In the last financial year, companies have sold over 14 million bikes across the country. Because for Indian roads, two wheeler is the most convenient mode of transport. It is a popular mode of transport in India because as it’s small, sleek, and can be easily maintained by anyone and most importantly affordable by everyone. People love traveling in bikes for a road trip or nearby places on the weekend to enjoy the ride.
Buying a two wheeler has become easy because there are various models you can choose from within your budget. Majorly there are two type of vehicle geared and without gear. At least 77% of Indian automobile market is dominated with bikes and scooters. With so many two wheeler manufacturers in the market, we are definitely spoilt for choices. Because there are so many models in each range, there are that many dealers to buy from and each dealer offers you various benefits and discounts, one can easily get confused in that chaos. So what actually should you look for while buying a scooter/bike? Here are some tips for you to make the process easier;
Two wheelers are a versatile vehicle where you can use it for both long rides and for daily commuting given the nature and the model of the vehicle. One should first decide the nature of the usage of the bike. If you plan to use it for daily commute within city limits a lower power bike would suffice your needs. Else you can buy a bike with higher power and performance which would be useful for long rides as well.
The most vital reason for buying two wheeler is mileage. Two wheeler manufacturers today promise a minimum mileage of 60 km/liter and with few manufacturers of higher CC power bikes, mileage delivery is even more. With fuel prices touching almost a century per liter this is the viable option for every individual. Of course this mileage will vary within city limits. Familiarise yourself with the features of the bike you wish to buy and compare the reviews, analysis and prices to be clear of confusions.
India is probably the only nation where the market for two wheeler is so wide and fierce in competition. Some of the world best brands have collaborated with Indian companies to expand their market by delivering new models that caters to the needs of the common man. Some of the top brands in India includes, Hero MotoCorp, Honda, Bajaj Automobile, TVS, Mahindra, Suzuki, etc. If you wish to go for higher power bikes, then there are brands like, Indian Motorcycle, Royal Enfield, Triumph, Harley Davidson, BMW, Kawasaki, Duke, Ducati, etc.
Never by a commodity, that is not of your necessity. Always walk-in to a store with a budget in your mind. Because your budget not only defines your necessity but it also defines your financial flexibility that is affordable to you. The dealer will also show you the vehicles that are best in your reach. But make sure you get the money’s worth.
Mopeds is usually preferred by the crowd who just want a vehicle for daily commuting. It has storage space, non-gear driving, comfortable seating, lower prices, and self-start ignition, etc. On the other hand, bikes have more power, higher cubic capacity, mileage and for those who are bike fanatics, the thrill of just riding a geared vehicle. So before you walk-in to the showroom decide on the category of the vehicle. Remember that vehicle is also one way of showcasing your personality.
Always ask for a test drive of the vehicle you desire to buy. Determine whether you can handle the weight of the vehicle because it is an important to know if it is a comfortable ride for you on a day to day usage. Make sure that your foot is firmly landing on the ground while you are mounted on the vehicle. Buying a vehicle which does not fit in both these options is not a safe option for you. One can lookout for other options that satisfies both these aspects.
Buying a two wheeler is a long-term investment. It depreciates with time and age its value every year keeps decreasing. But if you wish to resale the bike due to a reason, make sure you have purchased a bike which will be in production for a longer run. Because it will fetch you higher value. Other factors like, bike maintenance, performance of the engine, regular servicing also matter.
Never walk-in to one dealer and decide to buy without doing a research in the market. Nowadays, there are many websites which will help you in buying a new bike at a competitive price online. There many online platform which will provide you with comparisons, analysis, features, etc. of the bikes in same range. If you are buying through a dealer, visit more than one dealer and compare the quotes given by each of them. This will help you negotiate for the final price with one dealer. To increase the business, dealers may also offer discounts and other benefits at the same price.
manufacturers like Suzuki, Honda, Hero, etc. will have extensive service centers at multiple locations. This enables you to find spare parts or getting the vehicle repaired at your nearest service stations. So make sure the manufacturer you choose has this facility. Every manufacturer will inform you with its maintenance cost and free services. Please note that the free services are available for certain duration, after that your maintenance cost and servicing will have to be borne by you. Regular servicing of your vehicle is necessary for better performance and longer run, so buy a vehicle where this aspect is nominal and comfortable for you.
Register your bike with proper documents at the earliest and get the name plate as regulated by the transport department. And not to forget insure your two wheeler with proper policy that gives you an extensive cover according to your needs.