Buying a motorcycle can be a tough job, be it a brand new bike or a used one. From searching the internet for that perfect motorcycle to finding the ideal price, and in the case of a used bike, to making all the necessary checks, there are several things you should look at. If you’re patient enough, you can get that perfect bike you’ve always wanted in the used vehicle market, and save yourself a lot of money too. And to help you with that, we’ve listed some important things to keep in mind when buying a used motorcycle.
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- First of all, it is important to know everything about the bike you are buying. So once you’ve decided what you’re going to buy, what we recommend you do before looking for one, make sure you get all the information about it. Thorough knowledge of the motorcycle will help you spot the problems when you look at all the options.
Read the descriptions carefully, because in addition to the mileage and the validity of the insurance, many sellers will also include details about the motorcycle
- Explore the internet thoroughly and read the descriptions carefully. In addition to mileage and insurance validity, many sellers will also list details such as the changes made to the motorcycle, the condition of the tires, and sometimes even the reason they are selling. Make sure you know as much as you can about the vehicle as it will tell you what to look for when taking a test drive and it will also help you negotiate better.
- Look for the listings with lots of photos, this will allow you to check for damage and select your options more efficiently before going to a physical inspection. If you have the registration number, you can also refer to the Vahan portal to confirm the ownership details.
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- After you shortlist your options, call the seller and get all the details you can get over the phone. Ask them about the paperwork, how long they’ve had the bike, the reason for selling the bike, are there any problems with the bike you need to know. If there’s one thing you don’t like, you’ll end up saving an otherwise wasted trip.
Check for other minor things such as the headlights, turn signals, horn, tire condition, brakes, chain and sprocket along with other wear items
- Finally, if you decide to have a physical check-up, call the owner and ask if she’s not allowed to use the motorcycle for at least a few hours before checking it out. This way you can do a cold start and find out if the bike has any starting problems. When you get there and the engine is warm, be suspicious.
- Take the motorcycle for a good long test drive, at least 5-10 kilometers. A quick lap around the corner is not enough to know the engine performance of the bike. Also check for other minor things such as the headlights, turn signals, horn, tire condition, brakes, chain and sprocket along with other wear items. Take a trusted mechanic with you so he can check quickly.
Take the motorcycle for a good long test drive, at least 5-10 kilometers. A quick lap around the corner is not enough to know anything about the bike
- Always check the papers. Check that the vehicle identification number (VIN) matches the registration papers and also check the engine number. If you have the bike’s existing insurance number, you can also check to see if there have been any previous claims that the owner has not informed you about. If the motorcycle has had previous owners, make sure that the current owner has the Certificate of No Objection and the transfer of ownership papers in order.
- Meet the seller. Be friendly and chatty with them and you’ll learn about the kind of person they are, and then how they look after their bikes. It’s always good to buy from a real rider because you know they’ve taken good care of the bike.