- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 24 June 2014
When deciding between a brand new or used second-hand motorbike, there is no right or wrong. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and the best bike for you largely depends on your preferences, budget, and your riding skills and experience. Below, we weigh up the pros and cons of both new and used bikes to help you decide which one you’re better off buying.
Few things in life compare to owning a brand new motorbike and hitting the road for the very first time. A new bike will boast shiny chrome, unscratched paintwork and an undented seat, and you’ll feel awesome riding it.
A new motorbike is guaranteed to look good and ride great. It is likely to feature the latest technology, and it will all be working to the highest standard. If for any reason you find it isn’t, with a new motorbike you are always backed by the manufacturer’s guarantee.
When searching around for second-hand motorbikes, you’ll soon realise that the prices are significantly lower than brand new models. Even if the bike is just a couple of years old, you could find yourself paying a bargain price for a pretty decent motorbike, thanks to quick depreciation rates. Similarly, when you come to selling the bike, you won’t lose as much money as you would with a new bike.
If you consider yourself a novice rider, or if this is your first bike, then you should really consider buying a used bike to develop your skills before you ‘upgrade’ to a brand new machine. You need to have your wits about you when buying a used bike, however. There could be underlying problems with the bike that the previous owner may have ‘forget’ to mention, and these problems could be extremely expensive to put right. With a used bike, you are unlikely to have a manufacturer’s guarantee to protect you should your motorbike suddenly need a lot of work doing to it. If you purchase from a used bike dealer, they may include a warranty of sorts but these are rarely as comprehensive as the original manufacturer’s warranty.
But, as long as you are vigilant and know what to look out for when checking over a second-hand bike before you buy it, you should be OK. To help you out a little, in our next article we’ll be discussing what to pay attention to when buying a used motorbike.