Buying used mo'cycles…..
As well as general condition you might want to look for any evidence it's been raced (e.g. wired or drilled bolts). I'd also want to check for any signs of impact on the frame (areas of paint flaking away) – if the bike's been crashed and fixed without the insurance being involved there will be nothing in it's history to show for it.
What type of bike is it and how much is it going for?Posted 8 years ago
A sprint won't have been raced. Reasonably popular bike as well, so no reason (other than the time of year) to sell it really cheap if it's in good condition.
This isn't a great time of year to sell though (spring and early summer is much better) so perhaps they just need a quick sale.Posted 8 years agoalanfMember
Something worth checking would be the frame stops for the forks. Can be a good indicator of if the bike has been on its side and also around the bottom of the forks, but these could be replaced, along with levers, bars and such like. Its been said above that if its nt gone through the insurance then its not going to come up on HPI – I wouldn't trust that to guarantee its not been involved in some sort of incident.Posted 8 years ago
Then again, it could just be someone in a hurry to shift it and bargain to boot.
Research the model, find out what faults that specific bike has. It's a triumph so it'll have its foibles most likely. Nice bikes though. Don't be put off with lack of dealer servicing, frankly my bike's better serviced in my garage than most dealer serviced machines and triumph owners tend to like spanners. But, if it doesn't feel right, that's not usually a good sign.
Oh, I get the impression that you're not that familiar with bikes, or the mechanical side at least, try and take someone who is- I'm quite an aggressive fault finder and as soon as I can find one issue, generally the seller opens up more. And there's ALWAYS something, just like cars.Posted 8 years agoCapt. KronosSubscriber
By heck that is cheap! I am looking at changing my Speed Triple for either a Sprint or Tiger later in the year… I think I would be hard pressed to not go and see that bike if it came up in these parts!
But yes, it is suspiciously cheap – you can't find an early 1050 Sprint for less than £3.5 – £4k from my browsing, and an 07 is a good bit more than that!Posted 8 years ago
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