Things to check before buying a second hand motorcycle
Snapshot: Second hand bike and car business is growing rapidly in our country and people who deal in this make huge money by fooling their customers blindly. Read on to know how to fix a good deal when it comes to bike buying.
If you can find a good second hand motorcycle in a fine state and reasonable price, there is nothing better than that. There are times when we are in desperate need of a motorcycle, running out of time and money, and decide to go for a used bike instead of saving for a new one. So to help you out in that time, we decided to write some of the golden tips that one can follow in order not to get cheated when buying a second hand motorcycle. Second hand bike and car business is growing rapidly in our country and people who deal in this make huge money by fooling their customers blindly. Read on to know how to fix a good deal when it comes to bike buying.
1. Decide the bike you really want-
We know buying a second hand bike itself reflects ones tight budget but you have to understand you will be spending money on this thing and if you choose a wrong bike you are going to regret the same for a long time to come. Even if you have shell out bit more money make sure you choose the correct motorcycle that fits your style and comfort instead of cutting cost and going for something that doesn’t even suits you. If you travel often on highways go for a cruiser, if you ride in city choose a naked bike and for the love of racing go for a faired sports bike.
2. Check the service book from start to end-
The service book is the only solid proof of bike’s service history. It will reveal all the information with dates and price of the services till date and in case if you want to investigate more on the matter, you directly take the book to the service centre dig the total service history of the bike. The service centres are supposed to digitally feed all the information of services in to their systems and will let you anything and everything you need to know about the bike including information relating to accidental past of the motorcycle.
3. Check tyre treads-
Tyres are one of the most important part of any motorcycle that you wouldn’t want to miss. An average tyre life varies from 15,000 kilometres to 20,000 kilometres. So the point to be noted here is that if the seller is claiming that bike hasn’t covered much distance till date and the tyres are already gone then the seller has probably done something fishy with the meter.
4. Chassis Check is a must-
Chassis or frame of a motorcycle is the skeleton or base of a motorcycle. If the frame is rusted or cracked trust us it won’t last long and will probably shed apart in the time to come. Chassis is responsible for giving a motorcycle its rigidity, control and handling, if that’s gone then what left?
5. Check engine oil-
Checking the state of engine oil will reveal much about the health of the motorcycle you are about to buy. If the oil appears to be dull and dark in colour then the bike has probably not been service from a long interval of time. Also make sure to give exhaust emission a good look because if the emission is deep white or black, you shouldn’t go for the deal as it reveals the bike is probably running really late on the service timing. Also check for any unusual noise coming from the engine!
6. Rest of important things-
When you have ticked all the right boxes for the above points, you have to make sure you do the remaining checks as well.
- Make sure suspension seals are okay and not leaking.
- Check the conditions on the brake pads, disc plates and electricals as well.
- Also scrutinize for any bends in the wheels and when test riding the bike, trundle at low speed (10-20 km/hr) to feel any wobbling from the wheels.
- Riding the bike on slow speeds will also give indication about the chain set life, if it’s making unusual sounds even after being properly drenched in lubrication, it’s probably gone.
- Also briefly go through all the documentation to make sure they are not fake.
We hope above points will prove to be beneficial when you are out there making a deal on used bikes. Stay tuned as we bring you more similar stuff to make your motorcycling life easy.
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