Points to consider while buying a new bike – here are six of them; very basic but if you follow them they may turn out to be really helpful…

Almost everyone wants to own a new bike at some point of time! If you already own one, you fall for that adventure model that has just been launched! So, this is an ever-itching problem for us bikers 😀

Let us list down few basic pointers which may be useful for you in making a decision to buy a bike.

  1. Choose your budget: After firming up your decision to buy a new bike, you should first choose your budget and set a limit. The amount of money that you can spend on your bike will help you narrow down on your options. Say for example your budget is set at Rs 70,000 and the maximum you can stretch it is uptil Rs 85,000. Once this this done, list out all the bikes that fit your budget. Say there are 10 bikes which are available within your set limits.
  2. Eliminate what you don’t want: Now instead of choosing the one you like, first eliminate the bikes that you don’t like. For example, out of the 10 bikes that you have listed, you may not want to buy bikes of some company, strike them out. You may not like the looks of some bikes, again scratch them out of the list. Bring the list down to some 3 – 5 bike models which you like.
  3. Read Reviews – The next step is to hop on the internet and read reviews of these motorcycles or scooters. By reviews we mean go through stories from automotive portals to understand the intricate details. But more importantly, try and find actual user reviews which are a true testament of the pros and cons of motorcycles. At BikeAdvice we have a big inventory of user reviews, you can read them here.
  4. Go and test ride the bikes: Find the nearest bike showrooms and test ride these bikes. A bike is something of value and emotional attachment so it important that you feel it before buying. Understand that a positive highlighted by someone can be a con for you – because everybody’s body structure, fit, feel and expectation is different. Out of the 3 – 5 bikes which you tested, trim that list to 2 most probable bikes that you are most likely to buy.
  5. Fuel Efficiency is Important but it should not be your only criteria – I see that many of us give too much importance to mileage. Say for example, you are buying a bike worth Rs.50,000 and it gives a mileage of 40 kmpl, and assume you are travelling 1000 kms per month. That’s 25 litres per month that you will have to fill. Considering the present rate of nearly Rs. 80 per litre… it will cost your Rs. 2000 per month in petrol expenses. Now if there is a choice for another bike in the same price range which gives 50 kmpl, then it will cost Rs. 1600 per month in petrol. So the difference is just Rs. 400 per month which generally gets compensated by the ‘feel’ or ‘power’ the lesser fuel efficient motorcycle provides.
  6. Finally Buy what you like: Don’t buy a bike just because it is a few thousands cheaper or gives a few kms of extra mileage. Get the one which makes you feel good and fits in most of your requirements! The better you feel while riding your motorcycle, the more convinced you will be about your investment.

Points to Consider While Buying a New Bike

Hope this article was somewhat useful, specially for beginners in biking. If you are out in the market and still confused between two or more bikes, you can post your queries with us at our Facebook page and we will try to help you out. Happy motoring!

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84 COMMENTS

  1. i m a college going guy 6.2 feet tall wanted to buy a bike that suits me and gives me comparable mileage.i have sorted these bikes .kindly help me to choose the best.thanks in advance

  2. The creator of this website is breaking new grounds in the Indian bike review industry. Applause for that. It could be better if he posted on road reviews, like what we see in top gear programme on the Tele. Someday i think every bike company would come to his home and offer him a free test ride on their bikes. Good work & Good luck!

  3. Hi this is Sathis
    I have a plan to buy a new 125CC bike……….
    1) Honda Shine
    2) Yamaha Gladiator
    3) Bajaj XCD-125
    4) Hero Honda Glamour
    5) Suzuki Zeus
    6) TVS Flame

    I’m still confusing which one to select. My requirement & specifications as in order, so as per these which one is suit for me, please help me…
    1) Better fuel efficiency in city roads (Chennai traffic).
    2) Self start
    3) Low Maintenance and availability of spare parts
    4) Good looking
    5) Lower vibration at higher speeds.

  4. Hello sir,i am gonna get a bike soon in the month of march…and i am confused between Pulsar 200 and Apache rtr fi…i want looks,power and comfort…please help me out…Thanks

  5. i want to buy a non gear bike i m more concerned about mileage and perfomance so i want u to tell me some these types of non gear bikes -example(activa honda etc)

  6. Hi

    Hi i am owing a Pulsur 150cc DTSi, which is about 5 years old but still its in little good condition with pick up and all. Now i am planning to buy the new Yamaha FZ16, which i feel is a good looking street bike. I love driving a lot and also fond of bikes. i am working so could you suggest me about the Yamaha FZ16, how it would be on the long run, power and also is it advicesable to sell my Pulsur and go for the Yamaha? please suggest me i also like to have a decent miliege.

