When shopping for bikes from West Coast Choppers, look for motorcycles that are in complete condition, without any of the emblems or surface covers missing. Plan ahead with a budget before shopping, as this narrows down the available choices and creates a realistic scope for the future motorcycle. Watch out for obvious signs of damage, especially when shopping for a new or refurbished vehicle.
Sometimes the appearance of damage may be subtle, such as in the appearance of scratches in the bodywork and wear in the foot pegs. If the top looks too worn, it means the motorcycle has seen many miles, but if the bottom is worn, the previous rider may have been leaning too far into the vehicle's corners.
Ask about the engine, and inspect the transmission carefully for obvious signs of weeping or oil seepage. If there are obvious signs of damage along the engine, move on to another motorcycle. A healthy motorcycle's chain should be tight and clean, and there should roughly be an inch of slack between the sprockets. The brake discs should also be smooth and not blue, which is a sign of overheated brakes. Any excess of grime or waste materials suggests poor past maintenance.