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    Buying any used vehicle carries some risks. It is best to consult an expert, but you can inspect a lot of the bike yourself. Here are some guidelines to go by:

    1. Carry a flashlight so you can check in all the parts of the bike.
    2. Thoroughly check out the condition of the drive chain and sprocket. The chain should have around ¾" of play (up and down) and the teeth of the sprocket should not be showing obvious signs of damage or wear. When you try to wiggle the chain side to side on the sprocket, a good set will not have much movement and will be firm. Get a friend to sit on the bike, and then check that the chain is still snug and without much movement. Chances are that the chain could wear out slightly after much use, but the sprockets should not show any signs of damage. If it does, it means that the sprocket is very old or the bike has not been maintained well.
    3. If the tire is in good condition, it should not show any signs of uneven wear and tear. The tread should be deep across the surface. If the center of the tire is more worn, it means that the bike is used for daily use on highways. If there is more wear on the edges, it indicates that the bike has been used on the track.
    4. Take the bike for a test ride and inspect the condition of the brake and clutch levers. Also check out the bar-end weights, straightness of the bars and instrument cluster. If these don’t seem right, it could indicate an accident in the bike’s history. Other signs of accidents could be scratched engine cases, foot pegs or exhaust pipes. Hold the handbrake and bounce the front suspension. This should feel even and firm. Check the fork tubes for signs of rust, pitting and oil. These are indications of worn fork seals. Make sure you are through in your inspections so that you avoid expensive repairs in the future.
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    6. While you check the forks, make sure that the brake rotors don’t have uneven wear or grooving. Take a look into the brake caliper to see how much of the pads are left. If the bike has spokes, make sure that the overall condition of the individual spokes is good. Make sure that the rims are dent free.
    7. If the bike has center stand, put it on that and turn the bars side to side. Does it feel ‘notchy’ or rough in the steering head?
    8. Check the visible frame if possible. Also remove the seat to see underneath. There should be no kinks, dents or visible damage to the frame. You should not go further if there is.
    9. Check the battery: Gain access to the battery and clip the multi-meter across the battery terminals and check the voltage. It should not read less than 12 volts. After you start the engine the meter should not read more than 14 volts or so while running. If it does, it could indicate a sign that the voltage regulator is not right. This could cause problems of overcharging a battery and causing it to fail. Also check the condition of the lights and indicators.
    10. Switch off the engine. There should be no signs of corrosion if you pull a fuse or two out for inspection. Take a look at the general appearance of the battery terminals and the battery terminals.
    11. Using your flashlight, pen the fuel tank and look for obvious signs of rust or corrosion. Do not use a lighter for this.
    12. Examine under fairings (if the motorcycle has fairings). Check the frame for damage and the overall condition of the plugs, engine block, and radiator. Look out for leaks around the oil filter and oil pan bolt.
    13. Evaluate the brake fluid level. Keep the engine running, now pull and release the front brakes, all the while keeping an eye on the fluid level. The fluid level should fall and rise quickly as soon as the brake is released.

    These are just some of the things you need to look at while inspecting a used bike. However, like mentioned before, it is always best to consider an expert. Some extra money spent at this stage could save a lot of money in the future of your bike, so make sure you get your money’s worth by picking the best out there.

