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Is now the best time to buy a used motorcycle?

Jan 04, 2020

I understand all the reasons a rider might want to buy a new motorcycle. New bikes are wonderful if you can get ‘em.

There's a lot to be said for buying used, however, and that's what the guys are talking about in this episode of Highside/Lowside. If you want to be literal about it, all bikes being ridden are used. And since motorcycles are for riding, that’s a beautiful thing. Bikes should be used. It’s the moral thing to do! Now is a great time to use a motorcycle.

Using the average motorcycle, of course, has the side effect of adding wear and reducing value. The world of used motorcycles is full of different experiences you’ll have with the backstories behind these machines. It can be a rollercoaster of emotion. You’ll sing at the savings over new. You’ll tear your garments and wail at the boneheaded hackery of the previous owner. (Wire nuts! JB Weld! What did you do to deserve this?)

There are more resources than ever to help buyers of used bikes, fortunately, and the market is full of nice, “pre-loved” examples of popular machines. If you’re willing to ride something that isn’t new or fashionable, there are incredible deals to be had out there. Like Lemmy’s old-man station wagon, nobody wants them.

So is now the best time to buy a used motorcycle? It really comes down to what you’re shopping, and with what budget. I remember way better deals on the bikes I prefer just five years ago, so for me, I don’t think right now is the best time. That means that the market for some other kind of bike is killer right now, and those people are where I was then. As the guys mention in the episode, you’re in luck if you want a used cruiser. 

No matter what you’re after, don’t be afraid to consider used. Any bike is way more fun than no bike at all.

Content warning: Honda Shadow owners with delicate ears may want to avoid this episode.

How to listen to Highside/Lowside

As usual, the podcast version of Lemmy, Spurgeon, and Joe's discussion offers an uncut listening experience for an even deeper dive into the topic. Plus, season two Highside/Lowside will continue to include an interview with a special guest in the podcast version.

Highside/Lowside is available via iTunesSpotifyStitcherLibsyn, and Google Play for those with accounts.