Be the best in Buying the Used Motorcycles

The joy of buying a zero-kilometer motorcycle is second to none, but those who need to save money can find good options in the used car market. With the same value of a new one can even take a larger model, more equipped or sophisticated. A visit to will makes the best option here.

It is said that as soon as it goes out of resale, any zero-kilometer motorcycle loses almost 20 percent of its value. The percentage happens to be an exaggeration, but a few 100 kilometers on the odometer are enough to cause depreciation. Semi-new motorcycles, called fillets in the market, are rare, hard to find. The most common has to opt for a motorcycle with one or more years of use. Whatever the alternative, the used motorcycle always carries a certain risk if the purchase is not made by a known person, such as a relative or friend. Here are ten important things to check before closing a deal:


Through the number, which is in every vehicle document in Brazil, it is possible to verify data about the owner and address, as well as to know if there is alienation (if the vehicle is financed), if there are fines, etc. Brokers charge for this type of search, but it can be done free of charge over the internet at the traffic department websites of the state where the motorcycle is licensed. Also important, being face to face with the motorcycle is to check the appearance of the chassis marking on the steering column (photo opposite) and the plate seal. There should be no tampering of any kind.


Even without a good knowledge of mechanics, it is possible to know whether an engine is healthy or not starting 100% cold (check the temperature by placing your hand on the engine or exhaust). In this condition, it should pick up easily and not have metal noises that fade after a few seconds, which indicates excessive slack in key components such as crankshaft / connecting rods, pistons and valve system and their actuation. Smoke coming out of the exhaust can even be considered normal, especially on cold days, as it will not be the result of much-feared oil burning, but simply condensation. If, after a few minutes of warm-up, the exhaust continues to smoke and if the smoke is bluish and increases with acceleration, run: It is burnt oil, synonymous with tired engine at the end of life.


On most models, the oil level dipstick (or sight glass) is easily accessible. It should be at the right level, but it is the hue of the oil and especially its consistency that reveals the state of the engine.

Too light oil means new, newly changed (pictured right). Dark oil is generally used oil, but lubricants now have fast-acting detergent additives, and on faster engines, oil darkening can be considered normal.

Disassembly Signs

Motorcycle engines are exposed and thus facilitate an important analysis related to disassembly marks. Bolts and nuts are right there in your face, and considering that it is virtually impossible to dismantle an engine without leaving marks on these components, see signs or, on the opposite, see bolts and nuts whose metal appears to be much younger than the surrounding metal parts. It’s something to be suspicious of. Another recommended check is on the crankcase, the underside of the engine, closest to the ground. Scrape marks are acceptable; the wrinkles, no, let alone “scars” left by welding.