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1. Overall Condition

 

When you go to look at a bike, first pay careful attention to everything besides the bike. Is the garage clean and organized? In what condition is the owner's truck? Does the owner take pride in his stuff? These insights will give you an idea of how your potential new mount has been used and maintained, and they are much more important factors than new graphics. Look toward that inner beauty. Items to note are mangled radiators, smashed frame loops and a rear subframe that doesn't line up with the rear wheel. A radiator costs big, so make sure it isn't on the verge of leaking from stress bends. Thee are signs of major abuse and frequent crashes. Do a quick check of the condition of the tires and wheels. A set of tires, rims or replacement spokes can be expensive. Also note wear on the frame paint and on the foot-peg teeth and pivots, to determine how much the bike has really been ridden.


 

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