If you are currently in the market for your first motorcycle, you will likely be unsure of the steps that you should be taking to adequately evaluate a potential bike before you buy it. Therefore, you will need to be mindful of several tips that will help you to avoid buying a motorcycle that does not fully meet your needs or wants.
Inspect The Body
Corrosion is one of the biggest threats for motorcycle bodies. As the metal of the body corrodes, it will weaken and discolor, which can cause both cosmetic as well as functional and safety issues for the motorcycle. One of the first things that you should look for when evaluating a bike will be the presence of rust. If rust is forming on the motorcycle, you will want to be aware of the costs of repairing the body.
Take The Bike For A Test Drive
Motorcycles typically have a simpler mechanical design than traditional automobiles and trucks. This can help to ensure that the motorcycle's engine will avoid potentially serious malfunctions or other issues. However, it is still possible for the engine of a motorcycle to develop problems. Luckily, most motorcycle dealerships will allow you to at least take a limited test drive of the motorcycle that you are considering buying. In addition to looking for potential performance issues while you are driving the motorcycle, you will want to inspect the motorcycle after the drive to look for signs of fluid leaks as these can be difficult to isolate and repair.
Be Mindful Of The Risks Of Buying A Motorcycle From An Individual Seller
Individuals that are looking to buy a motorcycle will want to get the best deal possible, and this may cause them to consider buying from an individual seller. While these motorcycles may be slightly less expensive, you will not be as protected. For example, most dealerships will perform thorough evaluations of any pre-owned motorcycles that they place on the lot for sale. Many dealerships will offer their customers warranties and other protections in the unlikely event that there are mechanical problems with the bike.
Buying a pre-owned motorcycle can be a major investment that will offer you the chance to have a motorcycle without having to pay full price for it. By knowing the importance of inspecting the body of the motorcycle for rust or other issues, taking it for a test drive, and being mindful of the hazards of buying from an individual seller, you should find buying your first motorcycle to be a less stressful and complicated task.