In Nepal, motorcycles are the most popular mode of transportation. On narrow roads, such as those in the Kathmandu valley, it is extremely convenient and useful. As a result, motorbikes have a sizable demand in Nepal.
Purchasing a new bicycle for yourself can be a thrilling and pleasurable experience. However, if you know your way around, you can get a good deal on a used motorcycle if you know where to look. So, if you’re short on cash and prefer a used motorcycle, we will guide you through the factors to consider when purchasing a used motorcycle in Nepal.
Physical state of the bike
The bike’s physical state is the first thing that everyone considers. It demonstrates how the owner has treated the bike and how well it has been cared for. If at all possible, learn as much as you can about the bike’s service history. Since checking the physical condition of the bike does not take long, it is highly recommended to go over the specifics when doing so. Check for screws and bolts; some might be missing from various sections.
Any vehicle’s engine is its core and most critical aspect. The rest of the pieces are irrelevant if the engine isn’t working properly. You must be able to hear it start and run. Take it for a test drive to ensure that the engine reaches maximum operating temperature and that all gears engage properly. Examine the area around the valve and engine covers for any potential oil leaks. If the owner says that the engine was recently serviced, request a copy of the bill to verify what was done.
Before purchasing a used bike, it’s a good idea to see how far the bike has traveled so far. This will give you an idea of how the bike has been used in the past. If the bike has travelled a significant distance in a short period of time, it is likely that it has been used more than it should have been. This should not be an issue if the bike has been properly maintained; but, if it has not, it can be a major issue for both the buyer and the vehicle’s engine. Before buying a bike, it’s also a good idea to check its fuel efficiency. A well-maintained bike will save you money on gas.
Wheels and tyres
It is recommended that you inspect the bike’s tyres and wheels before buying it. An examination of the wheels for dents should be carried out. Place the bike on the center stand, transmission in neutral, and spin the back wheel if necessary. To spot wheel bends, keep an eye on it from both sides and behind. Using the kickstand and the assistance of another person, the same can be achieved with the front wheel.
The outer sidewall of the tyre also has four-digit DOT numbers. The first two digits represent the week in which the tyre was made, while the last two represent the year. Check to see if the tyre has been used in the last five years.
Frames and exhaust
Make sure the exhaust system is still connected to the engine and chassis properly. Check for any leakage in the exhaust system, since this would result in increased fuel consumption. When you’re down there inspecting the exhaust, take some time to inspect the frames as well. If the frames show any signs of impacts, fractures, or repairs, don’t buy the bike. Look for signs of tension around the headstock and major weld points.
Brakes, suspension, and clutch
Make sure the clutch is in good working order. If the lever is dragging a little, it can need to be lubricated or replaced. The clutch’s smoothness also reveals how the bike has been used by the owner. Examine the disc plates to see if the brake pads have been removed in a timely manner. If the disc pads are worn out but still in use, deep scratches will appear on the metal disc’s surface. It can also be an issue while braking.
Suspension devices are also expensive, so it’s best if you catch any problems before the sale is finalized. Check the suspension for smooth operation; no squeaks or grinding noises should be heard, and the forks should be free of oil.
Electrification (Cables and wirings)
All of the bike’s electrical components should be in good working order, not exposed or poorly fixed. Check the high and low beams on the headlight. Check all of the bike’s switches, including the indicators and horn. Make sure the digital meter on the bike is working by riding it for a few hundred meters. Make sure that all of the cables are in the right places.
Take a test trip
This is the most crucial aspect of the negotiation since it determines whether the deal will be made or broken. You will learn more about the bike during the test ride than you previously knew.
During the test trip, you can verify almost everything. You can tell if the brakes are in good working order or if the clutch is operating smoothly. You may also inspect the bearings and the gear transitions when riding. You’ll get tips about what to look for during a test trip. During the test ride, don’t be afraid to give the bike a good spin. You’ll also learn how much the bike has to give in various situations, and, of course, you’ll learn about the bike’s pick-up capacity.