Riding season is coming upon us. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what certain pre-owned bikes are worth and what the cost may be to fix them. I love when a seller says “the bike’s been sitting for a couple of years”. In reality, it’s usually more like five or seven years. Or how about the sales pitch “it ran when I parked it”. I always wonder “why did you park it then?”
Buying a motorcycle just because you think it’s a good deal can become very costly. Unless your fluent in motorcycle repair, a shop bill can get expensive. It’s best to know your budget and find something you like in your price range either from a dealer or an individual.
Here are the things that must be inspected on a pre-owned bike.
1. Take the gas cap off and look inside. I don’t care what the outside looks like. If the inside is full
of rust…don’t buy it.
2. If the battery is bad and there isn’t a kick starter, pull the side cover off or push the bike in a
higher gear to make sure the motor turns over. You can also borrow a battery. You need to
make sure all the electrical components work such as starter, lights and gauges.
3. Once you get the bike started, make sure there is no continuous smoking.
4. Check the tires and wheels. If the tires are cracking or dry rotted, you will need to replace them.However, if it has rusted spoke wheels…don’t buy it. It is not safe to ride.
Most likely the carbs will need to be cleaned and the bike will need a tune-up.
Now…go buy that bike and ride with us!
About Mechanic Mike:
Mechanic Mike attended the American Motorcycle Institution in
Daytona, Florida graduating in 1977. He has been a certified
motorcycle mechanic for Harley Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki,
Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha for the last 39 years.