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Al­ways check the pa­per­work. Yes, this is stock ad­vice, but peo­ple still ig­nore it. The V5 con­tains the name and ad­dress of the reg­is­tered keeper, the make and model of the bike, its colour, its reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, its en­gine num­ber and its chas­sis num­ber

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2Any un­de­clared crashes?

Check the lock stops on the frame. A crashed bike can be re­paired, but dam­aged lock stops are next to im­pos­si­ble to re­pair in­vis­i­bly. On alu­minium frames they can even be bashed out of the head­stock al­to­gether. Man­gled lock stops mean the bike’s had a hard im­pact, and that could mean that while the front end looks straight, the frame it­self is bent. Make it one of your key checks when you are in­spect­ing a po­ten­tial pur­chase.

3What’s un­der those stick­ers?

Is the body­work plas­tered with stick­ers? Quite a few lim­it­ededi­tion race repli­cas and spe­cial edi­tions carry ex­tra graph­ics, but a load of ex­tra stick­ers that have ev­i­dently been ap­plied by the owner fre­quently con­ceal body­work dam­age. Those green Mon­ster ones seem par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar for this. Ask the seller if you can peel off one or two. If he ob­jects, you can be pretty sure there’s a dented tank or a cracked fair­ing un­der­neath.

4Has it popped its seals?

A lot of man­u­fac­tur­ers th­ese days fit fork guards as stan­dard, and a few even still fit rub­ber gaiters to pro­tect the stan­chions and the seals from grime which can cause dam­age, but even if the stan­chion isn’t pit­ted, seals can pop. Lift up the dust seals and have a look at What Lies Be­neath. Oh, wow! Cot­ton wool soak­ing up all the leak­ing oil. Knock the price down at the very least. Re­mem­ber that leak­ing oil seals mean an MOT fail­ure.

There’s an aw­ful lot to learn from the bike’s pa­per­work

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