what about honda stunner..?? it is also a good bike.. with good mileage..
Are you sure Discover 150, Acheiver and Pulsar gives 50kmpl+ in city ??
Still i am septical.
If you need reltively high speed cruising on highway as your daily commute, the only 2 things that are on your side are 1. Horsepower, 2. Fairing.
Ideally you should get a bike with both, but since that doesn't fit the budget and FE requirement even remotely, we need to check your other options.
4 of the 7 bikes in your shortlist produce between 13-13.5 horses (The rest are 11 or less).
A test ride on all 4 should help you shortlist w.r.t. height /size.
The FE *should* be Discover 125ST > Pulsar 135LS = Discover 150 > Achiever
If you are worried about the Bajaj bikes overheating, let me remind you that Duke, P200NS are the very 1st mass market LC Naked bikes in India. In the absense of a fairing, the radiator fan has nowhere else to throw hot air apart from the rider's legs. Its all about getting used to how those bikes are.
Coming to the bikes in this set, The 150s will be more effortless to ride but will return comparatively lower FE. The other 2 are high revving 4 valve engines, but high revving doesn't mean high heat. The bikes are tested at least a for a couple of lakh kms before launch, People have done SaddleSores on the P135, so you can rest assured that there won't be any unnecessary overheating, not least in the 40-70 kph band.
Hope you use the weekend to TR all the bikes and then report how you felt about each of them.
Oh and one more question. Among the bikes I listed and also counting some other similar bikes, Yamaha SS125, SZ-R, HMC Achiever and Suzuki Hayate don't come with gas-charged rear suspension. Do you think this will mean they are less comfortable than the Nitrox suspension in Bajaj bikes ? Just curious.
Trouble with suspension is I cannot get the REAL feel of them as being more or less unless I do a 20km or 30km ride which I doubt a showroom will allow. Any solution you can think of ?
If outer ring road == NICE road or something similar to NICE road, I have seen it and have a pretty good idea what that is. That's the reason I mention horsepower and not torque .
Had your route not been on those access controlled highways, the 150s would have been the better choices due to their extra torque.
For an XL test ride, assure the showroom guy that you will fill fuel and then keep your License with the showroom guy while you ride out. He has to agree if he wants to make a sale.
Absolutely !!! True !!!
NICE Road feels nice to ride on (most Bangalore based sites/mags do test rides on it), ORR feels nice only if you are riding when there is very little human life on it - 6:30AM or 11PM type rides. I ride early morning at 7AM when I leave home, but my return time is usually in the chaotic 7pm to 8pm range.
I need enough torque for stop-start traffic so that my bike just *moves* ahead. I need to go through the middle of the city on the way back sometimes. I think anything above 10nm should be enough for this ???Had your route not been on those access controlled highways, the 150s would have been the better choices due to their extra torque.
Leave my license at the showroom ?For an XL test ride, assure the showroom guy that you will fill fuel and then keep your License with the showroom guy while you ride out. He has to agree if he wants to make a sale.
I'm a guy who never lets people touch his bike, laptop or mobile phone and you want me to leave my sole identification document at the showroom ??