Buying a new bike is always an exciting prospect, whether it’s your first bike or the tenth. No matter your experience, the thought of getting a new bike is enough to keep you up all night (in a good way, of course). With the number of choices that you’re offered in today’s market, it’s quite easy to make the wrong purchase which you’ll realize only when it’s too late. It’s always better to make the decision to buy a bike after thorough research and patience. Learn from these 5 common mistakes made while buying a new bike so that you have no regrets with your next purchase.
#1 Buying above your skill level
Everone always imagines themselves to be better riders than they actually are. This often leads to riders buying a bike that is way above their skill level. For someone who has been riding a 125cc commuter bike, buying a mad Triumph Daytona or Kawasaki Ninja 650 might not be the best choice. They would be better off riding a KTM Duke 390 or RC 390 to get a feel for faster bikes before they go on to even more powerful bikes. It’s always better to ride a slower bike skillfully than a superbike like an idiot.
#2 Buying without riding
This is probably the stupidest thing that you can do. Just because you like a bike and it makes a good wall poster doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a good fit for you. And test rides are never enough to gauge the bike properly. If you don’t know someone who has the bike you want and is willing to lend it to you, it’s a good idea to rent the bike and ride it in the conditions you expect to encounter on a daily basis. Never be in a hurry to get your bike.
#3 Not talking to other owners of the same bike
If the bike you want has been in the market for a while, it’s a very good idea to talk to other owners of the bike. They will be able to tell you the small maintenance problems and other grievances that are inevitable with all bikes. That way you will be able to make a much more informed decision while keeping in mind all the running and maintenance costs and availability of spare parts before buying your new bike.
#4 Buying a bike that will destroy your bank account
It’s very easy to go overboard while buying something – whether it’s a phone, laptop or a vehicle. Your dream bike might tick all the boxes in terms of riding preferences but it is very important to keep the price in mind while buying your bike. It makes no sense to blow your entire savings on your dream ride if you have to struggle for essentials like food and shelter. And most expensive bikes come with high insurance permiums and higher running costs.
#5 Buying the wrong type of bike
You might have your heart set on a sportsbike but if your daily commute involves riding through traffic for long durations it might not be the best choice. You might look cool in your racing leathers, astride a Yamaha R1 like Rossi but you’ll be miserable if you spend most of your time in gridlock traffic while the engine overheats under you. Buying the right bike that serves its purpose will fuel your passion to ride for years but buying the wrong bike will leave you frustrated and angry with your choice.
We hope this article helps you buy the right bike. If you want to get a real feel of riding a particular bike, you can rent the bike of your choice at affordable rates from Wheelstreet – India’s first bike rental platform. Happy Riding!
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