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How to buy a second hand motorcycle!

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Tony Keep of Keep Biking in Northamptonshire specialises in quality second handbikes he shares tips on getting a sound deal.

Do your homework! Use the web to check and cross reference the going rate for thebike and model you want. www.autotrader.co.uk”, www.motorcyclenews.com andeBay are a great place to start.

Call the seller. Ask questions that include service history, if the bike is taxed orMOTd, if it comes with any extra parts or accessories like top boxes and write downyour answers to keep a record later on.

View the bike and check your info. Compare the answers you got on the phone tothe reality of your viewing. Look carefully at condition and signs of repair.

Hear the engine and road test the bike. Go with your gutif the bike sounds rightand it feels right and you are happy, compare the frame number against the log bookto make sure you have the right paperwork.

Strike the right deal. Everyone wants a deal but be sensible, insulting the seller witha cheeky offer might lose you a bike you will love. Dont part with any money untilyou have HPI checked the bike for theft, crash damage or finance. It costs 25 atwww.hpi.co.uk and its well worth the money.

www.keepbiking.co.uk

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