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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Buying a used dirt bike checklist

Buying a used dirt bike checklist


Buying a used dirt bike ? First check this article it will help you through t the process simpler, In this article we are going to discuss about top five things to look for when buying a used bike.

five awesome tips when buying a used bike we buy a lot of bikes here they come and go I personally buy bikes off Craigslist or all these used bike sites all the time and we want to give you some tips to help you along in your bike buying journey one thing that we look at as cosmetics.
First thing you just go over  and check on your eyes overall 
Second things gonna be checking your levers the 
Third things gonna be making sure your wheels are intact the
Fourth is like does the bike even start making sure the bike runs in the
Fifth and sometimes most the most important is who's the bus coming from you know who's your seller and getting to know him let's do it.  


 you're gonna look at is cosmetics and this is gonna be the easiest thing to notice off of small pictures online it is what are the big blemishes on the bike the first thing that I look for right away in the pictures. second thing is this side on a kick start side and I'll look at the whole side of the engine
there's some pipe where there's gonna be also your clutch where your frame where you can check out the kickstart usually it's gonna be a part of the kick start of this has a little more well to aluminum to it. you guys should be able to tell pretty quickly through a small picture cosmetically you know this bikes been ridden law or it hasn't if it's got a new clutch cover you want to make sure it's stock one you know if it's an aftermarket one you know maybe the old one was super beat-up. another thing that I like to look at and when I'm selling a bike I make sure all the metal on my bikes really clean and scrubbed down to the aluminum and it looks really nice when you're buying a bike you know that seller has taken good care of his bike and taking the time to make sure all of the corrosion is off and everything is looking good another thing is just run your fingers on The front  lower stanchions there and make sure you don't have any oil on it it's got leaky fork seals not that that's an expensive fix because it's not however it's annoying  thing so you get a new bike but  you can't ride it right away ,you got take to mechanic shop or Do It Yourself you've got buy some  parts and got fixed. all that another thing that's super important,  we're thinking about the expensive parts of the bike that we need intact we don't want to replace right so we go to our radiators  make sure first if they're square you don't want a wavy radiator that's been dropped on and or could possibly have a leak make sure
the thing is square  or rectangle but just straight lines and then also look in the fins and make sure there's no jb weld in there or know any generic gum stuck on there you know whoever could have done whatever to stop that water from leaking so make sure you check those radiators are typically
pretty expensive you definitely want to take a good look at your drivetrain right you want to have all the teeth on he sprocket you don't want the chain to be super beat-up or look like it hasn't been looped you want to know that the person that had a used bike was taking good care of the bike and you'll know right away like they didn't care about it or they didn't know how to care about It,  you don't want that bike right there's definitely used bikes out that haven't been really well maintained some people even joined maintaining the bikes more and they're like riding them that's the guy or girl that you want to buy a bike from another really important thing another expensive part that can be tweaked but the bike still can around is a subframe you want to come back to the back of the bike look down and make sure you got straight edges and straight it's the back fenders tilt it's one way or another you know you've got some structural damage underneath the plastic that needs attention and if that's off
it usually takes the pipe off and then the pipe gets rubbish from the tire then you've got yourself a big mess there's no all bikes mater meaning everything we've talked about applies to all bikes.


that we look for how much players in the levers has this thing that you've dropped a bunch of times and bending the perch out back and forth to the point where you know your levers flopping up and down, and aftermarket lever in a stop a perch so you know at some point this thing was dropped pretty well to break the lever and they've got aftermarket ones on there so you just want to make sure that's as tight as possible right if they have aftermarket levers a pretty good chance the bikes been down so that makes you want to check out all the other stuff that we've already talked about check out the grips are they stock grips  are they stock grips that are torn off or the aftermarket grips have been replaced are the ends just super chewed up and they haven't taken the time to replace them do they twist, so maybe the mechanic that was working on the spike didn't really know what he was doing there's plenty of things you can think about in this but just to make sure that you have structurally sound grips and also if they're stuck and they haven't been worn,  I mean the riders kept the bike upright the bikes fairly new and it's probably cosmetically good the rest of the way through it the grips are good .


Gonna be what are the wheels like are they in good shape make sure the wheel bearings are also good another thing to look at wheel  just making sure that wheels are straight so when you spin it to make sure the bike and the wheels in truth hasn't been knocked out of true the spokes are evenly tighten in the wheels spinning in the right direction make sure you just give a hand tight check on the spokes as well how you can just run around the bike and just make sure that you know majority of the spokes are well tightened and taken care of when you're buying a used bike it's risky business it's really important that you take the time to go over these little small details all right that's gonna give you a good idea of how long the bike taken care of and make sure that you're not spending extra money at the end of the day fixing it as soon as you get it another nice thing to know is are the tires of stock tire to come on do they still have the nipples on the tires are the tires that are on there even if they are aftermarket tires or replacement tires are they in good shape or they're nabis ripping off, tires are the nobbies coming off the side you don't necessarily want that although it's a quick fix but if you want to takeit and go for a  ride with this tire, you probably don't want to ride it, with an obvious falling off the tire so make sure you just look at these small things .


Make sure the thing runs you don't want to get a bike and just roll it in the back of the truck and get home and go to kick it over and the cranks locked up you want to make sure the bike runs before you leave you also want to pull the clutch in listern for the crazy noises with the clutch in with a clutch towel with a bike in gear with a bike and neutral and just you know pay attention making sure that motors running smoothly check the fluids you know just given the motor a good once-over because that is the most expensive part of the bike if it goes bad and you've really wasted a lot of money buying a used bike


know your seller, who's bike you are buying, know who's your seller, he personally I look them up on every social Avenue that I can, am i buying a bike from a really fast pro who didn't know how to take care of his bike who has ridden it in 15 GM CC races that were muddy up to his ears right you need to know this and you could usually find it on any of these social network so you can find that bike you can find videos of being ridden most of the time and if you can't it's usually a good sign because it's probably a vet rider just a guy that likes to take care of his bike and you know whatever it is you can search the seller and kind of have a good idea another important thing is is how detailed were they and their description of sales did they give you a log of hours on the bike or how many top ends or ones the last time the bottom end has been done that gives you a really good idea of okay this guy took really good care of this bike and he also documented it just as if you were to take your car to a dealership and they write the mileage up in your corner there you should document that, you should know when your bike's going through maintenance and that way when you go to sell it the buyer is super comfortable that's the seller you're looking for,pay attention because they're dropped or falling off when they pull up is the tailgate dragging behind them if their dog have dreadlocks right some box it's the garage full of crap and they've dug the bike out of a hole so you got to know that this guy's taken really good care of his dirt bike usually you can tell that by how everything else looks.

I hope that helps in your bike buying journey. if you like this article please share and comment, 

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