How to Buy a Dirt Bike

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Purchasing a dirt bike, new or used, is an exciting acquisition. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced dirt bike user, knowing the ins and outs of buying is useful. Follow the steps below to ensure a successful dirt bike purchase.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet Paper Pen Payment Method License

How to Buy a Dirt Bike

  • Determine what type of dirt bike you would like to purchase. Decide what type of suspension, strokes, year, make and model you would prefer. Take into consideration your weight, level of physical fitness, height and experience when deciding what to buy.

  • Visit a local dirt bike shop and speak with a dirt bike professional. Inform them of what you think would be best for you. Ask them for their opinion and recommendations. Test a few dirt bikes that the dirt bike shop professionals recommend.

  • Note the prices of the dirt bikes you are interested in. This will give you a great comparison as you shop around.

  • Visit dirt bike "for sale" websites, such as DirtBikeTrader.com, and review what is available in your area. Looking on-line likely will reduce your final cost.

  • Contact, via email or phone, the seller of a dirt bike you are interested in. Set up a time to check out and test drive the dirt bike.

  • Bring a friend along to meet with the dirt bike seller. Never meet someone you do not know alone.

  • Meet the dirt bike seller at a local or nearby dirt bike track to try it out. Pick a dirt bike track that will be similar to the ones you plan to ride on to be sure the bike handles properly and is the right size for you. To find a local dirt bike track, visit http://www.trailsource.com/dirtbike/index.asp.

  • Ask the seller of the dirt bike questions that will allow you to ascertain what kind of condition the bike is in, since looks can be deceiving. Some questions include: "How often do you clean the air filter?," "How often have you changed the transmission oil?," "How often did you ride the dirt bike?," "Did you purchase the dirt bike new or used?," "Where was the dirt bike stored when it was not being ridden?," "Has the dirt bike been changed, modified or enhanced in any way?"

  • If the answers the dirt bike owner provides involve replacement parts, poor storage or previous owners, ask if you can have the dirt bike checked out by a mechanic. This preventive measure will allow you to have an idea of the cost of potential repairs and the dirt bike's actual condition. If the current owner says no, continue your dirt bike search.

  • If you like the dirt bike and the owner has answered all your questions adequately, make an offer to purchase that dirt bike. If you took the dirt bike in for an inspection and some repairs are needed, see if the seller will either split the repair price or give you a discount on the dirt bike's purchase price.

  • Once a price has been agreed upon, write out a basic contract explaining that the title has been transferred between the seller and purchaser for a predetermined amount money. Pay the seller (a check or money order would be best).

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