  7. Very well written article. Let me think out my train of thoughts aloud going according to your guidelines

    1. My budget is 1 lakh, but I’ll be more than happy to save and not spend all of it 🙂
    2. I just don’t want TVS or Suzuki Bikes
    3. I’ve test driven Stunner, Pulsar 150, FZ 16, Karizma, R 15, HH Hunk. I loved the looks of FZ and Hunk. R15 and Karizma blew my mind away! Stunner and Pulsar have been rejected at this stage
    4. Friends say FZ 16 is the best buy now. R15 is an overkill for its price I feel but 1 of my friends swears that it’s worth every but of penny that it costs. Karizma too is praised a lot by friends and colleagues – it has a “Honda engine” and “HH brand” associated. It’s now narrowed down to FZ 16 and the Karizma.
    5. Nothing khaas, FZ and Karizma mileage is similar
    6. HH is the market leader, though Yamaha has ambitions and plans for a good future in 09 and 2010
    7. I like the FZ fat tire and naked styling a bit more than the Karizma’s.

    So it’s still 50 50 between the Karizma and FZ

  8. price here of
    1. Karizma – 76257 on road
    2. FZ – 69897 on road

    Still confused. pls help me out. I’m a little inclined towards FZ, but I feel Karizma is more Value for my money

  9. Rags,

    Hero Honda 223 cc is a good bike ususal Honda quality. My friend here in Australia has been a GM of a group that serviced Honda. He is a serious expert on this subject. Customers went to him with problems and he has resolved them exceptionally. He claims Karizma DOES have some engine/tech problems and is not of the quality that I’ve known here with entry level 250cc Hondas.

    Yamaha has a good Gladiator for all all round quality and Honda’s Unicorn is a quality top drawer. Then again TVS has pulled out a Stunner called Apache FI. If they sold a 250cc with something like 24HP for say even 1.5 lacs overseas, IT WOULD be a hit becuase even Hyosung twin engines 250cc does not offer the features TVS does. Indians are spolit in all m-cycle ranges in India.

    Even 250ccs have only 70% of the features as seen on the new stunning Indian m-cycles.

    Competition sure does wonders. IF only political parties had SUCH compeition; India would be a developed country.

  10. – Stunner CBF from Honda is no 150cc. You’ll gorw out of it soon since it has less power 11HP at high RPMs and then ure tall.

    – Karizma and Yamaha R15 are equally good; Yam is the style king and perf good too. Karizma looks 90s internations looks while Yam is say close to new models; not 2008/09; the international market changes quick

    – Take a look at Honda 250VTR if u want styling and perf with Honda quality.

    – If $ is not concern Hyosung 250 V-Twin 27HP with low end torque and lightning quick take off upto 100 is what u want; then go for it. Hyosung 250cc beats all expectations in that range Honda 250cc/Yam 250 Viragos are no match bcoz they do not give much in that 250cc range Hyosung 250cc Comet V-Twin is sure thumbs up!

    -Alternately wait for TVS codename menace

    _ I would remove Karizma fairing, reduce weight to 140kilos If I can and see the pickup go up like it had 20HP on tap with an aftermarket exhaust!

  11. Hi,

    I am looking for 125cc and 150cc bikes, and i am very new bike riding.
    Can u advice me some good bike for my height (5.4 feet)..
    I like only Manual Gear Bikes

    regards
    Shashi

  12. Hi,
    i used splendor and Victor GL now i want to buy a 125 cc bike suggest options which give performance, i am aged 30 yrs. Heard shine has reliablity problems. suggest a good bike. budget around 50k.

  13. sagar: Hi,i used splendor and Victor GL now i want to buy a 125 cc bike suggest options which give performance, i am aged 30 yrs. Heard shine has reliablity problems. suggest a good bike. budget around 50k.

    I got your query , I am 25 years old , running bike since last 10 years, I used splendor, boxer CT, passion , CBZ , Karizma, pulser.

    As far as your budget and requirement concern go for HH passion pro, a good 125 cc bike in INDIA, resell value of HH always good, HH bikes low in maintainance and gives you average around 55-65 on road and 60-70 highway. good luck and congrates for any bike you select.

