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What to Check For When Buying a Used Motorcycle?

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There are so many things to consider in the process of choosing a used motorcycle. First of all, what kind of used motorcycle do you want? Where should you look to buy it at? What should you look out for when looking at different bikes? Here are some pointers that you might find useful:

  1. Decide why you need a bike?

    What kind of riding are you planning on doing the most? Is it for commuting in the city, touring long distances, racing/sports or a combination of these? Think long and hard before you make your decision. Sure it sounds exciting to own a super-fast sport bike, but is it a viable option when you are mainly stuck in traffic everyday commuting to and from work?

  2. Where should you look for a used bike?

    It is always best to look for a reputable dealership when you need a used bike. This is because there is some reliability when it comes to service later on. Most dealerships offer warranties, and if they don’t, they will repair your bikes if it has any problems within the first few months of purchase. Private sales offer no such claims. However, their bikes are priced at lower prices. If you have no choice but to buy from a private party, make sure that you take the bike to a reputable dealership to have it inspected and assessed by professionals. Dealerships are a safer bet any day because they can also do an ownership history and make sure that the bike is not stolen. If you spend some more money now, it could benefit on the long run

  3. Check out the bike yourself.

    If a bike is maintained well, it should be in good condition even after years of use. A thorough inspection of the bike will tell you a lot about how the bike has been handled and cared for. You can even tell what potential problems you might face in the future. Take the bike for a ride to get a feel for yourself. Make sure you are carrying your license. Test and see if the brakes are smooth and even. They should definitely not pulsate, which is a sign of warped disks. Check the gears. It should be a smooth transformation and it should feel firm. You should feel like you are in complete control. It should not feel choppy. The bike should feel stable on the ride. Test on a clean road without any road humps or potholes. Weave left and right and see if it seems in control. Listen closely for any unfamiliar noises from the engine and excessive vibrations. There should not be any creaking or rattling from the suspension. If you hear anything unusual ask the seller. Sometimes unusual noises are just characteristic of the particular bike and doesn’t necessarily indicate an issue. After the ride, check the bike again for any leaks or drips. Check the oil through the sight glass. Or you could wait for the engine to cool and then use the dipstick. Most semi or full synthetic oils will darken after only a few miles. That is normal.

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  5. Ask for the service history so that you know that the seller has been regular in the maintenance of the bike. If available, get an owner's manual and factory toolkit. Before you negotiate the price, make sure you know the fair market value. Do some research for this. Be realistic and be fair. A private seller might see this bike as more than just a sale, thus may feel insulted if your offer is too low. At a dealership, the salesperson will have targets to meet, so there is a limit that he cannot cross when negotiating.

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What to Check For When Buying a Used Motorcycle? Reviews

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  • 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? 1
    , 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? 0
    , 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? 0
    , 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? 1
    , 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? 0
    , 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? 0
    , 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? 1
    , 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? 0
    , 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? 2
    , 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? 1
    , 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
  • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Should get tie up with more service centers"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    Even for my Bajaj discover bike I had Reliance general insurance it has the tenure of one year, they gave me good insured value around Rs. 19,000, it covers for the loss, damage. They need to get tie up with chennai to get the hassle free service.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019
  • Reliance General Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Easy Renewal"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    Based on my experience Reliance insurance company is good, the premium is standard as per the current market. I have Honda it covers for loss, damage cover. There is no claim experience, I used to visit to the branch for the renewal they provide good service.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019
  • Iffco Tokio Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Quick Service "
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have bike policy with IFFCO TOKIYO, it was my friend bike later on it got transfered to my name with Iffco Tokiyo two wheeler policy, the insured value is good it has coverage for the loss and damage. On time they processed the policy on my name. I am happy about it.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019
  • New India Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Good Experience"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    In New India, I have insured my Hero CT delux bike, once a while it got damaged they done the service on time, the premium is low however the insured value is good. It has third party insurance, the service is good and I could renew the policy on time.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , ambala
    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019
  • National Insurance Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Its Good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    In National Insurance the premium amount is low around Rs. 2000 for one year, the insurance company allocated Rs. 35,000 for my bike. My Honda dio vehicle is around 6 years, the policy activation done on time. My bike got damaged within 10 days.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , ambala
    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019
  • New India Two Wheeler Insurance
    "Average Two Wheeler insurance"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    My two wheeler insurance was taken from New India for my new bike. The showroom people has done a insurance when i purchased my two wheeler. I paid the premium amount of Rs. 1600. The documentation process was simple. They have given the IDV value of Rs. 55000 which I'm happy about.
    Was this review helpful? 3
    , mangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
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