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Tips for Buying a Motorcycle Online


COVID-19 has the majority of the country staying at home. If you had been interested in buying a motorcycle, the quarantine might have put a damper on your plans – but in today’s world, it really doesn’t have to. With all of the technology we have access to, buying a motorcycle is still possible with minimal in-person contact. So, are you still looking to buy? Despite the stay at home orders – it’s still possible with these easy tips.

Check out our quick tips for buying a motorcycle online:

Determine Your Budget

When looking for a new bike, the first step you need to take is to look at your budget. What kind of funds are you working with? There are a wide range of budget options for every buyer and whether you’d like to buy new or used, Cycle Trader has an option for you.

Decide on Type

There are tons of options out there when it comes to motorcycles, so you’ll need to determine what type of bike fits your lifestyle and what exactly you’ll be using it for in the future. Taking longer rides? A touring style bike might be a great fit for you. Are you looking to take laid-back rides? A cruiser could also be a great option. The possibilities while selecting types of motorcycles are endless.

Do Your Research

Most shoppers start their search for a motorcycle by using a search engine. But the search engines aren’t the only place you can begin your journey to finding a bike. There are also a slew of other valuable resources, like online motorcycle classified sites such as Cycle Trader. We encourage you to use Cycle Trader to conduct research on different types of motorcycles and to see different price ranges and features. When you’re in the search phase, remember that it’s okay to browse. There is no pressure. All you’re doing is simply gathering any and all information about a bike you’re interested in. You’re free to explore any and all bike options out there and the best part is it will only take a few mouse-clicks to do so. Take notes to remember features that you like, read through the bike’s descriptions, and check out all of the photos and videos you can to get a feel for the motorcycle. Don’t forget to utilize Cycle Trader’s MyTrader feature to save your favorite listings and searches and to get notified about new listings or price drops.

Connect With the Seller

Once you’ve seen a bike that you’re interested in, reach out to the seller by phone, email, or chat to see additional photos or to set up a video chat or virtual walkthrough if available. Dealers are eager to help you find the right motorcycle for you, and through virtual meetings or through apps like Zoom or Facetime, they can give you a complete tour of the bike you’re interested in, without even stepping foot on their lot. Use the virtual meetings to ask questions and take notes while the dealer guides around the bike.


There’s nothing like finding the perfect bike for you. When you think you are ready to make your final purchase decision, you have the option of setting up an appointment with the dealership to view and purchase the unit (while keeping social distancing in mind) or you can have the dealer come to you (if available). Many dealerships are offering virtual buying options such as conducting financing entirely online, offering to deliver documents to sign in person (at a safe distance), and motorcycle delivery options where the seller will bring your bike directly to your driveway.

Social distancing doesn’t mean all purchasing has to stop, everyone just has to get more creative to stay safe during the process. Looking to buy a motorcycle of your own? Start your search on Cycle Trader today.


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Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the recreational brands RV Trader and Cycle Trader. Her mission is to provide thoughtful, practical content to those who are always on the hunt for their next adventure.

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