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5 Top Tips for Buying Used Harleys for Sale

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Harley Davidson motorcycles are arguably the most iconic motorcycles of all time. Many bikes are now coming out of their winter hibernation. It may be a good time for a motorcycle enthusiast to look at used Harleys for sale and perhaps acquire one for themselves.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 50% of motorcycles registered in 2018 were at least 11 years old. Buying a pre-owned bike is not as straightforward as picking out a new one. You may need to conduct a little more due diligence on your part before taking ownership of the used Harley Davidson for sale.

Here are five key factors you should consider when picking out used Harleys for sale.

1. Pick the Right Model

Buying a make that is too much to handle can set you up for disappointment, or worse, increase your risk for accidents. New or inexperienced riders may need to pick the right used Harleys for sale that they can easily handle. Visit the dealership in Springfield, MO, and learn more about the different models and their features. You can also attend OEM-sponsored bike events where you can test drive different models. Consider the type of rider that you are before settling on your preferred Harley.

2. Get to Know the Bike's History

Now that you understand the model that you want, you may need to check its service history and past maintenance records. You may need to ensure that the title record is clean. A cycle VIN report can reveal all the relevant information, including any accidents or recalls. The dealership should have their documents in order with certified pre-owned models.

3. Conduct a Thorough Assessment of the Bike's Condition

The most important step when purchasing used Harleys for sale is assessing the condition of the bike you wish to purchase. Skimping on the inspection can have you fixing the motorcycle within no time. Start by examining the exterior. Look for scuff marks, leaks, corrosion, and mismatched paint. Check the tire, brakes, and clutch for wear.

Turn on the ignition, and the engine starts after approximately two to three seconds. Check the electrical systems, including low and high beam lights, brake lights, turn signals, horn, and the speedometer. Listen for any cluttering noises from the engine. Be wary of any warning signs that stay on the multi-functional display.

4. Consider a Test Ride

Having checked the bike, you may request the seller for a test ride to get a feel of the used Harley Davidson for sale. Some sellers may object, and you shouldn't take it personally. If given a chance, use the ride to catch any performance issues with the motorcycle.

5. Price

You can now negotiate a good price for your motorcycle. The price may vary considerably depending on the model and condition of the bike. You can do a quick search online to determine the current market value for the year model that you wish to have.

Used Harley Davidson motorcycles can provide an exciting entry to your motorcycle ownership journey. Use the tips above to find the right bike for you. For used Harleys for sale in Springfield, MO, reach out to Young Blood Powersports.


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