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Pro Tips to Get the Most When You Trade in a Motorcycle

Mar 31, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Logan Reed

Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Motorcycle Trade-In Value

Going to your local dealership for a motorcycle trade-in is considered one of the best ways to sell your motorcycle when you want to keep on riding. However, when it comes to getting your motorcycle trade-in value, sometimes dealerships can give you the runaround on what offer they are willing to negotiate.

When I decided it was time to sell my motorcycle, I had my eye on a shiny beast of a bike at one of the huge dealerships near me. So, as any riding enthusiast would do, I opted to trade in my motorcycle and kill two birds with one stone. What I wasn’t prepared for was the out the door price of my new ride, and how much of it wasn’t really taken care of with my motorcycle trade value.


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Sparing you the details of exactly how many mods I had put on my bike, I thought that would boost my value by a longshot. I was surprised to learn that, nope, mods didn’t really raise the value of my ride in the least. In fact, dealerships prefer stock bikes as they will sell better to a new customer. While I realize that, sure, I had customized my ride with solely my preferences in mind, I was still a little peeved that I had sunk so much money into something I wasn’t going to wholly get back in terms of a motorcycle trade in.

So, is a motorcycle trade in one of the best ways to sell a motorcycle before getting your hands on another? Maybe, but take these tips into account before you decide to go for a trade.


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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.