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Buying a bike?

Postby Slow and wobbly » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:37 am

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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby mick_dundee » Sun Jul 13, 2008 12:41 pm

There's also a guide on the front page written by an old fart that might know something :)

http://www.ksrc-au.com/index.php?itemid=16
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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby Smitty » Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:21 pm

mick_dundee wrote:There's also a guide on the front page written by an old fart that might know something :)

http://www.ksrc-au.com/index.php?itemid=16


...hehehe



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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby Slow and wobbly » Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:43 am

mick_dundee wrote:There's also a guide on the front page written by an old fart that might know something :)

http://www.ksrc-au.com/index.php?itemid=16



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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby MrWasabi » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:01 pm

Mate, instead of reviving old threads you may want to start a new post of your own.
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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby mick_dundee » Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:20 am

MrWasabi wrote:Mate, instead of reviving old threads you may want to start a new post of your own.


Maybe in the bikes for sale section even... hey shit, that sounds like a good place to stick a classified if I was selling a bike, wtf didn't I think of that...
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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby fireyrob » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:44 am

I know this is an old thread but is the link that used to be on the front page with the words of wisdom able to be posted in here? Maybe its my work computer but Im getting the link not found message...

Just that I know two newbies looking at getting their first bikes and Im the last person who should be giving advice as I know SFA!!!
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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby Six Addict » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:09 am

youve bought 3 bikes in like 2 years tho :lol:
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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby Matrix » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:29 am

same here, Page ERROR message and lynk not showing :cry:
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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby JonW » Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:20 pm

Yep, linky no worky.
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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby mass220 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:45 pm

Hey you are so lucky....
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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby Smitty » Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:23 pm

ok here it is ( I found it 8) ...finally)


Bike Inspection Checklist
By yoda(aka smee) :)


This does require a little knowledge about bikes and is not an exhaustive check list
it is a guide only and the checks will vary, depending on whether you are looking at a road bike, traillie or race bike

The FIRST TEST is LOOK

Does the bike look OK?
Does the bike look straight?-look from rear/front and side on
Eyeball-front and rear wheels- are they in line?
Eyeball-is the rear wheel square in the swing arm? check markings at chain adjusters on swing arm
Does bike have all operating bits?- brake&clutch lever, throttle grip, mirrors (2) and not broken..!
Does bike have lights and 4 indicators?
Does the bike have 2 switch blocks?- with horn switch, safety switch, indicators etc
Are tyres OK?.. NOT flat, squared off and have cuts or holes, can you see tyre belts?
Are the wheels complete? no broken spokes or if alloy, no scrapes or cracks
Is bike complete? has (both if pillion separate) seats, mudguards, hugger, both pillion pegs?
Does fairing look OK, square to frame? Does it have all retainers, no empty bolt or screw holes?
What is condition of bike- cosmetically? check for rust, check tank for dings
What is mechanical condition-is engine clean or oil covered?
Is there oil or fluid on the outside of the front forks?
Is there oil dripping off the bottom of the engine?
Is the oil dripping off or covering the rear suspension?
Check for Petrol leaks from tank or fuel lines or carbys (or injection)
Check levels of coolant, brake fluid, engine oil (all will have markers for the correct levels)
Check chain-clean/dirty?
Check Sprockets pointy teeth? no lubrication?
Do electrical harnesses appear retained or and clipped in place, no loose wires running everywhere?
Remove seat and have a look does it have tools, owners manual?
Remove seat and have a look at the battery is it clean or covered in white powder?
Does bike have a side stand?, a centre stand?
Is bike registered?. CHECK DATE! is rego sticker displayed?
Does the bike have service stickers on it? a service history available?

The SECOND test is TOUCH and... LISTEN

Grab exhaust (whilst COLD!) and shake..does it rattle? does it squeak, is it attached firmly?
Grab handle bars are they loose?, do switch blocks seem tight? are mirrors attached firmly?
Shake handle bar ...is front wheel loose (bearing check)
Shake handle bars, do they flop in either direction, is there any rattle or squeaks
Grab gearshift lever, does it only move up and down?(not sideways)
Grab brake pedal...does it only move up and down?(not sideways)
Grab rider and pillion pegs..does it only move up and down?(not sideways)
Grab brake lever..is it stiff to work, or does it move freely
Grab clutch lever...is it stiff to work, or does it move freely
Grab rear wheel (preferably while on a stand)..can you twist wheel sideways?
Are there any noises during the operations of the levers? ..squeaks
Is the chain adjusted correctly? 25-30mm sag in middle of bottom chain run
Check all lights work..turn them on, Headlight High Beam? Stop Light? Instrument lights?

The THIRD test is SIT

Sit on bike and compress forks (hold front brake to do so)..squeaks, groans?
Bounce up and down on seat noise from rear suspension?
Twist handle bars, do they move freely or are they stiff? (head stem bearing check)
Twist handle bars do they flop from side to side (loose head stem bearings)
Are the bars or the clip-ons loose?
Do all normal controls appear there? ..all levers, pedals, switches
Bounce bike up and down ..any rattles?
Is seat loose? does it move when you sit on it ? torn? foam soft and saggy?

Finally ENGINE/GEARBOX (assuming bike is running and has Fuel in tank)
Is the engine easy to start or does it require a SPECIAL start routine! like pump choke 3 times etc :shock:
Is the engine rattly on start up, does it blow smoke (watch 2 strokes) does exhaust rattle?
Noise level excessive? no baffles?, exhaust leaks?
Push in choke, will bike idle without choke once warm?
Put bike in gear ...any lurch? easy to select gear?
Do safety check before riding bike ...do brakes work? (test them)

Go for a ride, check Engine rattles, chain (zmmmy)noise, gearbox operation and noise (NO grinding noises)
How does it STOP?, CORNER? ACCELERATE? CHANGE GEAR? smooth or jerky?
Is throttle smooth to use?
Are all controls easy to use?

Can you imagine spending 2 hours riding it?!!!

Hope that assists in checking out the bike of your choice :kuda:
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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby Smitty » Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:29 pm

mick_dundee wrote:There's also a guide on the front page written by an old fart that might know something :)

http://www.ksrc-au.com/index.php?itemid=16



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Re: Buying a bike?

Postby joe444 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:59 pm

there are so many things that you should consider about when your are buying a bike.Smitty You have post every single detail about that.that is great dude. :kuda:
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