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HOW-TO: Buy a Used Sportbike
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HOW-TO: Buy a Used Sportbike - February 21, 2006, 12:25 PM

Whether you buy a used motorcycle from a dealer or an individual, compare the odometer reading with the condition of the bike. Does it look right? Ask to see the maintenance and service records and receipts.

Look for rust and scratches on the bodywork, tank and fenders. Inspect the footpegs for wear: Worn on top means lots of miles. Worn on the bottom means a rider leaning over too far in corners.

A cracked or weather-beaten seat and faded, oxidized paint means the bike has seen a hard life.

Check for new or aftermarket parts that have obviously replaced broken ones. Specifically, check the footpegs, mirrors, handlebar grips, and brake and clutch levers.

Inspect the engine and transmission cases for oil seepage, weeping and leaks.

The chain should be clean and tight, with about an inch of slack measured halfway between the sprockets on the bottom run. A rusty or grime-caked chain indicates lack of maintenance.

Brake discs should be smooth, clean and not blue--a sign of dragging/overheating brakes. Examine the tires for signs of abuse.

The bike should start easily and may initially emit a little smoke on a cold startup. If it's hard to start or billows clouds of smoke--especially blue smoke--beware.
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February 21, 2006, 12:55 PM

Good stuff. Seems like we should be crediting sources though.


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Good stuff. Seems like we should be crediting sources though.
Yeah, my bad... you are totally correct. I forgot where I grabbed this from... think it was off http://www.about.com in the motorcycle section.
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