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What to look out for when buying a motorbike?

Jan. 20, 2021
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Suppose you want to proceed with the purchase of a motorcycle. Then there are a number of things you should pay attention to. These can be certain technical points, but also things that ensure that you can get on the road safely and legally, such as motorcycle insurance. There are several factors that are crucial with a motorcycle. Below are some tips you should look out for when buying a motorcycle.

Tip 1: Properly functioning brakes and clutch

Safety is obviously paramount, and with a motorcycle, the brakes and clutch play a big role in how safe the bike is. It is therefore useful to check the brakes and clutch properly before you proceed to purchase the motorcycle. This can be done, for example, through a test ride. When taking a test ride, try driving on a number of different types of roads and pay attention to whether the motorcycle has a properly working brake and clutch on each type of road. If you have doubts about whether you can check it properly, it may be smart to bring in a specialist. He or she can help you assess these kinds of technical aspects.

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Tip 2: Comfort and appearance

It is important that the motorcycle you buy is one that fits you. This sounds very logical, but still it happens regularly that motorcycles are bought that afterwards are not comfortable for the person who bought them. It also happens that a motorcycle is bought out of enthusiasm, but that the appearance is only later examined in detail and turns out to fit the buyer a lot less. Therefore, think carefully and look at the motorcycle in details before making the purchase. Pay extra attention to whether the bike is comfortable and whether you simply like it and won't get tired of it quickly.

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Tip 3: Mileage and chain

A motorcycle, like a car, has a certain number of mileage. Make sure you check the mileage and do not purchase a motorcycle that actually has way too many miles already. Absolutely do not compare the mileage with that of a car. Whereas a car with 100,000 kilometers on the odometer is still relatively new, an engine with 100,000 kilometers is actually quite old. The advice is to get an engine that has preferably covered under 75,000 kilometers. It is also crucial that you check or have the bike's chain checked properly. A motorcycle that has many miles behind it may already have quite a damaged chain. So check or have it checked properly as well.

Tip 4: Tires and suspension

Tires are obviously important and it is important to see if they are still in good condition. In addition, a motorcycle's suspension is also very important. Look at, feel and check the tires carefully and during the test ride, for example, also pay attention to whether the bike has good suspension. These things are important factors, but also play a big role in how safe the bike is in the end. Tires themselves can still be replaced relatively easily, but with a suspension this is generally already a more difficult story. If the tires are no longer good, you can also haggle a bit in the price.

Tip 5: Motorcycle insurance

If you are finally satisfied and the motorcycle is in good condition you can realize the purchase. From the moment the purchase is fulfilled it is your motorcycle. To actually be able to hit the road, however, you need to insure the motorcycle. Make sure you choose a good and inexpensive motorcycle insurance policy. After all, it is important that you are covered against any damage.

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