If you, like many people, are trying to pick up new hobbies during quarantine, the thought of taking up motorcycle riding has likely crossed your mind. Whether you’re a new rider or considering getting back on the road, you’ll probably want to invest in a new motorcycle. If you’re going to buy a bike, we recommend waiting a while until we hit the cold months. Believe it or not, January, February, and March are the best months for motorcycle shopping.
It might seem counterintuitive to say that the winter months are the best time of year to buy a motorcycle, but it’s actually the truth. With cold, short days and poor road conditions ahead in those late winter months, most motorcycle dealers are facing empty showrooms. This coupled with high heating bills and holiday costs will leave them eager for your business. February in particular is a good month to purchase a motorcycle because salesmen have fewer days to move products, making them more willing to compromise on prices. So if a new motorcycle is on the horizon for you, wait until winter to make your purchase.
Get your jacket on, it’s going to be chilly
If you’re a first time rider that also means you’re a first time buyer and probably don’t know the ins and outs of motorcycle shopping. You may not know where to find the best deals on a bike, which could lead you to spend more than you need to. Don’t get taken advantage of by motorcycle dealers: make them work for you. If you go shopping for a new motorcycle in the winter, the supply will likely be greater than the demand and you’ll get a better deal on a bike.
If you’re an experienced motorcyclist you might be thinking of trading in your old bike for a new model. Fortunately, February is just as good of a month for trading bikes as it is for buying them. Many dealerships buy used bikes in February and March in preparation of a spike in demand as the weather gets warmer. If your motorcycle is in good shape, you can probably arrange a decent trade in the winter.
Remember to Stay Safe When Riding in the Winter
Despite the fact that winter is the best time to buy a motorcycle, it may not be the best time to ride one. With cold weather comes snow and icy roads and low visibility, all things which can lead to motorcycle accidents. To protect yourself and your new bike, make sure to brush up on some cold weather riding tips if you plan to hit the road before spring.
Motorcycle safety is essential, regardless of your experience level, and it is important that you have proper safety gear whenever you’re riding. However, we can’t prepare for everything and accidents do happen. If you or someone you know have been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact your local Riverside motorcycle accident attorneys for help building a case.