Buying a used motorbike can be a challenging task. First, conduct some due diligence on the registration and ownership of the bike. Below are a few other things to inspect when buying a used motorbike. 

Service Records

Ask the owner or motorcycle dealer for the bike's service records. Avoid motorcycles whose previous owners did not observe important motorcycle service such as changing the oil, the timing chain, the brake pads and the air filters.


Below are a few things to check when inspecting the bike's body: 

  1. You may want to avoid used motorbikes with a lot of dents and rust.
  2. The seat should be in excellent condition. A little wear is acceptable if the bike has been running for years.
  3. Bikes with loose or missing body parts such as fenders, foot pegs, side mirrors and mudguards have been poorly maintained.
  4. The motorcycle's handlebars should feel straight.
  5. Inspect the bike's frame and chassis for signs of accident repair. Avoid bikes with heavy welding, cracks and bends. 


Conduct an engine check, as you would not want the bike to break down after you purchase it. Below are a few tips to guide you:

  1. Check the condition and level of the oil. Dirty or black oil means that the owner did not observe service intervals. It could also be a sign of a broader engine issue.
  2. Inspect the engine for any fuel, coolant or oil leaks.
  3. The engine should start smoothly while cold. Also, it should not misfire when idling.
  4. Bikes that produce a thick blue, white or black smoke after running a few minutes could have coolant leaks or a damaged engine.
  5. Bikes generating unusual noise may have damaged engine components. 

Wheels, Braking and Electrical Components

The motorbike's wheels should have sufficient tread. Inspect the rim for any cracks or missing spokes. The brake pads, hoses and callipers should be in good shape. The bike's headlight should have a high and low beam. The indicators, tail lights and brake lights should also be functional. The instrument cluster components such as the speedometer, tachometer, odometer and fuel and temperature gauges should be working.

The Test Ride

Most motorcycle dealers will allow a road test. This will give you an opportunity to feel the bike's performance. You also get to evaluate the motorcycle's transmission, handling and suspension. Do not purchase the bike if it has engine vibrations, transmission slips and poor handling. 

When buying a used motorbike, inspect its service records, body, engine, wheels, braking and electrical components. Besides, go for a road test to feel the bike's handling and performance. Contact motorcycle dealers in your area to learn more.