  14. shashikumar: Hi,I am looking for 125cc and 150cc bikes, and i am very new bike riding.Can u advice me some good bike for my height (5.4 feet)..I like only Manual Gear Bikes regardsShashi

    HI shashi ,

    your height suggest me that you are perfectly suited to HH stunner, milage of that bike 55-60 in city ride, and 60-65 highway.

    less vibrating on high speed, good to experience the ride,
    only problem in this bike is that console ( speedometer, switch buttons , rider look to the dash board is comparitabily less good)

    market price around 55k-60k

  15. jitesh: i m confused about buying a P200 or unicorn….plz helpRegards,Jitesh

    Unicorn the single suspension bike having the problem that the suspension doesnt work after 10,000 km to 12,000 km and you hve to replace it for comfort ride, spare parts not actually manufactured by HONDA and this will cause problem in bike in many situation.

  16. rags: price here of1. Karizma – 76257 on road2. FZ – 69897 on roadStill confused. pls help me out. I’m a little inclined towards FZ, but I feel Karizma is more Value for my money

    if you feel karizma and FZ

    my brother HH karizma put you in different bike, different level of bike riding experience , actually give you everything you need in INDIAN bike (superb bike)

  17. sagar: Hi,i used splendor and Victor GL now i want to buy a 125 cc bike suggest options which give performance, i am aged 30 yrs. Heard shine has reliablity problems. suggest a good bike. budget around 50k.

    Sorry i mentioned that passion pro is 125cc bike but passion pro is only 100cc

  18. hemant: I M CONFUSED WITH NEW GLADIATOR & UNICORN, WHICH ONE IS BEST BUY?

    unicorn gives good look n its give around 50kmpl….
    i don’t know abt gladiator.

  19. Guys,

    I work in bangalore and have a Victor , in my native i have suzuki max , i have rode all bikes like pulsar , bullet , unicorn , yezdi , yamaha RX , 135 , Shogun , splendor. Till now i have been owing pre owned bikes and thinking to get a new bike for my b’day , i want to know about the Karizma , i ‘ve seen lot of Karizmas in bangalore roads , but i never tried riding it. how’s is the seating posture ? will it be like the Unicorn and whether its suitable for long drives which i like to go often. I also like the bullet but its very expensive and cant afford it. Please give me your suggestions.

    Thanks

    Benny

  20. Hai

    I am regular reader of bikeadvice.I am 24years old currently i am having Bajaj Boxer that is 2004 model i love this bike due to milage.. In my school/college days i used yamaha RXZ that is my favourite also my first bike.. I sold that bike due to milage problem.. After that i bought boxer.. Now i am taking that bike to my office i have to travel around 65km daily..Now i want a change so keeping my budget and usage in my mind i have selected 125cc segment

    In that i have searched all the major bikes Glamour,Shine,Zesus and yamaha gladi..

    Atlast i have selected yamaha gladi.. What i want is wheather my selection is correct.. i asked the dealer gladi giving more than 60kmpl..i did not know about the resale value of gladi..

    So please help me wheather i can go for gladi or any other bike

    Thanks Waiting for ur reply

  21. hemant: I M CONFUSED WITH NEW GLADIATOR & UNICORN, WHICH ONE IS BEST BUY?

    well u cant comapre 125cc with 150cc bike. i have purchased gladi ss type. bike is excellent in riding, comfort, & mileage is about 65 in city i am getting. but honda veh has good resale market.

  22. Thks for your suggustion…
    I liked the new pulser, again i don’t know riding properly..
    can it be driven by my height 5.4 feet

    shashikumar: Hi,I am looking for 125cc and 150cc bikes, and i am very new bike riding.
    Can u advice me some good bike for my height (5.4 feet)..
    I like only Manual Gear Bikes
    regards
    Shashi

    Morfy:
    HI shashi ,your height suggest me that you are perfectly suited to HH stunner, milage of that bike 55-60 in city ride, and 60-65 highway.less vibrating on high speed, good to experience the ride,
    only problem in this bike is that console ( speedometer, switch buttons , rider look to the dash board is comparitabily less good)market price around 55k-60k

  23. hi…i am confused b/w buying a fazer, apache 180 cc nd pulsar 220…my height is 5.7 nd i am very slim..please help me out…i m not in favour of pulsar 180 at all

  24. Hi,
    Can You please suggest me a good bike in all means, which has all the goods(look, resell, maintainance, easily available spares,) in it, my budget is maximum of 55000 rs. Please help me this is my first bike.

  25. Let me know the resalve values of the following bikes.

    1) Yamaha Gladiator
    2) Unicorn
    3) GS150R

    Assuming that all are some 3-4 years old. I know GS150R has recently ccame into the market.

