I’ve seen an advert for a nice dual sports bike I really like. Low milage, 2009 model. The price is about 30% less than any other private seller and it looks great in the pics.
I asked the seller;
Do you still have the bike?
Has it been used offroad?
Also because it’s 2009 does it have any warranty?
and here was his answer
It seems pretty cool and I wouldn’t mind if it missed the first service because I can also book it in for one.
Anything I should lookout for?
Of course I’ll get it theft checked.
V5 document and ask to see a purchase receipt if he still has it.
Do a HPI check
Check engine and frame numbers carefully to ensure they match paperwork and don’t look dodgy on visual inspection.
Check bike over…Put hand against engine case to see if warm…If warm ask why the bike was started before you got there (could be a problem with cold starting).
Ask owner to pull bike up on to it’s side stand so that the front wheel is in the air (do this by standing on left side of bike and turning bars to full opposite lock, then pulling the bike towards you).
Whilst front wheel is in the air, grab the forks and try to pull them towards you. They shouldn’t move (shouldn’t be any play). If they do then the headstock bolt may need tightening or worse the headstock bearings may need replacing.
If you’re inexperienced regarding bikes, your best bet is too get some one more so to have a look over it even if it means paying them.
Experienced or not I reckon having someone else there is invaluable. In my (fairly limited) experience, following your head rather than your heart is a hell of a lot easier said than done, and said other knowledgeable person can be just what is needed to help you listen to what ya brains tellin’ ya and tell you to ignore your heart if when needs be.