How to Take Basic Motorcycle Photos

1. Front/Rear Full View

Stand directly in front of the motorcycle and position the camera parallel to the front headlight or taillight. Capture the full view of the image and eliminate as much of the background as possible. For the best angle, you may need to squat depending on the size of the vehicle. The following photos are required:

a. Front Full View

b. Rear Full View

2. Right Side/Left Side Full View

Take several steps away from the side of the motorcycle. Center the frame of the photo to capture the entire vehicle straight on in one shot and eliminate as much of the background as possible. The following photos are required:

a. Right Side Full View

b. Left Side Full View

3. Tires

You will be taking two photos of each tire/wheel. One of the photos will be the full tire/wheel. The second photo will show tire tread depth. Position the tire tread depth tool in between the tire tread. Take photos straight on of each tire with the tool. Try to eliminate fingers and hands as well as unwanted background images in the photo. An approved WeGoLook tire tread tool is preferred. However, a penny or tire tread tool from a local auto supply store is also acceptable. Repeat for each tire and take the following photos:

a. Right Side of Front Tire

b. Left Side of Front Tire

c. Right Side of Rear Tire

d. Left Side of Rear Tire

e. Right Side of 3rd tire (if applicable)

f. Left Side of 3rd tire (if applicable)

4. Front Fork

Take a close-up photo of the entire fork of the motorcycle on each side.

a. Right Side of Front Fork

b. Left Side of Front Fork

5. Foot Pegs

Take a close-up photo of the Foot Pegs on each side.

a. Right Side Foot Pegs

b. Left Side Foot Pegs

6. Engine

Take a full view of each side of the engine.

a. Right Side of Engine

b. Left Side of Engine

7. Odometer

Ask the owner or onsite contact to start the vehicle. Locate the odometer on the dashboard and take a straight on photo of the odometer.

8. VIN

Locate the manufacturer sticker on the vehicle (typically on the front fork). Position the camera directly in front of the sticker. Zoom in toward the printed text and eliminate as much unwanted background as possible. For best results, you may need to take 2-3 extra photos. Be sure to check your photos before you leave the site to verify that all numbers are visible.

 

9. Damage 


Inspect the exterior and seat of the vehicle. Be sure to look for dents, scratches or signs of an accident. Zoom in toward the location of the damage on the vehicle and take a straight on shot. Eliminate any glare from the sun as well as unwanted background images. Be sure to note all damage in the 'comments section' of the report. Provide approximate measurements and a brief description of the location of the damage on the vehicle.

 

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