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3 Certified Pre-Owned Picks for October 2021

It used to be that only high-end auto dealerships offered used vehicles with extensive guarantees. When they did, only very low mileage vehicles in excellent condition qualified. Brand-backed programs were exclusive because the name only went to the best of the best. At BGHD we offer the same peace of mind for Harley-Davidson® buyers through our Certified Pre-Owned, also known as H-D® Certified.

The First H-D® Approved Used Motorcycle Certification Program

Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether or not to buy a used motorcycle. With vehicles sometimes there’s a Carfax, but not so much with bikes. Every once in a while someone punches in motorcycle VIN numbers and pulls up results, but Carfax says their database isn’t really made for doing research on used motorcycles. Their database is for cars and light trucks, and they don’t have access to all the records that would be necessary to give a complete history on a used motorcycle.

That used motorcycle for sale on the side of the road or listed on Craigslist might be a good value, or it might not. It might have been someone’s well cared for baby, or it could have been abused and neglected, it could even be stolen.

Harley-Davidson® knows not everyone who rides is a motorcycle mechanic with the skills to tell the good from the bad. If you buy Certified Pre-Owned, the fact your new bike is H-D® Certified says the manufacturer’s standards and highly-trained technicians both guarantee your bike is in tip-top shape.

Certified Pre-Owned for New Riders

H-D® released the Certified Pre-Owned program in part because the Coronavirus pandemic made people sick of staying home at the same time it caused supply chain problems and income irregularities. People were ready to try new things, to get out and experience adventure in ways that didn’t expose them to potential infection, and to add skills that gave them a positive mood boost. Motorcycle sales skyrocketed.

But many new riders were new to everything about riding. As with any new skill, there’s a learning curve. Used motorcycles are in many cases more affordable than new ones, but they’re still not cheap.

Certified Pre-Owned Harleys® help new riders because they are guaranteed to meet a certain standard. They’re all five years old or newer. They can’t have more than 25,000 miles (and most have much, much fewer) and must have documented evidence they’ve received all scheduled maintenance at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals. They also must pass a 110-point inspection given by factory-trained H-D® technicians.

Every H-D®  Certified bike comes with a year limited warranty and an unlimited mileage powertrain warranty. Buyers also get a free year of H.O.G. membership that includes Roadside Assistance.

So for new riders, buying Certified Pre-Owned makes much more sense than spending a similar amount of money on a used motorcycle with all the usual unknowns.

H-D® Certified for Your Motorcycle Upgrade

Another type of customer we see attracted to the H-D Certified program is the one who has been riding for a while, and they’re ready to trade up. One thing you’ll notice when you browse our H-D® Certified inventory is that the bikes are all low mileage and in mint condition, but they typically cost less than buying new. It’s a great way to shop when you want a bike that’s nicer, newer, more powerful and with upgraded technology, but you don’t want to pay the price tag that goes along with brand new.

3 Certified Pre-Owned Bikes Available Now at BGHD

2017 Harley-Davidson®  Forty-Eight XL 1200

d6b5990b835fcdd6aa578fa65bae5034_95d813d7eeff10c7.png Look at the tank graphics on this Certified Pre-Owned Sportster. The black paint, throaty sound and powerful 1200cc engine are rough and tumble, but the silver accents give this Forty-Eight XL 1200 more than just a touch of sophistication and class. Reviewers use words like, "unapologetic," "assertive," and "fun to ride," to describe this bike, and we can't help but agree.

This Certified Pre-Owned bike only has 2,172 miles on the odometer. Payments start at $155/month. Pre-qualify instantly when you click here, or schedule your test ride using this link.

2017 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Ultra FLTRU


If what you most dream of doing is packing up the basics then hitting the road for as long as you like, and getting wherever you want to go in comfort and style, you want a touring bike. And if you're more of a chrome and metallic paint kind of individual than a blacked-out matte finish exterior type, you've got to see this Black Quartz Road Glide. Our Certified Pre-Owned has 12,573 miles a Twin-Cooled™ Milwaukee-Eight™ 107 engine, BOOM! Box infotainment and more. Click here to test ride.

2017 Harley-Davidson® Softail Slim® FLS


 Riders looking for a low, narrow seat swear by the Softail Slim. This one comes in black, but there's plenty of chrome on display. The style is 1940's bobber, but the High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine, hidden suspension and ABS brakes make this bike a modern classic. This one may be a 2017, but with only 1337 miles it's barely been broken in. Test ride this Certified Pre-Owned Softail or apply for financing so you can take it home today.

Our Massive Certified Pre-Owned Inventory Sale

More available choices means you're more likely to be able to find exactly what you want. Right now we have over 500 used H-D motorcycles ready to sell. Shop our massive Certified Pre-Owned inventory sale now through October 31 and ride home on the bike of your dreams.