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8 Tips to Help Choosing Bike From Online

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In this day and age when you can buy anything from a forty-rupees-nail polish to a diamond necklace worth lakhs online with just some clicks, buying yourself a new ride should be easier than pie. And it is, but how will you make the right choice? Many people would say that buying a vehicle online is not a good idea because like shoes, you need to give it a test ride to know that it’s right for you. This may be right, but you can use the internet to narrow down your choices a lot, and also to make the final purchase. After you have narrowed down to a few bikes, you only need to take a few bikes for test rides.

According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), almost 77% of India's vehicle market is controlled by two-wheelers. Buying a two wheeler is not a difficult task. As long as you have a decent job you should be able to get one of the many loans with very low down payment and other attractive features. Not to mention the tempting promotional offers. With so many options, there is good chance you will be very confused. So we are providing you with some guidelines to go by when it comes to choosing your bike online. First do your online research thoroughly. Read as many reviews as possible.

Here are some parameters that you should consider when looking online.

  1. Usage

    The first thing you need to consider while selecting a two-wheeler is the purpose. Why do you need a bike? Is it for general commute? Is it for cruising long distances or is it for sports? This should help narrow down your options.

  2. Budget

    There is no point looking for a bike way out of your budget. Figure out how much EMI you can spare each month, after all your other expenses. Then go from there. Look online for the best deals.

  3. Mileage

    There are so many options for bikes with great fuel efficiency. Look online for reviews, analysis and comparisons. The mileage under test conditions is not what you will get on the road, so don’t expect what you hear from the seller to be extremely accurate. Fuel consumption will depend on the riding style and maintenance.

  4. Body Features

    Durability is something that we all look out for when we buy anything expensive. However, make it a point to keep your style in mind when you make your choice. You want a bike that will compliment you. Keep an eye out for headlight styling, safety features, storage space, body graphics, seating comforts etc.

  5. Maintenance and Servicing

    Don’t make the mistake of ignoring this important factor. Maintenance and service will take a lot out of your pocket in your future with the bike. Go for a manufacturer who has extensive network of service centers around the city. They should also be able to provide spare parts easily.

  6. Ease of Handling

    Generally you will not be the only person using the bike in the house. Chances are other members and friends will also use the bike. So, go for a bike that can be handled by everyone.

  7. Type of Roads

    This is an extension of the first point of bike usage. A two-wheeler that is great on city roads might not be a good choice on rough roads. If your travel includes such routes, you need a vehicle with better suspension. Go for a two-wheeler that has a reliable shock absorbing mechanism for managing longer bumpier rides.

    Two-wheelers that are made for city roads may not fare well on long, rough roads and vice-versa. Choose two-wheelers with shock absorbing mechanism and better suspension for longer bumpier roads.

  8. Resale Value

    Look for a bike that has a decent resale value. Factors like service center network, miles run, maintenance etc can help make your decision.

    After considering all these factors, and doing your research well, you should be able to narrow down your options. After which you can test drive the few you have chosen. Buying can be done online for best prices and deals.

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8 Tips to Help Choosing Bike From Online Reviews

