Question by  CopingWithLife (264)

What should you consider when buying a second hand motorcycle?

I have looked a quite a few and am anxious to buy one.


Answer by  Rick1970 (137)

Make sure the tires have no small cracks, that's a sign of dryrot and is dangerous. Ask how it was stored, hopefully with a full tank of gas, half empty tanks rust. How often oil was changed, if oil sits it seperates, leaving moisture in the engine. Water cooled bikes generally last longer and preform better than air cooled bikes.


Answer by  tkarlav (1502)

Consider price and the size of the bike before you get into detailed things . Is it right for you do you fit on it. If its your first bike i wouldnt get crazy with powerful bike. then check over the mechanics of the bike ,how it runs is the title clean, look for defects.


Answer by  Wrenchman (638)

I would, depending on the condition or originality of the bike. Don't buy a bike that has been heavily modified by the previous owner. Go for one that's normal.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

The process like buying a used car. You want to go over the entire thing very carefully to make sure there are no issues before you buy it. Always test drive it if possibly. Make sure it runs and shift fines. If it sounds to good to be it probably is so do your homework before buying to know trouble-spots.


Answer by  rabbui (275)

You should look to see if there is body damage, ask if it's been in an accident and request records of maintenance and work done on the bike.

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