Friday, March 30, 2018

How to Cut the Hassle From Buying Your New Bike

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With an aging baby boomer population, a new crowd of millennial riders and an economy still on the mend, many riders are looking for more affordable bikes. Despite new models that cater to the younger crowd, many riders are turning their search to the used bike market.

Buying the right used motorcycle can take some legwork, though. Between researching sellers and bike history, to figuring out financing and how to actually get your bike - finding a new ride takes time (something most of us are already short on). But with the right resources, you can save time and energy and still be satisfied that you’re getting the best bike for your needs.

Follow these quick steps to bypass the back-and-forth of bike buying and get straight to enjoying your new ride.

Streamline your motorcycle research
Checking your bike’s history is crucial if you want to spend your dollars wisely. Save yourself valuable time and a whole lot of energy by using a service like Cyclechex, which gives you a vehicle history report in a fast, affordable way.

Make safe, smooth payments
Let’s face it, there are some people who just want to take would-be buyers for a ride. Paying thousands of dollars over the internet in good faith can be dicey, but it goes both ways. Sellers are also crossing their fingers that payment will come through as promised, without chargebacks due to fraud. Using a sound payment system can give everyone that peace of mind that high-dollar transactions demand. Check out these payment services:
  • PayPal provides a smooth transaction process that protects buyer and seller from fraudulent transactions. From requiring signatures upon delivery to recommending sellers request the buyer’s driver’s license for identity and address verification, using PayPal can help all parties know they’re making a legitimate, safe transaction. 
  • holds your payment until everyone is satisfied with the sale. Here’s how it works: Your payment goes into escrow, triggering the seller to ship the bike. Once you, the buyer, inspect the bike and are satisfied, your money is released to the seller. 
Streamline the registration process Always request a copy of the title from the seller before you make the purchase. Make sure they send you both the front and back of the title. Different states will have different requirements, so check out your area’s vehicle registration requirements beforehand. You can find your state’s government agency by doing a web search for “Motor Vehicle Registration [your state].”

Shop nationwide for the best selection of bikes Broadening your search range can improve your chances of making a great purchase. Technology makes it simple to research and purchase your new bike, and Motorcycle Shippers removes the headache of getting it to your door. Motorcycle Shippers makes getting the bike you want simple, no matter the distance. Here’s how it works: 
  • Book your order online
  • Motorcycle Shippers contacts the seller to arrange transportation 
  • You track your shipment right to your door 
In today’s tech age, your new bike is as close as your computer. Follow the steps above to keep the process simple, streamlined and secure. Then, let Motorcycle Shippers take it from there—and ship your bike safely right to your door.
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Motorcycle Ride-Sharing - Could the Idea Actually Work?

Car ride-sharing is popular in larger cities, but is this trend ready to make moves to our space?

Motorcycle ride-sharing is already in full force in many Asian countries where owning a motorcycle isn’t just a luxury or a hobby - it’s the norm. Grab Bike is based in Southeast Asia and is essentially the Uber for motorcycles. To operate GrabBike, a user downloads the app, puts in a location and jumps on. So, if it’s this easy in Southeast Asia - why aren’t other countries instantly adopting this idea? Safety is one issue to figure out and another is that transportation is so different all over the world - especially in the U.S. We have less urban areas as compared to a lot of Asian cities, and our bikes are usually larger in size.

BMW did announce they are working on a few ideas to get this motorcycle-sharing idea off the ground in Europe. They’d also like to start offering up the backseats of their motorcycles and scooters to help decongest their most crowded cities. The only roadblock so far - helmets. Sizing has to be just right on a helmet and sharing them in the summer heat isn’t ideal. We hope they can figure out a solution quick since we all know less traffic is a win-win for everyone.

While BMW is working out the kinks of their motorcycle ride-sharing idea, they are planning to roll-out a new program in May where people can rent motorcycles from a dealer on a day-by-day basis in Germany, France, and Austria. Users would be able to access this program through an app and BMW is hoping that this idea will help broaden their customer base and attract new riders - we are all for that and could see that idea working pretty well in the US.

Looks like motorcycle ride-sharing could be a part of our future sooner rather than later. Would you be willing to share your ride?
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Check Out New Footage of Yamaha’s 2019 NIKEN Leaning Multi-Wheel Motorcycle

Yamaha first debuted their new NIKEN leaning multi-wheel bike at the EICMA motorcycle show in late 2017, and ever since we’ve been ready to see more. Well, the time has come - Yamaha recently released three new videos showing footage of this technology in action. Yes, there are other three-wheeled rides out there - but the NIKEN is unlike anything we’ve seen before. We were instantly impressed with how it can carve corners with precision and ease. The control the NIKEN gives riders is truly mind-blowing - with its two front tires leaning in parallel unison, this bike provides riders with double the grip (and looks pretty dang cool while doing it).

The videos highlight the bike’s ability to lean deep into angles (an incredible max of 45 degrees to be exact - you read that right) and gives off a more sporty riding experience. The footage also gives you an in-depth look at the technology behind the bike - including the revolutionary leaning multi-wheel chassis, their radical styling, the powerful inline-triple motor, and advanced rider aids.

If you are ready to take on the thrill, the NIKEN will be available in the second half of 2018 - we can’t wait to see this bad boy out on the road. So, the wait is officially on, but in the meantime, check out the all of the videos, photos, and more details here.
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