Two-wheelers play a vital role in how people travel in India as it is a better and easier way to navigate through the endless traffic. With this surge of bike availability, manufacturers continue to provide endless options for anyone who wants to purchase a bike. However, if you don’t want to spend all that money on a new bike, there is always the practical option of getting one secondhand.
There are a few necessities to keep in mind when looking at a secondhand option. First things first, where do you buy one? From a reputed dealer. Getting a bike from a dealer will increase your chances of getting a machine that is already thoroughly checked. You might also consider getting one directly from a private seller. You can opt for this type of purchase if you know the seller, or know what to look for.
Inspect the bike:
If you have the choice, take someone along who has already has a bike and has experience with them. Examine the bike cold; it’s really easy to hide starting and running problems on a hot bike. Examine bar ends, levers, and footpegs and other additional damage such as tweaked handlebars. Remember, every small damage can add to the cost of fixing the bike.
Brakes and Tyres: Check the brake pads, the colour and level of the brake fluid and the tyre tread. The treads should not have uneven wear or damage. Brake fluid should be clear and light in colour, like a nice pale yellow, depending on the brand.
Oil and Rust: Check the oil level and for any spillage, especially around the engine. Look for rusty chains and even a rusty fuel tank. Pay close attention to deeper rust; surface rust isn’t a cause for concern, but deep rust could show that the bike wasn’t maintained.
Chains and Chassis: Check the condition of chain and sprocket and for visible deep scratches. Rotate the rear wheel and check if the sound of the chain is uniform, as it should be.
Electricals, wheels, suspension and exhaust:
Thoroughly check that there are no oil leaks around the suspension and the exhaust pipe. Check for cracks in the wheels and make sure the spokes aren’t rusting.
Last but not least, ensure you have all the necessary paperwork: the RC book, PUC, insurance, a NOC if the registration of a vehicle is going to be transferred from one RTO to another, the manual and the owner’s service records.
Rebuilding brakes, replacing chains and such is not uncommon in a used bike. While it might be a good investment to save some money, take your time in test riding the bike, choosing a good seller and deciding if it is the right choice for you.