Buying a used motorcycle is no rocket science. All you need is common sense and a few simple guidelines to land into a satisfactory deal. This article provides more of the latter when it comes to buying a moto PerformanceNC usagée.
Here is what to check in the body works:
- Fuel tank
The overall condition of the bike and the paint
- Fenders and side covers
Always look for scratches, broken side cover, dents etc.
Check for tears and the missing trim and the collapsed foam as well
- Paint and chrome
Check the repaired areas and the overall condition. The chrome must always be in a shiny condition and free from rust
It must be properly mounted and check for cracks and glazing as well.
Check the hard bags for the signs of damage and the soft bags for abrasion or tears, particularly on the wheel side panels.
Here is what to check for engine, transmission and clutch
Check the oil levels and it must alwas be clean. If you have any doubts, ask when it was last changed.
- Oil leaks
Gone are those days of oil leaks, there must be none from the bike.
Every seller will warm up the engine, so tell them to keep the engine cool while you check the vehicle out. This is because when the engine is hot, you can easily hide the flaws of a bike. When you start the engine, no matter if it is cold, always warm it up in a few minutes.
If you find any kind of heavy blue or black smoke, then this is a problem.
- Idle/throttle response
Know that a warm engine always stays ideal at a reasonable speed. It should also respond to the throttle smoothly. If it spits and sputters in any way before the rpm picks up, know that it is an issue.
A decent engine should always be quite. If you hear any knocks, rattles and rumbles, then that is a problem.
Always check this in the road test. Usually a transmission runs smoothly and must never jump out of the gear. If you are unable to road test the bike, then observe the owner when he runs it through the gear. Look out for the missed shift as it indicates an engagement problem.
Ensure that the clutch is well adjusted and it doesn’t drag or slip. A clutch can be tested on the road.