Buying a motorcyle

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The decision on whether to buy a new or used motorcycle is never easy. The lure of a new bike is quite obvious – you know you’ll be the first owner and you are unlikely to get any unpleasant surprises with the bike.  Buying new is however expensive and after shopping around online you might have identified a used bike with great specs that actually appeals to you more than a new bike. Price aside, what other factors do you need to take into consideration before making a decision?

Find out the real condition of the used bike
While the price offered for the used bike might look like a steal, you need to verify that the bike is really in the condition advertised. Either out of ignorance or deliberately, some sellers actually heap praises on bikes that are almost written off.  If you are buying from an individual, remember that there are no warranties and once you part with the money there’s nothing else you can do. If you trust your knowledge of bike mechanics, pay the seller a visit and look the bike over or, better still, have a bike mechanic do this for you. You might learn before it’s too late that what the seller calls a minor dent is the result of a major collision which calls for an overhaul.

Resale value and use of technology
New bikes are expensive when you buy them but also lose you a lot of money when you have to resell. This is so because a new bike depreciates more quickly than a used one. If it is your first bike and you are only buying it to get initiated into bike riding, it might make more sense to buy a used one. Once you know your way in the bike world, you could then consider selling your old bike and buying a new one.  While you save money with an old bike, it is always good to remember that new bikes are manufactured using the latest technology. The result is that new bikes are more fuel efficient, faster and safer than old ones – factors which are of great importance to a person owning a bike for the first time. Making the decision on whether to buy a new or used motorcycle is never easy since price is not the only variable to look at. Before making your decision, it helps to conduct as much research as you can and then deciding which factors are most important to you and what you are willing to overlook.