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How to buy a motorcycle

It's fairly normal to hesitate before buying a new bike, but at Triumph we're particularly well placed to know that purchasing a motorcycle needn't be a stressful experience, especially when you're aware of all the things to know before buying a motorcycle.

So, before you jump straight onto one of our high-torque powerful engines, here's how to do a little homework so that you can get the most fun out of a bike that’s best suited to you.

How to buy a motorcycle – Things to consider

At Triumph, we want to ensure that you’re comfortable when riding, whether that’s for your daily commute or a more ambitious off-road adventure. Whatever your journey, there are certain things you need to know before buying that dream motorcycle.

For example, it helps to have a clear idea of what you're going to be using it for. This can affect the size of bike and engine you need, but also there'll be associated costs that can sneak up on you if you're not careful. For example, at the very least, the law in the UK requires you to wear a helmet. This is an important part of the motorcycle-buying process, so don't be afraid to take advice from a specialist to ensure fit and comfort.

In addition to the helmet, riders are recommended to wear additional appropriate clothing, which most commonly comes in the form of leather riding jackets, protective gloves and riding boots. Triumph has a full range of high quality and rigorously tested riding wear and clothing that's specifically designed for helping you towards getting that perfect ride.

Another cost linked to safety that all riders will need to undertake is lessons to pass your motorcycle licence. These are, of course, essential in developing the skills and confidence you will need before purchasing a motorcycle, and they'll not only teach you how to get the most out of your bike, but also how to ride more safely at the same time as getting the most joy out of your new best friend.

I want to buy a motorcycle

If you're under 24 years of age Triumph offers bikes with restricted speed limits (just ask your local Triumph dealer), but there’s also a range of full-power bikes available - from adventure bikes to cruisers as well as our iconic Bonneville range.

There’s a Triumph for every type of rider no matter what your lifestyle, but the unrivalled thrill of a Triumph motorcycle is best experienced by requesting a test ride at one of our dealers. This is quick and easy to arrange – just fill in the test ride request on your favourite Triumph model's web page (remember to read the information at the bottom of the page because this tells you what you need to bring with you).

The Triumph range of motorcycles cater for all riders’ needs, and vary in size, weight and styling and, as is the case for all Triumphs, you can use the online configurator to personalise your bike and really make the motorcycle your own. After that, you also need to think about the costs of getting and keeping your motorcycle on the road; maintenance and insurance, taxes, and other expenses that all come as part of the riding package. However, if you’ve worked out everything correctly, and you're ready to ride, the next step you'll take really is one of the best experiences any rider can have... go and actually buy your bike!

What is the best way to buy a motorcycle?

The full range of Triumph motorcycles, from game changing Street Triples to the beautifully iconic Bonneville Bobber, can all be found in the Motorcycles section of the Triumph website.

Buying a motorcycle from a Triumph dealer is a super way to view the full range of Triumphs on offer, and find the best ride for you. This is because all Triumph dealers can answer any questions you have about the most appropriate bike for your needs. If you are looking at buying a Triumph, you may want to consider buying a Triumph approved pre-owned motorcycle from an authorised dealer. This is because purchasing a pre-owned motorcycle is a superb way to get a feel for the bike and become familiar with it - especially if you’re a new rider - before taking the decision to own that brand new dream machine.

There's one other very important additional benefit of buying from a Triumph dealer; they might be able to offer you some very convenient financing options that could make your motorcycle an even more affordable purchase!

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