What to Look for when Buying a Used Motorcycle or Scooter

What to Look for when Buying a Used Motorcycle or Scooter

With the price of gas as high as it is, many people are looking for ways to save a little on their transportation costs. Those who are lucky enough to live close enough to a workplace where they can change and shower may decide to ride their bike in. Cutting back on travel will help a little bit, but what about those times when you simply have to travel? The sales of fuel-efficient cars are on the increase, especially as the government places greater fuel efficiency strictures on automobiles produced. Going out and purchasing a hybrid vehicle is not always an option. What then, do you do, to greatly reduce fuel consumption especially when going back and forth to work?

Many people are buying up old scooters or motorcycles to fix up or use.

What to Look for when Buying a Used Motorcycle or ScooterThe age of the vehicle itself matters little. These people are not picking them up as collector’s items. Most people are either renewing or applying for a motorcycle permit or license and are more interested in getting a vehicle that runs. The people buying these bikes are not hardcore bikers likely to get their rides modified body shops such as the one made popular by the TLC show, Orange County Choppers. In most cases, they are young adults or middle-aged people looking for alternative commuting options. Rather than going into a motorcycle shopping and browsing the wares offered by the dealer, they have scoured the classifieds or eBay motors section until they found a bike that fits their price range.

Motorcycles, in general, are easier to work on than the cars and such buyers may not be afraid to put a little extra work into it, but how do you tell when you are getting a good deal or when you should walk away and look someplace else? Even though two-wheeled vehicles may have less that go with them than a car, you still have to check many parts. This link provides a handy sheet that will go into far greater detail than I will. The tires, wheels, brakes, steering and electronic systems are the most important parts. If you have a mechanic willing to go along with you to look at the vehicle that may certainly make things easier, but we do not always have that luxury.

Checking used price guides and reading reviews of various makes and models will give a new buyer an idea of what he or she is getting into. The Motor Book Store recommends taking the bike out for a spin and if possible getting a second opinion from a mechanic if everything else goes well.

Author: Phillip Fowler

Motorbike and Dirt Bike enthusiast.