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    • Royal Sundaram Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My two wheeler is insured with Royal sundaram insurance from last 4-5 years, a premium of Rs 2000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. I am happy with the policy coverage and plan benefits of this policy.
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      , jaipur
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Yet to experience the claim"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have not used the insurance policy so far. I never claimed anything in this policy. I have not spoke with the customer care. My friend has recommended me about the two wheeler insurance policy with Reliance. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 1500 for one year. I renew the policy through onine.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Excellent"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken a two wheeler insurance with HDFC Ergo. I got a Passion Pro and Scooty for both the vehicles, I used to renew with HDFC Ergo. The customer service is good. There is no claim experience. The policy coverage and the plan benefits are good. I pay 4,000K yearly for 2 vehicles. The policy period is one year.
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      , tiruchirapalli
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good insurance policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      When i purchased the vehicle, the dealer has provided the insurance with HDFC Ergo. I have not used any claim with HDFC Ergo. I have not spoke with their customer care. I pay the premium amount through credit cards. Last year i have bought this policy. Since i'm existing customer of HDFC, i have selected my two wheeler policy with HDFC Ergo.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy to use"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My two wheeler insurance policy was taken from Reliance. The dealer was provided the two wheeler insurance policy when i purchased my bike. I have paid a premium amount of Rs. 7000 for two years. The policy covers all the parts of the vehicle. The documentation process was good. According to the bike condition, they have provided 100% coverage value.
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      , ahmednagar
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      It is very good and I have a two wheeler insurance with Bajaj Allianz and it was recommended by the showroom person. I have a Honda Activa bike. It is a one year policy. I got the insurance papers on time. There is helpline number to reach the customer support. The premium was paid through cheque.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • New India Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a two wheeler insurance with New India Assurance from last 3 years, i am not aware of the premium amount as my company pays it. There was no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. I am happy with the policy coverage and plan benefits of this policy.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Oriental Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Claim process is taking more time"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have purchased the health insurance policy with Oriental. My entire family has been covered in this policy. My organization has provided the policy and they will be managing all the policy details. I never interacted with the oriental customer care services. I had a claim experience with oriental but my company taking care of that when i submitted the documents. Its taking 20 days to get settlement. They have given me a coverage value of Rs. 5 lakhs.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Best Policy"
      0.5 4.5/5 "Excellent!"
      Using the bajaj Allianz insurnace for my two wheeler for last 2 years. I used to pay the premium of Rs. 1240. They have provided the value of the bike Rs. 38000. They have covered for 70% of the bike value. I never faced any issues with the policy. Because of the lower price, i have selected the policy with Bajaj Allianz.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have a bike insurance with ICICI Lombard. Its a one year policy. I asked the service provider for an insurance and they was suggest me ICICI Lombard. I have paid 1300 rupees for a year through cash. I have claim experience, they have taken almost 18 months for the reimbursement. I am satisfied with the policy coverage and the plan benefits.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      The plan is good with Bajaj Allianz insurance company, in terms of coverage value, the insured value around Rs. 47,000 for my Honda Dream yuga bike, its just two years old. I have coverage for loss, damage, accidental. They have many service centers as well.
      Was this review helpful? 2
      , ghaziabad
      Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good protection for two wheeler"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The bike policy was arranged through the dealer, since it mandatory purpose I took the policy from Bajaj Allianz. I don't have any option hence I took by paying some premium. I availed comprehensive policy for my bajaj discover bike for one year tenure.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018
    • Bharti Axa Two Wheeler Insurance
      " Its convenient policy renewal"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      Its convenient to go head to chose all the options, they have option to increase the IDV, even the premium is good. I have been experience with Bharti axa two wheeler policy around five years, whenever I renew the policy I get the no claim bonus.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018
    • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Average Policy"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I did not have any claim experience with National two wheeler insurance. I have not spoke with the customer care service as of now. I made a premium amount of Rs. 1400 for one year. The reason for selecting the National insurance is when i purchase a bike from dealer who provided the policy with National and i'm continuing the same. They have given a value of the bike is Rs. 55K.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018
    • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      When I purchased the Honda Activa bike at that time they provided an insurance. It is a one year policy. One of my friend is working there so he will takes care of my policy. If anything goes wrong,they will recover 70% to 80% of the damage, remaining 20% from my end.I am planning to renew the policy again with National Insurance.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018
    • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Protection for two wheeler"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      As per IRDI policy, National Insurance is following the terms, the premium is reasonable, I have taken bike policy for three years now they do have five years plan. I have comprehensive plan its always better to go with full cover its good for us.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Need improvement on service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have bike insurance with ICICI Lombard, I paid Rs.8700 for three years policy. It has third party plan with personal accidental. But the guys are not responsible, when they want to sell some thing they call , during queries they wont respond.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Customer Policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The customer service is good they are providing continuous follow up before expiring the policy they call and share the benefits on renewal. I have honda passion they gave me the best insured value its good. And providing good benefits on the policy.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      For my Dream Honda bike, ICICI Lombard gave me best insured value for the premium amount around Rs.1500 for one year. I got my policy documents on time. I have taken the comprehensive plan with first party cover, therefore I am satisfied with them.
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      , nagpur
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
    • Royal Sundaram Two Wheeler Insurance
      "Better coverage"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      For my Yamaha R15 bike I took policy from Royal sundaram they gave me Rs. 70,000 of idv value for tenure of three years it was good. I purchased the bike for Rs. 1.3 lakhs, now it got good IDV value with third party liability cover, personal accident cover.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
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