It seems common that many people getting into trials, are interested in buying a used bike. In fact this is the route that I have chosen to take. Not because I cannot afford a new bike, but because I want to make sure that I am serious about it before investing the money.
Having owned off road enduro and dual sport bikes, I know that I love off road riding. It has also been suggested by a lot of people if this is the case I will really love trials. I tend to think they are right, as the limited trials training I have done on enduro bikes, is tons of fun.
So why not buy new? Well for me I want to test the water as I said above. However one of the major reasons for me to try to find a used bike is that I am sure I will be much harder on my bike while I am first learning. As such I would prefer to have a used bike that I will be more willing to try stuff and not be as concerned with damaging it. This actually makes me push myself more if I am not worried about breaking or scratching up a new bike.
Now the only drawback to buying used, is that trials bikes are not easy to find second hand. Well at least that is the case in the part of the country in which I live. In fact the local trials association stated that they rarely see used bikes on the market and when they did show up were gone within a few days.
This alone makes me consider a new bike. I have done a lot of searching, emailing, and talking on the phone and have come up empty handed. Sure there are used bikes that are still for sell, but they are only around one to two thousand less then new, and for me I would rather buy new then buy an old bike for that little less.
I have a couple dealers looking for used bikes for me, hopefully something will come up soon so that I can actually get something and get this show on the road.