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A buying guide for second-hand bikes

Motorbikes offer great value for money, especially when compared to cars, which are far more expensive. Furthermore for the enthusiast, motorbikes can deliver super vehicle performance at economy prices. However, when buying a used motorbike, it is important to evaluate the bike properly prior to purchase, in order to avoid a potentially bad motorbike. This article provides a guide to buying a second-hand motorbike.

Legal issues

The logbook Like cars, motorbikes, come with the potential risk of been manipulated, either to hide the age of the vehicle or to sell off a stolen vehicle. It is important to take a good look at the logbook of the motorbike, and then cross-reference the frame numbers of the bike against the logbook. Frame numbers are stamped on the headstock, just below the handlebars. History service Furthermore, when it comes to making a final choice of bike, it is worthwhile paying for a comprehensive history service, such as the ones provided by the AA or Experian. They provide information on ownership of the vehicle, its accurate mileage and whether or not there is any outstanding finance.

Mechanical considerations

It is also important to make a thorough examination of its road worthiness. Motorbikes undergo more wear and tear than cars for several reasons. For a start their engines rev faster, which burns out the engine more quickly and also they are exposed to the elements. Fortunately, there are some simple checks, which can help. Ask for a test drive, if the owner is nervous, then let him sit pillion on the bike, because a road test is a must. The clutch Firstly once the engine is warned up, check out the clutch. A lot of boy racers like to abuse the clutch, which will be an expensive part to replace. Pull over to the side of the road and bring up the revs to a high level and then, gently let out the clutch. If there are clutch problems, the bike will start to move forward quite quickly
(which is clutch slip). It is important to only carry out this examination briefly or damage to the clutch will occur. Colour Another test for used bikes is to stop the bike and open the oil filler lid. Take out the dipstick and check to see if the colour is anything other than a nice dark brown colour. Frothy colour of the oil indicates potentially oil or water leakage, which is a bad sign. The steering Finally, check the steering, by letting go of the handlebars for a few seconds while driving. The bike should steer slightly to the right and then quickly drop to the left. Any other movement suggests steering problems.

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