Buying your first bike is obviously the one of the most important steps to getting on the road. While you can always go out and buy a shiny new motorcycle, you probably shouldn't. Here's why:
New Bikes are Expensive
It sucks that so many things in life come down to money, but that is 100 percent the case here. Economically, it just doesn't make sense to buy a new bike. New motorcycles depreciate a lot as soon as you ride the bike away from the dealer. Used bikes, on the other hand, have already experienced that initial depreciation shock, so you're getting a heck of a deal. And, if you decide you don't like the used bike you bought after your first season, all you have to do is sell it. You'll likely get about the same amount of money you paid for it when you sell it, meaning you won't be out much money.
There are Some Really Great Used Bikes Out There
Just look around on Craigslist, Cycletrader or eBay, you'll notice there are a lot of newer bikes for sale with few miles on them. That's because people outgrow (or, at least, think they do) starter motorcycles pretty quick. Another factor is that many people take up motorcycling and realize they don't want to put in the time, effort and money it takes to maintain, store and ride a motorcycle.
Their loss is your gain. Instead of dropping several thousand dollars on a bike that has nothing on the odometer, buy a couple-year-old bike with a few thousand miles. You won't regret it.
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