Over the years I have done both, new and second hand.
I bought New a 1985 DTR 125 Yamaha purely to go to work on after owning numerous 50's, 125's, 250's including Yam's RD's.
I loved this bike and was stolen while getting the key for the garage door.
2 secondhand Tiger 955i's and years and many bikes later including a Vfr750,Gpz1100,Dr800,Cb900F
Then I had a 2006 Yam Fazer 1000 the last of the FZS models and traded for the new XT1200 super tenere, wow what a machine, yes I traded and lost circa 4k for a Tiger 955i No3,( loved and still love those ) last gen 2006, traded that for a 2012 Versys 1000 in White ugly but fast and best seat on a long miler.. cool.
Came into some money.
I test rode:
MT10 Ferkin fast
R1200s loved this
Xr1000 is hard in
1290 fast thing
Tiger 1050 sport
Tiger 1200 and Xc
I liked most but the KTM was too long in leg for me.
1200 Explorer was the best all round for me, super fast acceleration and handling but I want a basic bike which is hard these days of electronics.
After a scour around all the local dealers I eventually came across the bike I currently own.
A 2014 Triumph Explorer Xc, with only 3000 miles in Grey it was like new and extras, at £7800 last year I think was a steal so... Secondhand..
This is just my opinion so don't flip out..
Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out and meet the Bl**dy thing ( Barry Sheene )
Your along time dead..