A motorbike is a must-have for most motorsport enthusiasts. Buying a used bike is a suitable option for people with a limited budget. Read the extract below to learn the various considerations to make when buying used bikes.

Market Research

When you're on a budget, most of your time should be spent researching. Determine the make and model of motorcycle you require. Evaluate the pricing of various motorcycle dealers and individual sellers. Narrow down your search to motorbikes that seem to be in good condition and are reasonably priced. 

Mileage and Previous Use

Mileage should not be a cause for concern if the bike is in good condition. However, you may ask the owner to provide the motorcycle's service records and an inspection report for you to know what parts require urgent replacement. You may also be interested in the bike's previous use. For instance, has the bike competed in any competitions? If so, did it win? Has the owner taken the bike for long road trips? Such information may increase the bike's value if it is a classic. Evidence such as photographs and newspaper reports might come in handy.

Inspecting the Bike

Below are a few tips to help you inspect a used bike. 

The Body

The motorbike's body should be in good condition. Be on the lookout for dents, signs of filler and repainting. Broken side mirrors, broken fenders and instrument cluster are a sign of frequent accidents. Also, inspect the bike's exterior and fuel tank for signs of rust. All switches must be fully functional. 


The motorcycle's tires should have sufficient thread. Look out for broken and bent spokes. Rotate or shake the wheels and check them for signs of wobble. The bike's chain should be lubricated and free from any rust. Inspect the sprockets for signs of damage and wear. 


Below is a guide on how to inspect the engine;

  • The bike should easily start when cold. A heavy black or blue smoke is a sign of broader engine problems.
  • Be on the lookout for strange noises such as spouts as the bike idles.
  • The motorcycle should have the right oil levels. Inspect it for signs of oil leaks.
  • Ask for a test drive. The gears should engage and disengage with ease. The acceleration and braking systems should be fully functional.
  • Evaluate the motorbike's power. A bike with insufficient power at high revs may have engine damage.

Buying a used bike should not be difficult with the tips above. Always take your time to get the best deals. Most dealers will give a discount to serious customers. Therefore, always negotiate the price. Contact motorcycle dealers near you in order to learn more.