Buy­ing a used ad­ven­ture bike

Take your time and check ev­ery­thing

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Adventure Special -

It’s not a prob­lem for ad­ven­ture bikes to have high mileages, but make sure the bike you’re in­ter­ested in has a full dealer ser­vice his­tory.

Most bikes will have after­mar­ket parts fit­ted. Are these gen­uine man­u­fac­turer ac­ces­sories? Have they been fit­ted by a dealer? Are there spare keys to the pan­niers? Do the heated grips work?

Three of our four test bikes would have ben­e­fited from fresh rub­ber. Squared­off tyres are com­mon.

Some ad­ven­ture bikes will have been taken off-road, so look un­der­neath for dam­age to sump and ex­haust.

A few off-road scars aren’t nec­es­sar­ily a prob­lem but scuffs or dings should be re­flected in the price.

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