If it’s been properly cared for, a used bike is a great way to get on the road at an affordable price. To avoid the pitfalls of ownership, however, you’ll need to develop an eye for the smallest details. Read on to learn a few tips on used motorcycle shopping.
What to Bring
As you’re getting ready to look at a used bike, bring a few items along for the ride. For instance, a pen and paper will be useful when writing down the answers a seller provides. When buying a bike for the first time, consider taking a few pictures and sending them to a fellow biker or a mechanically inclined friend. That way, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect.
The best pre-owned bikes are in good physical condition. Dents and dings are more than eyesores and may point to hidden damage and past collisions. When buying a used motorcycle, look at the:
While most bikes are made without them, some have aftermarket windshields and fairings. Inspect these pieces thoroughly and ensure that they’ve been installed correctly, as poor installation methods can create future problems.
Before heading out to look at a used bike, tell the seller that you’re planning to check it from a cold start. When a bike is run beforehand, it may hide certain issues, but cold starts leave everything out in the open. Look for warning signs like:
Engine repairs are costly for any bike owner. By listening to your gut and following these tips, it’s possible to save time, money, and frustration.
Among motorcycle riders, electronic faults are some of the hardest to diagnose and treat. When buying a pre-owned motorcycle, check for:
With a check of these basic electrical components, you can end up with a great bike instead of a lemon.
Tires, Wheels, Chain, and Belt
A motorcycle’s tires are, quite literally, where the rubber meets the road. Before riding away, check for:
These are just a few of the things to look at when buying a used motorcycle. Count on the team at the American Motorcycle Trading Co. to provide the area’s widest selection of low-mileage, well-maintained Harleys.