Test ride: We
have found that the best way to check a vehicle out
is during the test ride. Here are just a few things
to check during the test:
Ease of starting: make sure the engine is
cold before you try and start the bike so you can
listen for any rattles, knocks or anything out of
the ordinary indicating main bearing or big end problems.
Once the engine is warm ensure the it can idle freely
and doesn't stall when dropping from higher rpm's
Ensure the clutch engages well and is not
slipping under hard acceleration
Ensure the engine pulls HARD when it comes
into its powerband. Its worthwhile to do a compression
test on each cylinder if you have a gauge.
Ask a friend to look for excessive exhaust smoke
when you ride by.
Ride through as much of the gearbox as you
can. Ensure the gear box is in good working condition,
doesn't have false neutrals, or slips out of gear
Check the front brakes are grabbing well and
are not pulsating (indicating warped disks). Check
the forks aren't saggy or diving excessively
under braking. Also ensure the bike doesn't pull to
one side under heavy braking (indicating bent forks,
frame, or uneven brake setup).