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Buying used motorcycle

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Buying used motorcycle

Hello rfders

I am looking into getting a used motorcycle privately.

I know that there are alot of resources out in the internet about what to check when getting a used motorcycle.

But can anyone share their experience?

I guess i am in a way kinda scared to get a used motorcycle and thats why i am posting lol
Ps. I am thinking about getting a used cbr 500
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Make sure your organ donor card is filled. Have a look on kijiji and autotrader, make sure to do due diligence like you would on a car. Good luck.
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Thats the exact bike i bought a few years ago..also bought privately 2015 cbr r at the time it only had approx 6000 kms..seller did not allow test drives..just saw him drive the bike up the street and back...great bike for i ..as this will not kill you on insurance...funny thing , just bought a tesla and told myself when i buy the tesla, will get rid of the bike,,took the bike to get safetied,,did not need anything..and the bike has been perfect...great bike
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Best bet....bring someone that knows motorcycles to look with you and let them test ride it.
Look for leaks especially on the forks, check the tire condition, signs of it being downed (most beginner bikes have), and ask about mods. Exhaust is desirable to have as long as its not a garbage one.
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I purchased my first bike off Kijiji and plan on doing the same for my second.

Bike was a honda shadow vlx 600 and at the time I just started riding, and if I remember correctly I only had my M1. Had a list of questions for the seller and he was nice enough to go through everything and provide a history of invoices.
Low km bike, lots of material left on brake pads, sprocket teeth looked good, expensive tires etc...

He tossed me the keys and said to take it around the block, however with just my M1 and only riding experience being overseas I was certain I'd trash his bike. So he drove and I hopped on back. Overall good experience and he even threw in a motorcycle jack.

Do your homework, ask questions and you'll be fine.
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Joejoejoejo wrote: Hello rfders

I am looking into getting a used motorcycle privately.

I know that there are alot of resources out in the internet about what to check when getting a used motorcycle.

But can anyone share their experience?

I guess i am in a way kinda scared to get a used motorcycle and thats why i am posting lol
Ps. I am thinking about getting a used cbr 500
The cleanliness of their garage and other vehicles speaks volumes about the type of owner, if the chain and brakes are in good condition then thats a whole lot more reassuring they care enough to take care of their stuff, than someone who lets their chain rust/wear to shit and doesn't do any maintenance until something is broken or grinding.

I've bought 7 bikes in the last 5 years...
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Check your insurance premium before buying any bike.
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Do any of you guys know the difference between certified and safetied motorcycle? Or is it the same?
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Joejoejoejo wrote: Do any of you guys know the difference between certified and safetied motorcycle? Or is it the same?
Same term that people uses interchangeably, if it was in the last 36 days you can head right to the place and register it as road worthy.
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Joejoejoejo wrote: Do any of you guys know the difference between certified and safetied motorcycle? Or is it the same?
Its the same. But just because it has a safety doesn't mean the bike is in good shape. If you don't know bikes, or cars, take a friend who does with you to inspect.
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AtticGoo wrote: Its the same. But just because it has a safety doesn't mean the bike is in good shape. If you don't know bikes, or cars, take a friend who does with you to inspect.
I wish i could.
I have no friends who knows about bike...
So what i do right now is watch some youtube videos about buying a used motorcycle

Kinda risky..

It would be nice to get a mechanic to be able to perform some thorough inspection while doing safety certificate for an extra cost...
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Maybe post the same question on GTAM forum. Some members in the past offered to go and check the bike for new riders, if in close proximity. The cost was usually x-pack of beer.
Or even post your approximate location here. Some people on RFD ride as well.
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Joejoejoejo wrote: I wish i could.
I have no friends who knows about bike...
So what i do right now is watch some youtube videos about buying a used motorcycle

Kinda risky..

It would be nice to get a mechanic to be able to perform some thorough inspection while doing safety certificate for an extra cost...
If no friend and no personal knowledge, I would buy a small (less than 300cc) new bike AFTER checking insurance.
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Joejoejoejo wrote: I wish i could.
I have no friends who knows about bike...
So what i do right now is watch some youtube videos about buying a used motorcycle

Kinda risky..

