According to auto experts and motorcycle enthusiasts, the cold winter months are the best time to buy a used motorcycle. But regardless of the season, there are important factors you need to check to get a good bargain. You should also consider Powersports Extended Service Contracts and other F&I solutions and products, so you’ll have future repairs and services covered, which ultimately translates to having peace of mind every time you take your bike out for a ride.

If you’re buying a used motorcycle, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Overall appearance

The first thing you will notice is the appearance of the bike. Does it look clean and well-kept? Check the tight spots where dirt can easily accumulate without being noticed. If the bike is clean but these spots are filled with dirt and debris, then you’ll know that all the seller did was a quick wash to make it seem like the bike is well-kept. If they can be careless a simple task like cleaning, you can be quite certain that they are also careless with maintaining the bike’s engine and mechanical parts. Look elsewhere.

2. Don’t be put off by mileage right away

A mileage that is between 20,000 and 30,000 is considered high for a small powersports motorcycle; and a mileage that’s about 40,000 and up for a large bike is likewise considered high. A high mileage is an instant rejection for a lot of buyers, but before you say no, consider how well-maintained the unit is. A motorcycle that is well-maintained can go past double their mileage, so that’s about 80,000 to 100,000 miles.

3. Check for oil leaks

Before turning on the bike to see how the engine runs, check the covers of the engine and the valve to see if there are signs of oil leaks (stains). If there are, check again once the engine is running. If there are more leak stains after, the oil seal may need to be replaced. Discuss this with the seller. If they do not acknowledge the leak or refuse to change the oil seal, look for another bike and seller. Even if you have Powersports Extended Service Contracts and other similar products, this still won’t be a good buy.

You also need to check the brake, clutch system, chassis, exhaust system, handlebars, and suspension. If there are issues with any of these, talk to the seller about it. If they aren’t willing to address these before buying, you’re not getting a good deal.

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