Decided to buy a used motorcycle? Here are a few tips for you to consider.
If you are reading this, then I bet you must be a motorcycle enthusiast who is looking to get into the world of two wheels or just want to try out a new style of riding. Whichever it is, you always want to get the best without it burning a hole in your pocket.
To do that, there are multiple considerations one must take into account if you want a satisfactory ride. Of course, you cannot expect it to be as good as brand new, but then there are quite a lot of passionate bikers out there who have taken care of their ride and not ridden it like a hooligan from Mad Max.
And if you are not already a used-bike mogul, you might end up spending way too much for way too less of a motorcycle that someone wants just to get rid of. Being smart in such situations saves you, and one way to be smart is to be informed of what checks you need to tick before zeroing on one bike.
Though not comprehensive, this guide should get you through buying yourself a satisfactorily good two wheeler for your usage:
Here is KTM explaining safety systems available on their bikes that can save your life on the road.
A rider is not born but is made. There is absolutely no harm in accepting that you are not the best rider and that there is always a better rider out there. But, that does not mean you don’t improve on it. You just ride more and try matching synergies with your motorcycle.
The same also applies to motorcycles. There is always a better one out there. So the manufacturers and engineers come up with new technologies that make that same motorcycle perform better and safer than before. And KTM is one of those which is world renowned for giving us bikes that loves walking on the edge of performance and handling.
Fuel prices are set to break all previous records and you wouldn’t have even known about it.
Gone are the days when every fortnight you had to wait for, what felt like an eternity, to get your tank filled with petrol because it costs a rupee more. Stand in the queue for hours all just to save a couple of tens. That was the human psychology up till June 2017 when state-owned oil conglomerates chucked the 15-year-old practice where they revised fuel prices on the 1st and 16th of every month.
They instead opted to follow a dynamic daily price revisions that changed the fuel costs on a daily basis depending on the international crude oil market. A coup or not, it left the citizens in a daft about the price fluctuations as it happened every day and before we got any clue about it, petrol prices have reached a three year high.
What is the most exclamation "!" thing you’ve seen on the road?
I’m pretty sure there are many of you out there that knows about the freedom of the road and the companionship of a dog being the best combination there is. It is definitely a rare sight but for those who have a deeper connection with their dogs, wouldn’t have it any other way. Riding with you best buddy is just so damn cool and there are many ways one can pull that off.
But here is an example of how you shouldn’t be doing it. This video clip from India shows three dogs riding on a scooter, and are not even tied to the vehicle with any sort of leash or cagings. And to my surprise, those dos seem like they have been doing this since ages and are comfortable enough.
Vietnam is now fighting the war on motorcycles. Will ban them by 2030.
Traffic in Vietnam is becoming a tourist highlight of sorts with people photographing it to share their experiences back home. The country’s rising economy has let down the limited infrastructure and the road systems have gone out for a toss. The traffic is causing gridlocks all across the towns and major cities like Hanoi even during non-peak hours. The severity of the problem is still underestimated by the 16000 deaths that occur each year due to the high traffic density and flouting of traffic violations.
To settle the city’s “hidden epidemic”, the country’s capital, Hanoi, is taking a major step towards restricting these legions of motorcycles creating environmental and congestion woes before they could go out of gear. The city council on July 4, 2017, has come to a stern decision to completely ban the usage of two-wheelers on the city streets by the year 2030.
Road rage and how not to get all wired up when it happens to you.
We all do have some bad days and some good. And invariably it affects our riding styles on that day. All is well and good until you are a happy person under the sun, but on that unlucky day, your head is filled with all kind of thoughts, and in a jiffy, another distracted driver in a car is taking up your space in your lane and decides to cut you passing from behind.
All hell breaks loose in your head, and that adrenalin surge kicks in transferring all the blood to your muscles, charging it up for a big fight. That burning rage of anger will make you do some regrettable stuff including chasing that other driver at breakneck speeds, darting other road users, pounding on hoods, yelling and threatening. And if by any luck the other person is having a good day, he might end up apologising. If not, what happens next is the brutal Road Rage.
Manufacturers have begun revising prices of their models with GST coming soon.
Unless you have been living under a rock all this while, you must be aware of the Indian government’s grand scheme of putting all commodities into a single slab of taxation called the GST (Goods and Services Tax). It has been one of the key things that have caught the attention of the market given its implications on earnings of companies starting from July 1, 2017.
Accordingly, the two-wheeler market will also take this initiative of implementing these changes that would eventually result in either increasing or decreasing the prices of the models manufactured.
Thailand has an answer for a cheaper Royal Enfield Continental GT
The Continental GT is Royal Enfield’s way of making the most powerful and the lightest modern day cafe racer which blends retro style with modern appeal perfectly. Powered by a 535cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine which generates more power than any other Royal Enfield motorcycle till date. Since its launch in 2010, the Continental looks and feel very much in the 60s’ and 70’s and is unique. Not anymore though.
