Common Sense Advice
Take riding gear with you. Whether you’ll be riding the bike home or are just taking a test ride, be prepared. But, if you can, leave the gear in the car so the salesperson won’t think you’re planning on riding home that day.
Plan insurance ahead of time. This allows you to find the lowest rate, then call and activate it once you’ve signed the paper.
Take an experienced friend. Especially if this is your first bike or if you don’t yet have gear or insurance. They’ll be able to ride it home for you.
Don’t forget your license and proof of insurance. Vital if you want to take a test ride or ride a bike home.
Many dealerships will take trade-ins, but it’s much harder to value a used motorcycle than a car. You’re usually better off selling your bike privately.
One benefit of purchasing gear at the dealership is that you can usually package it into the finance payment. If you’re starting fresh and buying head-to-toe gear, this can help spread the burden of payment.
What are your tips for buying a new motorcycle? Share them in comments.
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