Buying a motorcycle in Seattle
Posted May 30, 2002
This is a subject that seems to come and go around me, so I thought
I'd put together a collection of links and descriptions that may help
with buying a motorcycle in Seattle.
First, some generic stuff, and some links that aren't specifically
- How to
evaluate a used motorcycle - A good, long description of what to
look for when looking at a used bike. Read this one before you get out
to the seller's house.
Online review archive - Motorcycle Online is a pretty cool
online-only magazine, and this is their archive of bike reviews.
- SoundRider's website -
SoundRider is a Puget Sound area motorcycle website. Some interesting
articles, dealer links, classifieds, etc.
These are a few national listing services (and even international,
really), and you can go through them looking for local bikes, or the
perfect bike that you're willing to travel to acquire. (Note: never
ever buy a used vehicle that you haven't seen yourself -- it's not
worth the hassle, I know!)
- IBMWR Marketplace - The
Internet BMW Rider's club maintains this excellent classified listing
service, but it's BMW-specific.
- CycleTrader -
CycleTrader has many thousands of motorcycles/ATVs/jetskis listed most
of the time, and they have a handy geographical limiting search.
These are a few of the local motorcycle dealers. I'm sure I don't
have all of them. They all have both used and new bikes, and dealers
tend to carry their own brand of used bikes more than other brands.
- University Honda - Up on
Capitol Hill, these guys are really nice, but it's nearly impossible to
get a testride, since Capitol Hill is such a crappy place to drive.
- Ride West BMW - This is my
BMW dealer of choice, since my favorite parts person moved here from
Cascade (now defunct).
- Cycle Barn - I'm not
personally very fond of Cycle Barn, mostly for their sales practices.
But it's a fabulous place to go look at a bunch of different brands:
Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Triumph, Harley, and Buell, at least. They
also have a large used bike department.
- Aurora Suzuki - I
don't know much about them, but they're on about 67th and Aurora north
of downtown, right by Greenlake. They seem to have a decent used
selection any time I've looked, although their used section hasn't been
- Moto International
- Seattle's only Moto Guzzi dealer, and very pleasant people. I almost
bought a Le Mans from them until I discovered I don't fit on them.
They generally don't list used bikes on the website, and don't usually
have many to choose from (they sell too fast). Used Guzzis are hard to
find around here.
Harley-Davidson - I'm pretty sure there are other Harley dealers in
the area, but this is the only one I could think of. I'm not
personally very interested in Harleys, so I haven't paid a lot of
attention to the scene.
- I-90 Motorsports -
I've never actually been to this dealership, but it's another
mega-dealership, like Cycle Barn. They sell multiple brands of new
bikes, and almost certainly have a large used selection.
That's my list for now. If you know of a dealer I should really
put on here, please email me
and let me know.
Created by Ian Johnston. Questions? Please mail me.