Motorbike buying tips to secure your next wheels

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Bill Tsouvalas
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, updated on June 2nd, 2023       

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Motorbike buying tips

There are many ways in which a motorbike can be cost-effective. However, securing a great deal on your motorbike requires research and comparing prices. One thing that can also help you narrow your search is knowing what to look for in a used motorbike to get the best possible deal. Here are 4 tips to help bring you one step closer to securing your wheels.

1. Check the exterior

Doing a thorough search on a used motorbike is one of the ways in which you can ensure that you are getting the best deal. Check that the exterior is in mint condition. For example, check that the paintwork is in good condition. Take your time and look for rust on the metal parts of the bike. This also means inspecting cracks on any plastic items. The key is to take your time and find any issues to prevent purchasing a bike that could end up costing you in the long run.

2. Check the wheel conditions

Knowing what to look for when checking the condition of a used motorbike can make your purchase process easier. When it comes to the wheels of the bike check for any loose spokes if the rims are free from corrosions, and the tread life on the tyres. The condition of the bike can be a good negotiating point, especially if you have compared your options. If it is possible, take the bike to a mechanic who will be able to check the brakes for cracks and determine the brake-pad life.

3. Rear suspension conditions

It is vital to check if the bike has been taken care of properly. You can ask the owner to provide you with the maintenance records to ensure that you won’t end up purchasing a lemon. According to research by Choice, 14% of new cars sold faced major problems. It is possible to also find the same issues when it comes to purchasing a used motorcycle, which is why it is vital to check the maintenance and repair conditions. Checking the rear suspension of a bike can let you know how well the bike has been taken care of. Make sure that this segment has plenty of damping which will show that it has been taken care of.

4. Do a PPSR check on the bike

To avoid an awkward situation where you end up purchasing a stolen motorbike it pays to run a PPSR check. Using the cars VIN number on the PPSR site can give you valuable information on the bike such as:

  • If it still has finance owing on it
  • If the odometer has been tampered with
  • Repair and maintenance history
  • If it has been involved in any accidents
  • Number of owners it has had

Always remember to compare your options on bikes and financing to see whether you are getting the best value for your money. You can also make use of a financial advisor when it comes to Knowing the best finance options to help you secure a leisure loan to purchasing a motorbike.

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