This is the time of year (in the Northeast anyway) where there are many more people interested in selling their bikes – after a summer of fun – than there are people looking to buy. For anyone planning on trading up to a bigger bike in the spring, it’s not worth it to pay for winter storage, plus a post-storage tune up and oil change just to sell it in the spring – so selling prices are lower than they will be a few months from now. What that means for people who know is: the end of the riding season is the best time of year to shop for a used bike locally…
The Recession actually hasn’t brought about many used bike “deals.” On the contrary, with fewer people buying new bikes, the prices of used bikes for certain makes and years have stayed the same; that’s good for sellers. But at the same time fast development cycles of sport bikes – with companies putting out all new models in ’07 and ’09 means you can get incredibly good ’05-06 Japanese sport bikes for the $4-5k range.
For scooter lovers, we’re also seeing a lot more of the larger model Vespas, and T-max or Silverwings around.
So are you in the market? Let us know what you find!