  26. Im taking a byk in a week.i ve shortlisted apache rtr 180,p220,karzima r.i lykd the apache among all in style,features,n its value as its pickup is lyk p220 n karzima.but i heard dat it has lot of vibrations n cheap plastics n unstable in speeds of above 80.plz advice what to take.its my first byk.plz reply me soon as possible.thank you.

  27. Im taking a byk in a week.i ve shortlisted apache rtr 180,p220,karzima r.i lyked the apache among all in style,features,n its value as its pickup is lyk p220 n karzima.but i heard dat it has lots of vibrations n cheap plastics n unstable in speeds of above 80.plz advice what to take.its my first byk.plz reply me soon as possible.thank you.

  28. Friends,
    myself aged 30, call center worker in bangalore, Till now in my life time i never driven a gear bike as i didn’t used to, now i plan to buy a second hand bike, and easy handling bike in a high traffic conditions. Suggest a good one for a lazy and weak guy like me,

    best regards
    VJ.

  29. hi dude i want to buy a bike in range of 50k to 60k short listed honda shine n newly released bajaj pulsar 135 can u please suggest me which is the best choice or is there any other choice for me plesase kindly help me out

  30. hi im 30 n wana buy a bike my height is 5’9 n weight is 78 n i have good looks n avg build…n my usage will be very limited coz most of the time i run in my car…so its just for pleasure i want a good bike which will last with me..my choice is
    1)pulsar220
    2)zmr
    3)avenger
    please adv me im in need of it plz

  31. i’m a college going student… height. 5’11.& age 23
    i’m a mechanical engineer.. very fond of cars and bikes..
    i had a pulsar 150 dts-i.. pissed up like anything, planning to buy a new bike.. may be karizma zmr. but is thr any other bike above 200cc (racing type) ..
    is pgm-fi technology good? i hav heard it decreses bhp. but wht can i do to increase bhp of the bike..???

  32. Dear Sourav Das,

    This message is specially 4 u and for those who is fond of Indian bikes…
    I own a Karizma ZMR, which is giving me a mileage of 50 km..
    Showing A nice performance on this crap Indian roads (Iam in kerala and roads are in extreme bad conditions..)
    If u hav a budget with 1 lakh to 1.10 lakh u can choose either zmr or r15..
    If u look 4 mileage factor among these pls take zmr…
    And pls care ur bike… ie, dont drive @ overspeed 4 first 2 service…

  33. m Naveen m planning to buy a bike i like Honda unicorn bot the thing is m very slim n unicorn is a powerful bike . anybody pls suggest me which bike suits me

  34. i’ve just learnt riding bikes.. n planning to get one very soon may b widin a wk or 2 for myself.. i dnt understand the technical jargons abt bikes n all.. so plz explain in layman terms.. plz help me decide which bike i shud buy.. i wnt mileage(50kmpl is gud), looks and performance.. its silly to ask all 3.. my basic purpose wud b commuting frm home to offc n vice versa.. n sumtimes on a pleasure ride widin the city… no intentions of racing n all or on a long trip…so which bike shud i buy?? i thought of getin a honda stunner or a cb unicorn dazzler.. or do u suggest sum other bike?? my budget is Rs60-65k.. i wud really appreciate if u respond to this message n help me out.. any recommendations or advice wud of great help to me.. also my email id is
    mainak.sxccal@gmail.com

  35. Dear friends i am a bike lover i live in nagaland i bought 2 yamaha Rx 100 and yamah Rx 135 from second hand ive mofidied it like a new one so i really wanna know is that i want to add self start without kicking in my yamaha Rx 135 is it possible to add a selfstart but my yamaha Rx 100 is better with only one kick it starts and give me a great long ride in bad roads and hilly areas …. plis help me Dosto

  36. ok plis let me know if yamaha company from india will launch a new bike just for rough guys like me i want a bike with 5 gears only for hill areas which can climb mountains and go through dirts etc cozx i dont want style i want a bike like a a horse haha saach dost coz my frient from bihar bought a modified bike his bike can go through any roads its a yamaha rx 100 with one sitter and he dont wanna sell it i offer him Rs.60,000 but he say no so i want a mountain dirt bike plis let me know plis Agni

  37. i am looking to buy a bike….
    i own yamaha Rx100…
    now i look to buy a new bike which will be good for 30kms travel on highway continuously daily…
    i am in a dilemma whether to buy unicorn or unicorn dazzler?
    can u suggest which bike is good for daily long travel…..

