Published on December 15th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Guide To Buying A Used Motorcycle, Part1
While there’s nothing quite like the feeling of taking ownership of a sparkling, factory-fresh motorcycle from a reputable dealership, there are times when a second-hand bike fits the bill better especially in trying economic times.
Bike riders can find a great deal on a used bike at a dealership or in the hands of a private seller. However, buying a motor vehicle from a private seller has its pitfalls, and we would like to arm used bike buyers with some important tips which we have gathered from some avid bikers and 2-wheel industry insiders.
Buyers should ask sellers key questions about the bike’s history, such as if the motorcycle was involved in any crashes, and ask to see service records. A brief test-ride, along with using the checklist in this guide we hope will help used bike buyers evaluate the condition of the bike for their best interest.
First you need to understand the importance to rresist the temptation to buy the first bike you see. Look at a few used bikes for a few weeks to get a better idea of the used bike market before you buy one.
- Bring a friend who is a biker or a mechanic or just someone with a level head. Bike-savvy friends may also notice things that you forgot to check.
- Bring a flashlight to aid inspection. Even in daylight.
- Request that the owner not have the bike warmed up when you get there, but inform them to make sure that the bike will start. If the owner asks why, tell them that you want to test the bike’s ability to start when cold. (It’s a lot easier for engines to start when pre-warmed.)
- You needn’t follow these instructions in any particular order, or even follow them at all, but if you are going to read them, you should probably do so before you get to the seller’s house. If you are new to the world of motorcycling, you’ll probably find a lot of the terminology complicated.
- Bring basic riding gear in case the seller will let you take the motorcycle for s test ride. (If you’re new to motorcycling and don’t have any gear yet, perhaps the friend accompanying you will be kind enough to bring his motorcycle gear, and do a test ride for you.)