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7 Things to Know About a Secondhand Bike, Before Buying It.

by Santosh Kevale | Mar 02, 2021

So you wanna buy a bike. Pre-owned, you say. It's gonna save you some money. Addition to this, you should also buy a two wheeler insurance to cover yourself against any unforeseen circumstances. Cool. You start checking online and magazine ads to find a few interesting options. Great. What next? You set out to buy one. Neat! Not quite. Here are tips; checklist, if you please, to help you buy a good deal.

1. Do some research.

Keep your "sixth-sense," gut-feeling" and "intuition" locked away while you prepare to buy a pre-owned bike. Do some fact finding about the model you wish to buy. What kind of reputation did the model have, what were the major design flaws in it, if any, and any other facts about it that you should know before you check out the bike at the owner's.

2. Check the bike out. Thoroughly.

Make two checks. An overall cosmetic check should be done to look for inconsistencies in paint, scratches, identifying crash signs and cracks in the plastic. Then make a thorough examination of the bike. It's always better to get a bike-savvy friend along. And a flashlight. Look for leaking fluid, rust, especially in the fuel tank, continuity of the cables, condition of the chain and sprocket and cracks in the wiring. Put the bike on centre-stand and look at it from the centre. Look for symmetry. This gives an indication of whether the bike was involved in a crash. Also check tire wear.

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7 Things to Know About a Secondhand Bike, Before Buying It.

by Santosh Kevale | Mar 02, 2021

So you wanna buy a bike. Pre-owned, you say. It's gonna save you some money. Addition to this, you should also buy a two wheeler insurance to cover yourself against any unforeseen circumstances. Cool. You start checking online and magazine ads to find a few interesting options. Great. What next? You set out to buy one. Neat! Not quite. Here are tips; checklist, if you please, to help you buy a good deal.

1. Do some research.

Keep your "sixth-sense," gut-feeling" and "intuition" locked away while you prepare to buy a pre-owned bike. Do some fact finding about the model you wish to buy. What kind of reputation did the model have, what were the major design flaws in it, if any, and any other facts about it that you should know before you check out the bike at the owner's.

2. Check the bike out. Thoroughly.

Make two checks. An overall cosmetic check should be done to look for inconsistencies in paint, scratches, identifying crash signs and cracks in the plastic. Then make a thorough examination of the bike. It's always better to get a bike-savvy friend along. And a flashlight. Look for leaking fluid, rust, especially in the fuel tank, continuity of the cables, condition of the chain and sprocket and cracks in the wiring. Put the bike on centre-stand and look at it from the centre. Look for symmetry. This gives an indication of whether the bike was involved in a crash. Also check tire wear.

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