So, you’ve booked your Riders Safe course or you’ve just passed! Congratulations that’s super exciting. Now it’s time to go get your baby.
I don’t claim to be an expert because that’s definitely not the case but I thought I’d share the things I look out for when buying a bike and a lot of the same things apply to buying a car
Here are my 5 quick steps, below I have included my thought process
Stick to your budget!
Determine the maximum amount you wish to spend and don’t go looking for anything above that. Apply filters to your online searches!
You’ll probably find a bike that you absolutely love but it might be 5k more than what you can afford.. Do you really want to stretch yourself thin? If you really want that more expensive bike, stop looking, save the extra $$ and then come back into the market.
Don’t purchase the first bike you see!
I know it’s tempting but there’s often a better deal out there! Also, the more bikes you look at the more likely you are too notice marks/scratches on the first bike you initially looked at, that you didn’t notice before.
Plus, if you’ve never ridden before (or you’re a bit clumsy like me!) you’ll probably drop the precious bike so buying the bike of your dreams for your Learners is probably a bad idea
The first bike/style you see may not be the right fit
I had my heart set on buying a Ninja for over 5 years; but after I did my research and visited several bike stores across Adelaide. I sat on pretty much anything I could swing my leg over. I found that the Ninja wasn’t actually the right bike for me and ended up looking at Honda 125 & 250s (much cheaper than a Ninja too!)
Take a friend & test ride
Even if said friend isn’t a huge bike fanatic themselves; taking someone else with you means they can often distract the seller while you take time to give the bike a detailed look over.
It also means, if you want to take it for a test ride you’re less likely to be screwed over for your deposit. Repairing a bike can be expensive so, sellers will often ask for a deposit to cover the excess of their insurance in the unlikely event of an accident.
It also gives the seller some confidence, if you leave your mate behind you’re more likely to return the bike.
Test riding can help ensure that there are no unusual noises or other problems that aren’t noticed when the bike is idle.
Adelaide seems to have quite high selling prices, it doesn’t hurt to do your research and work out of buying interstate is cheaper
I have personally driven to VIC and purchased a bike cheaper than in Adelaide. Fuel, accommodation + bike still worked out cheaper than buying a bike here.
Ignore the douche bags, check the service history
Maybe it’s because I’m female but I got some really odd answers when I asked about service history. I get it, a bike is a lot easier to service than a car but if the bike hasn’t ever been seen by a mechanic I personally recommend steering clear!
See the receipt/the log book, record the VIN and contact the mechanic who supposedly serviced the bike and confirm the validity of what the seller has said about the bikes history, yourself.
Do a PPSR check
It’s only a few $$ and you get the peace of mind that your not buying a bike that’s stolen/has finance owing. Even if you legitimately purchased the bike, if there’s finance owing and the previous owner doesn’t pay the loan off. The debt collectors may came knocking on your door!!
PPSR Search can be done here: https://transact.ppsr.gov.au/ppsr/SearchLanding
Negotiate the price
It doesn’t hurt to ask if there’s any room for movement but don’t be ridiculous either.
Do your research, great sites such as RedBook are available and even gaining insurance quotes will give you a rough idea of what it’s worth.
Insure the bike, before you hand over the cash and jump on. Insure it comprehensively unless you’re happy to live without the bike if anything happens.
You never know someone might walk past and accidentally push it over. If you only have 3rd party insurance, you’ll be paying to repair the damage yourself or living with it!
Last of all, don’t forget to change the ownership on the rego papers and then head into Service SA and pay the stamp duty!