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How To Avoid Buying A Used Motorcycle That Was Raced

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Motorcycle racing is a favorite pastime of many people. Whether it's the thrill and excitement or the idea of coming out as the winner, a number of motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy engaging in this pastime. However, the bad side of motorcycle racing is the fact that it can put a significant amount of stress on the motorcycle. If you're in the market for a used motorcycle, unless you have mechanical experience, you probably want to avoid purchasing a motorcycle that was raced.


It's also a good idea to look at the tires on the motorcycle. Even if you plan to replace the tires on your used motorcycle, the condition of the tires can offer an indication to how the motorcycle was driven. If the tire has very rough edges that appear to be covered with small strips of bunched up rubber but the middle looks flat and worn, this generally serves as an indication that the motorcycle that has been raced.

If you notice this, make certain that you are asking more questions about the motorcycle's history. In some instances, this might not mean the motorcycle was raced, but that it was driven carelessly or the driver performed frequent burnouts. Either way, it's worth a deeper investigation.

Bolt Holes

One of the first things you want to do is look for holes that have been drilled through the heads of some of the bolts on the motorcycle. Generally, racers drill these holes in the bolts in order to secure the safety-wire bolts into place. Safety-wire bolts prevent the fasteners on the bike from loosening due to the vibration that is often experienced at high speeds. Sign that these wires were used include drilled holes in the front brake caliper, engine case, oil drain and exhaust pipe bolts.

If you see these holes this is a fairly good indication that the bike was raced at some point. You can also look at the area around the bolts. Safety-wire is generally applied very tightly and is very sharp. Consequently, it often leaves an imprint around the perimeter of the bolt. Any indication of safety-wire is generally enough cause for concern.

When purchasing a used motorcycle for sale, make certain you understand what you're getting in to. Take the time to inspect the bike to make certain you are getting exactly what you're looking for, not something that will require a lot of repairs in the future.