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  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Best Policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken two wheeler insurance from Hdfc General insurance . I made the payment for 1 years through online banking . Customer service and responce is average as thye have explained the benefits of the policy .This policy covers with road side assistance and bumper to bumper coverage and the premium amount which am making for this is pretty economy .
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 20, 2019
  • Royal Sundaram Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Low Premium with Higher IDV value"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My two wheeler insurance purchased from Royal Sundaram. They are giving the higher IDV value hence i have chosen this company. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 1000. They have given me a IDV value of Rs. 24000. I have renewed the policy through online.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 20, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Protection with HDFC Ergo"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My Activa Honda got insured with HDFC Ergo, I have been with them around two years, total term of my two wheeler policy is around three years. The premium amount is lesser based on the vehicle age. I took first party insurance its good and satisfactory.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • Liberty Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I currently have the two wheeler policy with Liberty General. The services are good. There was a issues with the third party from whom I took the policy through. It got sorted out but it took time like four months. The premium cost is also nominal.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good features"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken a two wheeler insurance earlier from Bajaj Allianz. The process was good to get the policy. The premium is economical and there are good benefits as well. The policy coverage is also satisfactory. Fortunately I have not used the policy.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • United India Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Smart Protection"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My friend's relative working with United India Insurance, If I have any issues in the vehicle they will take care of it. There was no claim experience. I have insured honda activa scooter, the premium amount is reasonable I took comprehensive cover comes under third party, own damage include.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 19, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Need to reduce the premium"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My two wheeler insurance is with Bajaj Allianz because mine is Bajaj bike so it will be easier for claim and also lot of showrooms included. I got the insurance paper. The claim process was average, the amount was not fully refunded. Also the process was lengthy. I have paid the premium of Rs.2000 for one year. It is a first party insurance. I felt the premium is quite high.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Average"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I took my two wheeler insurance from Bajaj Allianz last year. It was suggested by my friend because he is working. I have paid approx 1000 rupees to purchase the policy. I never had a customer service experience and no claim. The benefits are good and its a third party insurance.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , pune
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Not recommendable policy"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    My two wheeler insurance was taken from ICICI Lombard. I have applied the claim from with ICICI Lombard but they have not given proper response. They have not processed the claim also. Since because of the lowest premium, i have opted this policy. The service is not upto the mark.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • Bharti Axa Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Excellent Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had taken this insurance policy a long back and the premium has been paying annually. The premium amount has not been too high and the payment method has also been convenient. I had not made any claims so far and it has been a good policy for others as well.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , navi mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • New India Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Insurance company"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    They are good in all service, without approach them they are providing good service. New India premium is economical, I paid the premium around Rs 7000 for three years. They gave me the third party cover, cash less service. They got tie up with many experience the agents are good.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • Bajaj Allianz Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Premium should be economical for the renewal"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    Whenever there is a issue, I can reimburse with Bajaj Allianz its good than other company. One time I claimed, they gave me cash less service the premium is lesser than others then I changed it. The renewal option is good but they show more premium when I go for renewal.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Very Good Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had taken this insurance policy almost four years back and i am paying the premium annually. The premium amount has not been high and the payment method has been simple. There has not been any claims made so far and the services which they had offered so far was good.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good for two wheeler"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My policy belongs to HDFC Ergo, its a premium policy for one year the insured value is fine for me Rs. 97,000, I have the KTM Duke bike its good, I took first party insurance with HDFC Ergo, I really not interacted with them for any policy queries.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • Bharti Axa Two Wheeler Insurance
    "IDV percentage should be increased"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    The insured value is low in Bharti axa, I Purchased Royal Enfield bike for Rs. 1.75 but they gave me only Rs. 1.20 lakh . My policy has the tenure of two years, I am not sure about the tie up services. I have taken the first party insurance. I purchased in the month of october 2017.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
  • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Better"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had my two wheeler insurance from National Insurance and it was a better experience. This insurance was issued by the showroom as a default. There is no claim. I felt the premium is bit higher so moved to HDFC Ergo. The customer service is better.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Excellent"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My two wheeler insurance was taken from HDFC Ergo because it has more benefits and the premium is lower compared to others. It is a first party insurance. The customer service is very good. There was no claim and IDV value is good. I got the insurance paper.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Very Good Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had taken this insurance for my bike a long time back and it had been a good policy. I had been paying the premium on an annual basis and the premium amount was not too high as well. The payment method has been simple and there has not been any hassle. There has not been any claims made so far and there has not been any hassle faced with the services of them.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , coimbatore
    Reviewed on Jan 13, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good features"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have my two wheeler insurance with ICICI Lombard. The services are good and there no hassles to get the policy. The premium is also nominal. The policy coverage and benefits are satisfactory. I also received the policy papers on time. Good in all.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 12, 2019
  • United India Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Its Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    This policy was recently renewed for my bike, my brother went to the showroom and then he renewed the policy, the premium is economical as per the market. They are issuing the policy with the good coverage of bike. Its a trusted insurance company and I got the paper on time.
    Was this review helpful? 4
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019
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