January 21, 2011

Repossessed Motorcycles - Buying Repossessed Motorcycles at Auction Is As Simple As ABC

Buying repossessed motorcycles at auction, is the best way to get the bike you want at a really sweet price. Motorcycles are repossessed for a number of reasons including the owner not being able to make repayments, failing to pay taxes or if the bike is purchased through the proceeds of crime. None of these reasons are a reflection on the quality of the bike itself, in fact you will be surprised to find how many are late models with low mileage. Many dealers buy their stock at auction then sell on their vehicles to the public at a profit. Why not cut out the middleman and get the best possible deal at a repossessed and seized vehicle auction? I will give you some advice here to make sure that you get a great repossessed motorcycle at an even better price. It really is as simple as ABC!


These public auctions take place regularly all over the country. You just need to find out where they are taking place and attend the auction in order to view the bikes available and bid on the one you choose. The auctions are not widely advertised, but you may find notices in the legal section of your newspaper. Another alternative is to use an online aggregate auction service, which will provide updated lists of all auctions taking place.

Be Prepared

There are a number of things you should do prior to the auction in order to be prepared. I would advise you to get a list of the vehicles available on the day. Decide which motorcycles you are interested in make a note of the VIN and do a background check. You should also check the market value of the bike and set your bidding limit, to ensure you get great value.

Also, find out what you need to bring to the auction with you. This may include a drivers license, letter of credit from a bank or a credit card with a limit, sufficient to cover your bid etc.


Prior to the auction, you will have an opportunity to check the repossessed motorcycles available. If possible, bring a mechanic along with you for the check if you are not familiar with the technical aspects or engine mechanics of the bike. If this is not possible, make sure you check the bodywork for signs of damage, run the engine and check the oil to ensure that it is clean. Take your time during your inspection and ensure that you are satisfied that the repo motorcycle is in good running order, before you decide to bid.

Finally, don't abandon the idea of purchasing a repossessed motorcycle, if the first auction you check out doesn't have the model you are looking for. There are many repo auctions, taking place at regular intervals, so just be patient and you might just find a real gem.

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January 17, 2011

European Motorcycle Trip - Barcelona

Earlier this year, aid has decided to take our bikes and travel from England, down through France and over the Pyrenees into Northern Spain, to Barcelona. My chosen machine was a Triumph Rocket Three. I am 50-year-old male and wanted a machine that had a big engine for effortless cruising, and various accessories for comfort and convenience. These accessories included heated grips, leather panniers, riders back pad, fog lamps and a few other bits and pieces.

I mention the above accessories specifically for various reasons, the leather panniers remaining waterproof despite a day of torrential rain in France, the heated grips helping to dry my hands out afterwards, the fog lamps being useful in cloud over the Pyrenees, and the riders back at absolutely superb the hard acceleration, preventing the need to hang onto the handgrips for dear life and feeling like a sledgehammer in the back!

The biggest problem had been the handling in the mountains. The Rocket Three has to be manhandled around bends on mountain roads, which results in quite severe pain to once triceps by the end of the day!

We were approaching Barcelona from Andorra where we had spent the previous night. I have decided to take the dual carriageway direct from Andorra to Barcelona rather than spend the day riding on yet more mountain roads which meant that I was travelling alone.

Unfortunately, the one accessory that I did not have on the Triumph was satellite navigation. All I had on me was the name and address of the hotel we were staying in for the night in Barcelona, but of course Barcelona is a big place!

I arrived very tired at about three o'clock in the afternoon and rush-hour traffic seems to be building. Having come down from the mountains it was also considerably warmer at around 30°C.

I am an absolute stickler for wearing protective clothing on a motorcycle, no matter how hot it is, but found myself travelling with my jacket undone and was grateful for my system helmet which allows you to flip up the front part of the lead, effectively converting it into an open face helmet.

Despite being incredibly hot and very tired and somewhat irritable, I couldn't help but be impressed by Barcelona's beauty. I found myself surrounded by extremely elegant buildings and tree-lined pavements often to be found in small parts of cities like Paris or London, but I had never seen such beauty in such a large area.

Fortunately for us, we had a day's rest in Barcelona and were able to explore the town. Barcelona has an exceptional "old town" with narrow pedestrian streets and interesting shops and cafes.

I must admit, I didn't do much of the "tourist bit" as I was too tired and decided that I would revisit the city with my wife over the next few months.

However, the great thing about Barcelona is that there is a lot to see and one doesn't have to physically move very far to see a great deal.

There is the famous Ramblas, a wide street to see and be seen. Essentially, the traffic travels into small lanes each side while the main part down the middle of the street is pedestrianised and has many small cafes and market traders. It is a fantastic place to drink sangria and watch the world go by.

Just off Ramblas is the market. To tell the truth, I don't remember a lot about it, but the one thing I do remember is the absolutely incredible food on sale. We arrived there shortly after breakfast, but I still regret not tucking into one of the seafood platters on sale at one of the fish stalls!

One word of warning however, pay close attention to any loose luggage you may have and your pockets, as pick pocketing is rife. Also avoid eating in any of the large restaurants on the seafront, we did and thought the food was vastly overpriced.

Barcelona are also has a fantastic metro system which makes getting around on foot really easy.

I can't wait to go back!

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