The process of buying a secondhand motorcycle might be a little frightening for a novice buyer. How should I search? What inquiries ought I to make? How do I know I’m not buying peanuts? We as motorcycle dealers are more knowledgeable than others when it comes to finding a good deal on a used motorcycle because we interact with buyers and sellers regularly. Here is a quick rundown of the key features a beginner rider should look for in a used motorcycle.
Let’s begin straight now. You get up close to the bike for the first time. What first comes to mind? The bike is incredibly well-polished, wow. This is what you expressly requested, therefore I’ve given it to you. The appearance clearly exudes a sense of ownership pride. The majority of bikers take good care of their motorcycles’ exteriors. I assume you want to come across as reputable. Let’s look more closely.
Attention should be paid to the overall appearance
A well-maintained motorcycle is usually pleasurable to ride. The vendor must first get in touch with you and provide you with all the details about the bike. When you see an older “project or restoration” bike, you might be willing to overlook some minor physical flaws. You are the only one who knows what is proper in terms of look.
Look the motorcycle over carefully. A bike that has been meticulously maintained by an enthusiast may probably be distinguished from one that has just been “quick cleaned” for sale. Look over every detail. You are aware of the places where dirt could gather that are hard to get. The enthusiast will put in the effort necessary to address these problems and keep his bike looking like new. Not exactly a “quick cleaner.” He is hoping that you won’t be thinking things through as well carefully and that your excitement will prevail over reason.
An exhaust installation should be carried out using the stock exhaust
You’ll have plenty of time to start the bike and hear it scream, but I can understand your want to do so. The bicycle has to be chilled before the initial inspection. Warm engines are easier to start. When you call to find out where to see the bike, tell the vendor not to run it before you arrive.
First, check to see that the exhaust is securely fastened. The high amount of engine vibration in the exhaust system may cause the mounts and the pipe to break. On hard-to-see areas of the exhaust, you could feel regions where the rust had totally rotted through. You now know to listen for exhaust leaks because they are typically audible when a motorbike is first started.
There shouldn’t be any damage to the frame if it’s in good condition
You might as well inspect the frame while you’re down there checking the exhaust. Look carefully. You’re searching for cracks, scratches, and dents. Does it appear like the bike bottomed down, was involved in an accident, or hit the ground hard? Get some hands-on experience using the frame. With your hands, you’ve covered as much of the frame as you can. Something that is invisible to the eye could be felt.
Examine the bearings in the steering head. As you bounce the automobile back and forth, keep your grip on the front brake lever. A steering head’s bearings may be worn or loose if there is movement or a clicking sound. To feel the movement, place your hand over the upper triple clamp and frame.
A vehicle’s brakes should be replaced if they are old
Then, while still sitting, advance the motorcycle while changing gears. Use the front brakes sparingly. When the bike slows down, the brakes should generate little to no noise, and the brake lever should be easy to use. Pull the brake lever back. The bike should now roll smoothly without the brake caliper brakes dragging, returning effortlessly to its initial position. They must catch up if they fall behind. You shouldn’t experience any pulsating in the brake lever while applying the brakes quickly because this would be an indication of a bent rotor.
With the clutch, it shifts smoothly
There should be some give in the clutch cable; any extra slack may usually be tightened. Strongly fasten the clutch. Is it flexible? Release the clutch gradually. It should be simple to release. There shouldn’t be any “snags” or “pops” when the clutch lever is squeezed or released. Take a seat on the bike. the vehicle into drive.
During bumps and potholes, the suspension must not bottom out
While sitting, apply pressure on the bike’s front end. The forks need to quietly and delicately realign themselves. Any loud noise might be dangerous. Check the fork seals. They must be spotless and flawless. There shouldn’t be any fork oil on the tops of the seals or the forks. If there is a little quantity of oil surrounding the fork seals, the bike could only need new, inexpensive seals. However, if the fork tubes contain nicks or rust, a more major repair is necessary. The forks themselves should be shiny, smooth, and immaculate. Bounce up and down on the seat.
There should have been a top-off of the coolant in this case
Coolant frequently has a nice fragrance and is bright green in color. Remove the coolant cap and give it a brief examination while the engine is still cold. I adore green. Brown coolant might indicate that corrosion or oil have made their way into the engine. If the engine is already showing signs of wear, you should think about the likelihood of expensive repairs. Your head gasket may be leaking or your O-rings may have failed if there is oil in your coolant. Even while changing a head gasket doesn’t necessarily mark the end of a bike, it does take a skilled “gear head,” so if this issue exists, you might want to think again before making a purchase.