The Advantages of Buying a Used Motorcycle

POSTED: 22/06/2023

Buying a used motorcycle or ex-demonstration model is a cost-effective way of buying a new-to-you motorcycle. In this article, we look at some of the reasons you may want to consider a used model over buying new and navigating the used motorcycle market.

Buying a Dealer-Approved Used Motorcycle

If you’re looking for a cost-effective purchase but with the reassurance that the motorcycle has assured credibility, there are a wide range of bikes available at approved dealerships like Bridge Motorcycles. Our used motorcycles undergo a 47-point PDI check by our factory-trained technicians and are valeted so they’re in the best condition both mechanically and aesthetically. A dealer-approved used motorcycle gives you peace of mind because reputable dealers are bound by UK consumer protection laws that private sellers aren’t. Dealers will only sell used motorcycles that have met certain criteria and bikes that will offer the rider years of trouble-free riding. You may also be protected by a warranty, like the Adelphi guarantee offered by Bridge Motorcycles.

Cost Savings

The obvious benefit to discuss when looking at a used motorcycle is the cost saving compared to buying new. Unless you’re buying a piece of automotive history or a highly sought after vintage bike, a used motorcycle will be cheaper to buy than a new one. Your budget will go further in the used market and it’s often possible to secure a far superior model for your money than if you were buying brand new.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that every used motorcycle is a bargain, and it’s important to do your research to make sure you’re getting a good deal. Remember though, a good deal may not simply be the cheapest motorcycle. You may want to spend a little more for a used bike with dealer guarantees and service history, or a slightly older model that’s in better condition

Used Motorcycle points to consider:

- V5 Documents: Are they present and correct?
- Outstanding Finance: Check for outstanding finance using a reputable source.
- Service History: Is the service booked stamped and up to date?
- Consumables: Depending on the age of the motorcycle, check for chain and sprocket wear, brake pad wear, tyres, and battery voltage.
- Corrosion: Has the bike been stored outside? Are there signs of corrosion?
- Chassis Wear: Check wheel bearings, headset bearings, swingarm bearings, and fork oil (particularly for motorcycles more than five years old).
- Crash Damage: More applicable to older motorcycles, but never to be discounted; check the panels, frame and ancillaries for signs of impact or drops that could indicate damage beneath the panels.

Why Wouldn’t I Buy a Brand New Motorcycle?

Choosing to buy a brand new or used motorcycle is completely down to personal preference and budget. New motorcycles are great, and they come with a significant warranty, peace of mind, and the satisfaction of riding away on a shiny new bike. The rider knows that they are unlikely to experience any problems for a good while, so long as the correct maintenance and servicing intervals are adhered to.

However, by purchasing a used motorcycle, you will save on the initial depreciation a brand-new bike suffers once it’s wheeled out of the showroom. A model that’s only covered a few thousand miles, or an ex-demo motorcycle with a full service history, offers a considerable saving compared to a brand new motorcycle.

Used Motorcycle Reviews

Another advantage of buying a used motorcycle, particularly one that’s two or three years old, is that there will be plenty of reviews both online and in motorcycle magazines. Riders and the media will have had a fair crack at critiquing any new model by this point and will have discovered both good and bad points. Researching across multiple media channels will certainly help you gain a better picture of how the bike performs and you can form your own opinion as to whether it’s a good fit for you as a rider.

There are often plenty of accessories developed by aftermarket manufacturers once the bike has been on the market for a couple of years, which means you won’t be waiting for companies to develop new parts if you want to customise or improve the motorcycle.

Variety and Availability

Unlike brand new models, there are often no waiting lists or lead times for used bikes and you can find many makes and models to choose from. If you’re going down the dealer-approved used motorcycle route, you’ll find plenty of bikes available for immediate pick up or delivery. There’s also the opportunity to get additional parts fitted prior to delivery.

Whether you decide to buy privately or through a reputable motorcycle dealer, the best piece of advice we can give you is to do your research. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or have just passed your CBT, the biker community is largely very friendly, with plenty of people more than willing to offer advice through clubs, meets or online motorcycle forums. You can also pop into the Bridge Motorcycles’ showroom to pick the brains of our expert team.

At the end of the day, gut feel has a huge part to play; if it feels right – go for it!


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