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    Quote Originally Posted by NarenCharan View Post
    Long suspension are good even on tarmac but since the bike has higher center of gravity, you need to be consious while taking sharp turn on road.
    Thanks for the reply man. I'm waiting to ride the impulse and see how it handles on and off road. Btw, I'm sure you might be getting a lot of attention on the road due to the impulse's dirt bike look

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    Quote Originally Posted by NarenCharan View Post
    Thanks for your curiosity, I and the other Impulse owner will plesaed to reply you all.



    Thanks. I can post some picture of the bike on different tarrains but clicking machine in action is not possible as I ride the bike alone.



    Wellcome on the crazy boat of Impulse owners .



    I like the engine very much. Very smooth engine with no vibration at any rev range.



    I know and I am planing to change the graphics/sticker of Impulse with NXR 150 Bros . Does anybody have friend or relative in Brazil ???

    I am also plan to swape the two engine panels punched with Hero with Honda Unicorn. I do not know what exactly you call them.




    Yes the engine is a bit different but who cares since the engine of Impulse is also a latest engine from Honda with almost same power / torque of NXR 150 Bros. This engine seems to be 100% same at Honda Unicorn with a little bit tuning to increase the torque.





    I completed the run in period in just 3 days . The top speed I could touch is 104 KMPH (as per odometer) and in off road, the engine does not seem to me much underpower. Note that I rode the bike in soft sand and on 5000 RPM, the power delivery of engine was good. The best part of this bike is the suspension, they are superb. I jumped 6 inch devider with a great ease. You can do a lot with this bike. Also it has got a good loading area where I tie my bag when I ride.



    I would try to reply all of them.



    Did you try adjusting the rear suspension in your Pulser? How much difference do they make. I have tried it in my earlier bike and actually they hardly make any difference. Also the travel of the rear suspension in Impulse is so much that you did not feel requirement of adjusting them any further. The existing set us up is good for highway and offroad both.



    I am lazy dog when it comes to writing something still I will try my level best. I enjoy riding the bike on highway, on kachcha road and a bit on offroad. I was happy with her performance everywhere. You just need to learn how to balance the bike shifting your weight and here the fun begins. I was able to touch 70 KMPH on a gravel road, it was a superb experience.

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    I did kept on checking the exhaust heat but the protecter shield does it work very efficiently and not heat issue.



    1. Overall the seat is quite soft which means no pain in your butts even after long rides. The rear seat is quite high compared to the other commuter bikes so yes the ladies in saree are not going to like it much.
    2. If you have Pulser 150, you will feel almost the same power. But suspension and riding position of Impulse will creat a huge difference.
    3. No vibration, very stable.
    4. Light is not bad but not very good either. I am used to drive in nights with 130W watts in my car so riding with a 35W AC bulb is not what I prefere. For better light what trick I am using on the bike is that I put the bean on low and whenever I need more light, I press the flasher button, flasher is DC connection to the high beam. This way both the filaments glows, the high beam on DC current and low beam on AC.
    hey congratz for impulse.. most common question to ask...
    whats the millage bhai???
    waiting for the reply...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NarenCharan View Post
    Long suspension are good even on tarmac but since the bike has higher center of gravity, you need to be consious while taking sharp turn on road.
    DK,

    Congrats on the new ride.
    Do you feel confident riding at slow speeds on rough terrain.
    How about riding standing on footpegs in uphill.
    How is the handle bar position in riding standing up.
    Last edited by twistwrist; 12-22-2011 at 10:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easy rider View Post
    Thanks for the reply man. I'm waiting to ride the impulse and see how it handles on and off road. Btw, I'm sure you might be getting a lot of attention on the road due to the impulse's dirt bike look
    I can offer you to ride my bike on off the road too, come to my town if you want. Yes, a lot of attention. Wanted to share a couple of crazy comments from people.

    Yesterday :: One man asked me the most common question - Kitne me padi bhaisahad (how much is it bro?). I replied - 76,000. He asked very curiously - Aisa fir isme kyaa hai (what this bike has so special on such a price). I was not sure what to reply. Here he fired his next question - Average kitna hai (what is the mileage). I replied - somewhere between 40 to 50 depending upon riding style. He was shocked - Baas, fir bhi itni mahangi (only 40-50 KMPH and still so expensive) .

    Today :: A 15-16 year guy to his friend : Are dekh yaar is gaadi ki seat, aaraam se chaar jane baith sakte hai (look at the seat, it can accomodate 4 persons easily) .

    Quote Originally Posted by anandmanmadhan View Post
    hey congratz for impulse.. most common question to ask...
    whats the millage bhai???
    waiting for the reply...
    I have not yet checked. I will now check and post here.

