If you cannot afford to buy a new dirt bike, buying a used one can be the perfect solution for you. However, certain aspects require your attention, to make sure that you won’t get a bike that you can use only for a few days. Moreover, keep in mind that you are going to use it in tough conditions, so you can’t afford a bad one, even though the price may be tempting.
Check the overall condition
Take a closer look at that used dirt bike and check if it has any broken components, if the paint is chipped, and if there are visible signs of wear. Moreover, pay attention to the parts that are very expensive, because if you have to change them, it may cost you more than what you’re paying for the actual bike. Check the swingarm and head seam bearings. Take the rear wheel off the ground and try to move the swingarm. If it moves more than 5 mm from side to side, it is worn, and you will need to replace it soon. Do the same with the front wheel. If you notice that the fork leg is moving too much, you will probably also have to change the head stem bearings soon.
Tip: make sure that you do this inspection in a place where there is enough light so that you can notice the damages of the dirt bike. The best place to do this is outdoors.
Pay attention to any leaks
Oil leaks, as well as any other leaks, such as coolant leaks, are definitely not a good sign, and they may be caused by serious problems. Also, see if there are any oil traces on the fork seals, because this indicates a leak. You can consult a mechanic, too, especially if you are not familiar with this field.
Put the right questions
When you check a used dirt bike, don’t hesitate to ask questions to the seller. Ask about the frequency of changing the oil, when was the last time he changed it, what oil type he used, when he last cleaned the air filter, how often he used to do this and so on. Also, find out if there are any components that have been replaced recently.
Take it for a test ride
Even if you have looked at the bike carefully, the best way to find out if it works properly is to take it for a test ride. This way, you will ‘feel’ it, and you will be able to see if there is something wrong with it that you may have missed. Especially if you have experience with dirt bikes, this test will provide you all the details you need.
Don’t let yourself distracted by the amazing stories of the dealer
You definitely have something in common with the person who is trying to sell you the product, but don’t let him distract your attention from the bike itself. He will probably tell you about his wonderful experiences with this or other dirt bikes, and his enthusiasm may determine you to pay less attention to the bike and not spot significant damages.