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How to Sell My Motorcycle Fast

How to Sell My Motorcycle Fast

Need tips on how to sell your motorcycle quickly? You’ve come to the right place! Continue reading below for actionable steps that will help speed up the selling process.

1. Have a Plan 

It’s important to have a plan in place. If you’ve never sold a motorcycle before or need a refresher on the process, check out our comprehensive guide on how to sell a motorcycle

This will prepare you to answer buyer questions on topics such as escrow services or motorcycle shipping

Then, gather all the necessary documents. This way you are also prepared to answer questions on things like maintenance history and major repairs. 

2. List with a Motorcycle Marketplace

Listing online is one of the fastest ways to sell a motorcycle because it allows your bike to be seen by potential buyers in your area and across the nation.

It’s not uncommon for buyers to purchase a motorcycle out of state.

3. Take Good Photos

Photos can make or break a listing. 

Make sure you post at least 10 clear and clutter-free photos of your bike from all angles. For detailed advice, check out this post on how to improve your listing by improving your photos

4. Good Description 

Your description should not be copied and pasted from the motorcycle manufacturer’s website. Take this opportunity to tell others why your bike is their best option. 

Buyers like to hear about things like new tires and saddlebags. Motorcycles that have been stored in a garage are also a plus. 

Also mention if you have proof of regular maintenance and disclose any damage. 

5. Don’t Overprice 

A common mistake private sellers make is overpricing their motorcycle. While your motorcycle holds a lot of sentimental value to you, most buyers are just looking for a good deal.

Buyers often visit sites like NADAguides and Kelley Blue Book to ensure they’re getting the best deal. 

For detailed advice on how to best price your motorcycle, check out the two posts linked above. You can also use our Bike Price Report.

6. Respond in a Timely Manner

List contact information on your listing that you will readily respond to. You don’t want to lose interested buyers because you can’t get back to them in a timely manner. 

Try to respond to interested buyers the same day they reach out to you. And, afterward, continue to respond to messages promptly. 

If you can’t wait by the phone, give serious buyers a time frame in which you can communicate with them. 

7. Upload a Video or Video Chat

When purchasing online, many buyers are concerned about motorcycle selling scams. A great way to prove you are transparent is to include a video of your motorcycle being started and running for a few minutes.

 Also, do a 360-degree walk around the bike so buyers can see the bike from all angles. 

You can also video chat with serious buyers. This way you can show them who you are and confirm that you have possession of the bike. 

8. Throw in Extras

If you have extra parts or riding gear you no longer need (that are at least in fair condition), consider throwing them in to sweeten the deal. 

The goal is not necessarily to increase the price but to make your listing more appealing to potential buyers. 

9. Get the Right Listing Package

If you have a popular model, such as a Harley-Davidson Street Glide, there will likely be hundreds, if not thousands, of bikes similar to yours listed for sale. 

In this case, it’s best to upgrade your listing so that it will be visible to more buyers. 

In Conclusion

Using all of the tips listed above will put you in the best position to sell your motorcycle faster.

However, keep in mind that other factors can affect how quickly you may sell your bike, such as selling a customized motorcycle or selling outside of riding season
If you’re trying to sell your motorcycle quickly, it’s likely you’re looking forward to the sale money. If so, check out our post on how to get top-dollar when selling your motorcycle.

One comment on “How to Sell My Motorcycle Fast”

  • This is good information. I contacted two dealers, and they seem like they want me to give my bikes away for free.
    I have two of the cleanest Harley’s ever seen. A road King and a Soft Tail -both with custom paint jobs from Harley. I am going to take some more Pics tomorrow and list them here

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