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    Question Best Bike in Rs 1 Lakh

    Hi There....

    I want your help in purchasing a new bike. My budget is upto Rs 1 lakh.
    I am upgrading from the original Hero Honda CBZ.
    I am 29 years old, body type is athelitic, height 5'10" and weight 73 kg.

    I am more inclined towards the Royal Enfield(RE) and more towards the machismo 350 because of the looks and legacy it carries but I am not sure whether I should go for it or not. Rather I may opt for the Electra 5S instead if there is some problem with the machismo. I have heard that the spares of machismo are not readily available as comaperd to Electra and moreover the company is going to shut the production of Machismo. I am confused between Machismo 350 and Electra 5S.

    I want to choose between RE Machismo 350, Electra 5S, Hero Honda Karizma ZMR, Bajaj 220, Yamaha R15 and Fazer.
    I feel investing 1 lakh in a plastic bike is of no use.

    The Power and mileage of the engine don't bother a lot to me as I want the bike for casual use in the city.
    My main criteria is Comfort, Style and to some extent maintainence free.

    Yes, If I get Power its definetly good. Thats the reason I don't want to go for Yamaha R15 as it is not that comfortable what I have heard and with a pillion rider its not that capable.

    Please Help ....

    Deepak
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    If I were you, I would buy the RE Electra 5S. Never goes out of style, and is loads of fun to ride. Maintenance is easy too... I prefer the cast iron RE engine over the AVL Machismo because of less valve chatter and of the solid RE exhaust note...

    And is built like a truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluevolt View Post
    If I were you, I would buy the RE Electra 5S. Never goes out of style, and is loads of fun to ride. Maintenance is easy too... I prefer the cast iron RE engine over the AVL Machismo because of less valve chatter and of the solid RE exhaust note...

    And is built like a truck.
    err pardon me for being a noob,does the ci come with a 5 speed tranny with a left shifter and a self starter
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    Quote Originally Posted by velociraptor13 View Post
    err pardon me for being a noob,does the ci come with a 5 speed tranny with a left shifter and a self starter
    The Electra 5S has left foot gear change with 5 gears and electric starter is optional. That is a welcome change from the older Electra 4S. The old 4G gearbox sucks - the gears are sticky as hell and crude, to say the least.

    @ deepakkeshan - wait a few more days for news on the launch of the new 500 cc - has a LOT more power than existing models, and high quality bits. But the price might be much higher than existing RE's.

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    There ain't no doubt that the R15 is the best bike in India in 1lakh bracket.

    I would like to differ on the opinion of bluevolt here, I have been riding the bullet electra 5S for around 3 years now, and it is not fun at all! And it requires maintenance, though it is quite cheap to maintain, that is it. It is slow, sluggish, handling though neutral it is damn lazy, 19inch tyres suck and the brakes too!! And it is not really comfortable for either rider or pillion over long distances due to not so good suspension, which is again a big misconception among people that bullets are very comfortable, especially those who haven't really ridden it!

    I am glad that RE is finally ditching the Cast Iron engine for good. For the first time, they are going in the right direction. That's my experience
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satellite.kid View Post

    I would like to differ on the opinion of bluevolt here, I have been riding the bullet electra 5S for around 3 years now, and it is not fun at all! And it requires maintenance, though it is quite cheap to maintain, that is it. It is slow, sluggish, handling though neutral it is damn lazy, 19inch tyres suck and the brakes too!! And it is not really comfortable for either rider or pillion over long distances due to not so good suspension, which is again a big misconception among people that bullets are very comfortable, especially those who haven't really ridden it!

    I am glad that RE is finally ditching the Cast Iron engine for good. For the first time, they are going in the right direction. That's my experience
    Well, being old school, I love classics, and IMHO the cast engine RE's are a joy to ride. I have owned and ridden other bikes like the 250 Hornet and CB400, but I won't go to comparing a RE with them because these are SO different in character.

    If you thought a Royal Enfield was about riding fast and contemporary mechanicals, then you have been riding the wrong bike for the last five years. And RE's are comfortable - I can vouch for that, having done many tours, often riding for 10-11 hours at a stretch. Do that on a R15, and you'd be giving the neighbourhood physiotherapist some good business Comfort cannot be defined only by suspension, but the seat and the riding position counts as well.

    If you look after your RE well, then there is absolutely no maintenance besides the periodic service. You would have to lube your clutch wire/gear box, and clean your plugs once in a while, but that's hardly classified as maintenance.

    And besides, once you buy a RE, you are set for life. No need to keep up with the 'latest' version, because classics don't go out of style.

    I can relate to your 'slow, sluggish and damn lazy' part because I get that feeling once in a while - that is why I am going to buy my second bike next month, which will be a sports commuter.

    But if I had 1 lakh and no bike, I would close my eyes and buy the Electra... I guess everyone to his own!
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    I will suuggest RE Electra 5S. It is the best in my opinion.
    Got Electric Start/Disc Brake/ Cast Iron Engine/5 gears and that too on left side.
    Its like the Best of Both Worlds.

    Me too mostly buying Electra although the Standard 350 impresses me more.

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    Go for the Electra 5s. It has got the original thump due to the cast iron engine. There won't be much issues, if you maintain it well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluevolt View Post
    Well, being old school, I love classics, and IMHO the cast engine RE's are a joy to ride. I have owned and ridden other bikes like the 250 Hornet and CB400, but I won't go to comparing a RE with them because these are SO different in character.

    If you thought a Royal Enfield was about riding fast and contemporary mechanicals, then you have been riding the wrong bike for the last five years. And RE's are comfortable - I can vouch for that, having done many tours, often riding for 10-11 hours at a stretch. Do that on a R15, and you'd be giving the neighbourhood physiotherapist some good business Comfort cannot be defined only by suspension, but the seat and the riding position counts as well.

    If you look after your RE well, then there is absolutely no maintenance besides the periodic service. You would have to lube your clutch wire/gear box, and clean your plugs once in a while, but that's hardly classified as maintenance.

    And besides, once you buy a RE, you are set for life. No need to keep up with the 'latest' version, because classics don't go out of style.

    I can relate to your 'slow, sluggish and damn lazy' part because I get that feeling once in a while - that is why I am going to buy my second bike next month, which will be a sports commuter.

    But if I had 1 lakh and no bike, I would close my eyes and buy the Electra... I guess everyone to his own!

    Very well said bro.... A Royal Enfield is not for those traffic light GPs,hardcore acceleration and scalpel sharp handling....

    So ur preferences r the Mach 350 n electra.... Strike off the mach 350 from ur list.... Both Mach 350 n 500 models r stopped! Its a part of history now.... U wont fine the mach series in the RE website model list either!

    Go for electra 5S bro. With both eyes closed and both hands wide open.... Also considering the low maintainance,efficiency,comfort and being more advanced version among all the BULLs I would also like to recommend u to consider the Thunderbird TWINSPARK[But at the cost of the classic look of the bullet and the Thump].


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