Five things to consider before buying a two-wheeler
Confused about what to look for when buying a new bike? Is it the CC, the looks, mileage or the brand? Or something more? Here we compiled a list of the most important five factors you should look for.
Are you planning to buy a bike? Or confused on which one to pick among your shortlist? Then these are the factors you might want to consider before buying one.
The foremost factor is the purpose of buying a bike. The clearer you are, the easier it becomes to select a bike.
Iif your purpose is to commute regularly within the city, basically a means of transport only, then fuel economy of the bike should be the priority, whereas if your purpose is to cruise (travel between cities on a regular basis), then cruisers with greater engine displacement should be your priority.
If racing is the purpose, then RPM (Revolutions Per Minute -- the number of turns in one minute) of the engine should be your priority in selecting the bike. And if you are living in a hilly area and you regularly take heavy load on your bike, then pulling of the bike becomes the deciding factor, as pulling of the bike is directly proportional to the Torque of the engine, Max Torque should be the priority before buying the bike.
Buying a bike is like capturing a well-composed photograph, for which you need to balance the ISO, F-stop and shutter speed. Choosing a perfect bike is all about balancing the cc, power and rpm, let me explain how:
The CC factor
The second factor to consider is the CC of the bike. You might have heard this from most of the sales representatives in the showrooms. But does CC really matter? The answer is yes.
CC, which means cubic centimetres, refers to the engine displacement. It is the displacement the piston undergoes within the engine after the fuel and air is combusted.
To keep it simple, the higher the CC, the higher the power and torque of the engine. And the higher the power, the higher the RPM of the engine, which in turn is proportional to the speed.
Torque means pulling capacity: the higher the torque, the higher the pulling of the bike.
If your purpose is to cruise, buy a two-wheeler with a greater pulling capacity -- meaning one with higher cc and Torque. If your purpose is to race, opt for the one with higher CC and RPM. You cannot have both speed and pulling capacity as your priority because the higher the RPM the lower the torque. So you can either cruise or race.
Look for the cc, rpm and torque ranges that fit well within your budget. You need to mix and match these values as per your requirements, within the constraint of how much you want to spend. It is okay to compromise on tech specifications if you are too impressed by the look of the bike. But remember, the purpose is the main factor.
Fitting your physique
There are many articles out there that explain about buying a bike that suits your physique. Honestly, it does not matter. One should ride a bike that suits their purpose and attitude, not the physique. It is completely ok for a lean person to ride a bullet if his purpose and passion are cruising.
It is highly recommended that the buyer test drives the bike multiple times under various driving conditions. Test the bike on a highway, ride it in a crowded place, make sure that you have driven it for at least 200 km before you opt for it.
For instance, when I test drove a Royal Enfield classic 350 on a highway, I developed backache. I am not blaming the bike here, it was my sitting posture. Sometimes postural faults of a person would make a particular bike not suitable for the rider. So, do an extensive test drive of the bike, you shortlist it.
While these are the major parameters to consider, there are also other factors such as looks, brand value, customise-friendliness. The list goes on, and these factors become completely subjective. But the bottom line should be that the bike is more than just a two-wheeler, it is an emotion.