Is a Used Mini Bike Safe to Ride?

Mini bikes are generally cheaper than their full-sized versions. Still, some mini bikes can go over the budget, especially the branded ones that come fully assembled and stamped with a warranty. This is why bargain hunters look to used vehicles for even greater savings. But is a used mini bike, in fact, safe to ride?

How does one know if a used mini bike is at least in good working order? Even if the warranty has expired, or if the pocket bike was assembled in the dealer's own home and doesn't come with any sort of warranty, a used machine should still be able to adhere to basic safety tenets. This is a checklist of some of the things you should definitely look into when buying a used bike.

1. Ask for guarantees. Even if the bike doesn't come with a transferable dealer warranty, you could still ask the owner if the bike comes with a return or repair assurance. The owner of the bike may be willing to take it back if it turns out you bought it with a defect.

2. Make sure spare parts are accessible. This would require some research in building your own mini bikes. You should be aware of which parts may be difficult to acquire in your locality or within your budget - this may prove to be problematic for you later on, in case your bike becomes damaged. More expensive minibikes may have parts made in Japan or Italy - if you think you will have a problem procuring the high-end parts that your used bike originally came with, make sure to research, or else ask the seller if there are any local and/or cheaper alternatives for imported parts.

3. Test drive it! As with any vehicle, don't be afraid to test drive your new mini bike before you commit to a sale. Many mini bikes have a weight limit of around 150 to 220 lbs. You will need to make sure that your bike will be able to handle your weight, or the weight of the person who will be receiving the bike as a gift.

Don't hesitate to ask your seller any questions you might have! A used mini bike may be relatively inexpensive, but it is still an investment, one that you must protect.