Monday, January 07, 2008

How to Buy Your Future Motorcycle

P4261699 OK, so you're looking to buy a bike in Spain and you're not sure how to get started.  Don't worry here are a few tips from our experienced bikers in the Tour and Track Club.

  1. Do your research.  Think carefully what type of bike you want and how you are going to use it.  You might fall in love with a bike for its' looks, that's why designers are paid zillions, but it might disappoint you when you start to use it.
  2. Always take a test Ride.  Always, always test ride the bike that you plan to buy.  You can read reviews in all the bike magazines and they may give glowing reports but it is your personal decision that counts and the best way to know a bike is to ride it and not just around the block.
  3. Haggle for a better price.  They dealers make sizeable profits from each bike and it is always worth haggling.  New bikes should have the most room for reducing costs or for adding accessories for the same price.
  4. Take a friend or trusted mechanic.  If you are not sure about what to look for on a second hand bike then take along someone who knows.
  5. Buy Second Hand First.  Let's face facts, everybody does some damage to their first bikes and it is better to learn how to handle smaller and more expendable bikes than that brand new Ducati.  Gain riding experience and then decide which new bike you want, if indeed you want a new bike.

What do you think?  Add to the list and let others know your important tips on buying that future motorcycle.