When it comes to buying a new or used motorcycle, whether from a private seller or even a Honda motorcycle shop, there are a few things that you need to be on the lookout for. In this video from Srkcycles, we learn a great deal about the kinds of things you need to be aware of. Firstly, it should come as no surprise that you need to do a visual once-over to look for scratches, dents, and other blemishes.
This can tell you a lot about the life of the bike so far and may alert you to problems that you should ask the seller about. While you do this walkaround, make sure that the floorboards/pegs aren’t bent, the crash bars are straight, the rims are in good condition, and there are no fluid leaks.
Once you begin your test drive, you should first do a cold start to ensure that the bike starts easily and idles as it should. Any sputtering or spitting while riding can be a sign of potentially serious problems. While riding, check that the handlebars are straight and that everything feels right. Most importantly, ask the seller questions throughout this process and never purchase a bike from someone that you feel isn’t being honest.