A Thailand based motorcycle manufacturer called as Centaur recently launched a Continental GT lookalike and named it as the Stallion Centaur Siam 150cc. When I say lookalike, I mean a carbon copy. They have basically taken all the retro elements including the body panels off the GT and fixed on a smaller chassis and a smaller 150cc engine.
There is a new world’s largest two-wheeler market: India.
It was 1955, the Indian Government required strong, tough and go anywhere motorcycles for its army and police force to cater to the then craggy terrains. Enter the 350cc ‘Bullet’. The first batch of motorcycles in India, manufactured by Royal Enfield of United Kingdom, put together in Madras (Chennai). The start of a revolution.
Since then, the motorcycle industry in the country has grown mountains with its own share of valleys. And somewhere in between promising players emerged and managed to live up to the expectations and more. Today they are capable of producing motorcycles that beam innovation and technology acumen at the highest standards giving the rest of the motorcycle industries across the globe a run for their money. And so it has. India has overtaken China’s vast domestic two-wheeler market by averaging a whopping 48,000 motorcycles sold…each day. At the end, India sold almost 9 million units more than China to become the world’s largest player in the two-wheel industry.
Two days left for you to get the best deal on a Triumph in India.
Triumph has been the oldest British manufacturer of motorcycles. Having a rich heritage to back them up with their newfound designs, Triumph has created pieces of modern art that look too good to be true. They may have in some way or the other taken inspiration from their past to give birth to what could be some of the best looking iterations of their iconic classics & adventure bikes.
This summer, Triumph has turned up the heat and are offering its customers one week of Triumph Summer Carnival ( April 21st to 30th, 2017) where all the dealerships across the country are participating.
Someone caught the Honda XRE 300 on the shopfloor in India.
For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown and doing things most have not or seeing things never seen before is a savour best felt. But unless you plan on walking, you need a way to get there. This is where Honda’s new offering comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.
Recently we discussed about Honda eyeing to get the brand’s adventure motorcycle, the XRE 300 into the country as part of their four ’all-new’ two wheelers for FY2018. Looks like our speculations were right if we have to believe this snap of Team-BHP’s reader is true.
Get ready to pay heavy penalties next time you break a law on Indian roads.
Thinking of jumping the signal, or taking a chance at not wearing a helmet while riding? Well, think again. Because if you are caught with not following the rules, you will have to pay not one, not two, but up to twenty times the penalty you would have paid till yesterday.
Yes, the Lok Sabha has passed a bill that implements a new set of amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988, which was introduced in August 2016. The changes to the bill were approved by the Union Cabinet Ministers on March 31, and on April 10 the bill was passed in the Lok Sabha.
How does motorcycle insurance work in India?
"There is no mankind known who hasn’t sensed the happiness I was feeling right now" is the thought going through every rider who is enjoying every second on his favourite motorcycle. But all is not sweet, especially when you are involved in an accident. This is where an insurance cover can make or break you. If you are insured, you are saved for the day but if you are not, then hope god saves you.
Being a mandatory issue in the country (thankfully), every motorcycle owner should carry an insurance policy for him and his vehicle. A two-wheeler insurance is an excellent cost saving method to protect yourself from shelling out money from your pocket when you have been involved in an unforeseen event like an accident, theft or natural disaster.
We here at Top Speed always promote safe riding and helping you out in understanding the two-wheeler insurance game takes the same amount of importance as wearing a helmet while riding. Read out our comprehensive handout on this and ride with peace of mind.
Do we need the Automatic headlamp On feature made compulsory?
In a bid to make Indian roads safer, the government of India has directed all two-wheeler manufacturers that sell their products in India to compulsorily feature ’Automatic Headlamp On’ (AHO) from April 2017. This is in order to make the vehicle more visible to oncoming traffic and the pedestrians to cut down the risks of negligent accidents due to poor visibility.
This video tells you why ABS for motorcycles is so important
There has never been a rider comfortable in a situation where his wheel got locked due to aggressive braking. This is where ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) comes into the picture.
Bajaj has made a video for us to know how this tech works in favour of keeping us safe and prevent any untoward accidents from happening.
How to get your motorcycle driving license in India
If you just turned 18 and are looking to get yourself a driving license, then you are at the right place folks. Just so that it is clear, a driving licence is the official document which authorises its holder to operate various types of motor vehicle on highways and some other roads to which the public have access.
We will give you a step by step procedure to get yourself licensed to ride around in your favourite machine. It is a fairly simple procedure that you must follow that will have you fill applications, necessary document papers and finally to give your theory and practical examinations. As it is a valid document issued by the government within the country and can, therefore, also be considered as valid proof of identification in non-driving contexts (e.g. when opening a bank account) or age (e.g. when applying for a mobile connection).
Here is TVS wishing all the women out there this women’s day
TVS, the popular two wheeler manufacturing company in the country give birth to a scooter, which was meant for the fairer sex. Christened with the name Scooty, it is perhaps the first scooter that was built in the country targeting the females riders.
It was but obvious that this scooter went the extra mile to show their support to all the women riders in the country this International Women’s Day. With a video to respect our mothers, sisters and friends, TVS urges every woman separated by choices but united by the love for riding to keep riding, come what may.