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    Default Re: Bike/Scooter for city commuting - 55km per day in peak traffic

    Quote Originally Posted by kssandeep@yahoo.com View Post
    Guys, I did a test ride of Yamaha FZ25 and felt that the brakes are not that impressive compared to my RS200. Though I slammed the brakes couple of times to see if it locks up, the bikes really took lot of time to slow down. I don't know if I am used to ABS and that is why I felt like that, but I have my own doubts in FZ25 brakes now. Is this expected in a new bike or is it one of case here that I faced? I liked all the other things though, riding comfort, power and quality of build.

    Coming to Duke 250, what advantage does it have over FZ25 to be priced 55k more? There was no test ride available for this bike and so it is fading off my radar if KTM wants to keep it that way.

    I am also considering Duke 390 strongly as it has ABS .... safety first. Again depends on how good KTM's prospective customers treatment is.

    What about Kawasaki Z250? Is it suitable for Indian city riding conditions, especially Bangalore? Does it have ABS? Significant advantages???
    Wow, from scooters to FZ25 to Z250. Again bitten by the biking bug, are we?

    Regarding the brakes in FZ25, yeah the new brakes in any bike might lack initial bite as the brake pads need to wear a little. I suggest you take a TD from one more showroom before striking it off.

    Though reports say heating issues are resolved in the new KTM series, I think that's in reference to the intended usage of those bikes which is clearly not riding only in traffic. So I suspect they'll still heat in the traffic, at least the 250 and 390. I suggest you stay away from KTMs.

    If you want ABS and also want to stay away from Bajaj, then another option, a very good one indeed, is the CBR250R ABS. Its abuse friendly engine will definitely heat less than that of KTMs.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Bike/Scooter for city commuting - 55km per day in peak traffic

    Guys, I think I will wait for BMW G310R. I took test ride of FZ25 once again but was not happy with the brakes. Dukes aren't available for test ride yet so I am striking them off the list for now. Moreover, I have read lot of ownership reviews about Duke 390 first gen and found that it is going to be a very costly affair to maintain one.

    If any bike is released with ABS on both wheels, 200-500cc engine capacity, I would definitely sell my bike immediately and buy that. EXCEPT FOR BAJAJ.

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    Default Re: Bike/Scooter for city commuting - 55km per day in peak traffic

    Quote Originally Posted by kssandeep@yahoo.com View Post
    Guys, I think I will wait for BMW G310R. I took test ride of FZ25 once again but was not happy with the brakes. Dukes aren't available for test ride yet so I am striking them off the list for now. Moreover, I have read lot of ownership reviews about Duke 390 first gen and found that it is going to be a very costly affair to maintain one.

    If any bike is released with ABS on both wheels, 200-500cc engine capacity, I would definitely sell my bike immediately and buy that. EXCEPT FOR BAJAJ.
    Well more news surface regarding the release of G310R in July, let's hope the news remain true. Since the R3 has been removed from Yamaha India's site, it's highly speculated that the R3 might be refreshed. Hopefully the newer one comes with ABS as Yamaha are very receptive to complaints of India customers. So you're making a wise choice by choosing to wait rather than buying one in haste.

    Also may I know the reason for rejecting the CBR250R ABS?

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GandalfTheGrey View Post
    Well more news surface regarding the release of G310R in July, let's hope the news remain true. Since the R3 has been removed from Yamaha India's site, it's highly speculated that the R3 might be refreshed. Hopefully the newer one comes with ABS as Yamaha are very receptive to complaints of India customers. So you're making a wise choice by choosing to wait rather than buying one in haste.

    Also may I know the reason for rejecting the CBR250R ABS?

    Cheers!
    WOW,thats good news for me!!! I just got my RS200 rear tire replaced today with Pirelli Sport Dragon 140/70 - 17 M/C 66H TL. Old stock MRF had 7 punctures. Also, I got the engine oil changed to Motul 7100 4T Fully Synthetic 20W-50 for the engine to perform better under hot conditions. I am just fixing my problems temporarily to move on with this bike. God knows when I will get fed up again

    I am rejecting CBR250R because, again it is a faired motorcycle. The problem of engine overheating will not be solved with the city commute that I do in peak traffic. I am looking for a naked/semi faired bike with ABS as mandatory. Most importantly, I HATE Honda service centers. My wife had a Honda Activa and it was a nightmare for us to get it serviced properly. THEY ONLY WASH THE BIKE AND CHANGE ENGINE OIL. Any complaint or problems shared will not be addressed what so ever. Hence, HONDA is off the list unless they come up with a FANTASTIC bike which is build like RE, gives mileage like Spendor, torque like TNT300 and top speed like RS200.
    Last edited by kssandeep@yahoo.com; 04-07-2017 at 08:25 PM.

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