With your Free Motorcycle Bill of Sale, you can formalize your transaction which will give both buyer and seller peace of mind.
In a private motorcycle transaction, both buyer and seller need to know the legal requirements and the obligations of both parties in their specific jurisdiction.
We will show you how to compile your motorcycle sales agreement or other related legal documents that you may need
(with our free templates) and provide guidelines on what to look out for when buying or selling a motorcycle.
We will also give you direct links to your local Department of Motor Vehicles where you can find the legal requirements as to transferring ownership and registration, motorcycle insurance requirements,
taxes or fees payable etc.
Note: The Department of Motor Vehicles may supply a lot helpful information about the motorcycle if you give them the VIN number.
You can download your Free Bill of Sale for Motorcycles by clicking on the links below but do take some time and explore the useful tips and information further down on this page too.
Free Motorcycle Bill of Sale Templates and Related Free Legal Forms
Do your homework and find the market price for a similar make, model and mileage. A good guide is the National Auto Dealers Association - NADA
- price guide. Be sure to explore the detailed information on Japanese Motorcycles - the site is definitely worth a visit for Yamaha,
Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda motorcycles.
When responding to an advertisement, get as much additional information about the motorcycle over the phone. If the advert does not mention it, ask:
What is the condition of the tires (expensive to replace)
ASK: "Has it ever been in a motorcycle accident"
Will you be able to take it for a test ride - if the answer is no, don't even bother
Does it come with the owner's manual, service manual and any spare parts or motorcycle accessories (Used helmets have NO value - a new helmet is an absolute must!)
Has it been used for racing (reduces the price drastically)
What modifications were made (buyer beware)
What is the mileage
Is the upholstery in good condition
Does it have a full service history - and proof of this!
Is the registration current
Are there any monies outstanding with a finance institution. The seller must guarantee that there are no monies outstanding on the motorcycle bill of sale.
The Actual Inspection
The motorcycle bill of sale will state that the bike is sold "as is", so do a thorough inspection. Choose a safe place and do it in BROAD DAYLIGHT. Unless you are a motorcycle expert,
take a mechanic or somebody who really knows motorcycles with you.
Ask for a copy of the registration document and compare all the numbers with the actual numbers on the motorcycle.
Do the whole motorcycle inspection first and thoroughly before you start the bike - this allows the engine to cool and you can better judge if it will start from cold.
Take the odometer reading before the test drive to verify that it is working properly.
Obvious different paint work that may have been done to cover up damage, or stickers trying to hide damage
Bent or replaced levers, mirrors or forks and dents that may indicate that the bike has been crashed
Any misaligned panels
Do the tires have reasonable tread left and are there any signs (wear in the center of the tire) of tire spin
Check for holes or rust in the exhaust
Can the gas cap be locked with the motorcycle key and are there any signs of rust inside the tank
Is the upholstery in good condition and does that lock work with the motorcycle key
Does the front and back suspension move smoothly and quietly when pressing down and releasing
Is the chain in good condition, is the tension correct and are the sprocket teeth not bent or worn
Is there tension in the front brakes and do they work properly when tested on a rolling bike (same with rear brake)
Do the wheels have dents
White deposits on motorcycle batteries are not a good sign
Check the oil color through the sight glass or use a dip stick to see if it was recently changed
Check the coolant color - bright green is normal and may confirm that the motorcycle was not used for racing
The Engine and Batteries
Does the motorcycle battery start the engine easily from cold and does it run smoothly
Is the oil pressure light working properly
Test the headlights, indicators, neutral light, hooter and brake light
Is the side stand cut-off working
Does the kill-switch on the handgrip work
Are any fluids leaking from the engine
The Motorcycle Test Drive
Preferably on private property or a very quiet private road and do not attempt high speeds on a bike you do not know
Does the throttle respond properly - accelerating and snapping back
Does it emit blue smoke even with the engine a bit warmed up - BEWARE
Test the clutch and brakes
Check if the transmission can go into neutral easily and if the shifting between gears is smooth
Confirm the odometer is working properly and enter the reading on the motorcycle bill of sale
When in doubt ... throw it out! There are plenty more to choose from
Negotiate - the seller probably listed it a bit higher, expecting some bargaining
Get motorcycle insurance in place before riding off into the sunset
Get the title signed over to you by the OWNER
If the seller does not provide it, download your Free Motorcycle Bill of Sale and Get it in Writing!
Tips for the Seller
Having read all of the above, why don't you consider the following:
The initial telephone enquiry is your opportunity to pre-sell. Be forthcoming and honest about your bike's features
Be negotiable to some extent rather than having to pay for repeated advertisements
The motorcycle bill of sale states that the buyer is responsible for the cost of the roadworthy certificate. You may want to carry that cost yourself as an incentive to the buyer
Fix or polish where you can - a bit of elbow grease will be worth your while
Ask whether the buyer has finance in place (and obviously do not hand over the bike till all monies have been received
If you lost the service manual you can replace it for about $30
You can even do the DMV check yourself as added proof to the buyer that you are above board
Related Government Sites for Departments of Motor Vehicles