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Tips to Buy a Second Hand Motorbike

Hello Motorbike lovers!

So are you are ready to go for a second hand motorbike this season?

Then here are the 10 tips that you must consider:

1. Choose what kind of motorbike best suits your way of life

In case you are anticipating long rides — even cross country — you should opt for a touring model or a cruiser with features like apt seating position, foot rest etc. A sports model is more suitable for shorter and daily rides. Hence evaluating your need is very important before you jump to purchase one.

Additionally, you should also:

Visit motorbike dealers or brand websites. This will help you know about the latest model so that it is easier for you to narrow down your search.

You can also visit motorcycle events such as India Bike Week etc to get a first hand experience of coming up models and custom motorbikes. Some manufacturers would readily offer you test ride as well.

You can also take friendly advise from fellow riders or go through the comments/reviews of other riders on company website or online blogs.

2. Research the estimated value of the second hand motorbike 

Go through online guides, and websites to evaluate an approximate monetary value of the second hand motorbike you want to buy. You can negotiate well with the seller if you do a proper research on similar models being sold in your area.

3. Find out about insurance before focusing on the buy

Two-wheeler insurance is a mandate and a must even on second hand bikes. So, reach out to your insurance agent and find out an estimate of how much you need to spend before making any purchase.

4. Choose from where to purchase

You ought to assess the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing from a franchise, independent dealer, or from a private party. For instance:

A dealer may take your old motorcycle in exchange, allow you a test ride and also help you with two-wheeler loans and insurance. Company franchise sellers offer certified, test pre-owned motorbikes with their complete service, usage history and a limited period warranty.

A private party however, may help you get a cheaper rate but you wouldn’t get any help on insurance, loan or service warranty. Some private sellers may not even have proper papers of registration or any information on the motorbike’s history.

5. Do a thorough assessment of the motorbike

The main objective should be to find out any flaws or issues with the bike before your purchase. So, once you have selected the motorbike you want to buy, make sure that you inspect it thoroughly with the help of a trusted-certified mechanic. A miss today can turn out to be a headache for you tomorrow.

6. Test drive 

This is your chance to ensure that you are not purchasing a bike past your ability or experience level. You would prefer not to ride a motorbike that is excessively tall or not tall enough for you, as it could be troublesome for you to control and move.

7. Ask for the service record and original papers

If a bike is well taken care of, it would have all the papers and records with the seller including service invoices, receipts etc. This will help you to know any mechanical drawback related to the bike beforehand. Additionally, you should also inquire on the bike’s manual and company toolkit.

8. Try to research the motorbike history

Try to find out any online information on the bike (if possible) based on the bike’s make, dealer name, company papers etc.

9. Negotiate

Now that you have all the necessary information, make a genuine offer to the seller depending on the history, papers and condition of the motorbike.

There are four things that you should consider:

Seller price: What is the seller quoting?

The value you can comfortably shell out: Decide the maximum cash you are happy to spend on this bike based on the examination you have done and the fixed expenses you would need to incur. Figure out the benefits you are getting with the bike, like insurance, free-service, warranty etc.

Your price: This is the number you truly want to pay for the bike.

Your offer: Your offer cost has to be lower than your price so that you get some space to negotiate. This however cannot be too low so as to offend the seller.

10. Take motorbike safety classes

Even if you are an experienced rider it is advised that you take regular motorbike riding classes and learn new tricks and trade to keep yourself and the people around you safe while riding on busy or bad roads.

So, these were the tips that you should keep in mind while going for a second hand motorbike.

India has a swarm of options for motorbike lovers, from low-end cheap motorbikes to high-class expensive ones.

Lately, the second hand motorbike community in India has also become quite active. So select the ride that suits you and your pocket for a long and safe riding experience!

Disclaimer: This article was prepared or accomplished by it's author in their personal capacity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not reflect the view of Motorbikes India or it's owners.

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About Ankhi

Ankhi is a wanderer at heart and a biker with a passion for penning down meaningful words. Despite a successful career in Finance, Ankhi soon found that she preferred writing stories that can help other bikers like her.

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