While here in Odessa, Texas, we can enjoy the riding season nearly year-round. As the weather cools off, some are starting to put their motorcycles away for the season. But the change in weather also means a change in riding habits, and for some, that means giving up the hobby entirely. Yes, there’s no denying that early fall is a great time to pick up a used motorcycle at a great price. But is it always a good idea?
Here at Ruhnke’s Xtreme Cycles, we offer some of the best deals on used motorcycles in the Odessa area, but we recognize that we might not have that 1963 Triumph T120 that you’ve been lusting after, so here’s a quick break down of the pros and cons of buying a used motorcycle.
The fact is, if you’re new to riding motorcycles, or if you just need to put a bike in your garage ASAP, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal than a good looking pre-owned bike. Here are some of the pros of buying your next motorcycle used.
Invariably, we all want more bike than we can afford. Luckily, the used bike market is there to meet our needs. When you’re diligent and take your time, you can get a really great deal on a used motorcycle. Every now and then, we’ll get a trade-in on a truly spectacular, low-mileage bike that could be mistaken for brand new if it hadn’t rolled off an assembly line 30 years ago.
Used motorcycles will be lower priced than buying a new bike. This gives you a little bit more buying power, as your dollar can get you more bike. In some cases, the $2,000 you’d put down on a new bike might even buy you a gently used example.
If you’re new to riding and are nervous about going for a slide or dropping your bike, allay your fears entirely, and buy a used bike. It’s likely that the previous owner (or owners) will have dinged the tank, cracked the mirrors, scratched the pipes, or knicked the engine covers at some point. If you’re not one to focus on looks, this is a great way to get onto a bike and not beat yourself up if you mangle the bike a little bit while learning to ride.
Conversely, you might find a supremely well-maintained bike that you wouldn’t be able to find otherwise. Since motorcycles don’t take up a lot of space, you might get lucky and find an antique in great condition sitting in someone’s old barn.
If you know you want a motorcycle, but you’re not sure what kind, browsing through the used market first is always a great idea. It can give you a sense of what’s out there, and what the going price is for a given model.
Alternatively, if you know you simply cannot stand the idea of riding anything but a deep red 1985 BMW R80, then the used market is your best, and only, option.
But buying used isn’t always a great idea, and in some cases, you might end up spending more on the motorcycle than if you had simply bought it new.
What are warranties when there’s the open road sprawled out ahead of you? Well, they’re a great way to save money when that “gently” used Harley Davidson Panhead engine sputters and dies for the fifth time this week. A warranty can really help you out if your bike is experiencing issues. From faulty lights to misfiring starters and more, a warranty on a new bike is a nice thing to have.
Hard to Find Parts
Like the gradual entropy of the universe, your bike will start to break down with time. Doesn’t matter how often you rejet your carbs or adjust the wiring harness, without the right parts, your bike will spend more time in the shed than on the road. In some cases, especially if the bike is vintage, it can be challenging, if not impossible to find parts. This might mean that your two-wheeled wonder becomes less of a vehicle and more of a yard ornament.
We know, we know, we just said this was a pro, but it can be a con too. Depending on where you’re looking and the time of the year, you might find nothing but duds. The bike is too old, has too many miles, or has too many “mods” held on by duct tape to justify the crazy high price the seller is asking. In dry markets like this, it’s in your best interest to buy a new bike or a used bike from a dealership.
Stop By Ruhnke’s Xtreme Cycles in Odessa Today
When riders in the Odessa area need a new bike or a trailer, they know to motor down to Ruhnke’s Xtreme Cycles. We’re committed to offering you premium brands like BMW and Harley Davidson, at competitive prices. Check out our inventory, or stop by and see us today!