Idiots guide to buying a moto

Specific for motorized transportation devices. Daelims included... barely.
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Idiots guide to buying a moto

Post by walkjivefly » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:36 pm

So, wifey wants a moto. She's not bothered whether it's an actual motorbike or a scooter. She has been riding around on an ancient Honda Cub (or Daelim, I don't know) but it was a loaner and has now been given back. A friend has offered her a 2012 Honda Click i for $1400 which is more than I am hoping to spend. It's got 3500k on the clock, looks to be in good condition and so far as I can tell the price is in roughly the right ballpark for what it is . I guess it's the old model with the 110cc engine since there's no mention of eSP or engine size on the bodywork. A quick poke about online says the newer 2012 and later Clicks are better and safer since they have bigger wheels, wider tyres, better brakes and the bigger 125cc engine. I know naff all about motorbikes except they're a quick way of killing yourself, especially in these parts.

Any advice on choosing between a motorbike and scooter, older vs newer, stuff to watch out for, howlers and lemons to avoid, good and bad places to buy appreciated. She'll only be driving it around town, no long road trips and rarely with anyone sat on the back. At the end of the day cheap and reliable and not too shitty looking is what we want.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Idiots guide to buying a moto

Post by StroppyChops » Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:59 pm

Advice on buying a moto: don't buy a horse. :D

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Post by General Mackevili » Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:13 pm

Obviously buy new, if you want the best of the best, but i think buying new is a ripoff, in general.

Also, if she'll be riding around by herself, you might not want to get her a fancy model, as thieves do take notice and act accordingly.

A good place to start looking is just walking down Sihanouk Blvd. There are dozens of places lined up.

Also, unless you are moto-savvy, the ONLY real way to try and make sure you're not buying a lemon is to get a mechanic to look at it.

I would guess you could stop by one of the moto places around town and pay them, I don't know, maybe $10, to come give it a quick looking over once you find one.

Also, don't believe a place if they say it comes with a warranty.

Our member, Kennzo, bought a big bike with a 2-month warranty.

A few days after buying it something simple went wrong that was covered by the "warranty."

He went back to the shop and they said they were genuinely sorry, nothing more.

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Re: Idiots guide to buying a moto

Post by Joker Poker » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:23 pm

Check the kms on the speedometer. Make sure they are all lined up accurately if you are buying a second hand bike. If one of the digits is a tad higher or lower than the others it is almost certain that it has been wound back. Make sure you get the plastic ownership card too.
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Post by General Mackevili » Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:32 pm

Joker Poker wrote: Make sure you get the plastic ownership card too.
And THAT! How could I forget to mention it!

Ideally you'd want the shop to help you transfer the ownership to you or your wife do the ownership card Wii be in your/her name.
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Re: Idiots guide to buying a moto

Post by Sir_Quality_U_Feel » Sun Jul 20, 2014 4:15 pm

2014 Honda Wave A- $1080 out the door. Includes a 1 year warranty, which I have heard is honored pretty well ( for Cambodia).

Cannot beat this deal, IMHO. I bought one and even though it is only a 100cc, I think it gets the job done well. The girlfriend loves it. It sits a bit taller, which is great for me, but still not tall enough where any women would have a problem.

I also like that they body style on this bike was last revamped in 2011, so it is pretty hard to tell it is a brand new bike ( Jaos). Plus, it is a simple engine that is very easy to fix with parts available everywhere.

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Re: Idiots guide to buying a moto

Post by walkjivefly » Mon Jul 21, 2014 1:57 am

Thanks for the comments. Looks like we'll get a Yamaha Taurus ($990 at Yamaha Town on Sihanouk) or a Honda Wave. Didn't see Wave alphas anywhere but gazillions of Waves for $1120 and upwards.
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Post by General Mackevili » Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:01 am

I love my wave.
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Re: Idiots guide to buying a moto

Post by The Add Jay » Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:52 pm

The wave isnt bad. I had to go big or go home..Phantom all day...I love it. I got it dirt cheap also.
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Re: Idiots guide to buying a moto

Post by walkjivefly » Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:19 pm

Wifey drove home a Taurus from Yamaha Town today. Hopelessly inefficient performance from the salesgirls and having said they could do the registration on the premises after about 2 hours the head saleswoman said "can not". Grrrr. Spent the money we saved over buying a Wave on a hopefully decent helmet at KTM on Street 51.

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