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How to Buy a New Motorcycle and Get the Best Price

How to Buy a New Motorcycle and Get the Best Price

The number of registered motorcycles in the U.S. has risen dramatically over the course of the last 15 years or so.

Back in 2002, there were only about 4 million registered motorcycles. But as of 2017, there are more than 8 million of them…and counting!

Have you been thinking about adding one to your garage? Before you do, you should learn how to buy a new motorcycle so that you’re able to do it without breaking the bank.

You can get a great deal on a new motorcycle and leave yourself plenty of gas money so that you can ride around on it all you want. Here are some tips that will help you get a motorcycle for a price you can afford.

Figure Out How Much You Can Afford to Spend

Far too often, people decide to buy a motorcycle on a whim and head down to their local dealership without thinking about what their budget will be first.

This inevitably leads to people spending more than they would have liked on a bike. It also gives the dealership a decided advantage during negotiations when people do next to no research on motorcycles before buying one.

If you want to buy a motorcycle, that’s great! But before you even think about shopping around for one, you should come up with a budget for yourself. You should crunch the numbers and see how much you can realistically afford to pay for a motorcycle right now.

Make Sure You Take Insurance Into Account

When you purchase a motorcycle, you’re going to need to pay for more than just the bike every month. You’ll also need to pay for motorcycle insurance.

Motorcycle insurance isn’t usually as expensive as auto insurance is. But the average cost of a motorcycle insurance policy is right around $500 per year.

You want to make sure that you’re going to be able to pay for both your bike and your insurance. You may need to bring your motorcycle budget down just a bit to account for insurance costs.

Find the Most Reputable Dealer in Your Area

After you’ve figured out what you can afford to spend on a motorcycle, the next step will be to find the most reputable motorcycle dealer in your city or town.

Look for a dealership that has glowing reviews online. You want to work with someone you can trust to give you the very best deal possible.

The good news is that there aren’t typically as many motorcycle dealerships in most cities and towns as there are auto dealerships. So it shouldn’t take you very long to find the best dealer in your area.

But the last thing you want to do is simply agree to buy a bike from whichever dealer is closest to you. It could cost you hundreds, if not thousands, of extra dollars if you take that approach.

Research the Different Models a Dealer Carries

Once you’ve decided which dealership you’re going to work with, you can start researching the motorcycles that they carry. Most dealerships carry a wide range of different types of motorcycles, including:

Try to decide which style you like best by checking out motorcycles on a dealer’s website. It’ll help you narrow down your search quickly.

Test Drive Several Motorcycles That You Like

At this point, you should have a good idea of which type of motorcycle you like. You should also have a few different motorcycles that you’re interested in taking for a test drive.

Head down to your dealership and schedule several test drives so that you can see how each bike on your list drives. You don’t want to commit to buying something until you know that you’re going to enjoy riding it every day.

Select the Motorcycle You Want

Following your test drives, you should know which motorcycle you like the absolute best. It should be the one that offers the best performance in addition to the best price.

Let your dealership know that you’re interested in talking numbers. You don’t want to seem too overeager about buying the motorcycle. But you should let it be known that, if the price is right, you’re willing to buy the bike.

Negotiate the Price of the Motorcycle Down

This is the most important step in the process of buying a motorcycle. It’s time for you to turn into a tough negotiator and work the price of the bike that you want down, down, and then (hopefully!) down some more.

Come up with what you think is a fair offer for the motorcycle that you want and make it. In a perfect world, the dealer will accept it right away. But even if they don’t, they should be willing to work with you to get a good deal.

At the end of the day, if you’re not able to come to an agreement on the cost of a motorcycle, you should be prepared to walk away from the negotiating table empty-handed. But if you play fair, your dealer should be able to come up with a price that works for both of you.

Keep Motorcycle Maintenance Costs in Mind

One thing that we haven’t touched on yet that you should keep in mind when buying a motorcycle is the maintenance that will be involved with it.

Initially, you won’t have to do much to maintain a new bike. But over time, there will be service and repairs that will need to be done to it.

If you ever find yourself in a bind when it comes to paying for service or repairs, you can always use payday loans online same day to pay for them. But it’s good to keep service and repairs on your radar so that you’re not caught off guard by them.

