- Depreciation. A new motorcycle depreciates in value the instant you sign the papers. If you're not sure that you want to stay on that brand or size, it's better financially to buy used.
- Modern motorcycles are incredibly durable. If you find a good, clean example a couple of years old, you'll see substantial savings with little downside in terms of reliability.
- If the previous owner has embellished it with a little minor road rash, it'll save you the effort. And embarrassment. Serious damage, though, could mean mechanical problems and unexpected costs. Inspect a used bike carefully because it's buyer beware.