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Used Motorcycle Inspection Checklist

Before you buy a used motorcycle, be sure to run through the below checklist. It can help you determine whether a given model is in good condition and a wise investment.

The Used Motorcycle Tires

  • Make sure tires are free from dry rot and other damage.
  • Spin the wheels and make sure there is no wobbling.
  • Hit the spokes with a screwdriver handle and listen for a “ping”.
  • Check the chain for proper lubrication and adjustment.
  • Check that the belt is free from cuts and abrasions.

The Used Motorcycle Engine

  • Check that the engine smoke is not heavy or odd colored.
  • Listen to the engine sound, which should be free of odd rattling or rumblings.
  • Look over the exhaust for signs of damage or leaks.

Keep in mind that repairs to a used motorcycle engine can be expensive, so be cautious about buying a used motorcycle with engine issues.

The Used Motorcycle Electronics

  • Test the signal lights, brake lights, high beams, and low beams.
  • Engage the horn.
  • Test any electronics accessories, such as a GPS system or upgraded audio system, and ensure everything was installed correctly.

The Body of the Used Motorcycle

  • Look over the fuel tank and make sure its paint coat is free of flakes.
  • See whether the fenders and side covers are free of dents.
  • Check that the seat doesn’t contain tears or collapsed foam.
  • Make sure any chrome is free from rust.

When you’re ready to shop used motorcycles for sale, check out the selection at BMW Motorcycles of Jacksonville. Our dealership is based in Orange Park, Florida, and we also serve those in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

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