Tips for buying a bike

How much money we want to spend?

Logically first thing to consider, You have to sit and count, it is very important to know in advance what you want to spend, will make searching easier and prevent the end spend more than you wanted. Do not forget to include an amount for additional costs: Registration, insurance, helmet, clothing, etc. Also reserves a small amount to give a full review and make-up.

Where do we start?

Without thinking, it’ll start internet, there are many shopping sites selling second hand bikes. Try searching Motorcycle sales offers near where you live, so you can see and test the bike before you buy. Do not ever buy the bike without first see it and test it.

What you have to look before buying a second hand bike?

It would be best to know the person that we are selling the bike and if possible try to see if it is legit or not. Therefore, you have no qualms about asking all the questions that you think suitable: For what reason sells the bike; When bought; the use that has been given; If you have had an accident; etc.

In any case, the ideal upon purchase is accompanied by a trusted person who is skilled in the art. If you do not know anyone, you yourself can make the revision of the bike. And here’s a little guide of the first thing you should look at the bike:

Appearance: The first is to see the overall look; you should look for scratches, dents, rust areas, dents, etc. All these details indicate if the bike has been dropped or has had any repairs. Visual examination should also include a review of cleanliness and condition. Small spots of oil or dust accumulation not only provide information on how the bike has been treated and care has been taken with her, but also on the state of the inner mechanics.

Exhaust pipe: If the bike still has the original piece can indicate that you have been few kilometers. If, by contrast, has an exhaust pipe that is not original, we must ensure that is not oxidized and does not produce excessive noise.

Brakes: The wear of the brake pads and the thickness of the discs are a good indication of the use that has been given to the bike. Discs should be smooth and straight, tongs should not be leaking fluid. Nor should they be leaking fork seals. Check the thickness of the pads and note if they are very worn’ll have to replace them with new.

Tires: We can know your age wear them and possible cracks in the rubber. With them, the tires should be subject to a detailed review for possible shock. One of the simplest checks involves lifting from the ground and load them spin straight taking a reference point to ensure they are not bent.

Cushioning: If you notice that the forks do not return smoothly and evenly, is that at least one of them is damaged. Check that both fork legs and rear shock are completely dry, there should be no oil. Note that shock absorber oil, you have to change it.

Electronics: Check operation of lights (headlights, rear lights and direction indicators), the instrument panel and the horn.

Engine: It is convenient to start the engine cold (A simple trick when the bike starts well you can use the seller is having it ripped a while before you get); carefully listening to the sound of the engine, should be regular. Check for leaks or oil leaks at the junction of the sleeves or joints. Check that the exhaust smoke is oil (put your hand or a paper and see if stain). If you lose a lot of oil, apart from knowing that oil is expensive and will be an added expense, it is an indication that the bike is not well maintained.

Mileage: First look at the mile that marks the odometer and verify that it works correctly. If you think you are too few, or you suspect that you have manipulated (Analog or digital, all can be handled) should look at some things to know actual use has had the bike: See if rubber footrests are worn; the condition of the rubber of the shifters and brake; the state of the handlebar grips (crack with use); the bezel fairing (lost transparency over time); the state of the saddle (using deforms), etc.

Driving: check the acceleration, braking and steering.

Documentation: Check that all documentation is in order (Logbook, card MOT and road tax sources only) and the number of frame is the same as that of the papers, to make sure the bike is not stolen.

How to calculate the purchase price?

This is difficult to determine. Everything depends on the make and model of the bike going to buy, its age and the condition in which it is located. The best thing to do is search ads selling similar second-hand bikes and gets a rough idea of ​​prices on the market

General tips for buying and selling

No hurry: Do not feel pressured to buy time and avoid be swayed by words such as “You have to give me an answer now. I have another interested person … “there are hundreds of bikes on the market.

Search and retrieval: Test several motorcycles before deciding. The more you look the more likely you are to get the best shot.

Beware of scams: Beware of potential scammers. Although not common, it is true that some malicious sellers looking for ways to scam sites using second-hand sale. It is good to know the most common internet scams.