How to buy a used Dirt Bike

Buying a used bike can be a daunting task. There are many things to consider when looking to buy a used dirt bike.

Dirt Bike Channel has put together this little guide to give you some ideas and help when looking at used bikes.

Here is a list of 10 things we look for when looking to buy a used dirt bike:

  • Look for wear and tear on the frame, and side casings.  Plastic is easy to replace, frames and motors are not.

  • Look under the bike for dents in the frame or engine.

  • When starting the bike listen for ANY funny noises. Ride the bike and run it through the gears.

  • Look to see if the radiator’s are bent.

  • Look for dents in the rims

  • Check the oil levels (ask if they have recently been changed)

  • Look for oil leaks or cracks in the motor.

  • Ask if the top end or bottom end of the engine has been rebuilt

  • Ask if the bike has been raced.

  • Ask to see a maintenance schedule (valves, oil changes, gear oil changes, suspension).


Let us know what you look for when buying a used bike. We are also working on an in-depth guide to buying used bikes.

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