TOP TIPS 9buy­ing

Things to check be­fore a pre-loved bike Don’t just dive in – a lit­tle re­search goes a long way on a sec­ond­hand deal

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2In­surance

If you’re go­ing to pee on your own fire, do it early. Get in­sur­ance quotes for the bike you’re mulling over be­fore in­vest­ing time, or money for that mat­ter, in search­ing. You don’t want to tor­ture your­self by put ting a de­posit down, only to find your lo­ca­tion, age or job is too high­risk to get a sen­si­ble in­sur­ance quote. It may also be that cer­tain bikes (ex­pen­sive sportsbikes, for ex­am­ple) re­quire alarms, track­ers or garag­ing overnight be­fore they’ll even con­sider quot­ing.

3Get the his­tory

Chang­ing ex­change rates in re­cent years saw many bikes ex­ported to na­tions able to take ad­van­tage of the weak pound, so there are now fewer to go around. Un­for­tu­nately, the in­creased de­mand means peo­ple try to pass off writ­ten-off bikes as hon­est ma­chines – the boom in fi­nance in­cen­tives also opens you to buy­ing a bike where money is still owed, and fi­nance com­pa­nies can still stake a claim on the bike. MCN of­fer HPI checks from as lit­tle as £5.53. See mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com.

4Re­calls

Re­calls are usu­ally car­ried out for free, but they’re very im­por­tant. Man­u­fac­tur­ers is­sue re­calls and dealer bul­letins for ev­ery­thing from flaky fin­ish to frame fail­ure. You can check for large of­fi­cial re­calls on any ve­hi­cle stretch­ing back decades by search­ing for ‘VOSA re­call check’. When you’re speak­ing to a dealer about ser­vic­ing, probe them on any de­tail tweaks or re­place­ment parts you need to know about too.

9Join the com­mu­nity

Name just about any bike, and there will be a fo­rum and/or own­ers’ club for it. They’re an in­valu­able re­source – even if you just want to talk to like-minded folk. You shouldn’t just take a stranger’s word as gospel, but care­ful fil­ter­ing of owner wis­dom can help you buy, main­tain and im­prove your bike in ad­di­tion to the ser­vices of deal­ers or spe­cial­ists.

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