It would be nice to get a mechanic to be able to perform some thorough inspection while doing safety certificate for an extra cost...
I've owned and bought many motorcycles in the past.

First things first - know that insuring a motorcycle in Ontario (specifically GTA) is extremely expensive - so check first before you get a heart attack. There are endless stories on www.gtamotorcycle.com's forums about people buying bikes first and then not being able to afford $3K-$4K annual premiums.

Regarding the bike:
This video covers a lot of what you need to look out for:


The main things to check without getting too advanced are - slack and condition of the chain, tires, suspension, any weird noises from the engine (knocking), check the oil level through the window.

You can tell a lot about the condition of the bike from the owner. Ask why they are selling, what they liked, what they didn't like, what kind of things they did to it. The Honda CBR500 is a bullet proof bike. Most owners don't buy these to race around and do wheelies like they do with super sports bikes.

Like anything in life - if it looks like the owner cares about cleanliness and genuinely cared for the bike, it's worth paying a little premium.

Buying your first bike can be daunting but most of the time these bikes are mechanically sound; people psych themselves out.
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All valid points above ^ Thumbs Up Sign Plus make sure the seller has UVIP and that his legal name is on it. Look for names like "Impact" "Auto salvage" "Auction" etc listed as one of previous owners. Ontario's regulations suck for insurance write offs. Crashed bike with no front end will still have "Clean title" and can be rebuild. Bike with small dent on frame or swing arm will be classified as "Irreparable".
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OP- Others have already provided important pointers. I am just going to summarize the Top 4 (in my opinion)

1. Did you check with Insurance on what the rates would be for this motorcycle (with your M2)

2. Sign up in gtamotocycle forum like advised by another poster. Introduce yourself, and check if anybody is free to drop by when you go check out the motorcycle.

3. My motorcycle's mechanic is in the above forum, but I am not sure about his bandwidth, and the inspection might not be free.

4. It's a good time to shop though. Prices would be trending down since many people would prefer selling now, than storing over winter and selling in spring (when prices would trend up)
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Good time to buy

Check gtamotorcycle for some good deals too
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RubiconX wrote: I had a bad experience with buying a used motorcycle but I was ignorant back then. The motorcycle in question had no battery. That right there should had told me to go home and never look back. How can someone be selling a motorcycle with NO battery? How does he expects the buyer to test ride it or show it to him? I actually went to buy the battery myself to test ride it. I bought it even knowing that it had carburetor problems. I suffered with this thing for 6 years, spent over $2,500 on it and the carburetor problem was never fixed. The 5th mechanic to work on it told me that the motor housing was cracked and that's why the bike had a hard time starting every morning. He was absolutely right.

Make sue the motorcycle starts, if the seller doesn't want you to test ride it (many won't for fear you will crash or steal it) then walk away. You have to test the bike if it doesn't stall at stoplights and if the brakes work properly and if it doesn't shake going above 50 km/h. Also try to smell the air, if it smells like raw gasoline or your clothes reek like smoke then walk away from that deal. Check for oil leaks at the front shocks (forks). Check that the rims are not bent.

Go Google "Rosey Ted" or "Ted Rosey's" on Wilson ave, he is the fastest, and most prolific motorcycle certifier/mechanic in town. He can safety your bike quickly.
Some good advice and some not so good advice that Ill clarify....
A bike that smells like gas could be any bike that has an exhaust on it that isnt tuned (and even then pending on the tune it can still smell).
And don't take it to Rosey if you want a legit safety :rolleyes: . Take it to an actually reputable shop. This is your life in your hands
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RubiconX wrote: Ted Rosey is an experienced, licenced mechanic, why shouldn't I take it to him go get it certified?
I'd rather not post it online on why you wouldn't want a Rosey Cert. Ask around and you'll find out why...
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FYI: some sellers may not let you test ride unless they have cash in hand, just in case you take off or dump the bike.

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