmet communication so you can talk to other riders, your loved ones, dial 9-1-1 or check your GPS without having to physically touch your phone. You can focus on the road as you use your voice to access your mobile device.
If you’re buying used, wear a Bluetooth motorcycle headset at all times in case the bike gives out on the side of the road. Keep this information in mind to find the right bike for your budget.
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