In our "new is good, old is bad" consumer culture, it's almost considered a lack of social grace to buy anything used. Even when the subject is motorcycles, a large faction insists that new is the only way to go. For one thing, you get a warranty, and for another, you're not buying someone else's headache. But concentrating on what you don't get with a used bike ignores what you do get—a cheaper buy-in and lower insurance rates, which add up to reduced operating costs over the life of the bike. If you pick a popular model, parts are cheap and readily available through salvage yards. Warranties are nice, but today's bikes are far more reliable than those of days gone by, and if you choose your used wheels with care to begin with, you might never miss a warranty. And while the joy of the new soon wears off, the satisfaction of a really good deal continues for mile after mile.