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GUIDE TO BUYING A USED MOTORCYCLE

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.

Paperwork:
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.

Our favourite video games that help you drive better

“Stop playing those useless games and do your homework!” Haven’t we all heard this from our parents while growing up? Be it on mobile phones, consoles or portable devices, video games have become a part of our lives. But now, we finally have an excuse! A study conducted by researchers from the University of Hong Kong and New York University Shanghai discovered that playing action-based video games for at least five hours a day can improve a person’s visuomotor-controls. The findings suggest the games could serve as beneficial training tools for driving!

Based on this advantageous information, here are some recommendations of our favourite racing video games that we loved playing:

Real Racing 3
With over 200 million downloads, this award-winning franchise sets a new standard for mobile racing games. If you’re looking for a console-quality, first-person racing simulator that feels very much like a real car, this is it! The game offers everything from Real-Time Multiplayer, Time Trials, night racing, and innovative Time Shifted Multiplayer™ (TSM) technology, allowing you to race anyone, anytime, anywhere, to in-depth car customization.
Developer: EA
Platform: Android and iOS

MotoGP 19
For years MotoGP has been a favourite for motorcycle racing and it’s 2019 release does not disappoint! Gone are the old days when you learned all the racetracks and easily won. The new Neural AI and Machine Learning gives you smarter and faster opponents who will exploit your mistakes. This improved AI makes the game a whole lot more challenging, realistic and thrilling. It’s motorcycle racing at it’s finest and die-hard MotoGP fans will be satisfied.
Developer: Milestone S.r.l
Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX One, Steam, Nintendo Switch

Forza Horizon Series
When you think XBOX car racing games, it’s the Forza series. Forza Horizon focuses on casual street racing rather than pre-planned tracks. With it’s latest release Forza Horizon 4, the popular car racing series lets players experience dynamic seasons in a shared open-world; something that is completely new in the racing and driving genre. One of the most polished driving games ever made, with the spectacular open world and the unbelievable visuals, players can explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars, and a whole lot more!
Developer: Playground Games
Platform: XBOX

Need For Speed: Underground
Everybody loves Need for Speed, but the 7th instalment in the beloved racing series became an instant favourite amongst players. It was the first game in the series to offer a career mode, helping to reboot the NFS series. It finally featured a storyline and a garage mode that allowed players to fully customize their cars with a large variety of brand-name performance and visual upgrades. With the popular increase of import car racing game thanks to the movie The Fast and the Furious, Underground was EA’s attempt to get involved and they succeeded.
Developer: Black Box
Platform: PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, GameCube, Arcade game, Game Boy Advance

Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Helmet

Traffic laws or not, wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle is an absolute necessity. Helmets cannot prevent an accident but it could be the deciding life or death factor in the case of a collision. But more often than not, riders tend to pick helmets based on looks and comfort over practicality and safety.

*Section 129 of the Motor Vehicles Act ’88 states that:
Every person riding on a motorcycle of any class or description should wear protective headgear.

Where headgear stands for:
a) By virtue of its shape, material and construction, could reasonably be expected to afford to the person driving or riding on a motorcycle a degree of protection from injury in the event of an accident; and
b) Is securely fastened to the head of the wearer by means of straps or other fastenings provided on the headgear.

When buying a helmet, there are always certain criteria that need to be looked into: the type of helmet, protection level and the correct fit.

A couple of things to take into consideration for the best helmet fit:
· If you wear spectacles, make sure the helmet sits comfortably on your head while wearing them
· The helmet’s inside lining should not be too snug and tight, pressing on your ears.
· Pick a helmet that suits the shape of your head

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Types of Helmets:
Not many people realize that the type of helmet they buy should depend upon the type of riding they’re going to do.

Full-face helmet:
Full-face helmets are the most recommended. The all-around head and chin coverage offers maximum protection making it the most popular and safest choice. They’re suitable for city commute as well as for high speeds. This helmet type also passes the aesthetic test in the looks department as it comes with unlimited designs, graphic elements and customization.

Flip-up Touring helmet:
Flip-up helmets are generally heavier due to their flip mechanism. Although it’s a variation of the full-face option, they are easier to put on and come with an integrated visor. This makes them a popular choice amongst travellers as they are a lot more comfortable for long distances.

Jet and Police Helmets:
Not the safest of choices, because they don’t offer as much protection as a full-face helmet with chin coverage. They are usually considerably lighter and airier in hot weather and are more suited to city commute; hence these helmets are not meant for high speeds.

Open-face or Skullcap helmet:
Unfortunately, due to our constant hot weather, a lot of commuters wear an open-face or skull helmet. A skullcap helmet may look comfortable and provide plenty of airflow on hot days, however, these are not recommended as they barely ensure any protection for the sides of your face.

Today’s market is filled with so many helmet choices, it’s easy to find one that checks all the right boxes for your safety, comfort and even looks. But the main point to remember is, while all helmets don’t provide complete safety, they do provide some level of safety; so, always wear a helmet!

Sources:
* http://diu.gov.in
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Bike’s dashboard icons lighting up? Find out why

For a very long time, only cars came with inbuilt warning lights on the dashboard. But lucky for us, these days motorbikes come equipped with emergency lights and options of analogue or LCDs.

Dashboard warning symbols are also designed in different colours to create awareness and convey information about the current state of the vehicle. Usually, blue and green lights inform the rider that a service is active or that the vehicle is functioning normally; while red and yellow lights indicate that there is a fault. When the red light is displayed, then it is necessary to take action.

What does it mean when they light up?

Ignition Light:
If the ignition light is lit up, it means that the engine has some problems with the electrical system, the battery needs to be replaced or it is failing to charge. Your bike would not start if there is a fault in the battery.

Engine Temperature Warning Light:
This sign indicates that the engine coolant level may be running low or there may be a leak in the coolant system. This occurs when the temperature has crossed the normal level and can damage your bike’s engine.

Oil Pressure Warning Light:
This symbol indicates low oil pressure. It lights up when there is a variation in the oil levels which can damage the engine. For your safety, switch off the bike engine once you notice it.

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Neutral Light:
This neutral light illuminates in green and indicates to the rider that the bike is in a neutral state. When switching gears, this green light will disappear.

Indicator Light:
The indicator light also illuminates in green colour. If you are turning left, the left directional arrow will flash, for the right, the right directional arrow will flash. In case of hazard warning, both lights are activated.

Full Beam Light:
The full-beam light indicates that your headlight is on at full beam. Put off your high beam when you notice another car coming towards you on the other side of the road. It’s better to avoid high beam in the daytime so that you can save your battery life.

Warning lights can prevent a lot of mishaps from happening and save you from unnecessary troubles. If proper action is taken at the right time, it can even save lives and keep you safe.