So, you are finally ready to take the plunge and buy yourself a used motorcycle in Charleston. Congrats! You are about to own one of the 8.4 million registered motorcycles in the United States. And locally, that number may be even lower! For example, in the Charleston, South Carolina area, there are only 118,000 new or used motorcycles.
But, compared to let’s say California’s 814,000, that’s pretty low.
Now, one may assume the difference in amounts may have something to do with the weather. However, Ohio is ranked 3rd in registered motorcycles and it gets pretty cold there. This phenomenon leads us to believe another reason is behind why the scarce amount of motorcycles on the road.
Our best guess is improper maintenance sending used motorcycles to an early grave. So, to ensure our readers are able to keep the bike they bought from a used motorcycle dealer running as long as possible, we’ve compiled the following guide.
Keeping Used Motorcycles on the Road
Regardless of whether you found a cheap motorcycle for sale or bought one new at a motorcycle dealer such as Bintelli Powersports, maintenance is going to be pretty much the same. So, before you take off for a ride, conduct the following steps.
Review Your Motorbike
Walk around your motorcycle, slowly. Take a good look at your used Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Kawasaki, or whichever brand of used motorcycle you purchased. Do you notice anything out of place? Are there oil stains on the ground? On the bike itself? How about dirt?
Take the time to inspect these peculiarities. They may be a first alert warning that something is amiss, and if you catch it in time, you may be able to avoid spending a lot on repairs later.
Turn the Key
By flipping over the key of your motorcycle, but not starting the engine, you can freely walk about and check your motorcycle’s electrical gear. Just be sure when you are checking the following that no suspicious person is lurking nearby, ready to steal your ride.
- Lights are bright
- Each turn signal works
- Taillights respond when brakes are pressed
- Horn is loud and clear
Next, flip the key off. Check the motorcycle battery terminals. Confirm the terminals have no corrosion and consider cleaning then coating them in dielectric grease to reduce future wear and tear. Afterward, take a gander at your fuses. Make sure none of them are blown, and if they are, take the time to replace them.
Test Your Tires
If you notice the tread on your tires is thinner than when you bought them, it is time to buy new ones. Bintelli Powersports has a full motorcycle service center to assist you with this! Having good tread on your used motorcycle ensures your bike is able to grip the road thus aiding you in being able to stop when you need to.
Speaking of brakes, while you are checking the tires, take a gander at the pads, rotors, and calibers. Make sure there is no corrosion or excessive wear and tear. And do not be afraid to jack your used motorcycle up to get a better look either.
For more information or to set up a motorcycle demo, contact Bintelli Powersports at (843) 405-8366. If you are looking for a motorcycle for sale, be sure to stop by Bintelli’s motorcycle showroom located in West Ashley!
Bintelli’s Charleston Motorcycle Dealership services Charleston, West Ashley, John’s Island, James Island, Sullivan’s Island, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, North Charleston, Hanahan, Ladson, Summerville, and the rest of South Carolina!