Iâ€™ve seen a few posts in the short time Iâ€™ve been on Netrider and Iâ€™m amazed at the number of new riders buying a brand new bike for their first bike. Why? I can assume the joy of owning a new shiny perfect bike would be appealing as would the thought of having something thatâ€™s reliable too. But, don't you realize your a lot more likely to drop and destroy your first bike? Or treat it in a way that could be detrimental to its health. So why not get a 2nd hand bike? One thatâ€™s done a few K's (not too high) enough to bring the price down, enough to show the engine has been run in and proven to run well afterwards. Sure if you drop your bike and have good insurance it gets fixed, but if itâ€™s your fault your premium goes up. A cheaper bike you can just forget about the cracks and scratches in the fairings, dings in the tank and faded bits of paint and go on riding, not waiting for your insurance company to fix it. No matter what bike you have it will loose value over time thanks to depreciation. So second hand or new you loose cash on both, BUT! The second you roll a new bike out of the yard it can loose a couple thousand straight away, and you could save those couple of thousand buying a bike 2 years old.