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What You Need to Know before Buying a Used Motorbike

In the UK, bikes are seen as a fun way of keeping fit and enjoying the freedom of movement. As a result, hundreds of thousands purchase used motorcycles each year.

Whatever your reason for looking into older models, here are some useful tips on how to go about it.

Benefits of Buying a Secondhand Motorcycle

There are many benefits to buying a used motorcycle. They are usually cheaper than new bikes and come with the same safety features as their newer counterparts.

You can also get excellent quality if you buy from reputable dealers, who will ensure their stock is in top condition before selling it.

What You Need to Do Upon Viewing

You should always view a motorcycle before you buy it, even if it's new. You need to check that the bike is in good condition and running smoothly.

If you are buying from a dealer, they will be happy for you to take it for a test drive—this will give you an idea of how comfortable it is on the road as well as how easy it is to handle.

You have to be sure that the bike is safe to ride and won't cause you any problems in the future.

Some Key Points to Check before You Decide

You need to investigate how the bike has been stored and maintained and whether it has been damaged.

  • Check the overall condition of the bike. Just by looking at the overall look of the bike, be able to tell if it has been well maintained or not.

  • Ask the seller to turn on the bike's ignition so you can see and listen to the exhaust pipes.

  • Ensure all electrical components are working properly and have no problems with lights or indicators.

  • You should check the engine and the radiator for oil leakage and damage.

  • Check the tyres as well to ensure they are not worn out or damaged in any way.

  • Make sure the oil in the engine is fresh and clean.

  • The chain is an expensive part of a motorcycle, so you should know how much adjustment they have left by lifting the chain away from the sprocket.

  • Check the shaft drive for any leaks.

  • Make sure that the steering is smooth from end to end and that the handlebars are not crooked.

  • Break pads are fundamental to your riding experience and should be checked for wear and tear.

  • It is important to check the shocks for leaks and ensure there are no fluid leaks in any hydraulics.

  • Inspect the front forks' plating and ensure it is not corroded.

  • Look at the speedometer and other gauges to see if they are working properly. Mechanics have a tool to check the speedometer and gauges to ensure they are working correctly.

  • You should also check the shock absorber for leaks and damage. Bounce on your bike a few times to ensure it rides smoothly.

  • You need to check the paintwork as well. Ensure that there are no scratches or dents on the bodywork.

  • Last but not least, check the documents of the bike. If you are buying it from a dealer, ask for the papers before you make the purchase. If you buy from an individual seller, check that all the papers are in order before parting with your money.


If you're looking for a used motorbike, there are many things to consider. If you buy a used bike, check the engine and all the other parts. After all, you don't want to end up with a faulty motorcycle that can't be repaired.

Check out the motorcycles for sale at York Motorbikes, your trusted motorcycle dealer. We have a wide range of bikes for sale, from entry-level to premium motorcycles. We also offer a comprehensive service and repair facility at our premises in York.

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