A quick guide to buying a used motorcycle
A motorcycle experience is one which is likely to remain with you for the rest of your life. Owning one can be extremely liberating: you have the freedom to escape onto the highway whenever the moment takes you! However, as with most sources of fun in contemporary society, they can also be costly!
One way of making it cheaper for yourself, is to buy a used motorcycle. If you are considering going down this path, check out our best tips:
Check the bike’s history
Unfortunately, some dealers look to make a profit from bikes which have been stolen or previously written off. Check the bike’s history by asking to see log books, MOT receipts, anything that you can think of. Also, remember to check that the bike’s engine and chassis number match the logbook.
Check the bodywork
The bike’s bodywork will give you an idea of how well looked-after the motorcycle is. Look for concerning scratch marks on the paint and other signs that the bike might have been in a nasty collision. Don’t be afraid to ask if anything stands out as particularly concerning.
If the bike you are viewing does not have its standard parts, ask why. There could be a genuine reason. Or, they may have been heavily damaged and cheaply replaced.
Turn on the engine and listen for any rattles. Check that the oil does not leak, or the coolant. Check the temperature gauge, etc. Ask to take the bike for a test-ride to check if you are unsure.