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motorcycle pre-delivery inspection list

Motorcycle Pre-Delivery CheckList

June 12, 2021

Inspection for Motorcycles & Scooters

The streets are booming: motorcycle and scooter drivers are drawn to the outdoors. When the weather is nice and the temperatures are fine, the easy rider feeling is inevitable. And buying a new bike is probably one of the most awaited moments in the life of a biker. A dream ride which can transform our sedentary and otherwise boring life. It can turn into a sour one if the buying experience and quality of the bike are not up to the expectations.

What to check before buying a bike?

  1. GENERAL

  • Do you have your vehicle registration document or certificate and any other documents to hand?
  • Is the manufacturer's plate (rating plate) present and legible?
  • Does the vehicle identification number (chassis number) and motor number on the vehicle match that on the papers and is it easy to read?
  • Are the rear-view mirrors intact and securely attached?
  • Are the steering wheel lock and speedometer working?
  • Is the license plate clearly legible, undamaged and securely attached?
  1. LIGHTING AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

  • Are the luminary housings and reflectors undamaged?
  • Are all lights and control lights working?
  • Are the headlights' reflectors OK and not oxidized?
  • Do all lamps shine brightly and evenly without flickering?
  • Are the brake light switches set correctly?
  • Is the battery in good condition and adequately attached?
  • Is the horn working?
  • Are the electrical connections tight and not oxidized?
  • Have the electrical lines been laid without chafing and undamaged?
  1. STEERING

  • Is the steering free, easy and without locking points?
  • Is the handlebar securely attached and undamaged?
  • Are the handlebar grips tight?
  1. BRAKES

  • Are the components of the brake system (levers, lines, hoses, rods, linings, discs and drums) in order?
  • Has the brake fluid been used up and is the brake fluid level correct?
  • Is the brake system tight and vented?
  • Are the brakes free to move?
  • Is there still a travel reserve for lever and pedal travel?
  1. WHEELS AND TIRES

  • Is the tread depth of the tires correct (prescribed minimum tread depth 1.6 mm - 1.0 mm for light motorcycles)?
  • Do the tire size and tire designation match those in the vehicle documents - or is the tire pairing approved and do you have proof of this?
  • Is the specified direction of rotation of the tires correct?
  • Are the tires not damaged, such as dents, cuts or cracks?
  • Are the rims undamaged and the spokes tight?
  • Are the wheel axles attached and secured?
  1. DRIVE, CHASSIS, FRAME AND ATTACHMENTS

  • Are all screws tight and, if provided, secured?
  • Are the suspension struts and fork tubes tight?
  • Is the driving position of the side stand and the main stand secured?
  • Is the bench properly attached?
  • Are the footrests OK?
  • Are the cables, joints, linkages, locks and bearings lubricated?
  • Is the throttle functioning properly?
  1. EXHAUST GAS AND NOISE BEHAVIOR

  • Is the exhaust tight and properly attached?
  • Is the motorcycle noticeably too loud?

Motorcycle/Rider Inspection Checklist

For use by Koppla Authorized Dealers
DEALER STAMP Completion of this document signifies that this bicycle has been subject to a full PDI, and the checks that have been carried out are detailed in the table below. The mechanics name and date of the PDI are also detailed for your easy reference.
Customer Vehicle Identification No. Mechanic’s signature
Model No.  Motor No.
ITEM WHAT TO CHECK WHAT TO LOOK FOR INSPECTED CORRECTED
CHASSIS      
Frame Condition Cracks at gussets, accessory mounts, look for paint lifting.
Steering-Head Bearings No detent or tight spots through full travel, raise front wheel, check for play by pulling/pushing forks.
Validity Registration plates, vehicle identification and frame numbers, valid and legible.
Suspension  Front Forks Smooth travel, equal air pressure/damping, anti-dive settings.
Rear Shock(s) Smooth travel, equal pre-load/air pressure/damping settings, linkage moves freely and is lubricated.
Fenders Condition Minimum of one fender (rear end) required.
Kick stand Condition Springs in place, tension to hold position (safety cut-out switch & pad equipped).
TIRES & WHEELS      
Tires Condition Tread depth, wear, weathering, evenly seated, bulges, embedded objects
Air Pressure Check for dry rot, tire damage, and excessive/uneven tread/wear.
Wheels Cast Check rims for cracks, dents, or rust, and proper fittings.
Rims Out of round/true = 5mm. Spin wheel, index against stationary pointer.
Bearings Grab top and bottom of tire and flex: No freeplay (click) between hub and axle, no growl when spinning.
Seals Cracked, cut or torn, excessive grease on outside, reddish-brown around outside.
Brakes Function Each brake alone keeps bike from rolling.
Condition Check pads and discs for wear.
CONTROLS      
Handlebars Condition Flexible height, Bars are straight, turn freely, handgrips and bar ends are secure.
Levers & Pedal Condition Broken, bent, cracked, mounts tight, ball ends on handlebar levers, proper adjustment.
Cables Condition Check the brake, clutch, and throttle cables for kinks or broken strands.
Routing No interference or pulling at steering head, suspension, no sharp angles, wire supports in place.
Hoses & Fasteners Condition Cuts, cracks, leaks, bulges, chafing, deterioration. Tight, missing bolts, nuts.
Routing No interference or pulling at steering head, suspension, no sharp angles, hose supports in place.
Horn Operation Present, Operational (Audible/Loud)
Throttle Operation Moves freely, snaps closed, no revving when handlebars are turned.
LIGHTS & ELECTRICS      
Battery Condition Terminals; clean and tight, electrolyte level, held down securely.
Vent Tube Not kinked, routed properly, not plugged
Headlamp Condition Cracks, reflector, mounting and adjustment system.
Aim Height and right/left
Tail lamp / brake lamp Condition Cracks, clean and tight.
Operation Activates upon front brake/rear brake application
Turn signals Operation Flashes correctly
Switches Operation All switches function correctly: engine cut-off, hi/low beam, turn signal.
Mirrors Condition Cracks, clean, tight mounts and swivel joints.
Aim Adjust when seated on bike.
Lenses & Reflectors Condition Cracked, broken, securely mounted, excessive condensation.
Wiring Condition Fraying, chafing, insulation.
Routing Pinched, no interference or pulling at steering head or suspension, wire looms and ties in place, connectors tight, clean.
OIL & OTHER FLUIDS      
Levels / Leaks Hydraulic Fluid Brakes, clutch, reservoir or sight glass.

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