    • i think u should go for pulsar 180 ug4 it has got bigger suspensions n it would be comfortable or u can choose dazzler

  38. Sir,

    I want to buy a bike and my requirements are as under:

    Budget around 45000
    Self start
    daily Kilo Meters coverage: 80-85 KMs
    Fuel effecient

    Kindly advise what are the options available.

    Regards
    Tarun

  39. i m planning to buy a new bike….honda unicorn…..but confused…….regarding the after sales service, which is very important for me…if there servicing is not nice then i dont have any choice other than pulsar180 or else fz-s…

  40. hi deepak i want to buy a new bike i choose 2 bikes that are
    1 kawasaki ninza 250 r
    2 hyosung gt 250 r

    Please tell me about which bike i choose

  41. hi deepak my budget is near 250000-270000 iwant to buy a sports bike i had choosen 2 bikes
    1 kawasaki ninza 250 r
    2 hyosung gt 250 r

    please give me right advice about these bikes coz i have to buy a sports model bikes

  42. I want to buy my frst byke with the budget of 50,000-55,000 not more.
    Daily running is 90-100k.m. ( to and fo .. road is mix of highway and rural).
    Plz suggest me.. which byke is best for me.

  43. hi guys!
    im abou the height of 6.2 and need a bike!!

    i have choosen some bikes but need some advice on it! mileage and price doest matter for me! but it must have a good performance and looks

    the bikes are
    1.yamaha R-15 2012(model)
    2.yamaha FZ-S
    3.CBR250RR
    4.bajaj PULSAR 220
    5.Karizma ZMR

  44. Hi Krishna…
    This is Krishna.. You can go for Karizma ZMR. You have not told that whether you did a test drive the bikes you listed.
    But Yamaha FZ-S is not that powerful when compared to the other bikes in your list.
    You can try Yamaha Fazer too
    But suggest you to go for test drives for all these bikes.Then you decide.

    ride safe
    Krishna

  45. Sir , i m so much confused to buy fazer or pulser. some people are telling that fazer is not good bike go for pulser , can u help me

  46. Guys, I got my dream bike Yamaha R15 V2, just 2 days back. Its awesome and like said “I feel my bike every time I think of it”. That’s the feel every one should get when they buy any bike of your own.

    When I take my new bike for a ride, every one eyes is on my bike and on me. These simple things makes me great and proud to be a owner of R15.

    Thanks Yamaha, for a beautiful and stylish bike.

  47. I have to buy a non gear bike — my requirments r 1.average of 45 km/l & above 2.price is near about 30000 to 35000 3. Best pick up plz Sir suggest the non gear bike for me

  48. Dear Friend,

    I am willing to buy my first new bike….daily travel 30-40 km,mileage not a concern,must be good in terms of comfort,handling,looks and low maintenance…

    Shortlisted:

    Karizma ZMR,R15 V2,FZ-S,Unicorn,Pulsar 200NS,Pulsar 220

  49. osmm wrk*_*…Brooo mi height s abt 6ftz and iam planing t buy a buy around nxt mnth and iam cnfsd abt zmr,fazer and appache 160 kindly help me bcz i aint gt too much time..as mi first bike plz help me to choose a good 1 🙂 thnxx

  50. Hi this is Sathis
    I have a plan to buy a new 125CC bike……….
    1) Honda Shine
    2) Yamaha Gladiator
    3) Bajaj XCD-125
    4) Hero Honda Glamour
    5) Suzuki Zeus
    6) TVS Flame

    I’m still confusing which one to select. My requirement & specifications as in order, so as per these which one is suit for me, please help me…
    1) Better fuel efficiency in city roads (Chennai traffic).
    2) Self start
    3) Low Maintenance and availability of spare parts
    4) Good looking
    5) Lower vibration at higher speeds.

  51. i am so much confused between pulser 150 and yamaha sz-r…pls give me some suggetion which one will be better for me…what about mileage of pulser 150 and yamaha szr..which one should i choose..

  52. Hi, I want to purchase a bike within a month.My choice to own the same is to be provided with bright head-light,Radial tyres and kick & self starter both.Of course it ought look masculine with 50-55 (Avg.)mileage having plus 150 CC like Yamaha-153 cc with 2 nos. passengers.My budget is around Rs.75,000/-.I want to use it at least for 10 years.Can I have your valuable opinion/suggestion on this. Thanks a lot & awaited your reply soon.

  53. I am very enthusiastic to have a yamaha bike of above description. But, friends tell me to go for Honda Unicorn mod with the same price range. Considering my required specification & features which should I buy to satisfy my fascination.

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