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How To Buy A Used Motorcycle? I’m going to show you how to properly check out a used motorcycle before you buy it. I recently purchased this beautiful Triumph Thruxton used and I’ll show you how I checked it out before I threw my money down.
The first thing you want is a cold engine, this thing’s been sitting all night, when you go to check out a used bike, touch the engine, if it’s warm or hot, you got to wait until it’s cold to check it out, because they often have a starting problem when they’re cold, but as you can see it’s ice-cold I pushed the starter button, starts right up, a worn out engine it’ll be hard to start. You don’t want to buy a bike that’s hard to start, that’s somebody else’s problem, look for another one, then let it warm up for four or five minutes and give it a lot of throttle once it’s warmed up you want to have a good throttle response like that.
You don’t want smoke coming out of the exhaust and you definitely don’t want backfiring, if it’s smoking or backfiring look for another motorcycle.
With a bright little flashlight, look inside the gas tank, you want to look inside and see if there’s rust or anything in this case it’s nice and shiny steel there’s no rust the tank is clean, realize that many motorcycles are kind of like toys they sit around a lot, so a lot of times the gas tanks are rust you might think oh I’ll get another gas tank these things can cost over a thousand bucks just for the gas tank. So make sure the gas tank is clean inside and speaking of clean look all over the engine and the transmission to see if there’s any kind of oil leaks,
Now, the old Triumphs leak like mad, they make them a lot better than they use to. If it’s a chain drive motorcycle go back and inspect the chain and the sprocket, making sure the sprocket still have good flat heads, that means they’re in great shape when the head start to get worn and they get all rounded out on the heads, then it’s time for a new sprocket and chain,
Has the previous owner taken good care of the chain that’s all lubricated and clean so the drivechain is good, now modern motorcycles are kind of like modern cars, a lot of them have obd2 ports that you can plug an analysis scan tool and so if you have one, you could hook it up and check that out too. To access it on a triumph you take off the rear cowling then remove the rear seat, you just unscrew the two bolts to hold the seat in place then the whole seat just slides off and here’s the obd diagnostic port that we plug into.
Just plug the tool in and as we can see there’s no codes, there’s no problems and if your like me, you can even do live data analysis of it, pretty cool, you can get all kinds of information from these scan tools it’s a worthwhile investment for anybody. You can even share them with your friends because they work on all ninety-six or newer vehicles, just don’t try hooking it up to your cat, she won’t like it.
Look around under the seat, check out the battery while I recently switched my battery to one of these lithium iron batteries so there’s no corrosion and then it won’t ruin any of the electronics. It’s a good idea to switch those anyways.
Check out the front forks to see if the seals are bad and leaking fluid and of course do the same for the back shocks to see if they’re leaking.
Now check the headlight, the tail lighting, brake light, and the turn signals.
Take it for a road test, but unfortunately many guys won’t let you drive their motorcycle they’re worried you’re going to wreck it, so at least let them take you for a ride so you can listen to the transmission shift, see how the engine is and see how much acceleration it has and how good to brake stop.
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