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How Much Extra Will You Pay for a Brand New Motorcycle?

Jan 4, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Logan Reed

New rides from the dealership are expensive; buy a used motorcycle online instead.

Do you know how to calculate a keystone markup? How about a brand-new bike’s annual motorcycle depreciation value? These are some of the setbacks you’ll encounter when you buy a new motorcycle from your local dealership.  


The fact is, the out-the-door price of a new motorcycle from the dealership is drastically higher than what you’d spend on a used motorcycle. In addition to keystone markups and annual depreciation, taxes and all sorts of motorcycle dealer fees are tacked on to the grand total, including freight, license, documentation, registration, and service, just to name a few. 

But it’s easy to overlook these increases when there’s a brand-spanking new scoot right in front of you, just begging to be bought, right? And maybe if you had some figures to compare side by side, you’d feel more justified to buy a used motorcycle over new. 

Check out this slideshow that explains some of the math, and you'll see why both you and your wallet are better off when you buy a used motorcycle. 

To read more on the topic, check out this article for a little more in-depth coverage.

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Logan Reed

Written by Logan Reed

Rider. Writer. Harley life-r. Follow my coverage of everything from tips for motorcycle riders, to motorcycle humor, and everything else to do with living life on two wheels.