Vintage motorcycles are often considered hobby bikes. They usually require consistent work, repairs, and maintenance. Although it’s certainly possible to get your vintage motorcycle in excellent working condition, you still probably won’t choose it as your day-to-day travel motorcycle. For many bikers, having a motorcycle they can constantly work on and tinker with is part of the appeal. The great news is that most vintage motorcycles are easy to work on and although some parts might be hard to come by, you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding what you need.
You know the saying, “All that glitters isn’t gold?” Maybe in the case of vintage motorcycles it should be, “All that shines won’t necessarily run.” Even the most well-maintained motorcycle may be masking major issues. And some rusty looking bikes have engines that will run and run. When it comes to choosing a vintage motorcycle, it’s important to do your homework. Some motorcycles are far more reliable than others. Check out reviews of reliability for the model and year that interests you. Also, look up the cost and availability of replacement parts. Popular models will give you greater access to diagrams, instructional videos, and forum posts. That obscure vintage bike may look great – but you could be out of luck when it comes to repairs.
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Add the phone number of a reliable tow service to your phone. Vintage motorcycles have a habit of breaking down – often at the worst possible times. Instead of having to rely on a passing motorist, police officer, or random Google search to find a tow, add the phone number of a good tow service to your phone. Not only will it save you time and perhaps money, you will feel better knowing your bike is in good hands.
Know up-front that it’s going to be a money pit. Vintage bikes are just that – vintage. And that means old! Old parts wear out and break. The advantage is that, without highly technical engines and systems, you should be able to do much of the repair work on your own. But that doesn’t mean that it won’t be costly. In addition to the cost of parts and, if necessary, a few new tools, you need to make sure you have enough time to work on your bike. Most vintage bike aficionados view this as part of the game – putting the time and effort into repairing and rebuilding their motorcycle to good or even new condition. But that means a great deal of time and money is invested along the way. If you are lacking either, don’t buy a vintage motorcycle.
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Be prepared for twenty questions. These motorcycles attract a lot of attention, and for good reason. Their classic design really sets them apart from modern motorcycles. When you own a vintage bike, it’s good to research its history. You’ll want to know all about the model and design and the advantages and disadvantages over other models. If you choose to show your bike, interested bikers and non-bikers alike will pummel you with questions. You don’t want to be left scratching your head.
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Like any other motorcycle, vintage motorcycles can be involved in crashes. This can mean insurance claims and, often times, low offers for the cost of repairs. Most of us who choose to own a vintage bike invest considerable time and money into it. One great idea is to keep a folder with a list of work you have performed on your motorcycle and all your receipts. In the event of a crash, it will help you demonstrate the added value of your bike. It could mean hundreds of even thousands of additional dollars of compensation. No amount of money can bring back a damaged bike, but a strong repair or replacement valuation will put you well on the way to recovery.
If you have been in a crash with your vintage motorcycle, you may face injuries in addition to damages. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to escape the crash with some minor road rash and a few bumps and bruises. But don’t just assume that you are alright. If you have been involved in a motorcycle crash, even a relatively minor one, it’s important to be checked out by a physician. Concussions and brain injury from a motorcycle crash occur far too often, and the effects can be devastating. Sometimes you won’t even realize the extent of your injuries right away. You may just feel sore, with a headache and fatigue. But these can be signs of greater injuries to the brain. Don’t take any chances – get checked out by a medical professional. After your injuries are treated, your next step is to call an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer. Contact Kass & Moses at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE to learn more about how we can help you recover financially after a motorcycle crash.