Checklist to Refer to when Purchasing a Used Motorcycle

Purchasing a used bike can surely be overwhelming if you are newbie to buying one. There are million questions milling inside your head when you are browsing your options available when it comes to buying a used bike on We surely understand that overwhelming feeling you are going through, so in order to make it easy for you, we have created a checklist for you below to refer to when it comes to buying a used motorbike.

  1. The overall look of the bike

Inspect the bike thoroughly. You can easily differentiate between the bike that has just been recently cleaned and the one which has been pampered since the beginning of its original purchase. Inspect all tight spots and all the hard to reach places that can easily accumulate the dirt. If you are an aficionado, you will take your time to explore all these areas, but the quick cleaner won’t. The latter will believe that you will buy the bike out of excitement without checking its condition.

  1. Exhaust

Inspect the exhaust first. You want to know how the bike sounds like when you start it. But you can do it later. Now is the time to check the bike cold for initial inspection. As a matter of fact when you call the seller that you want to see the bike for inspection, request him to not run it before you reach there. This is because you want to touch the exhaust first. Seek the rough spots that signify rust, dent or corrosion. You also need to check a few places on the exhaust where you may not have the clear view of but you may feel these corroded areas.

  1. Frame

While you are checking your exhaust, also have a look over to the frame. You need to look closely. Seek for dents, scrapes, and cracks. If you find anything that signifies that the bike has bottomed out or have been in a major accident, touch the frame too. Slide your hands as much as you can on the frame so as to seek or feel something you cannot see.

  1. Clutch

You may also find a little slack in the clutch cable, know that it is normal and if it is in excess, then it can be adjusted well. You need to squeeze the clutch in. Then, slowly release the clutch, check for the smoothness. There should be no feeling of snags or pops as the clutch level is released or engaged. Sit on the bike, engage the clutch. Note that the bike should roll out smoothly with minimal resistance in the first gear where the clutch is engaged.

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