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While the motorcycle loan itself is very similar to financing used for automobiles, the difference lies in the fact there fewer financial institutions are willing to offer them. Instead, many motorcycle purchasers are forced to use dealer financing.

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Lenders will want to check borrowers’ credit ratings, income, and outstanding debts. Like other forms of financing, motorcycle loans can be given at lower interest rates if a borrower has a co-signer willing to take on dual responsibility for the loan.