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Wichita, KS
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Buying a new motorcycle can be quite pricey. If you're not ready for this level of commitment, a used one can be just as great. Just be sure to inspect it thoroughly before making your purchase.

What to Look at When Buying a Used Motorcycle

If you're thinking of buying a used motorcycle, this is a great option. Of course, you will have to check it out quite thoroughly before making your purchase just to be sure it's a good investment. Not sure what to look for? These tips can help you make the best purchase.

Dealer or Private Seller?

When you start your search for a motorcycle, you'll have the option of buying from a private seller or a dealer. Both options can work out just fine but be aware that each option has its pros and cons. If you decide to go with a dealership, this option can be more pricey. At the same time, it's also a safer option. You can be certain that the motorcycle you end up purchasing won't be stolen or a lemon. On the other hand, buying a motorcycle from a private seller is often more affordable. This comes at a risk since you won't have any protection against being sold a motorcycle that is in much worse condition than what the seller claims. You'll also need to check and double-check that the motorcycle isn't stolen. Check the VIN number, license plate number, and the title to ensure the motorcycle's papers are in order.

Inspect the Bike While It's Cold

If you're heading over to see a motorcycle being sold by a private seller, make sure the bike will be cold when you get there. Some sellers may try to hide engine issues by warming up the engine before you get there. On a cold start, look out for an engine that has trouble starting or a very noisy engine. These are definite indicators of trouble, so call ahead to ensure the motorcycle will be cold.

Check out the Engine

As mentioned above, you'll definitely want to make sure the motorcycle's engine is in good shape. A motorcycle with a bad engine won't be worth the investment because a bad engine will lead to road issues and constant repairs. Not only is this tiring, but it can also be quite expensive. If possible, take the bike on a test ride so that you can get a better feel for the engine and how the bike changes gears. While on a test ride, also listen to the engine since the noise it makes can be very telling. Once you've found a motorcycle you love, keep its engine protected with the help of a synthetic oil change in Wichita. Using an oil like AMSOIL's 20W-50 Synthetic V-Twin Motorcycle Oil can ensure your motorcycle stays well-protected for longer. You can find even more great products like this by contacting Hartmans Inc. at (316) 686-1069. For even more great AMSOIL Oil products, stop by their online shop.

Inspect the Motorcycle's Frame

Next up on your list should be the motorcycle's frame. Get up close and really inspect the condition of the frame. Scratches, dents, scrapes, and other signs of wear can indicate that the motorcycle has been through a lot and maybe hasn't been maintained as well as it should. While you're looking at it closely, also be on the lookout for dirt and other grime that will let you know that the owner maybe hasn't been cleaning their motorcycle regularly. It's easy enough to wash it right before a visit, but if the seller hasn't maintained it through the year, this will be noticeable on the frame.

Check on the Tires and Wheels

Finally, take the time to inspect the tires and the wheels on the motorcycle. If the motorcycle doesn't have the best looking tires, this may not be a huge deal. Tires are easy enough to change, so old tires may not be the best reason to pass on an otherwise great motorcycle. However, if the tires are beat up, you may be able to use this to your advantage by negotiating down the price of the motorcycle. While you're down there inspecting the tires, also pay attention to the wheels. These should be in great condition since these are a tougher and more pricey fix. Make sure the wheels sit straight and that they aren't dented or damaged.

Give Your Motorcycle a Synthetic Oil Change in Wichita

synthetic oil change in Wichita can keep your motorcycle running strong for a long time. Not sure what oil to use in your motorcycle? Contact the friendly oil pros at Hartmans Inc. at (316) 686-1069 to find the perfect oil for your engine.


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