MotorcycleIf you are on the lookout for a second-hand motorcycle, one of the first things you’ll need to do is inspect its overall look. This article shares a few things to watch out for during your inspection.

The Checklist

  • Does it come with a roadworthy certificate and generally look great?
  • Does it stand straight? Check the front, rear, and side angles.
  • Are the wheels aligned properly? Check if the back wheel’s aligned with the swing arm and look at the markings on the swing arm’s chain adjusters.
  • Check if the clutch levers, brakes, intact mirrors, throttle grip, four indicators, lights, two switch blocks, kill switch, and the horn is intact.
  • What’s the condition of the tires? Does it have a complete set of wheels without damaged spokes, cracks or scrapes? Does it have two mudguards, pegs or pedals, a pillion seat?
  • Inspect for damage and rust, most especially on the bar ends and fuel tank, says Southpaw Motorsports.
  • See if the fairing feels and looks secure and watch out for screw holes or empty bolts.
  • Is the motorcycle’s engine pristine or covered in grease and oil? Do you see any drips or leaks? See also if there’s fluid or oil on the forks.
  • Check the brake pads for ample thickness and the discs for indications of scouring.
  • Look at the markers for accurate engine oil, brake fluid, and coolant levels.
  • Inspect if the electrical harnesses are intact or have become loose.
  • See if the sprockets’ teeth are still sharp and if the chain is well lubricated and clean.
  • Loot closely at the motorcycle’s center and side stands.
  • Is the battery generally clean, without white powder coating it?
  • Does it come with tools and the owner’s manual?

When inspecting the exterior a used motorcycle, you have to make certain that it doesn’t look like it has gone through a crash, doesn’t leak any kind of fluid, and that it mainly looks like the owner rode maintained it well. Do take note, however, that there are other checks you should conduct when purchasing used motorcycles. If you’re not really up for a more thorough checking or don’t know what to do, consult a professional.