Thinking about buying a new motorbike? Whether this is your first ride or you are simply looking for a new set of wheels this is a huge purchase and it is important that you are careful with your decision. It can be an expensive purchase to make and you need to ensure that the bike suits all of your needs. Here are the key things to consider when shopping for a new bike.
New or Used
First, you should decide whether or not you want to buy brand new or second hand. Much like buying a car, there are benefits and drawbacks to both but those looking to save money should shop for a used bike and always carefully check it over before parting with any cash.
Style, Make, Model & Spec
Next, you will want to find the right bike for your needs. This will depend on your own preference and how you intend to use the motorbike but there is a lot of helpful information online to help you find the right type. Once you know what type of bike you want, you can then start looking into the best makes and models available and pick one that seems like the right fit. The internet is a fantastic resource for researching motorbikes so be sure to take your time to understand exactly what you are looking for.
Examination & Test Drive
When you arrange to look over a bike, it is important that you are thorough to make sure that it is in good working order and be wary of any scratches that indicate that it has been dropped. Many people like to take someone with good knowledge of bikes along to provide their opinion. You should also take the bike out for a spin to check all of the features and to make sure that you enjoy riding it. Be warned, you may be expected to leave keys, identification or something else behind whilst you take the drive. You should also request a service and title history to make sure that it is a smart purchase and to avoid scams
You will also need to arrange insurance and consider optional but smart policies like GAP insurance. This could save you thousands of pounds if the bike were to be written off by covering the shortfall between the insurance payout and the amount that you originally paid.
Purchasing a new bike is exciting and a huge purchase, but there are a few key considerations that you will need to think about before making a decision.
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