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Guide to the Best Time to Buy a Motorcycle

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When is the best time to buy a motorcycle?

Unfortunately, there’s no perfect answer. It depends.

The best time to buy a motorcycle is going to depend on a few things, including:

  • Where you live.
  • Whether the bike is new or used.
  • What the local market looks like.
  • If you’re buying a used motorcycle through a private seller or dealership.

Best Time to Buy Based on Seasons

If you live somewhere where you can ride all year long, it’s going to be harder to find a great deal just because it’s winter.

However, if you live somewhere with a distinct riding season, you can sometimes get some good deals in the off-season.

In places where you have an off-season, Winter and Fall typically show the better deals when compared to the beginning of the riding season in the Spring and the height of the season in Summer.

If you’re looking for a project, mid to late winter can sometimes bring some abandoned motorcycle projects to the market. These can often be negotiated pretty well.

End of the riding season can offer some opportunities for deals too if you can find a bike for sale that has recently broken down. 

Best Time to Buy a Motorcycle at the Dealership

If you’re looking to buy a motorcycle from a dealer, you’ll find the best deals on last year’s model when the next year’s model is released.

Other than that, February is often a good month to look for a motorcycle at a dealer.

February is shorter, it’s not the riding season in most places, and the height of the holiday season has passed. All of these factors work together to create a pretty good climate for deals.

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