10 Used Motorcycles You Should Never Consider Buying!

Browsing the used motorcycles pages? Here’s what to avoid!

Used motorcycles can be a mixed bag, and like anything from a Fender Stratocaster to a Suzuki GSX-R600, you get good ones and you get bad ones…and if that wasn’t enough, you’ve got other people’s personal opinions to contend with too. So, we’ve put together a list of 10 used motorcycles that you should never consider buying, and we’ve based it on individual reviews from a wide range of dedicated forums, rather than by recalls or what the guy in the local bar thinks he knows. Some entries will be wrong in your experience, and that’s fine. Others might make you think twice before making a sale – and that’s the main point here – if you’re buying a used motorcycle, make sure you do some thorough research before shaking hands.

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When it comes to determining what a good or bad used motorcycle is, there are a number of things to consider, and before you part with your hard earned cash you should do a lot of research about the particular model and year you’re looking at. Go to specific forums and see what existing owners have to say. It’s not as straightforward as reading the mainstream motorcycle press either. On paper, Harley-Davidson have been responsible for big recalls on a regular basis. Does that make them bad used motorcycles? No. Since Harley-Davidson owners are some of the most anal when it comes to maintenance, they’re generally very well kept machines.

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Conversely, that Honda sportsbike might be an attractive looking purchase. It’s a Honda after all, and you know, Honda make things that last forever, don’t they? Generally, yes, but if it was a particularly good sportsbike and its owner has a penchant for high-speed runs, wheelies, and loves a burnout or two, even a Honda can be a bad investment.

Luckily, we live in a world where technology can generally be relied upon, and in the event of a severe problem we have a thing called manufacturers accountability, which sees any major fault quickly remedied before it causes a massive headache. Most motorcycles built in the last thirty years will be fine if they’ve been maintained properly…but there are a few models that still have problems despite the previous owner’s best efforts. Some were just born with issues, and here are our top ten used motorcycles to avoid at all costs. Our criteria includes mechanical issues, handling problems, dodgy paint jobs, and even uninspiring “bang for buck” ratios.

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With that in mind, keep in mind that what makes our list may not make yours. The used motorcycles category is a funny one, and there should always be room for debate. Whether you agree with us or not, if you’re about to make a purchase on a used motorcycle, make sure you do the research beforehand and get the truth from the seller…You have been warned! Click Next to view our list of10 Used Motorcycles You Should Avoid At All Costs!

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Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…