So you’re ready to move onto a different motorcycle and need to make room, how can you make the selling process as quick and easy as possible? Selling a used vehicle of any type can be a time consuming and risky process, and it’s no different when selling a motorcycle. The following page offers helpful tips and advice to make selling your bike as painless as possible.


Research The Price

Before you enter into negotiations with a potential buyer and before you even post an advertisement, you should work out how much your bike is worth. Classified ad sites like Auto Trader Bikes, eBay and Gumtree are a great place to start; simply look up your bike’s make and model and try to find a few examples that have roughly the same mileage as yours, if your bike is in the same condition you can base the price around your competitors.

If you are selling a custom or modified bike, it can be more difficult to find an exact price and you will have to make estimates, but generally if you have taken care of your bike, just offer the same price as what you purchased it for and be open to negotiation.

Contrary to popular belief, modifying a motorcycle doesn’t necessarily increase its value, in fact, it will often have the opposite effect, depending on the modification.


Prepare Your Motorcycle For Sale

How quickly your bike sells can depend greatly on how well you prepare it beforehand. Before selling you should consider doing the following:

  • Clean your bike thoroughly. Make sure you clean any old/original accessories that you have replaced with upgrades, and include them for sale with the bike.
  • Repair small dents or scratches, this will increase your bike’s value and give the buyer less points of negotiation.
  • Get your bike serviced if you haven’t done so already, a recent service can easily pay for itself the perceived value of the bike.
  • Take lots of pictures of your bike from different angles to really show it off. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and think about the pictures you’d like to see if you were looking to buy the bike.
  • Gather up all the receipts and paperwork you have, including service records, tax disks and MOT certificates to show to potential buyers.

Post An Effective Advertisement

Regardless of whether you post on a website or in a magazine or newspaper, an effective  advert will help you sell your motorcycle more quickly. Make sure you include the following in your advertisement:

  • The Price
  • Mileage
  • Details:  Include information about the bikes history, the make, model and any other helpful information, like engine capacity and power. What makes your bike special?
  • Brand Names: Use brand names of any replacement parts and upgrades you have used on the bike, it is important that you are honest with a prospective buyer.
  • Pictures: Post as many pictures from as many angles as possible, buyers want to be able to see what they are buying. Include pictures of the Odometer and any logos of the brand, make and model. Also include pictures of any defects that your bike has; remember, honest is the best policy, and this is particularly true when selling a bike.

When Negotiating With Potential Buyers

When a buyer rings you they will likely have questions; be ready with facts such as service history, modifications, expiry dates of tax and MOT, anything that a prospective buyer would need to know before coming to have a look at the bike in person. When they do come to view the bike:

  • have receipts for upgrades or repairs that you have had done ready to view.
  • ensure the bike starts quickly and easily, so you can show the buyer this. It’s often suggested to run the engine to allow it to warm before a buyer arrives, however this can make you look like you’re trying to hide a problem, so use this method at your own risk.
  • have any old accessories and spare parts available to view with the bike. That way, the buyer will be able to check these if they plan on restoring the bike to its original look and spec.
  • consider that the buyer will probably ask to take the bike for a test ride, so decide before hand whether or not you are going to allow this. If you do, make sure the buyer is sufficiently covered by their insurance policy.

Selling a motorcycle doesn’t need to be a hassle, so as long as you take proper precautions and follow the above advice, you should have a smooth and risk free selling experience.