Motorcycle Buying Guide

Whether you’re a die-hard bikie or making the move from 4 wheels to 2, there are many important considerations. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Shop Around

There are plenty of dealers and many of the major bike makes are represented by factory-backed dealerships in Australia. Don’t forget there is the Trading Post, numerous bike-only websites and the motorcycle press.

Tip: if you’re after a rarity, don’t be afraid to search interstate, you’ll probably enjoy the ride home!

Test Ride

With the popularity of bikes on the rise, dealers are only to happy to oblige and many will agree to more than a ride around the block. And if you’re after an extended experience, why not hire one for the weekend. It might help to know that BMW hire bikes from some dealerships in Australia.

Tip: be sure to ride a variety of roads for at least 30 mins.

Negotiate

It’s unlikely that a bike’s in such high demand that you can’t knock 10% or more off the price. Don’t settle for the first one you see – it can be worth travelling a distance to get a better price. And don’t forget you can enjoy the ride home!

Tip: use the internet to email dealers your requirements to see if they’ll match the price.

Specification

If you’re paying the full sticker price be sure you’re getting the very latest specification. It’s possible your dealer is selling off last year’s model, which may not look too different to you or I but it will adversely affect the resale price.

Tip: go for last year’s model to pocket a saving of around 20%.

Buying Second Hand

Most dealers have a range of trade-ins for sale. The price won’t be as competitive as if you bought privately, but a reputable dealer will allow you to test ride it without arranging your own motorbike insurance and offer a warranty or service package.

Tip: dealers ensure that the bike is not stolen and has no outstanding finance.

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