5 things to check before buying a used motorcycle

5 things to check before buying a used motorcycle

1. Handling and road holding ability

Before purchasing a motorcycle, insist on taking the bike out for a test ride to make sure you are happy with the way it handles and holds the road. You should feel totally in control and safe.

If you’ll be taking a passenger along for rides, have him or her try out the motorcycle with you. If the pillion is uncomfortable, it might be worth changing. In this case, factor in an additional cost.

2. Buy from a dealer or individual?

Your legal protection is likely to be better when you buy from an authorized dealer rather than a private owner, especially if the bike is still under warranty. Refer to your province’s legislation on this.

Even if you’re tempted by the lower price of a motorcycle being sold by an individual, purchasing from a dealer could prove a better option.

3. Free of debts or charges

Make sure that the bike you’ve got your eye on is free of debts and charges, because if there are, the creditor is entitled to claim it back, even after you’ve paid for it!

The Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (CAIRP) website has links to the Registers of Personal and Movable Real Rights in all Canadian provinces.

Any fee charged for obtaining this information is a small price to pay to avoid a potentially big headache.

4. Mechanical condition

It is always a good idea to ask a mechanic you trust to carry out a thorough inspection of the motorcycle, even if the seller assures you it is in perfect condition.

The inspection report will highlight any repairs that may be required—information that can be used to negotiate the price.

Ask whether the manufacturer’s warranty is still valid. If it isn’t, it will be up to you to pay for the repairs.

If you are buying from a dealer, ask if the motorcycle comes with a warranty.

5. Registration and insurance

Motorcycle registration and insurance add to the overall cost of ownership and not only in the first year, but in subsequent years also.

Always check the registration fees for the type of motorcycle you are interested in before purchasing.

Find out about the financial benefits of storing your bike for the winter.

Shop around for insurance to make sure you get the best price.

To avoid unpleasant surprises, be sure to do your homework BEFORE sealing the deal.

Enjoy the ride!