Prior to searching for a new motorbike, consider your budget and how you will use the bike. If a passenger will be riding with you, check that they approve of the seat out of common courtesy. Remember to take the cost of spare tires, servicing and insurance into account, when performing your calculations.
Franchised dealerships are the best place to buy a new bike. They have contracts with manufacturers to sell their motorbikes. These dealerships offer superior customer service. Also, you can usually get a good test ride and part exchange your previous bike.
To find a good local dealership, you can use MC News. Telephone these dealers and ask whether they have what you want in stock. Take the name of the sales person and organize an appointment time, so they take you seriously.
Bring riding equipment with you, so you can do a test ride. However, leave the equipment in your car initially, so the sales clerk won’t assume that you intend to ride home straightaway. Bring your insurance proof and riding license. Also, if you have yet to purchase insurance or riding gear, bring an experienced friend with you. He or she can ride the bike home.
If you are licensed, request a test ride. Proof of ID will be required to do this. Only the biggest retailers provide demonstration fleets, however other dealers might offer second hand models for this purpose. Test other motorbikes that take your fancy — it may be that your initial selection wasn’t the best fit for you.
Motorbike dealers enjoy bartering and will expect you to do this. Therefore, it is perfectly fine to make an offer below the advertised price. Find out what bonuses they can offer — a new motorbike helmet (which might be worth hundreds of dollars), riding clothes or luggage. They will regard you as a pushover, if you fail to negotiate anything more than a disc lock.
Make sure that you research online for reviews about the motorbikes you like. Speak to experienced friends, read road tests, and carry out your due diligence on the Internet. Type in the model/make that you like, followed by the word ‘problems’, to see what comes up. If there are some negative reviews, do not necessarily let this put you off. Some riders just have unrealistic expectations. Walk away if you have any doubts – there are many more motorbikes available.