Looking to buy a vintage motorcycle can feel like a whole new ballgame to even the most experienced collector. Deciding to look for pre-loved bikes means a totally different list of inspection items to consider than when looking for a new motorcycle. Here are some tips to keep in mind when trying to make an informed purchase.
What Year Was the Bike Made?
The model of the motorcycle you’re looking into can the deciding factor between having an effortless or tedious maintenance routine. For instance, versions built in the late 1960’s to 1970’s are not only going to be more affordable but will also be easier to find parts for as they are more a-like to modern models. When looking at vintage motorcycles for sale, be sure to keep it’s age in mind!
Where Was the Motorbike Made?
The country which manufactured your potential cruiser has a lot to do with predicting what problems you may experience or what benefits it may have over others. Japanese models like Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki may be highly affordable but their repair parts can cost more than the original buying price. American variations are easy to find cheap parts for but their production quality is not as good as current bikes.
What Condition is the Bike In?
There’s nothing worse than acquiring a long-desired item just to realize it’s really a money pit. If you’re not being detail oriented when assessing the motorcycles condition before purchase, you may find yourself investing more than you planned in repairs or upgrades. Look the bike over carefully. It’s easy to tell the difference between a motorbike that’s just been “quick cleaned” for a sale and one that’s been garage kept and pampered by a true enthusiast.
Whether this is your first bike or one of many, when you inquire about the crucial aspects of a quality vintage motorcycle, you may have less chance of being duped.