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So, You Want To Buy A Used Motorcycle?

Buying a used motorcycle can be a great experience or a nightmare. Before you decide to purchase the first bike you see, take a look at our tips on shopping for a used motorcycle.

1. Do Your Research

If you’re reading this post you’re already heading in the right direction. It is very important for you to not only research the value of the bike you are looking at, but also read about common problems that other owners have had with that particular bike. This will give you specific things to look for when inspecting the motorcycle, as well as give you a heads up on what problems you may encounter with the bike in the future. It is also smart to ask the owner of the bike if they have experienced any of these common issues.

2. Don’t Be Afraid to ASK

The best person to talk to about the bike is the owner. He or she is the one that has ridden the motorcycle and likely knows the bike’s characteristics, quirks, etc. Some good questions to ask the owner are:

  • Has this bike been in an accident before? If so, what damage and repairs occurred?
  • Why are you selling the bike?
    • Note: the answer to this question can tell you a lot about the motorcycle.
  • Did the bike have other owners before you got it?
  • Have you made any modifications on the bike? If so, what and when?
  • Have the tires ever been replaced? How many miles are on them?
  • If there are any scratches, cracks, or marks on the bike, ask how they got there.
  • Has the motorcycle sat for an extended period of time?
  • Are there any repairs/modifications you would recommend I make if I decide to purchase the bike?

A red flag would be if the owner tries to dodge any of these questions or gives vague answers.

3. Check the Bike Yourself

Would you buy a car without test driving it and checking it out thoroughly? Probably not. A motorcycle should be no different. Ask the owner if you can start the bike. Does it start easily? Does it sound okay? Check the tires. Is the tread bad on them? Inspect the bike for any modifications, including aftermarket exhausts, seats, etc. Really get to know the bike, not only to ensure you won’t end up having to dump tons of money into fixing the bike, but most importantly, for your safety.

4. Get a Second Opinion

Contact a friend or family member that is familiar with motorcycles and have them take a look of the bike. They may be able to catch something that you didn’t notice or didn’t know to look for.

5. Does the Motorcycle come with any “Extras?”

Perhaps the owner is willing to include saddlebags, tools, or riding gear. Any extra equipment can add additional value to the purchase.

Riders Discount provides a vast variety of gear and parts to suit your riding needs. As always, Riders Discount is here to help you make every ride the perfect ride. Visit our website to find the right gear and parts for you. Our expert sales team is here for you by phone 10AM-6PM ET M-F 1-866-931-6644 or email at

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