Ask for Service Records
Simply having the service records can tell you if a motorcycle has been maintained during its previous life. Verify that the bike has had its regular checkups, while also looking for anything irregular. Also note it’s most previous service to determine what it will need next and when it will need it. A motorcycle 400 miles short of a major service just became $1K more expensive.
Can I Give It a Test Ride?
Yes! There aren’t any warranties when buying used, no matter how much the seller says he has a mechanic you can visit or how soon he’ll find those extra parts for it. It’s really important to learn as much about the bike as possible. Motorcyclists love to tinker with their bikes and it’s important to get a feel for the one you are considering. Just make sure you bring a license, gear and the asking price in cash…just in case.
Have It Checked Out
If you aren’t mechanically inclined and want to hedge your bets a little, it’s worth paying a mechanic to look at a prospective new purchase. Yes, you’ll lose some of the financial benefit of buying used, but you’ll also have a much better idea of what you’re getting yourself into. See if the seller will let you take it in somewhere, or bring your mechanic a bottle of something nice and ask him to make a house call.
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