Used Motorcycle Purchases and More


Research has shown that the majority of motorcyclists buy their motorcycle second-hand from a dealer. To be precise:

  • 54% Buy a motorbike second-hand from a dealer
  • 26% Buy a motorbike new from a dealer
  • 17% Buy a motorbike second-hand from a private individual
  • 3% Would rent or borrow a motor

Buying a second-hand motorcycle from a dealer has the great advantage that it offers more security and confidence than when you buy a motorcycle from a private individual. The disadvantage is that the prices are slightly higher compared to private individuals. In addition, there are often additional costs to make the motorcycle ready to drive, which of course you will not encounter with a private individual. Making these roadworthy costs, on the other hand, gives the engine their guarantee of usually three months. If you keep the risk as low as possible, buying a used motorcycle from a dealer is a better choice. If you are technically experienced, you can save money by buying from a private individual. Make a visit to for the best result.

Filter For the Right Used Motorcycle

The range of second-hand motorcycles is huge and that gives you as a buyer a better negotiating position. Therefore, when viewing one engine, keep in mind that there are 10 others in addition to this engine that can meet your needs. Before you start responding to advertisements, it is important that you have a clear idea of which engine it should be. Of course there may be more, but a selective number makes searching and responding a lot easier. What one generally looks at first is the design. Assuming you have a reasonable idea of ​​which engine it should be, you can filter and set requirements that your future engine must meet. You can filter on the following points:

  • Budget
  • Mileage
  • Year of construction
  • Color
  • Power
  • Number of cylinders

Once you have set all these filters, you have a limited selection where you can shop. The only grip you have right now is the ad and the photos. Since this is fairly brief, this must be completely correct in advance. The advertisement must give an honest impression, preferably with plus and minus points of the engine. If photos are blurred, this does not give me the best impression and you would rather have doubts whether this seller is trying to hide something, for example. And as unfortunate as it sounds: if something seems too good to be worth, it is the case 9 out of 10 times.

After a long search on an internet marketplace you have made a selection with potential engines that at first glance contenders. To spread your chances, it is better to visit these multiple motorcycles so that you can make sure that you make an informed choice. Now this is not always feasible or equally useful given the distances you may have to travel or because of your busy schedule.

What Questions Should I Ask When Buying A Used Motorcycle?

  • Has the motorcycle ever been dropped or crashed?
  • Are all components working properly?
  • Is there a maintenance history available? (important!)
  • Is there maintenance coming? ((this is also a good test about the honesty of the seller and how much he knows about his own motorbike) here you can think of: tires, chain set, disc brakes, brake pads and clutch plates)
  • Is the motor 100% original or are there aftermarket parts on?

The phone call should give a clear picture of the engine and the seller. If the seller has trouble with the questions you ask, this is often not a good sign. If the questions remain unanswered, it is important to take an extra critical look during the viewing and test drive.