Question about motorcycle dealers


macrumors 68030
Original poster
Aug 4, 2002
Madison, Wi
I'm contemplating getting rid of one of my cars and getting a motorcyle. I'm not interested in hearing about the pros or cons or dangers of driving a motorcyle in this thread. I would like to know if anyone has had experience purchasing a new motorcycle and if motorcycle dealers take cars for trade ins? It's a nice car so maybe that matters?
I'm most interested in a Triumph, Ducati or BMW.

Chip NoVaMac

macrumors G3
Dec 25, 2003
Northern Virginia
I will be interested in how things go with info. I too am thinking of getting a motorcycle.

As for your old car, you could just take it to a CarMax, if there is one near you.


macrumors Nehalem
Feb 19, 2005
Generally they do not take cars as trade-ins. I just recently purchased a motorcycle and let Ford deal with the trade-in of the mustang.
You should also know that insuring the bike for the first time will be higher as you increase your cc's on the bike...just an FYI. If you're not a newly licensed motorcyclist then you should be fine in whatever bike. Personally, I prefer BMW. :)


macrumors 68030
Original poster
Aug 4, 2002
Madison, Wi
Well there is a BMW/Triumph dealer here so if they do happen to take trades since it's affiliated with BMW then I could choose between the two, and those two are my favorites. The car is a MINI which is owned by BMW so maybe I have a chance.


macrumors Core
Mar 17, 2005
London, England
I don't think they often take cars for trade-in but I guess it depends on the place.

One thing. Ducati is a very precision driven motorcycle but it demands near perfect performance out of you to get that result. If you're not already somewhat relaxed and precise in your motions youself on a motorcycle they can be sort of 'twitchy' and difficult to manage. Highly recommended but just not as user-friendly in the beginning.
My $.02 anyway.


macrumors 65816
Feb 10, 2006
I'm another interested person, mostly becuase I am young and am thinking about getting an older motorcycle to avoid high gas prices and just because a motorcycle seems to fit my needs.

Anyway, if you have a mini and want to trade it for a BMW you probably have a chance. I guess it all depends on whether the BMW/Triumph dealer also sells cars...