Buying a motorbike isn’t like picking up tonight’s dinner from a grocery store; there will be weeks of research involved, including the need to read reviews based on what others think about a particular motorcycle of interest. These days, motorbike reviews can be a pretty controversial topic; what with some agencies hiring third parties to create false reviews and feedback in a bid to make sales.
Can this feedback be avoided?
Unfortunately, the internet is such a large place and controlling the flow of reviews and opinions can be all but impossible. With that being said – if a person is keen to enjoy honest, unbiased reviews relating to motorcycles, then there’s no reason why they couldn’t turn to a reliable and reputable website that is well-known for being fair and trustworthy.
Should you trust motorbike reviews?
There are a few particular things to look for when reading about motorbikes from an unknown, or unverified source.
First – is the website hoping to make a sale from what it is that they are talking about? If the review is about a particular motorcycle that they stock, or one that they specialise in selling, then what are the chances that they will talk badly about it?
Second – who is writing the review exactly? Is it a third party that has been credited? Does the review come from a particular website itself, or has it been published courtesy of a printed publication that already has a reputation?
When it comes to knowing who to trust and who to avoid when reading reviews, the last thing to do is to take one opinion; unless that opinion is reputable enough to be reliable. For instance, if a random website pops up claiming to be experts in all things motorcycle buying related, then where do they get their credentials from?
Could they simply be an affiliate site hoping to talk a motorbike up enough to make a few sales? An honest website won’t use these cheap tactics, nor should they be biased in any sense. Sure, if the motorcycle in question is genuinely a good bike with a host of features, a great engine and a range of functions, then there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be applauded in all respects.
If one website claims that a bike is the best out there, but others speak differently about their experiences, then don’t be fooled and look into the matter further. There’s no better way to get an honest opinion than by listening to someone that actually owns the motorcycle being discussed; or has at least ridden it extensively at some point.
A good review should cover a range of features; from the specifications of a bike, its comfort and functionality, all the way to its reliability, on-road performance, access to features, the type of fuel that is uses and more. The best way to identify an honest review is via the technical terms that are used within it.
If someone has no clue about a particular bike then the chances are that they will spend the majority of the review talking about the appearance and other basic features. If they are a biker by nature and enjoy nothing more than getting to grips with break-horsepower, gears, maintenance and everything in between, then the chances are that they will have a firm grasp of what they are talking about.