One of the biggest dilemmas striking new motorcycle buyers is whether they should get a new or used bike. I had it too. Well, getting a second-hand bike can be huge savings to your bank account. But truth be told, it has its pros and cons.
Additionally, the place of purchase of a second-hand bike is always controversial. When I decided to go with a used bike, I was torn between importing, buying privately, or from a local dealer. Many motorcycle importers have their bikes from Japanese dealers to enjoy a cost-effective process with zero import duty. If importing is not your go-to option, getting one from a dealership or a private seller can be convenient. Although, private sellers will offer a lower price compared to a dealership but sacrifice quality, warranty, and service repairs. These may all be available at a dealership.
Furthermore, some of the factors you should have in mind before making a sound decision include:
Your budget is always the number one factor considered when planning to make a purchase. New bikes are usually more expensive than used ones. This is because you get the chance to “break it in” with low mileage or zero for that matter. Also, a used bike has depreciated in quality and therefore is cheaper.
One of the reasons that would steer you to getting a new bike is the condition. Used bikes can look steady and well maintained but looks can be deceiving. Purchasing a used bike can mean having no clear evidence of the service history of the motorcycle. It is therefore preferable to do a test drive on different kinds of roads to check its maneuverability in tight places. Run through all the gears multiple times and take the bike to its limits before that purchase. Otherwise, if this seems like a tedious process then going for a new would be the best option.
I hate to break it to you but an older beast can be pretty cheap but annoyingly handy. By handy I mean you will need to work on the machine. Nevertheless, if you’re well versed with the mechanics this should be no biggie for you. But if mechanical repairs are not a thing for you, things might get ugly down the road. Point is, if constant repairs and a little dirt are not facts you tabled, then expanding your budget will save you the risk.