What to Check When Buying A Used Motorcycle

What to Check When Buying A Used Motorcycle
What to Check When Buying A Used Motorcycle

My dear single biker men and biker women, do you know what to do after you decided to buy a used motorcycle? Well, it is indeed a lengthy process involving many things if you want to get yourself a nice and amazing bike.

First, you may decide what type of bike you want to try or what type of riding you will do, which will greatly narrow down your choices. Will you be commuting, taking motorcycle travel with your biker partners, riding your biker girl for a date, taking a track day? Then you may want to buy it from a reputable dealership, where you will get back-up if something happens to your motorcycle once you bought it. Although you may get a cheaper quote from private dealership, you may have to deal with all the issues after the purchase. Next, let’s take a look at the things that you need to look for when buying a second-hand motorcycle.

1. The tyres – the tyres should have good tread without signs of uneven wear or damage. Remember to check the profile of the tyres. If the rear looks a bit squared rather than round, then it must be replaced for many times.
2. The drive chain and sprocket – the chain that is not be taken care of may cripple a bike and endanger the rider’s safety. So, try to move the bike a few inches forward to check if it moves roughly. And the shape of the teeth of the sprocket should be even.
3. Battery – clean battery leads suggest that the bike hasn’t been unattended for a long time. And motorcycle riders should check if there is a sign of corrosion.
4. Sit on the bike – after your checking of the individual components, single bikers should sit on the bike to observe the condition of the brake, clutch levers, straightness of the bars, bar-end weights and instrument cluster. Grab the front brake and compress the forks. They should react with even and firm resistance and rebound back to their starting point. Check the visible frame. Make sure there is no dents, kinks or visible damage on the frame.
5. The fuel tank – use your flash light to check the fuel tank. There should be no obvious sign of rust or corrosion in it.
6. Check what is missing and what need to be maintained – after checking the key components, single motorcycle riders need to check if there is anything that is missing. Sometimes, those harmless parts can be expensive to replace. And get a budget of the maintenance.

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Learning How to Ride a Motorcycle is the Best Thing in My Life

motorcycle babe learns to ride
Motorcycle girl, Carolyn’s story of her riding expericence.

I have been riding motorcycles for almost a year. To be honest, I barely knew nothing about motorcycle riding and I didn’t interest in riding at all before I started learning to ride. One day, my biker boyfriend bought his chopper and that was when I felt the fun. Motorcycle riding has become one of the favorite thing I love to do and I just wish I would have known how to ride a long time ago.

But at the beginning, I just sat on the back of the motorcycle when my boyfriend was riding. It was also great. But what inspired me to ride was when I saw a bunch of riding babes riding on the open road, which was awesome to me. Then I made up my mind to ride on my own. I took a riding course for beginners and spent two months learning how to riding the bike of my boyfriend. Before getting on the motorcycle, I always thought too much and made myself nervous. But what surprised me is that I just overcame those stuff as soon as I started riding. Learning to ride has taken me to meet lots of talented and cool bikers out there who had a strong love for motorcycle rides.

The riding course and the experience tell me that practice and safety are the essential key to ride motorcycles on the streets. Because you will never know when you will go down and have accident, which will hurt others or yourself.

My first long ride was riding with a biker babes group. I only rode for two months and I knew these women Harley riders have been riding for years, which made me scared and nervous. But when we started riding, I rode without any thought and I was miraculously tagging along. When evening fell, we settled in and started communicating with each other. Those biker babes were all coolest biker chicks and I was looking forward to riding with them again. It always makes me feel happy that I can make friends with so many women riders of different backgrounds and ages. It is the one interest in motorcycle riding that brings us together.

The next day of my first ride, I was not fearful. Although I want to surprise other female bikers, I thought it was better to ride safely. It was a precious memory and experience for me, which actually changed my idea for women riders.

Riding motorcycle is the best decision I have ever made. It not only brings me lots of friendships with cool male and female bikers, but also shows me a different free world. Since my boyfriend got another motorcycle, we could ride side by side to discover the beautiful world. Just remember that motorcycle riding is all about fun. And keep it in mind that you should ride safely as well.