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What you must know about buying a new bike

February 08, 2014 14:51 IST

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A two-wheeler is the most preferred mode of transport for many of us. But what are the things one must keep in mind before purchasing a bike?

Last week, Sagar Basandani told us about the pitfalls to watch out for while purchasing a second-hand bike (here).

This week, we list out the things you must consider before buying a new bike.

Whether you are a novice or a seasoned pro, you might do well if you carefully consider these few points before you put down that huge sum for a new bike.

Read on to know what goes on in the minds (and heart) of bikers while they buy a new bike:

1. List down your needs

  • Ask yourself why you need the bike
  • If you require it just for casual riding within your town/city for twice or thrice a week then you could consider settle for a classy bike.
  • It might not score high on mileage but it makes a statement.
  • But if you need it for long expeditions then comfort, mileage and performance is what matters the most.
  • So, first know what you (not your friend) require!

2. Draw up your budget

  • Consider the cost of the bike that you are ready to spend.
  • To that add the cost of safety gears, maintenance cost, insurance cover charges, etc.

 


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3. Research and rate

  • Even within your budget there will be several options.
  • See what works for you.
  • If you're confused, write in to us!
  • Invite opinions and suggestions from experienced bikers in your friends circle and family.
  • Eliminate those bikes that do not receive good feedback.


4. Take a test ride

  • Surely by now you are itching to hit the road but don't be too eager.
  • Take the bike you've zeroed in on for a test ride.
  • This is important.
  • You will realise if the bike is in fact good for your body structure only after you have taken it for a spin.

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5. Buy it!

  • You've jumped through the loops.
  • You've done your research.
  • You've been patient.
  • Now put down that money you've been saving


6. Don't forget your safety gear:

  • Accessories are as important as the bike.
  • Invest in safety gear -- helmets, jackets, eye gear and other equipments you might need.
  • These will go a long way.

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