As it comes with everything else, buying a used vehicle and more specific, buying a second hand motorcycle has its niceties and you can find a great deal, if you follow these few simple tips.
What are you going to use the motorcycle for?
Well, you are going to use it for its obvious targets, of course, but more specific, are you going to use it for commuting, sports, touring, or combination of these all? Being honest with yourself in this moment is very important, otherwise, you can easily get tempted by a great deal and end up with a motorcycle that is not exactly what you are in need of and you may end up being uncomfortable with your purchase.
Put trust in reliable dealers
This one may sound obvious to you, however, there is a big chance to be tempted with what sounds like a great deal from not that reliable and trusted dealers. Private sells may sound like a great idea because of the lower price, however buying from a private seller doesn’t give you any safety and any comeback, if the second-hand vehicle turns out to suffer issues and faults. However, if you still prefer to buy from a private seller, at least you can insist to have the motorcycle inspected by a professional and save extra money in the near feature. Otherwise, buying motorcycle from a professional dealer can seem like more expensive, but in the common case you are going to have some kind of warranty and you can also ask for the vehicle history and make sure that the bike is not stolen.
Take your time to check the bike out for yourself
Do your research and make sure to have a thorough look at the motorcycle you are planning to buy. Don’t hesitate to check for minor and major faults and don’t buy impulsively. The main things you have to pay attention to are: the condition of the drive chain, sprocket and if they are worn out and moving, tires should have good and uniform tread. Have a sit on the bike and check out the condition of the brake and clutch levers, bar-end weights, straightness of the bars, instrument cluster, also the fork tubes for signs of rust, pitting and oil.
While checking the forks, have a look at the brake rotors for uneven wear. Look for dents and issues on the rim and if the motorcycle has spokes, don’t miss and check their condition. If it is possible you can also check the visible frame by removing the seat to see underneath it. If there are visible dents and imperfections on the frame, this is not a good deal at all. If it is possible you can also inspect the battery, lights and indicators, fuel tank, under fairings, etc.
Request a test drive
Make sure to pick a nice and sunny day, when the roads are dry and you have good visibility. Don’t forget to bring your driving motorcycle license and the proper equipment, if you have any. Be sure that this motorcycle meets your requirements. Don’t forget to inspect the bike after driving and check out for leaks or drips.
Request a service history
This will help you a lot and give you a proper and fuller expectation of what you are going to purchase.
Be realistic when negotiating for the price
Do your prior research, so you can be prepared for the approximate price of the motorcycle you are considering to purchase.