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30 | WheelsOfGrace.com | #55 Looking at used motorcycles for sale is a great way to get the motorcycle you want, but at a more affordable price. Not all used models have been well-maintained by past owners and some have hidden issues that can cost a fortune in repairs. That's why conducting an inspection is so important. By thoroughly looking over the motorcycles you are considering, you can catch problems before you make the purchase. The right items help make your inspection process easier. Bring the following along when you visit the seller, or motorcycle dealer: • a flashlight: this handy tool helps you peek into the dark recesses of the motorcycle, making it easier to see potential issues. • a notebook and writing utensil: as you inspect the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, you will want to make note of any issues you find. You'll also be asking the Harley-Davidson dealer plenty of questions and will want some way to keep track of the answers. The Body Some motorcycles are known for their iconic aesthetic, but dents and scratches do more than hurt the bike's appearance. They can indicate previous collisions or issues, which may mean there is internal damage as well as external. You'll want to check the body of the bike in the following ways: • fuel tank: see that it has an untouched paint coat that is free of flakes. • fenders and side covers: check that they are free of scratches and dents. • seat: make sure it is free from tears or collapsed foam. • chrome: check that it is rust-free. The Engine Make sure the motorcycle is in neutral and start it up. Here you are looking for more than the iconic growl. Check the following engine aspects: Checklist for Inspecting a Used Motorcycle • engine smoke: it shouldn't be heavy or odd colored (such as deep black or blue). • engine sound: it should be free of odd rattles and rumbles. • exhaust: it should be free of leaks or damage. • transmission: it shouldn't jump out of gear at all during your test drive. • clutch: it shouldn't drag or slip on your test drive. Remember that engine issues can result in some of the most expensive repairs. Be cautious about getting a motorcycle with engine issues and be sure you have a hefty budget to cover the repair costs. Electronics Next, you will want to ensure all the electrical systems on the motorcycle are working well. You will want to test the following aspects: • lights: test the signal and brake lights and the high and low beams. • battery: ensure it starts without issues. • any added accessories: Harley-Davidson motorcycles are known for their ease of customization, but be sure to check that the past owner installed any upgrades or accessories correctly. Tires Finally, you will want to look over the tires and ensure everything is ready to go. Check the following parts: • tires: they should be free of dry rot and have plenty of tread left. • wheels: they should be free of dents and not have any wobble when you spin the wheel. • spokes: when you hit each one with a screwdriver handle, you should hear a "ping" sound that indicates a tight spoke. A flat sound suggests a loose spoke. • chain: it should have lubrication and good adjustment. • belt: it should be free of issues, such as cuts or abrasion. We hope you found this checklist helpful. SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS! SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS! THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE MOTORCYCLE COMMUNITY BY SUPPORTING WHEELS OF GRACE

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