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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 tender). 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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