Things to Con­sider be­fore Buy­ing a Two-Wheeler

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Brand There are a num­ber of two-wheeler man­u­fac­tur­ers in In­dia. The brand value also helps in the re­sale of the bike. Bud­get Of course this is an im­por­tant fac­tor to be con­sid­ered. You can buy a good two-wheeler within a bud­get of Rs 60,000, but you may want to con­sider pay­ing a lit­tle more for one of those newly launched bikes with ex­tra fea­tures and at­trac­tive colours. Weight It is ex­tremely im­por­tant to check the weight of the two-wheeler so that you can ride com­fort­ably. Gen­er­ally, be­gin­ners and young women may pre­fer light­weight ver­sions. Less weight is ob­vi­ously more man­age­able, no mat­ter what your size and stature. Height This is an­other im­por­tant fac­tor. Since most In­di­ans are of av­er­age height, the two-wheeler should not be too high, else it will be un­com­fort­able to ride. Ba­si­cally, the feet should touch the ground. Stor­age One should check the stor­age for the hel­met. Also, the two-wheeler should have enough space for stor­ing other items such as a back­pack or a toolkit. Mileage An ef­fi­cient two-wheeler should give you a mileage of 35 km to 40 km per litre. Auto start Kick-start­ing a two-wheeler is not easy. So check for auto start and bat­tery dura­bil­ity. Dura­bil­ity Check out the tech­ni­cal re­view of the bike; it doesn’t make sense to make a hasty de­ci­sion and set­tle for some­thing that sim­ply looks good and of­fers more mileage. Ser­vice cen­tre The lo­ca­tion of your ser­vice cen­tre should be a con­sid­er­a­tion – you don’t want to end up trav­el­ling long dis­tances for ser­vice and re­pairs. Low main­te­nance Ser­vic­ing and main­te­nance of two-wheel­ers is very im­por­tant. It makes trav­el­ling con­ve­nient be­cause of low run­ning and main­te­nance costs; this also means you can get very good mileage. Avail­abil­ity of spare parts All two-wheeler com­pa­nies, es­pe­cially the ones who have launched newly, do not have their spare parts eas­ily avail­able in the mar­ket. Con­sider this point while ze­ro­ing in on your pref­er­ence. Re­sale value Re­sale price to­tally de­pends upon the brand, year and cur­rent con­di­tion of bike.

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