This will help your motorcycle last for a long time and ensure that you’re able to log lots and lots of hours on it.

Know How to Buy a New Motorcycle Before Visiting a Dealer

Knowing how to buy a new motorcycle will benefit you when you begin looking around for one.

By following the steps listed here, you can track down a motorcycle that you really want, learn all there is to know about it, and keep all the costs associated with a motorcycle in mind before putting in an offer on one. You won’t have to worry about paying too much for a bike when you do these things.

Do you want to learn more about traveling around on your motorcycle once you buy it? Check out our blog for helpful motorcycle travel tips.

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Motorcycle Adventure Challenge: Operation Moto Dog

Motorcycle Adventure Challenge: Operation Moto Dog

Sometimes when the ride is almost over and you are closing in on home, have you ever had that feeling of wanting to just continue to ride? On and on till the sun sets and beyond… Meet Rufio the KLR650 Moto-Sidecar, Baylor the sidecar dog and of course lovely Mallory Paige who has accepted the challenge of the ongoing ride in what she calls: Operation Moto Dog!

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One day you decided to go on a ride longer than usual, how come and what’s your destination?

Prior to Operation Moto Dog, I’d never even driven a motorcycle! In October I’d ridden passenger for a brief time in Ecuador and was immediately hooked. I spent the next few months scheming about a motorcycle adventure to Alaska. And in May decided to ignore all the experts telling me it would be impossible and just go for it. I got my motorcycle license, bought an old motorcycle and even older sidecar, learned to weld, built a subframe to attach the two, and christened the rig Rufio. Then on June 15, I loaded Baylor into the sidecar and we hit the road for Alaska.

More than anything this adventure was prompted by a desire to grow into the adventurer I envisioned. Having traveled around the USA in a vintage VW van a few years ago, I knew that some of the best lessons happen on the open road. And committing to a big goal, meant I would have no choice but to figure things out. I’d absolutely have to learn how to camp alone, to turn a wrench, to navigate, troubleshoot and turn strangers into friends, it’s the only way I’d make it across North America.

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That is brave, to never have driven a motorcycle and then this! Some might be a bit scared to make a such an adventure by them self, what do you have to say to them?

I’d tell them what I once told my sister: It’s not about being fearless.

There have been and will continue to be days, nights, minutes and moments where I’m scared. From getting the heebie jeebies camping in the backwoods, to feeling completely overwhelmed and lost in a new place, fear is an essential ingredient to stepping out of your comfort zone and growing. Luckily, it’s also a muscle that can be trained. The more you face fear, the easier it becomes to tame your lizard brain and carry on without letting it rule your decisions.

And for the travelers – especially the solo females – that worry about strangers taking advantage of you on the road, I’m thrilled to report that I’ve found the absolute opposite to be true. Everywhere we venture people go out of their way to say hello, extend kindness, support and hospitality. People are good. This I will always believe.

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Sometimes Baylor wants to stear…

Sounds amazing! And I guess you always have Baylor if things get to much…:)  I read you got some support from fellow bikers/people you meet aswell?

Since I wasn’t previously a rider, I really had no idea the strength and breadth of the motorcycle community. En route to Alaska, we experienced a series of obstacles. From the most unbelievable breakdown miracle in the middle of nowhere Yukon (read that here: to a series of unknown noises and oil burning concerns, I quickly realized I could not do this alone. That I would need the expertise and assistance of the rider family to make it to Alaska. And, oh boy!, did they come together to help us. From strangers across the country sending funds to help with the piston replacement, to Alaskan motorcycle legends hauling us hundreds of miles and teaching me how to tear apart the engine, it was truly a turning point in the adventure.

In that moment, it became more than just a road trip to Alaska. It quickly transformed into a life changing mission to visit all of North America. A million times over, I could not do this without the kindness and hospitality that we’re shown each day on the road.

Motorcycle Mallory Resting
On a trip like this I guess anything can happen… For you guys thinking of going we made an infographic on what you need to know when travelling the world on your motorcycle. So I understand that you are not completely alone on your journey.. who is your travel companion and what does she/he think of the life on the roads?:)

The sidecar had to happen because there was no way I was going to leave my copilot behind. My dog, Baylor, is an adventurous yellow lab, who has been at my side for the last 10 years. Whether stand up paddle boarding down an Oregon river, climbing Colorado mountains, island hopping along the Florida coast or just snuggling up to read a book, he’s always ready for the fun.

