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Now you should be getting a clearer idea of what you can afford and the kind of bike that will best suit your needs and circumstances.
For example, will you use your bike to commute every day? Or is it mainly for Sunday rides or touring? Will you be riding solo most of the time, or will you have a pillion passenger? The answer to these questions will affect your choice. Then there are your personal preferences for size, colour, make and performance, which will also influence your final decision.
And to make sure you end up with a fine bike for your money, we’ll give you some pointers for your all-important test ride and help you make simple but informative inspection checks – even prepare effectively for a part-exchange deal:
New or used?
The choice between new and used is very much down to personal priorities.
Do you want the latest model to impress your friends and neighbours? Does the latest registration plate mean a lot to you? If you opt for a new bike, there will often be a wide range of offers available to you, such as competitive finance rates, subsidised insurance, or free clothing or accessories.
Maybe you are willing to forego the prestige of a new bike, opting instead for a used bike with none of these offers, but with a lower purchase price.
Most dealerships also offer a wide range of used bikes to cover all budgets. Another option is to consider a pre-registered bike, if available. Foregoing the latest model and buying a one-year-old version can save you thousands, although you’ll usually have to sacrifice the offers associated with a new bike.
Buying a used bike means you can also buy privately, as an alternative to buying through a dealership.
However, while private sales can offer good deals price-wise, you don’t get the warranties and guarantees you would from a dealer. The good news is, Black Horse can provide an independent warranty for used bikes bought through participating dealers, provided they are registered with the Financial Services Authority.
Mopeds to Superbikes – does size matter?
Ultimately this is a personal choice – do you want a large powerful machine to hit the open road, a scooter simply to get around town, or a mid-size bike that can offer the benefits of both.
For most new riders, choice is limited to engine sizes up to 125cc. Once you have gained experience, you can progress to a full licence. For learner riders, many recommend a less powerful machine with an upright riding position, sometimes called a ‘street bike’. A street bike is easier to ride and allows better all round visibility, which is what you need in busy built-up areas. Hybrid road/trials-style bikes are light and versatile for town traffic and country roads and can also be great fun to ride.
What a test ride can tell you Bargain or best avoided? Inspecting a used bike Preparing for part-exchange
Never agree to buy a motorbike – new or used – without first spending some time with it on the road. Here’s how you can get the most from your test ride:
If you’re buying a used bike, make sure you check it out thoroughly. These simple checks can tell you a lot about a bike’s condition:
If you’re looking to part-exchange on a used bike, make sure you cover all the points above to ensure you’re getting the best deal. Also, have the paperwork ready:
Have your spare keys available, too, and give the bike a thorough clean to create a good impression.
Bargain or best avoided? Inspecting a used bike Preparing for part-exchange
Preparing for part-exchange