Finding the perfect motorcycle for you isn't always easy, especially if you're new to motorcycling. There're tons of websites out there listing bikes for sale. To make things easier, I've put together a list of the best resources in the classifieds business. Here you go:
This is probably the first thing that will pop up in your google results and for good reason. It's one of the most robust motorcycle listing sites out there and is wicked easy to use. You can sort your search in a number of ways, contact sellers and make arrangements for the bike easily. There's also plenty of additional tools, like calculators and whatnot to help you decide if the bike is right for you.
If you're shopping for a car, Autotrader is one of the best resources out there. The site also has a section for motorcycle listings, and it's pretty darn robust as well. The motorcycle section is basically no different in functionality than the auto portion of the site, so it's easy to use. I haven't personally used this site beyond browsing, but I see a lot of great stuff on here.
Good 'ol Craigslist. You can find anything on here, but the motorcycle section is the only reason I visit the site. It's simple and you can filter search results in a number of ways. I recommend always paying in cash and meeting in a public place, if possible. This is my favorite resource for finding and buying bikes, but there are a lot of scammers out there, so watch out for any odd sounding requests for money or information.
This is how I found my first motorcycle. There are tons of ways to search and I think I just narrowed it down geographically and found exactly what I was looking for: a simple stripped down, cool-looking, easy to work on bike. With eBay, you can bid online and even make arrangements to have it shipped to you. Personally, my favorite way to use it is to find a seller close to me, contact them and then go out and see the bike and pay cash when I get there. That way you can see what you're getting first hand and maybe work out a sweet deal. This might not be the standard eBay way, but it's never served me wrong.
Local Print Classified Ads
Sometimes it's worth it to go odd school. Local print classifieds, whether it be your local newspaper or something else, typically don't have as many bikes but they can be a gold mine for good bikes. Sometimes you'll see the same things you see online, sometimes you won't see much at all, but every once in a while this antiquated technique can bring some real results. When all else fails, go back to print.
Have a resource you use that isn't listed? Leave a comment below.