And it was amazing how well he took to being a sidecar dog. After a few days lounging in the sidecar while I metalworked in the shop, it was time for a test drive. We went through the routine we’d practiced – load up command, harness attached, goggles on, treat dispersed – and I began rolling around the parking lot nervously. I looked over at Baylor not sure how he was going to react and then had to laugh out loud. He looked up at, sighed in boredom, and laid down to sleep – he was meant to be a motodog. It was the moment I knew Operation Moto Dog was really going to happen. Two days later we were Alaska bound.

Haha I think I’m in love with Baylor!:)
Give us 3 tips for the life on the bike?

Simplify – I’m constantly analyzing what I’m packing. En route to Alaska I tossed the pillow (my riding pants suffice just fine), in Kansas I reorganized everything so the camp essentials lived in a single bag, in North Carolina I got two Sea to Summit compression bags and rejoiced at the space we were saving. For the most part, you probably need less than you imagine and too much stuff just becomes a packing hassle when you load and unload day after day.
Eliminate Excuses – Early on I decided I’d rather be uncomfortable doing it, than comfortable still home planning it. This meant I didn’t worry about having the absolute ideal gear or being perfectly prepared, because I knew no matter what I was leaving with what I had and would make do along the way. This has made for some uncomfortably cold, wet days and extra challenges along the way, but to me it’s worth it because I’m out there doing it instead of letting little excuses prevent me from going on the adventure.
There is No Right Answer – Some people plan their adventures for years, some just wing it. Some pack everything they could possibly need, some are the ultimate minimalists. Some go fast and far in a day, some mosey and soak it all in. Everyone has a unique style; that’s the fun and interesting thing about life. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. There is no right answer, just do what works best for you.

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Thank you Mallory!

Visit her homepage or her Advrider for more updates and images. Good luck on your travels!:)

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What You Need to Know When Travelling the World on Your Motorcycle

What You Need to Know When Travelling the World on Your Motorcycle


Would you like to travel the world on your motorcycle? Well, you can easily do so without breaking the bank. Just follow the guide here and you will be on your way there!

How to Travel the world on a motorcycle complete guide

Traveling around the world on your ride can be a fun adventure. Apart from your motorcycle, there are also some other things that you should carry along with you. Here is a guide that you can use to check on what you require for your adventure.



Regardless of the motorcycle that you buy, there are additional accessories that you need for a safe trip. To be on the safe side, you need a bike that is off road oriented and affordable. Go for something that can be repaired by any mechanic in case you encounter a problem along the way. Make sure that the petrol power is one that can stand the miles you will cover. Go for a bike with larger fuel tanks; this will save you the time going to gas stations for a refill. Apart from the power, you require protection such as headlight guard, skid plate, folding mirrors and hand guards.


Riding gear

Gear is a necessity for any motorcyclist. However, most people forget to wear boots and pair of gloves and even a sturdy sole. All these are necessary for your protection. There is no doubt that you will save your bones by wearing a waterproof jacket. Protection is vital when you are going for such long trips.



Do not leave the house without the tools; you are going for a tour around the world, and anything can happen. Try disassembling your motorcycle and reassembling it again. Carry the tools that you used for assembly on your tour. Make sure you replace any tools that are worn out. Grips and wrenches, tire irons, valve stem, are not heavy and can save you a lot on your trip.


Spare parts

Spares should be on the list of things that you need to carry. Take the tubes so that you can change them when your tire misbehaves. A box of nuts and bolts is important for your adventure around the world.



Going on a tour means spending nights away from home. Therefore, you require to camp wherever night falls. A sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and tent are necessary to have a complete tour. Go to tents that are easy to carry all in one. There are tent companies that provide options for motorcyclist around the world. Do your research to get a legit company.

Check that you have everything in place. Look for ways that you can save money, for instance; you can opt to cook for yourself instead of buying foods from restaurants. By doing so, you will enjoy cheap travel around the world. Go ahead and pack all your belongings and get ready for an exciting adventure. There is no doubt that you tour is set to be one of a kind.


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