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    Default Looking for comfortable bike to replace my P220

    Hey friends,

    Logging here after a really long time. First a bit of history about me. I own a 2010 Bajaj Pulsar 220F, ridden it for 30000 kms. Im 26 right now, single and looking to replace the pulsar.

    Recently I did a 300km run on an average to crappy road and in that journey I just hate the constant vibes, rattles, buzz and thudds from the bike.

    So im looking to sell off the Pulsar and buy a new one with comfort, refinement on mind.

    So my requirements: Comfort, Refinement, Capable cruiser of doing 90-100 Kmph with ease and Light.

    My options, RTR 200, 200NS, FZ25, CBR150, RS200, AVENGER 220.

    Key point being Comfortable & Effortless Highway cruising.
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    Strike out the karizma and the Unicorn. Karizma seems dead as nobody is buying it anymore. and Unicorn 160 is a commuter, a power commuter if you will.
    Gixxer and Hornet are good choices but the comfortable sweet spot for these is about 80-90 Kmph anything more than that and the engine makes its disagreement felt. Its no use thinking about triple digits speeds. These 2 are city street bikes at best.
    That leaves you with RTR200 and NS 200. RTR seems to have good reviews by the users and we will hear about the NS soon enough.

    My advise would be to keep an eye out for these 2 and focus your research about the ownership of these and then choose the one that suits your needs the best.
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    +1 to what Ankey has said. Among the bikes you've mentioned, I think buying RTR200 or NS200 makes sense. Correct me if I'm wrong, I think RTR200 crosses 1 lakh OTR, so if your budget is something strictly under a lakh then it should further narrow the choice down to NS200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ankey View Post
    Strike out the karizma and the Unicorn. Karizma seems dead as nobody is buying it anymore. and Unicorn 160 is a commuter, a power commuter if you will.
    Gixxer and Hornet are good choices but the comfortable sweet spot for these is about 80-90 Kmph anything more than that and the engine makes its disagreement felt. Its no use thinking about triple digits speeds. These 2 are city street bikes at best.
    That leaves you with RTR200 and NS 200. RTR seems to have good reviews by the users and we will hear about the NS soon enough.

    My advise would be to keep an eye out for these 2 and focus your research about the ownership of these and then choose the one that suits your needs the best.
    Quote Originally Posted by GandalfTheGrey View Post
    +1 to what Ankey has said. Among the bikes you've mentioned, I think buying RTR200 or NS200 makes sense. Correct me if I'm wrong, I think RTR200 crosses 1 lakh OTR, so if your budget is something strictly under a lakh then it should further narrow the choice down to NS200.

    Cheers!
    I just cant believe Bajaj. No matter what they say about their engine refinement, it complete bul****.

    What about FZ25? It costs about 1.4lakh OTR. I can increase the budget if I can get substantial upgrade.

    EDITED THE OP. INCREASED THE BUDGET AND CHANGED MY OPTIONS.
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    Consider CBR 250. Smooth af engine. Long service interval of 6000 kms. Can use mineral oil too. Comes with radiator and 1L of coolant. Made for sporty touring, it can tour at 120-140 at 6th gear for 7-8 hours without breaking a sweat (my personal experience. It can probably do 140 all day, but I have not tested that yet.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insomnia View Post
    I just cant believe Bajaj. No matter what they say about their engine refinement, it complete bul****.

    What about FZ25? It costs about 1.4lakh OTR. I can increase the budget if I can get substantial upgrade.

    EDITED THE OP. INCREASED THE BUDGET AND CHANGED MY OPTIONS.
    Though I have no personal experience, I've seen people saying the newer engines from Bajaj's stable are better in terms of refinement. So I'll let the fellow owners/experts to throw more light here. So lets keep Dominar, Avenger 220, and NS200 aside for now.

    Absolutely, FZ25 checks all your requirement. People bash its power figures but I completely find it sufficient for both city and those highway runs. That coupled with Yammy's reliability and the engine refinement you crave for, you just can't go wrong with this.

    Also as Leech said, you can take a look at the CBR250R but then you'll be increasing your budget again by 40k.

    If you want to keep the budget minimal you can stick to RTR200. Unlike the other RTRs, the RTR200 is vibe free and is capable of running at 90-110kmph for long times. So you can narrow down to one of the above three bikes, if you're hell bent on not choosing a Bajaj.

    Cheers!
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    Default Re: Looking for comfortable bike to replace my P220

    FZ25 has a wide saddle and I being 5'11" still couldn't manage to keep both my legs on ground. It comes at 1.4L OTR. As an NS owner for 2 and a Half year, I haven't faced any major issues so far. It does has it's vibes between 4.5K to 5K RPM but after that it's quite smooth.

    RTR 200 is also a good choice since both of these are VFM bikes. And RTR is quite vibe free. The pillion seat is not so great though.

    My personal opinion will be to choose an ABS equipped bike irrespective of the brand. As with the current bikes it seems both Bajaj and TVS has upped their qualities and they offer VFM product.

    TD before choosing one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Insomnia View Post
    I just cant believe Bajaj. No matter what they say about their engine refinement, it complete bul****.

    What about FZ25? It costs about 1.4lakh OTR. I can increase the budget if I can get substantial upgrade.

    EDITED THE OP. INCREASED THE BUDGET AND CHANGED MY OPTIONS.
    Since I don't own a new Bajaj, it would not be wise to comment on its engine. Having owned an old one few years ago, I agree on the shitty quality of engines.
    New owners can help you out with the new bikes. Check out the ownership threads and ask questions directly tot he owners. Go for it only if you are satisfied with their answers and the test rides prove their answers on the road.

    The FZ25 is also an able tourer, add the Japanese engine, reliability and build quality - It makes a worthy contender. Being an owner of a 3 year old R15 V2 which is used to commute and tour extensively. I can vouch for the Yammy. No problems at all.
    Choose wisely.
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    [UPDATE] A recent mishap led to the chamber and gear/shaft assembly replacement with just 30k on the odo. I was returning home at night and all of a sudden rear wheels of my bike locks up. Fortunately there were no vehicles behind or ahead of me, so I was safe. With much effort I dragged my bike out of the busy road and inspected the vehicle. At first I thought my disc jammed leading to the wheel lockup. But the disc was fine and the gear assembly along with the chain were stuck. I somehow managed to get my bike home and next day I removed the chain and towed my bike to showroom, on inspection of the mechanic there, he showed my the cracked right chamber and said shaft may be damaged. That was 15 days ago, since then they have dismantled the bike and ordered the parts from Pune factory which is still not shipped as on 25 April making it full 15 days that my bike is at showroom dismantled and gathering dust with no concrete dates on which my parts could arrive.

    I have lost all the confidence to take this bike anywhere out of the city. Mind you the bike has just 30k on the odo and I was about to leave for a 300kms ride next morning. Thank god I was safe. I asked the service manager how this can happen especially of a bike with 30k on the odo, to which he replied "I dont know". Crappy quality with no accountability. Im never buying a Bajaj again.
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