Motorcycle Prices Guide
Our used motorcycle price guide will walk you through the different things that affect the price of used motorcycles and will show you how to start comparing what's currently available on the market and at what price.
Factor 1: Basic Supply And Demand
When demand is higher than the available supply (ie there are
more buyers than there are used motorcycles) the price will go up
across the board. Likewise, when there is more supply than demand
(ie more used motorcycles for sale than there are would be buyers)
prices will go down across the board.
Factor 2: The Popularity Or Not Of A Particular Model
Some motorcycles become or are instantly when released classics
while others never quite hit the mark despite often being "solid"
Factor 3: Dealer Or Private Seller
As a general rule - if you do your research properly - you will
ALWAYS find a significantly better deal through a private seller than
you will through a dealer.
Factor 4: Mileage
| Mileage can seriously affect the price of a used motorcycle and these
price differences are seen most severely in different motorcycle categories
For example, it is generally accepted that tourers, sport tourers and the big dual-sport (or adventure) motorcycles will have higher mileages and as such used values will not be as significantly affected as a sportbike with miles above the average for that motorcycle might be.
On the flip side, if the engine of the particular motorcycle has a solid reputation for lasting then huge savings can be made by buyers who are willing to purchase higher than average mileage bikes as sellers can often run into difficulties when trying to get rid of them.
Factor 5: Usage And Overall Condition
| Has the motorcycle been ridden year round in bad weather and on salty
roads, has it been off-road and is there evidence of these things.
Has it been used as a commuter or for racing.
Anything out of the norm for that particular motorcycle will adversely affect its value as compared to other private offerings and conversely shrewd buyers can make significant savings on such models providing they carry out the neccessary due dilligence and confirm that any potential issues are only surface deep.
Factor 6: Service History And Past Problems
| A bike should have full service history with proof of work under
warranty and the fixing of any known issues.
As a buyer expect to pay more for a used motorcycle with full service history and expect to save some money if you're comfortable (ie your understanding of motorcycles and the model in question) purchasing a bike that has either missed a service or the service has been done at home by the rider.
Factor 7: Remaining Warranty
| Any time left on the original manufacturer warranty will bump the
price a little and it's a fair trade off for the buyer as you have the
comfort of knowing you are still protected for at least a period of
Many motorcycles come on to the used market as their original warranty runs out as sellers purchase new bikes with full warranty cover. Always do proper research on such bikes to check you are not buying into a lot of problems and make sure you negotiate the price down.
Factor 8: The Addition Of Aftermarket Parts And Accessories
| Many motorcyclists add aftermarket parts in order to customize or
make their bike their own. Despite the expectations of some sellers,
generally speaking a seller will never recover much money for aftermarket
add-ons which often leads to them stripping the bike back to stock and
selling the motorcycle and accessories seperately.
Don't pay over the odds for accessories and if you don't want some of the things that the previous owner has added make that fact known and negotiate the price down.
How To Research Prices...
There are numerous online resources like the "Blue Book"
which provide values for used motorcycle models.