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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

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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.

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