The internet has become a place where you can now shop for everything and anything. Now, going to a physical store almost seems redundant when you can get whatever delivered to your doorstep. You do not need to navigate through traffic jams and the choking pollution, as with just a few clicks, you can have the product at your place in a few hours to a couple of days. When it comes to narrowing down on a bike that you wish to have, it might at times seem like an impossible task. With mixed reviews and so many bikes to choose from, you’ll have to start being realistic with the bike that you wish to buy - from the financial perspective, to the convenience of riding it on the roads of India, to a number of other factors. Keeping that in mind, we’ve listed out a few pointers you should consider when you’re doing a little research of a bike that you wish to buy.
If you’re going to be researching the bike you’d wish to buy, you have to keep the below-listed factors in mind:
When you’re buying a bike, you need to first consider your need for making the purchase. If you’re buying a bike just for your daily commute, consider one that will be fuel efficient, not too heavy on the pocket, and one that is durable. In addition, consider a bike which has spare parts that are easily available and cheaper than the usual. If you’re one for long bike rides and a traveller by heart, consider a bike that will suit the highways and rough terrain.
When it comes to bikes, there’s no point choosing one that is way above your budget. While you might be tempted to go for one as all bike manufacturers have the EMI option, paying EMIs for a number of years seems pointless as by the time you’re done with the payment of the installments, you’ll probably be looking for a change. Also, if you do choose the EMI option, ensure that the monthly installment does not eat up a chunk of your monthly earning.
This is definitely one of the main criteria when choosing a bike. A fuel efficient bike is certainly the best when specifically used to commute daily. However, it’s important to note that the mileage as stated by the two-wheeler manufacturer is an approximate and not based on road conditions and the fact that one has to go through traffic everyday.
Of course this is one element that should attract you to buy the bike in the first place. Choosing a bike that suits your personality and your build is important as for example, if you’re a person on the bulky side, a small vehicle will not give you the comfort and performance that you would require.
Since you’re going to be riding your bike through a number of conditions, ensure you’re absolutely comfortable with the handling of the bike. This will help you sail through traffic and give you perfect balance on the bends.
Bikes today are built for a specific purpose. If you’re an adventure goer and wish to take your bike through rough terrain, it’s best you opt for one that will suit such conditions. Choose a bike that suits your drive to get on the motorcycle and not based on the opinion of others.
Unlike back in the day, a bike is at its optimum performance for a span of 5-7 years. Post that, you should consider getting another one and selling your bike to make up for the money that you spent initially purchasing it. Assess the depreciation value of your bike before buying and make an approximate of how much you can get back if you do resell the bike. If you have opted for EMIs to pay for your bike, selling the bike will help you close the loan.
When looking for a bike that will suit you, do as much research as possible, read reviews and watch vlogs of the performance of the bike. Make an estimate of how much the bike will cost you and go for one within your budget for starts. Lastly, the most important factor is to test ride the bike before going in for the buy. This will assure you that the bike is made to suit you and your need. Don’t entirely bank on reviews though they are quite helpful in some aspects.
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