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    Thumbs up How many of Xbhp bikers commutes with premium bikes?

    This thread I am posting bcoz of my inquisition into matters which involves maintenance and fueling issues after purchasing a Premium bike for regular use.

    Bikes which I include in the Indian premium category are.......
    Hero Honda Hunk,CBZ Xtreme,Karizma.
    Bajaj P220(F&Fi),P200,P180,P150.
    Yamaha FZ16 & R15.
    TVS Apache RTR,RTRFi,RTR180.
    HONDA Unicorn.
    SUZUKI GS150R.

    Now what I need to discuss and share is what is the fuel consumption? of these bikes when it comes to commuting and traversing traffic of any metros or urban regions in India.
    Also what are the maintenance cost and other issues that these bikes require for plain commuting.(like lubrication,suspension maintence,tyre and brake issues).

    P.S.I dont seek a comparison of these bikes with 125cc or 100cc segments.Only a general discussion about their performance as a commuter.Thanks
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    I use RTR 160 for my daily commuting, will be traveling avg 50 km per day & occasional touring. It is 15 mnths old & clocked 22000km. Its gives me avg 48-52 in city commuting. I generally fill 12 ltrs at a time. Only it rear tear has been replaced, just to have fine grip. Except for regular servicing between 2500 to 3000km, i havent spend anything else on it. Do regulaly change its & filter. Thats it

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    2008 P180UG3. Commuting for the last one year.Good for commuting. returns a FE of 40 to 42km per litre. I ride around 40kms daily.
    Has enough grunt for city use as well as some fast highway runs.
    Is flickable for zip zap zoom through traffic.
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    I use my R15 for daily commuting with an avg stretch of 30kms/day and occasional weekends G2Gs.
    last time when i calculated my mileage
    my bike returned 42.83 kmpl..
    on aug 28th it will complete its one year..
    done on 5k on ODO (for 4 about months i stopped biking due to some reasons).
    my monthly fuel expense is near about 1-1.2k

    P.S.- lets mention our monthly expenses on fuel consumption too..
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    Hi Mach50,

    I ride a P200. These "Premium" bikes are not too different from the regular horses we see on Indian roads. Most of them share the same design principles, the few advantages being more horse power, torque, better handling, durability (though this is debatable), slightly better ride control/handling, and of course better looks. The only cons are that they are dearer in terms of cost,have lower fuel-efficiency figures, and in some cases, require more maintenance.

    In terms of fuel-efficiency (on-road, Indian traffic conditions), the figures vary from a meager 25 KM/Liter to a respectable 60 KM/Liter. This varies from bike to bike, and depends largely on the rider. Mine gives me about 45-50 KMPL on an average.

    With respect to maintenance, one is not expected to be a rocket-scientist with bikes, but a little knowledge will go a long way. It helps to go through the user-manual thoroughly, and understand the specifics of one's machine. Premium bikes nowadays, for example, come with open chains/sprocket sets, and hence need regular lubrication. These bikes are also a bit heavier than their commuter siblings, come with clip-ons, sportier seating positions and hence take time getting used to. The rest is the same as any other regular motorcycle. Tyre pressure, air-filter, carburettor, chain-tension/lubrication, wheel-alignment/balance (though this can only be checked in a SC), clutch-free play/lubrication, suspension etc. End of the day it all depends on how passionate we are about our babies, and how willing we are terms of time/money spent on them.

    Hope my reply was of some help to you.

    Cheers!
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    Using a Cbz-x for quite some time now.Daily commute comes upto 30 kms.Mileage is not bad considering the stop and go traffic enroute.Gives me around 48-50 kmpl.No major issues with the bike so far.So,can't really comment about the spares,though HH spares are considered quite pricey compared to the competition...that's pretty much about it.

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    I use Apache RTR refresh for commuting. I commute from first year of my college as i used to manage small things in my family business, i never used a small bike always premium bikes RXZ, Energy FX, GF125, CBZ etc, for two months in between i used a freedom but i liked more performance so never thought for going in for any small bike.
    All the above bikes gave FE from 40kmpl to 50 kmpl. CBZ was the least fuel efficient though.

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    i use my p180 ug3 fro daily commuting...generally 20km a day..commuting to my college and back to home..and for sabji's nad markets..5km..thts it.

    it returns me 42~40km/litr and at times 45..and after 1st servicing it gave me 50 ..
    no issues at all.clocked 2300 km..
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    i USE MY Zma for commuting and travel 20 kms a day with long rides once every 2 onths.done 16500 kms in 14 months.

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