Common Bike Buying Mistakes

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 - 09:40

Don’t get burned! If you’re new to motorbikes, it’s easy to fall into common motorbike buying traps. This guide shows motorbike newbies the most common pitfalls that many first time motorbike buyers experience. 

They buy the first bike they see

This is a huge mistake first time bike buyers make. They figure bikes are the same as cars, but only have two wheels. This couldn’t be further from the truth! You have to put in the time and effort to research your new bike just as much as a car. If you truly know nothing about bikes, you’ll need to do even more homework than usual. For example, some people think they need to buy a big chopper or a road hog, when a sleek little 250cc might do. There are many different kinds of bikes such as tourers, cruisers, choppers, sports bikes and more. Figure out which one is right for you first. Read our guide to buying your first motorbike.

They don’t know about licence restrictions

This is a big one, especially for some states in Australia. Probationary or provisional motorcycle licences can carry cc engine restrictions. That means if you’ve bought a 1000cc tourer and don’t have an open licence, it’ll be illegal for you to ride it. Figure out what you can and can’t ride before you splash any money on a bike.

How well can I ride?

If you are complete novice when it comes to motorbikes, don’t buy something huge and powerful if you aren’t comfortable controlling it. There are plenty of abused and chewed up bikes on the market because people looked before they leaped in terms of spending money on a bike. If you are new to bikes and need practice, think about it as if an 18-year-old does their first car – would I really be comfortable driving a BMW when I only have 100 or so hours of driving experience under my belt? Think the same way with a motorbike. If you aren’t comfortable revving a Harley to the limit, don’t buy one!

They don’t factor in their situation

A big mistake is being oblivious to what you’re using the motorbike for. If you only live 5 kilometres from work and just need it for commuting, there’s little point in forking over thousands for a sports bike. You could just buy a scooter, but that’s next to useless if you’re hauling it up steep hills each day. If you buy a Ducati 999R and the top speed around the suburbs is 50km/h, you have wasted your money as well. You should also figure out if you need extras like a towing capacity or a luggage compartment. Always compile a list of bikes you’ll be comfortable with before whittling down according to aesthetics, power, handling and ongoing costs. You’ll be surprised how much you could save doing that alone.

They don’t ask a mechanic or expert for advice

It’s not a sin asking for help. If you want to make 100% sure your bike is safe, get it looked over by a licenced mechanic or expert. This won’t necessarily save you any money, but it could save you from injury or much worse. For a range of bike finance options, visit our motorbike finance page.

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