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Pro-tips to prepare your purchase for action Don’t rely on others – check over your new-to-you bike before hitting the road
2Are your papers in order?
You should have checked when buying, but just double check the MOT is current, and tax the vehicle in your name. Both can be done online through www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk – remember that any vehicle is now automatically un-taxed on date of sale, the seller gets a refund and it’s up to the new owner to tax it again. When you sign the V5 reg document, keep the New Keeper green slip – the number on here will allow you to tax it, and the DVLA will identify you as a new keeper.
3Inspect every inch of rubber
Tyres are arguably the most important part of any bike. Check the pressures and tread depth as you should anyway, but also rotate the wheels and examine the whole tyre for any damage, foreign objects or dodgy repairs you may have missed in the excitement of buying the bike. Unexciting consumables they may be, but dodgy rubber has left many a new owner standing at the side of the road surveying the wreckage and wondering what went wrong.
4Check it’s not a chain fail
Cleaned, lubed and adjusted are a given – start as you mean to go on. But examine the chain up close – search out the soft or split link. Ensure it is correctly assembled, rivets are securely peened over or the clip is correctly fitted. Make sure it’s suitable for the bike too because low-quality chains are starting to crop up on the used market to make bikes appear more attractive purchases. Split links shouldn’t be fitted on anything with more than 20bhp.