How to Buy a Motorcycle


You must consider many things when buying a motorcycle. It can require a lot of time and research to find the motorcycle right for you. Aside from choosing the type of motorcycle, you also have to consider your body type and riding ability. Learn how to look for the right motorcycle to avoid making a bad investment.

  • Determine what kind of motorcycle you want.  You can find many kinds of motorcycle on the market, such as scooters, street bikes or the classic standard motorcycle. You will also have to decide the brand you want. Research the kinds that will fit with your requirements.

  • Check the size of the motorcycle. Ensure you can remain comfortable when using it. You want to make sure feet touch the ground when bike stands upright. If your feet can’t touch the ground, it’s too tall for you. Always consider your body type when choosing a motorcycle.
  • Determine the size of engine you want. If you have never owned a bike before, consider starting with a standard or traditional engine. For a little more performance, look for a highly tuned engine that generates a lot horsepower and more speed.
  • Conduct your own research. Don’t rely on the bike’s information from the dealer. Read website reviews and customer feedback about various motorcycle models and types. This should give you a pretty good idea of if the bike of your choice can meet your needs.
  • Before purchasing the bike, take it for a test drive. You will want to make sure the bike is in good condition. Check to ensure all its functions work properly. A good bike should allow you to easily make it stop, speed up and slow down.
  • If you decide to engage in a private sale, ask to see the maintenance and service records as well as all receipts related to the bike. Search the bike’s exterior and note any rust or scratches. Determine if the overall structure meets your requirements; if it does not, you can demand a lower price. Ensure the cost is in line with the year, make and model and condition of the bike.
  • If you have a tight budget, consider purchasing a used bike. You can find ads for used motorcycles on the Internet or in the classified section of your local newspaper. You need to carefully inspect the bike, so try to find a seller in your area and take the bike for a test drive.
  • Once you’ve made the purchase, you’ll need to acquire the proper title and registration with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. If you buy a used motorcycle, make sure the purported owner has registered the bike in his name. Otherwise, you risk purchasing a stolen bike.
  • Take note of the vehicle code specifications in your state. Mostly they will require you to wear a helmet and specific motorcycle clothing and accessories.

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About the Author: Vincent Carreno is a cars enthusiast who loves all things about cars and the automotive technology. He is also the chief editor at a local magazine which shares new, exciting and informative articles about troubleshooting car problems.

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