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5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING
A MOTORCYCLE

Published June 14, 2021

You’ve made the decision to purchase a motorcycle. Whether it is for play, to give your family a chance at an extra bit of fun on the weekends, or to commute to work, buying a motorcycle is a huge decision, and only requires a small investment.

Before purchasing motorcycle, there are many things you must consider, aside from the typical things you may have already researched.

In order to ensure that you are going into this purchase fully informed, prepared, and confident in your choice, we have put together this list of 5 Things to Know before You Buy a Motorcycle.

1) You May Need A Special License

What many people don’t realize is that certain state’s require the rider of the motorcycle to have a specialized driver’s license.

2) Storage In The Garage

Unless your garage already has plenty of space, your have a secure storage shed at your house or someone who is willing to let you park the motorcycle in their garage while it’s not in use, finding and paying for storage, especially long term, can be tedious and can get very expensive.

 
Before making your purchase, ensure you have proper storage already taken care of.

3) You Might Need Specific Insurance

Insurance: everyone’s favorite monthly payment... right?

As much as we all hate paying for insurance, it is definitely worth it when it comes to protecting an investment as valuable as a motorcycle. The type of insurance you need will depend on the type of motorcycle you have purchased. Typically motorcycles can be added onto your current automobile policy.

An insurance policy for your new motorcycle should cover claims regarding: damage, theft, personal injury, and even breakdowns. 

4) You're Going To Want More

Apart from the motorcycle itself costing nearly as much than a normal vehicle would, pretty much everything involved with being an motorcycle owner costs exceptionally more as well. This includes anything from a new helmet, intercom system, protective clothing, monthly insurance, repair costs, and even maintenance costs.

5) Ride Before You Buy

You wouldn’t buy a new pair of shoes before trying them on, nor would you buy a new tv without turning it on to see what the picture looks like, so the same should go for a motorcycle.

How To Buy Your Dream Bike

Hi,
 
"What is the best motorcycle for you?"

I'm asked this question all the time - and it's actually pretty hard to answer without context.

Is this your first bike or have you been riding a while?
If you already have a bike what is it?
What do you like about it? What are your dislikes?
How long are you hoping to keep your new bike?
Do you have friends that you’ll be riding with?
Do they do long day rides or overnighters?
Hotels or camping?
Where would your first ride be after you get your dream bike? Mountains? Barstow or Baja? 
The list of questions goes on...

Once you’ve handled many of these questions you can move on to your budget. 
Is your budget based on cash or a monthly payment? 
How is your credit? 
Have you had a motorcycle loan before?

No matter how you answer this second set of questions, motorcycles are available for all types of budgets and credit situations.

That said, there are some tried and true favorites that always pop up as perfect bikes for people that answer the questions.

Here are a few of them:

1. 2021 KTM 890 ADVENTURE. It's a lightweight adventure bike for under $15,000 that has a ton of standard features not found on others in the same range. I highly recommend it!

2. 2020 KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE R - This is what I recommend for those who plan on longer rides, 95% road riding, and have previous riding experience. Still under $20K ($18,599), they're a lot of motorcycle for the money.

3. 2020 KAWASAKI VERSYS 1000 SE LT+ - By far and away the truly do-it-all sport-touring bike is the
Kawasaki Versys.. Another one under $20K at $17,199 it’s reliable and fun to ride. Features like the electronic suspension control, quickshifter, ride modes, and electronic cruise control, send this bike down the road in comfort.

Choose the type riding you want to do

-Dualsport
-Adventure
-Enduro
-MX
-Sport
-Cruiser
-Touring
-Scooter

Narrow the brands down to the ones that cover the type of riding you want to do. Place a check mark next to each one that qualifies.

-KTM
-Kawasaki
-Husqvarna
-Honda
-BMW
-Suzuki
-Yamaha
-Harley Davidson
-Aprilia
-Ducati
-Other

Locate multiple dealers of the brands you’re interested in. 
Within 25 miles

 
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Locate multiple dealers of the brands you’re interested in. 
Within 100 miles

 
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Locate multiple dealers of the brands you’re interested in. 
Within 150 miles

 
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Email each dealer on your list with the copy and paste questionnaire, or create one that’s similar.

 
Hi, I’m looking for a (insert year, make and model). Do you have one? If so, how much is it and are you offering any specials right now?

I know that this email is pretty short but there typically isn’t much reason to type out a lengthier one.

Be prepared for a few dealerships to send out a quick response, some others with some very slow responses, and you’ll find some that unfortunately won’t even respond to your request. 
The great thing about sending emails is it weeds out some of the dealerships you probably don’t want to do business with. 

Don’t forget… part of a good deal is dealing with people that will take care of you during and after the sale. 

If they won’t even answer your email then you’ve got to wonder what their service is like after you hand over your money.

Start crossing the sub-par dealerships off your list. 
Typically there is no good reason to continue trying to buy something from a dealership that won’t respond to an email.

Now that you have responses and prices you should begin asking for trade values (if you have a trade), payment options, and extra accessories that you’re going to want. Don’t forget that you can typically get the same, if not better deal if you purchase accessories at the same time you’re buying the bike.

This is a work in progress. 
It contains what we’ve found people asking or looking for the most when trying to find their perfect motorcycle. Make sure that you’ve found a dealer with a transparent process. 
We have hundreds of dealers  that are willing to give you the deal you might be looking for. 

You will always get a minimum of 10 Payment Options while you’re searching for your perfect bike. 
And yes… whether you’re paying cash or financing, you’ll still get 10 Different Payment Options. That’s part of finding the perfect bike.

 
Now that you’ve read this. Email us to see if we have what you’re looking for. You’ll find out that you’re always talking to people that ride.

Thanks, Team MotoMenus
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