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									                            Used Motorcycle Inspection Checklist

   If possible, take a look at where the bike was stored:
        □ Has it been garaged or stored outside?
        □ If outside was it covered or did it sit in the weather?
        □ Try to check for possible oil leak stains underneath where it was stored.
   Ask the owners how often he/she rides it and what type of weather conditions:
        □ If a bike sits for long periods of time, parts aren’t getting lubed, tires could go flat
            and get cracked, and the battery is draining (unless being kept on a battery
   Check for leaks:
            □ If it’s an older bike it most likely leaks something. This is not uncommon.
            □ Important to know where it’s leaking, how much, and what is leaking.
   Check for visible damage:
        □ Is the tank dented?
        □ Mirrors bent or scratched?
        □ Are the handle bars straight?
        □ Do the cables and levers look good?
   Check the chain and sprocket:
        □ Is the chain loose or too tight?
        □ Does it look damaged in anyway?
        □ What condition is the sprocket in?
        □ Are the hooks straight or warn down?
   Electrical components:
        □ Do the turn signals, headlight, brake lights, etc work?
        □ Check the wiring harness. Are the wires hard or discolored? Re-wiring can be
            difficult and expensive.
   Look inside the fuel tank (might need flashlight):
        □ Look for rust or other particles. If there is rust in the tank, it could require a new
            tank or a costly repair.
        □ Water can build up in a tank if it’s been stored for long periods.
   Rust anywhere on the bike:
        □ Some rust can be easily removed.
        □ Some rust might require replacement parts.
        □ Rust can be a sign of how well/poorly the bike was maintained.
   Check the frame:
        □ Look for cracks and repairs, or if any welding has been done.
        □ Check to make sure the frame is straight.
        □ If there is any damage to the frame, I would seriously consider not purchasing the
            bike, unless I wanted it for parts.
   Check the brakes:
        □ Are the pads warn?
        □ How are the discs? Warped, damaged, or warn down.
        □ When applying the brakes is there the right amount of play and stopping distance.
   Check the forks:
        □ Cracks or leaks in the seal?
         □ Dents, or bends in the legs?
   Tires and Wheels.
         □ Are they cracked?
         □ Tread warn down?
         □ Motorcycle tires have a date printed on the side – check it.
         □ The average life of a tire is about 5 years. So even if they look good, they might
            need to be replaced
         □ Check the wheels to verify if straight, any damage, or rust.
         □ Look under the rear fender. Check for rubber on the fender to indicate of the
            owner has done burn-outs on the bike.
   Aftermarket modifications:
         □ It’s important to know what’s been done to the bike. For example; some
            aftermarket muffler modifications are not street legal.
         □ Any other changes from the factory specs that you should know about?
   Do a test ride:
         □ Start up the bike and inspect the exhaust for excessive noise.
         □ Check the cooling and fuel systems for leaks.
         □ How does it start, stop, and shift. Shift it both up and down through all gears
            while riding.
   If they have it get the service records, owner’s manual, and tool kit.

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