It has finally happened… I am a proud owner of a Suzuki SV650s! 🙂
After passing my test I was very excited at the prospect of owning my own bike, who wouldn’t!? Adam has now owned his Kawasaki for about 3 weeks and don’t get me wrong, very happy for him but my goodness being pillion with him is not the same as riding solo!
At the start I didn’t know what sort of bike I wanted but was looking to get something similar to what I learnt on (Yamaha XJ6). The only reason being was the riding position and the comfort factor. However, throughout my search I knew a sporty looking bike would be the one (they look so fit!). With my low budget and A2 license, I was already limiting what sort of bike I could have and I soon realised I needed to sit on a few. Hmmmm this could take some time.
Nevertheless, eBAY and Gumtree do provide you with a good range to choose from 🙂 MCN bikes for sale is also decent but expect more dealership bikes than private.
For anyone on a A2 I would recommend doing your research on a range of bikes and try not to go for anything lower than 600cc. I say this because I’ve heard of people getting bored of a lower cc bike after just few months of owning, especially if they learnt on a bigger bike…. Also, if you decide to do your full license you can at least have a good size bike to ride when restrictor is removed. Win win I say 🙂
If you decide to buy down the private route (like I did) make sure you ask as many questions about the bike as you can. For example, has the bike had regular services, does it have good MOT records, what is it used for, where is it kept etc all these sorts of questions will build a picture of the owner and what sort of life the bike has had. Basic things to look out for on the bike itself would be bodywork, engine, brakes, chain, sprocket, tyres and look for leaks. Sit on the bike to test the suspension and make sure you take it for a good test ride. Nothing worse than getting what you thought was your dream bike and soon realising its not for you.
Let’s face it, most people who own motorbikes are good people and will look after it but you can never be too careful. Another good thing do to would be put the reg into government website to bring up MOT’s and while you’re at it, see how much the insurance will cost for the particular bike you are interested in. Finally, I will point out that many people will require full asking price and proof of insurance before you test ride, so be prepared. It is a sensible thing to do but I fear that it can limit your potential customer base when coming to sell, I guess it depends on the individual.