Used bikes for sale in South Africa
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Bike buyers may find used bikes within our database by either browsing via the complete bikes for sale model list above, or search all used bikes.
Used bikes by brand
|Aprilia (1)||Ducati (1)||Kawasaki (4)||Volvo (1)|
|BMW (22)||Harley Davidson (1)||Suzuki (5)||Yamaha (3)|
|Bombardiercanam (1)||Honda (6)||Vespa (1)||Zhejiang Renli (1)|
|Chana (1)||Jonway (2)||Victory (6)|
Tips on buying a second hand motorcycle
Why buy used bikes?
You can end up saving a lot of money buying a used motorbike as apposed to a new one and still get much the same value if you find a good deal. Motorbikes are not as popular in South Africa as they are in other countries around the world but their popularity is on the rise and more and more people are using bikes as an alternative to their usual means of transport.
Buying a second hand motorbike
There are two avenues you can go through when buying a second hand motorbike.
The first is through a registered used motorbike dealership. Going through a dealership gives you a lot of security and peace of mind, as there are many laws regarding the selling of used bikes that dealerships must accord by. You can be 100% sure of what you are buying when you buy a used bike from a dealership and they will often provide the financing channel as well. The price however can be slightly higher when dealing through a dealership.
The second avenue is through a private seller. Private used bike sellers will often save you a lot of money and be cheaper than going through a dealership. However there can be pitfalls that occur when dealing with a private seller and both parties must be fully prepared before carrying out a purchase through a private seller. One of the most important things to be aware of when looking at a motorcycle from a private seller is the inspection.
Inspection and quizzing the seller
This is a very important step when purchasing a used bike from a private seller and it's one that should not be taken lightly. If you are lucky enough to have a friend who is very bike-savvy then it's ideal to take them along to see the bike and ask all the important questions and do the relevant checks for you. However if you are not so lucky, here are some pointers:
- Ask the seller of the bike whether or not the bike has been used in racing
- Look for any scratches or general poor condition
- Does the look and condition of the motorbike match it's year and it's mileage
- Be sure to start the engine, check how it sounds and look for any leaks
- Ask how many owners the bike has had in the past
- How old are the tires
- Ask the seller why they are selling the bike and if there is anything wrong with it
Please note that there are still a lot more checks that you can make to ensure that the bike you are looking at is worth the price that is being offered.
Be sure to take some riding gear along when going to look at the bike as you can get a lot of information about the bike by giving it a quick test ride. This will give you the best indication about the condition and handling of the bike.
Another point that is important to make is that you should shop around. Don't buy the first bike that you see, look around and compare many different bikes to get a good feeling of the price you would be looking to pay. Using this website is a great way to gauge pricing on the various models and compare the different bike brands.
Keep in mind that bikes used for touring, racing and off-road will all require different checks as their parts will take different strain.
Quite often when buying from a private seller the price of the bike can be haggled down. Don't just settle for the price as the seller will often drop the price if there is a guarantee of a sale.
Please note that tips provided on buying used bikes are meant only as a guide to the buyer.