Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 17th January 2014

The Pros And Cons Of Buying A New Bike

With each new year comes brand new products, and motorbike enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to in the next twelve months. Bike manufacturers are ready to reveal their shiny new 2014 models to awaiting bikers, and many will be tempted to make a purchase. If, however, you’re in two minds about buying a new bike, we’ve put together a list of the pros and cons to help you with your decision.


Nothing beats the feeling of owning a brand new bike and taking it to the road for the very first time. The bike is yours and yours alone, and many of us take enormous pride in being the very first person to own it. The bike has that fresh smell, the seat’s unworn and the paintwork’s unscratched, and new-bike owners will admit that going on that very first ride is truly an unmatchable experience.

But of course, it’s not just how it looks – it’s also how it rides. Being the first owner of a motorbike means there are no hidden flaws that the previous owner failed to tell you about. There’s no worrying about previous owner abuse, or having to pay to replace parts immediately after you purchase the bike. With a new model, you can be safe in the knowledge that all parts are working to the highest possible standard.

Generally, a new bike guarantees top performance and reliability. A new bike is likely to be fitted with state-of-the art components, the latest technology and the very best safety features. As well as this, it’s much easier to source parts for a new bike than with older models.

New bikes also come with a manufacturers’ guarantee. If an older bike goes wrong the rider would have to pay to get it fixed, but any genuine fault with a new bike would be covered by the warrantee and would be fixed at no extra charge. The majority of second-hand bikes do not come with a warrantee, so even though newer bikes may be more expensive to buy, they could potentially save money in the long-run.


One downside to buying a new bike is that the initial cost is generally much greater than with second-hand models. And although new motorbikes are more expensive, their depreciation is much quicker; the value of new bike models drops dramatically over the first year.

Similarly, the break-in and first service of new motorbikes could prove to be costly, andinsurance premiums may be higher with newer models.

It must also be remembered that a new bike is only new for a short time. Sooner or later, it will lose that gleam in its paintwork, a few scratches will start to appear and it will no longer smell or look brand new. But, its condition is completely dependent on how you choose to look after it: take care of the bike and the bike will take care of you.

Buying a bike is all about common sense: weigh up your options, figure out what you can afford and make sure you do thorough research. If you have decided that you want to buy a new bike, read reviews from other riders, compare dealership prices and source all the information you can from the manufacturer’s own website. By doing this, you will ensure that you are buying the most suitable bike at the best possible price.