If you're buying a used dirt bike, you do not have much experience with what to look out for. Most riders start by buying a new dirt bike, but they may sell it and upgrade. Other riders may never buy a new bike, preferring instead to get deals on used bikes. In either case, here are some tips to make sure your purchase is a smart one:
That first bike is possibly the most important one to get right.
You're about to buy your first dirt bike. Congratulations! You're about to enter a weird and wonderful world of riding, racing, and wrenching that will change how you think about bikes forever. Your life is about to get much better because once you get hooked on this sport, it's hard to imagine not being a part of it.
The first bike I ever rode was a Suzuki DRZ400E with an aftermarket exhaust system. It was loud but sounded like music compared to the Hyosung 250 I had before that (which is still sitting in my shed). The best bike I've ever owned was probably my KTM 350 EXC-F Six Days; I still miss that thing sometimes! My favorite ride ever? That would have been the day I raced through Canada on my Husqvarna TE250 with no suspension and won the race at Alberta International Raceway; those were some good times!
Buy a bike that fits the rider.
Make sure the bike is the right size. You don’t want to buy a bike that is too big or too small for you, as this can cause problems when riding. A good way of ensuring that your bike fits is by sitting on it, putting both feet firmly on the ground, and standing straight. If you can comfortably sit on the seat without having to raise your feet off of it or crouch down, then there shouldn’t be any problem with your height relative to that particular dirt bike model.
Ensure the rider is comfortable and safe while riding it (e.g., comfortable seat and handlebars).
Ensure you have adequate suspension for off-road riding conditions; this may mean adding aftermarket parts such as shocks or springs if they are not already installed on an existing machine in question last purchase time frame.
Have a budget in mind.
Before you start shopping, it’s essential to have a budget in mind. While you may find yourself tempted by a dirt bike that costs several thousand dollars more than you can afford, your ultimate goal is to have fun riding and enjoying the sport with your family and friends. If your budget does not allow it, don’t purchase something that will keep you from doing so!
When looking for dirt bikes for sale online or through classified ads, be prepared to negotiate on price. The seller might have priced their bike higher than they feel comfortable selling it for because they think that no one would buy it unless they lowered their price significantly. This doesn’t mean that every seller will be willing to lower their asking cost at all—but if someone does come along who wants what is being offered at a meager rate compared with other similar models out there (and if they happen not to know anything about motorcycles), then why not take advantage?
Don't spend more than you can afford! The best deals are waiting around corners... but only if we look hard enough (and ask often enough). Some sellers might even offer discounts or better pricing if they know someone else wants the same item but cannot afford as much as you; this way, everyone gets what's best suited to them without wasting time or money!
Stick to what to look for when buying a used dirt bike.
The first step in buying a used dirt bike is to stick to what to look for when purchasing a used dirt bike. You'll want to make sure you're looking at bikes in good condition, but that doesn't mean you should only be looking at pristine examples—minor wear and tear are expected, mainly if used regularly. It does mean that you should check for signs of damage or leaks. For instance, if the tires are worn down on one side or unevenly worn across the tread pattern (indicating bad alignment), this could mean something wrong with the bike’s alignment. Another thing to look out for is rust; while some rust can be fixed with sanding and paint touch-ups, extensive rust usually means extensive damage underneath.
Checking for cracks on the engine block will give an idea as well. Suppose there are any significant fractures visible through inspection holes. In that case, this will likely mean more significant problems within the engine itself, which previous owners or mechanics may not have appropriately repaired, so it would be better off avoided altogether unless they are willing enough both financially and time-wise! You also need to watch out for oil leaks since this could indicate poor maintenance and possible engine failure too!
Try before you buy if possible.
If you can, try to test ride the used dirt bike before buying it. This will give you an idea if it fits your riding style and preferences. If possible, take it out through different terrains to see how well the bike performs on different types of terrain. Try changing up gear and riders to see what happens when changing them up. This will give you a more accurate picture of how well this particular used dirt bike works for you.
Make sure you are getting value for money.
Price is an important consideration when buying a used dirt bike, but it is not the only one. Make sure the quality of the bike you are buying matches up with your budget.
You can get an idea of what kind of quality you're getting by looking at it and asking questions about its history.
Make sure there are no hidden costs.
Make sure you have all the necessary equipment for riding, including a helmet. You will also need to have a valid driver's license and be 16 years old. If you're not old enough yet but plan on using your bike regularly when you turn 16, consider buying it now so that when the time comes, you'll already be familiar with it and won't have to waste time relearning how things work.
Asking about maintenance costs is especially important because they can vary greatly depending on what kind of terrain or conditions your dirt bike will be used in. For instance, if you live near many hills or rocky trails, maintaining a good chain tension may be more critical than average. In contrast, if most of where you ride are flat, it might not matter whether your fork seals are working correctly (though I've ridden plenty of dirt bikes where both these things were essential).
It's also essential when buying any used vehicle that everything works correctly before driving off the lot! This includes everything from lights (headlights/taillights) to all electrical systems such as fuel gauge gauges, brakes, etc. If something does break down later after purchase, then take note of what went wrong, so that way, if this happens again, maybe prevent further damage by fixing whatever was preventing working correctly before heading out onto the streets again rather than waiting until some severe damage occurs before finding out why didn't work right anymore in the first place?
Buying a used dirt bike can be daunting, but you will be on track in no time with these tips!
Purchasing a used dirt bike can be like buying a used car. You want something that will last, but you also want to be able to afford it. The good news is that as long as you know what to look for and put in the time to do your homework before visiting the lot, you'll find exactly what you're looking for. Here's how!
Know Your Limits
Be Realistic About Your Budget
Try Before You Buy
Be Aware of Hidden Costs
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying a dirt bike, but it’s important not to let that cloud your judgment. You need to remember that you’ll be spending a lot of time with this bike, and if it doesn’t work as well as you hoped, it can bring you down. In addition to being very expensive, dirt bikes are also physically demanding of their riders. This means they should always be in good condition before making any big purchases. So when looking at used bikes for sale: ask questions about how old the bike is and if it has ever been damaged or crashed into anything; scrutinize all parts inside and out; take note of any marks left behind by previous owners; make sure there are no scratches on tires or spokes (this could indicate poor maintenance); check for loose fittings such as nuts and bolts; look at pictures taken from different angles so