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How to Inspect a Used Motorcycle

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How to Inspect a Used Motorcycle - Check the Frame
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A test ride can convey valuable information about a used motorcycle, but before you go for a spin here are ways to find potential problem spots.

If you're shopping for a used motorcycle, the most important thing to look out for is the condition of the frame. The smallest crack or hairline fracture on a frame can not only qualify the bike for a salvage title, it can pose a potential safety hazard.

Don't even consider a bike with any sort of frame damage, including dents, weld tears, kinks or fractures. Remove the seat and/or any easily removed body parts that can obscure parts of the frame, and if necessary use a flashlight to illuminate any portions of the frame that might be too dark to see.
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