Motorcycle Couriers

Buying A Used Motorcycle

November 15, 2021
Where to start ?



Local dealers - check out their second-hand stock. A lot of dealers are acquiring more and more used motorcycles to sell, some are offering big incentives such as lifetime warranty or free delivery.

Search online - Ebay, Bike Trader, Gumtree, Facebook and Scooter Trader are just a few online market places where you'll find motorcycles and scooters for sale.

Compare prices, decide your budget and choose what make/model/age motorbike you want to purchase.

Don't Rush Into Buying 

When you find a motorcycle/scooter that ticks all or most of your checklist, ask plenty of questions. 
if you're buying from a dealer, see what they can offer in terms of a service plan or warranty. 
If you are buying online and the motorcycle is too far away to view, you could search for a bike mechanic that is local to the motorcycle you're interested in. It would be costly but if the seller agrees, getting an independent mechanical check up on the bike could save you a lot of money in the future. They could also check frame/engine numbers and paperwork on your behalf.

Things to Look Out for When Viewing 

Have a look at the chain - it should be no slacker than about an inch and a half. If it's any slacker make sure the adjustment nuts are not at their limit. If they are, then it's new chain and sprocket time soon.
Roll the bike forwards and apply the front brake. Roll forwards again and apply the rear brake. If a grinding noise can be heard then either the drum needs cleaning or the shoes will need replacing.
If you can hear a high frequency tapping sound from the top part of the engine (the cylinder head), this could mean the tappets are worn and need to be replaced - or they could just need adjusting. If they do need replacing, it can be very pricey.



If you can hear a low-frequency knocking sound coming from the bottom part of the engine, it might mean the big end has gone and you’ll need a full engine rebuild. RUN A MILE
Turn the bars both ways, check for grinding and cracking. If it's noisey on turning it could mean it needs new bearings.
If you can see dark smoke coming from the exhaust it will probably mean the piston rings will need replacing, another pricey job.

Tyre tread, anything less than 1mm is illegal, check for cracking and perishing.
Check the cylinder head, make sure there is no oil coming from it.
Bounce the front end of the bike up and down, look for oil leaking on the forks, if you can see oil on the forks it probably means the seals have gone and will need replacing.

Check the forks for pitting or rust, you'll have nothing but problems down the line if there is.
If the seller will let you, ask for a test ride. Accelerate through each gear, slow with the front brake, slow with the back brake, turn right and left and do a U-turn.
If you suspect something is not quite right, don't be afraid to walk away from the sale.

Making payment and getting your motorcycle home 

If you're buying from a dealer, you may be purchasing the bike through their in-house finance. Their rates can be competitive BUT do try to haggle for a better rate.

If you are purchasing from a dealer they may offer to safely transport your motorcycle to your door. This would usually be for a fee, some dealers will transport your new motorcycle to your home for free.
Buying from a private seller is different. Make sure you feel comfortable with the payment method. If you can't collect yourself, make sure they are happy with a third-party sorting out the collection and delivery of your new motorbike.
If the motorcycle is too far for you to collect, hire the services of a motorcycle transport company. For a set fee, they can check documents, check the cosmetic appearance of the motorbike/scooter and arrange for payment to be made on collection of the bike.
 

If Storing Your Motorbike For Winter

October 18, 2021
Riding in winter can be great, and if we haven’t already convinced you of that then you're the one missing out. But, if we really can’t convince you to ride in winter then we're here to help make sure you store your bike the proper way.



The truth is winter salt will do its best to eat your bike alive and turn all its fasteners furrier than a Yeti’s bellybutton. Black ice and freezing rain can make driving conditions hazardous to say the least. Yep, when there is a foot of snow outside so...

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Slow Speed Control

September 28, 2021
You're touring. You take a wrong turn and end up down a single-track road. You carry on for a mile or so, but aren't seeing anywhere suitable to turn round. Do you A: stop, effortlessly U-turn and zoom off back to your route, or B: ride on in the hope you come across a junction, a wider section of road, or a driveway? If the answer is A, you're one of the lucky ones who's got to grips with slow control. If the answer is B, read on.



I bet far more riders than are willing to let on aren't as con...

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Riding Into Sunlight

September 20, 2021
Every winter there are warm sunny days with clear roads that tempt motorcyclists to go riding. With each passing day, the sun hovers longer in the sky, offering more daylight for taking a ride. All that bright sunshine in March reminds us that spring soon will be here. A preseason ride now can be a real treat for a winter weary rider.



Take a moment, however, to consider how all that sunlight will affect your ride as you prepare for what might be your first ride since last fall. This time of ye...

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Riding Long Distance

September 14, 2021
Motorcycle riding is a passion shared by many around the world, but it is also a highly personal undertaking. When you’re riding long distances alone or with a few buddies, it can feel as if you’re the only one left in the world. It’s just you and the landscape with only miles of road in-between.



However, many bikers have ridden those roads before and will ride them long after you’ve hung up your helmet for good. They have been through it all–popped tires, wet gear, lost keys–and t...

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Off Road Motorcycle Riding Tips

September 8, 2021
One of the most important off-road riding skills you should learn and practice is standing while riding, whether you are a seasoned street rider learning to ride off-road or totally new to motorcycling. Standing while riding does more than make you look cool and allow you to stretch your legs – it will keep you balanced and in control of your motorcycle.



If you are a brand new dirt rider, I suggest trying to stand while riding off-road as much as possible to get comfortable. At first, standi...

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Parking A Motorcycle On A Hill

August 29, 2021
Getting your bike up a steep hill isn’t as easy as you might think. It’s one of the trickiest moves that you can imagine for even the most experienced motorcyclist. If you plan to purchase a motorcycle or scooter for transportation, you must learn how to park it. Bike parking on a hill can be quite the scene. With the wind blowing, you’ve got your helmet on, and you’re warm and snug as you sit in your seat admiring the view. But parking a bike on the hill is all about the valuable tri...

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Night Motorcycle Riding

July 30, 2021
Riding in the dark can be much harder than riding in good light conditions. Even motorcyclists who have been riding for years can struggle once the sun goes down. However, it is not always possible to avoid riding at night. If you do need to ride at night, for whatever reason, you should try to follow these safety tips to help to keep you safe.



Adjusting your Headlights

Before riding in the dark, you must make sure that your headlight is set up properly. The way that your weight sits on a bike ...

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Who uses Medical Couriers ?

July 30, 2021
Medical Couriers are trained professionals who can transport any number of materials about the practice of medicine. They have training beyond that of a typical courier because their deliveries are not only personal but could lead to serious health risks if not properly handled.



Both Private and Business Purposes

Of course, medical couriers are typically employed by doctors’ offices and hospitals. They are trained to safely deliver specimens such as blood samples or other bodily fluids. Medic...

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