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Buying your first motorcycle

This article is a part of our How To Buy Your First Motorcycle series. The previous article looked at how to get your M2 Intermediate motorcycle license. The next article looks at buying gear, new vs. used, and how not to get ripped off.

So you’re buying your first motorcycle, good for you! You’re probably wondering, should I buy new or used? What are the pros and cons? How long before I outgrow a beginner motorcycle? What fits my budget?

New motorcycles are minty fresh and have never been dropped or scratched. They’re more expensive but they come with a warranty. You don’t need to worry about what kind of life a new motorcycle or scooter had or how the previous owner treated it: its all yours.

Used motorcycles may have a few dings or scratches, but they can be pretty solid. They often represent the bike for buck value. Buying a used motorcycle or used scooter at market value means you should be able to sell it 2 weeks later for the same price you bought it. Some used motorcycles come with lots of extra goodies from the previous owners (such as Adri’s Harley-Davidson Sportster or Ashley’s Honda CBR-125R) for even more value.

A new bike will devaluate quickly. A used motorcycle may also have some damage you don’t know about. If it’s anything like SkullFu*ker, the 2004 Suzuki Marauder VZ-800 Adri bought, the previous owner could’ve done more harm than good to the bike.

This is a decision best made yourself. Take a look at the vehicles you like and compare the new vs. used price. You should look at the cost of insurance as well in order to help you with this decision. We’ve got an excellent article on Motorcycle Insurance to help you figure out what’s best for you and what your motorcycle will cost you. If you do decide to buy a used motorcycle, be sure to read on:

How to buy a used motorcycle or scooter

Check out how to buy a used motorcycle or scooter in this post titled The Hows And Whys To Buying A Used Motorcycle.

This article is a part of our How To Buy Your First Motorcycle series. The previous article looked at how to get your M2 Intermediate motorcycle license. The next article looks at buying gear, new vs. used, and how not to get ripped off.

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2 comments

  1. I think you found the bottom line of new vs. used – like a car, there are benefits and drawbacks to both, but if you are on a budget, as you state, used bikes certainly can be solidly built ….so this can be a doable if there are only a few superficial scratches, etc., it’s a worthy investment. Might be worthwhile to have a bike mechanic check it out before purchase, too.

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