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

    After considering the ownership problems, specific to me, and the unbearable heating issue of Pulsar RS200 in Bangalore traffic through which I have to ride 27km one way to my office, I have decided to sell my bike and buy a new one which is a no nonsense regular commuter bike or scooter. Taking into account dense traffic and summer season, I was looking at a scooter, New Access 125 with disc brakes or Yamaha FZ25. I would definitely miss the rev happy engine, ABS and top speed here and I am already feeling bad about it. I wanted to also consider KTM Duke 250 and 390 as reviews say that the heating issue is taken care. But I don't know to what extent if it is bearable.

    Any suggestions??

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

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    If possible, retain the Pulsar for fun/ weekend rides. Buy a cheap second hand scoot for commutes. Though 27 km on a commuter would be quite tiring as well.
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    Default Re: Bike/Scooter for city commuting - 55km per day in peak traffic

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Query Approved

    If possible, retain the Pulsar for fun/ weekend rides. Buy a cheap second hand scoot for commutes. Though 27 km on a commuter would be quite tiring as well.
    Hi Monk,

    Yes, scooters make me tired, I have tried my wife's Jupiter. FZ25 is a good bike to consider for my utility I guess, but will be missing ABS. Heard that clutch is also very hard. That takes a toll on fingers and palm in peak traffic. Is there any other bike which I have missed ??? Kawasaki Z250 SL? Any upcoming bikes ??? Is Duke 390 2017 unfit for 27km one way ride to office in Bangalore traffic ??? I have heard reviewers saying there is no heating problem ... I don't trust it entirely though??? Mojo also seems to be good, but what about spares and service?

    I was also considering switching to a 150cc but I will definitely regret later for sure. Hence if not better, I would want to buy a bike that has atleast same performance.

    I am 6ft tall and 90kg. I ride most of the time with my wife as pillion through Bengaluru peak traffic. I don't do weekend rides. I use my car to drive on weekends or for long trips.

    Thoughts and suggestions ???

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

    Any news on definitive release date for BMW G310R?

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

    I own new Suzuki Access (purchased Dec_2016; done 2900 kms till date).
    I use this scooter for my solo office commute.

    I commute HSR-Doddenakundi-HSR (30 kms roundtrip), I feel good on this scooter. the scooter brings smile to my face in this much distance and kind of traffic- which is very slow

    There are days when I need to travel HSR-WTC(Rajajinagar)-HSR,(55 kms roundtrip ) on those days, while the scooter is good enough, my back hurts. My body doesn't like it at all. On those days I am exhausted after reaching office and after reaching home.

    I am 36yrs old and don't want to incur injuries or back pain

    Overtime i have realized that the upperlimit for commute on scooter for me shouldn't exceed 35 kms roundtrip/ 1.5 hours roundtrip time.

    If you commute more than 35kms roundtrip OR commute for more than 1.5 hours roundtrip in Bangalore traffic, then you are at the edge and beyond which your body will complain.

    Ofcourse people have different fitness levels and different traffic conditions and different road conditions and their distacnce and time threshholds will be little more or less than mine.
    I have been using scooter in bangalore since 2011 (activa 2006 until Dec 2016 and New Access 125 since then). I believe Access is a damn damn good scooter.

    Hope i gave some context.

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

    Daretodream,

    That was really helpful. I don't want to land with more complications after buying a scooter.

    I guess there are only 2 options left for me considering that I don't want to go back to buying a bajaj again.

    1. Yamaha FZ25 - Assuming the clutch and gear won't need a gym body for city commute.
    2. KTM Duke 250 - Assuming there is no heating problem like 390 for city commute.

    I live in Basaveshwaranagar, Bengaluru. Are test rides available for these bikes ???

    Regards
    Sandeep

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    If it's in peak traffic, a scooter would suit you well. I think a Vespa would be a good choice. If you need the punch to gun away you can try the new Aprilia SR 150 ( a real head turner ).

    And beyond the comfort, there is also the matter of maintenance like mileage and costs of services.

    If you are set on buying a bike, it depends on your set budget. Apache is a decent buy but riding position is an issue for people of an average height. Dominar ABS is good but again a 400CC liquid cooled engine may not be ideal for bump to bump traffic. FZ 250 or FZ 150 will be ideal buy for your predicament.

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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
    Any news on definitive release date for BMW G310R?
    No dates for G310R, however BMW motorad opening its first official showroom in Pune on 14th Apr, G310R maybe later this year. I was waiting for it now booked KTM

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    Quote Originally Posted by kssandeep@yahoo.com View Post
    After considering the ownership problems, specific to me, and the unbearable heating issue of Pulsar RS200 in Bangalore traffic through which I have to ride 27km one way to my office, I have decided to sell my bike and buy a new one which is a no nonsense regular commuter bike or scooter. Taking into account dense traffic and summer season, I was looking at a scooter, New Access 125 with disc brakes or Yamaha FZ25. I would definitely miss the rev happy engine, ABS and top speed here and I am already feeling bad about it. I wanted to also consider KTM Duke 250 and 390 as reviews say that the heating issue is taken care. But I don't know to what extent if it is bearable.

    Any suggestions??

    Regards
    Sandeep
    did you try Aprilia scooter, guess its 150cc

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    Quote Originally Posted by reeavees View Post
    No dates for G310R, however BMW motorad opening its first official showroom in Pune on 14th Apr, G310R maybe later this year. I was waiting for it now booked KTM

    did you try Aprilia scooter, guess its 150cc
    Aprilia SR150 is a good scooter but it is very small for me, 6ft tall. I did test ride it along with Vespa. Access 125 was much better with lot of leg room and under seat space. Again, scooter vs bike for 27km one way commute to office in peak Bengaluru traffic on scooter is something that everyone here is suggesting me to avoid.

    Yamaha FZ25 or KTM Duke 250 are my only options.. Hence I would want some insight on engine heat after riding it for more than 15km in Bengaluru peak traffic. Is it tolerable or not on both bikes. If not, I guess I am left with no other option other than changing my job.

    Or, worse, switch to a 150cc bike.

    Sandeep

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

    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???
    Last edited by kssandeep@yahoo.com; 4 Weeks Ago at 07:55 PM.

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