What if those giz­mos fail?


Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying Bikes -

Mod­ern ma­chines are fright­en­ingly com­plex, even the most ba­sic of en­try-level nakeds have fly-by-wire this and the as­so­ci­ated sen­sors. But with these heavy­weight tour­ing bikes there’s an ex­tra layer of com­plex­ity brought about by the ad­di­tional gad­gets and giz­mos that they have.

While a lot of in­de­pen­dent deal­ers now of­fer ex­tended used bike war­ranties, sub­ject to you main­tain­ing the bike’s ser­vice sched­ule with them, you should al­ways ask whether the war­ranty in­cludes fac­tory-fit­ted ex­tras or stan­dard an­cil­lar­ies, as you may find the pol­icy only cov­ers me­chan­i­cal break­downs of the en­gine, gear­box, frame or sus­pen­sion.

Do some re­search too; there are plenty of price com­par­i­son sites spe­cial­is­ing in war­ranties for used mo­tor­cy­cles, so shop around, find the best pol­icy to suit you and the bike you’re buy­ing, and make sure you read the pol­icy doc­u­ments fully. A cor­rectly pur­chased war­ranty will take the what-ifs out of buy­ing a com­plex, pre-owned tourer, whereas one bought in er­ror will just be a com­plete waste of money.

What could go wrong? Find out what your war­ranty cov­ers

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