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4 Tips For Buying A Used Motorcycle

Are you currently in the market for a new motorcycle? If so, you can save some money and still find a great bike when you buy used. Many auto dealers (such as those from Duke City Harley-Davidson) offer a wide selection of used motorcycles, oftentimes that have barely been used. Motorcycles are often put through a vigorous inspection process, so you know you're getting a quality bike. Here are some tips to follow when buying a used motorcycle.

Consider the Purpose of the Bike

Just like you would if you were buying a brand new bike, consider what you will be using your used bike for. This can help you narrow down your choices and get the perfect bike. Some motorcycles are great for speeding down the freeway, while others are ideal for casual or sports riding. If you aren't experienced with different types of motorcycles, let the dealer know what type of riding you intend to do, and they will help you find a bike that is suitable.

Inspect the Motorcycle

Even if the motorcycle is a certified used bike and has gone through a detailed inspection, you still want to inspect it for yourself. Take a look at the condition of the sprocket and chain, check the tread on the tires, try out the handlebars to test the steering, and take a look at the condition of the clutch levers, brake and bars when you are sitting on top of it. Also take a moment to check the body of the bike for scratches or dents. While this doesn't necessarily mean it won't drive well, it is a sign that it was dropped or in an accident at some point.

Look Up the Value

Before purchasing a used bike, look up what the resale value would be. Compare that to the price the dealer is offering and see if it is a fair price. In most cases, the dealer has set a reasonable price based on the resale value and current condition of the motorcycle, but it is always a good idea to verify this for yourself.

Take it For a Test Drive

Ask the dealer if you can take the bike for a long test drive, instead of just around the block. A lot of the decision making with a bicycle, whether used or new, isn't always about its condition, but how it feels. Sometimes it takes a little longer to get a feel for the bike and find out if it is right for you. If you are buying your very first bike, bring along someone who knows more about them so they can also test it out.