    Quote Originally Posted by yamdoot View Post
    Hi, Congrats on the new Off roader! the fork gaitors can be ordered from imported parts importers.
    Thanks for the information. Need some pointer please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wildnerd View Post
    I have conflicting info on this.. Some websites quote the bike's weight as much as 135Kgs..
    Hence i wanted to clarify the actual figure..
    As per manual the kerb weight of the bike is 134 Kg.

    Quote Originally Posted by trnaren View Post
    Congratulations to the new impulse owners. I have booked one and hope to get delivery in mid jan since i opted for the blue color...
    Blue colour is my favourate too. I actually opted black as I think it will look a bit decent if I take my bike office sometime.

    Quote Originally Posted by trnaren View Post
    Waiting to hear more on serious off roading capabilities of Impulse and/or lacuna of the same
    Planing to take my bike on my favourate off road track which is around my town and which I have done a saveral times on my earlier ex army Jeep MM550XD. That is really a challenging terrain with lots of incline, dry riverbed, dry brooks, rocks, sand dunes etc and I doubt if Impulse (or perhaps any other bike without a well experienced off road rider) would be able to do that .

    Quote Originally Posted by twistwrist View Post
    DK,

    Congrats on the new ride.
    Do you feel confident riding at slow speeds on rough terrain.
    How about riding standing on footpegs in uphill.
    How is the handle bar position in riding standing up.
    Thanks.

    1. Yes, very confident.
    2. Simply superb on bumpy road/ off road. I managed to climb aprox 6-7 inch devider very easily in that position.
    3. Handle bar position is simply superb.

    Yesterday my bike was taken on test ride by very experienced dirt biker Bhalla Ram who is winner in many competion including last year's Desert Storm rally (group C I guess). He was very happy after the test ride, he said that this bike has all the caracteristic of a foreign dirt bike. When I asked how did he feel the power, he said it is decent for normal off roading use. I am going to learn a few basics of dirt biking from him.

    Quote Originally Posted by adnansanni View Post
    Congratulation Guys... wait for pictures...
    Here you go...
    Last edited by NarenCharan; 12-22-2011 at 11:09 PM.
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    Papa always emphasize on making my own path...
    So I start off-roading... :D

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    Congrats man, had a go at it here in bangalore on a bad stretch and was pretty amazed how it soaked everything up, it definitely is a fun bike,

    Couple of questions:
    - Does the heat from the silencer effect the pillion?(in the odd case you need to accommodate one )
    - Headlights:- How is your night riding experience?
    - You spend half your life before you realize your are ordinary, you then, either are too lazy to change or you do the extraordinary and change the world!

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    Hello Impulse owners (congrats Naren ) and people who have booked it and are waiting for it's delivery impatiently! I booked mine last sunday and have been told that they'll hand it over by second week of January or if possible, sooner.

    Today I went for a test ride which lasted for about 10 mins but was fun, none the less. Before I lay down my thoughts, it'd be beneficial to mention that I am 6 feet tall and have been riding RE Thunderbird for quite some time now.

    Lets get started! So I raise my right leg to sit on the bike and immediately realize that the seat indeed is higher, but that's no hurdle as my feet are comfortably resting on the ground. Self started the bike (no kicking yay!), it just whispers that it's on and am just hoping that it performs well as there's no thumping sound which evokes this feeling of raw power even when stationary. The guy from the dealership instantly hops onto the pillion seat, about which am not really happy. Well, I put the bike in 1st gear and get off the footpath and onto the road. Revved hard as soon as I'm on the road and see this lady, approaching me trying to cross the road. I hit the brakes, hard. The bike stops almost instantly like in the CEAT ad, oh wait, it's because of the tires (joking). Moving ahead in bumper-to-bumper traffic, I decide to take a U turn. Pulling my right hand and pushing the left one forward, I nervously turn 180 degrees. Probably this nervousness arises from the fact that I have a really huge handlebar on the Thunderbird and this one is just too small. Waiting at the signal ahead, am preparing myself to try out two things. Firstly to cut through traffic like zip, zoom, fly! And secondly to go as fast as possible. Hitting the accelerator hard, the RPM touches 5-6k in almost no time and the torque is nicely spread across the range. I try to cut through the traffic but it just wasn't happening. And am wondering what could be wrong as it's a piece of cake on RE TB. Now I've ridden more than half a dozen bikes and have never faced any difficulty while cutting through, but with Impulse, it just wasn't happening fluently.

    Soon enough I reach a left turn that leads to a long stretch of almost zero traffic road and I take it, off-course. Hoping to take a deep high speed turn, this biker comes out of nowhere just to slow me down. I then rev really hard, as if there's no stopping now! The dealership guy starts screaming (he was shitting in his pants) "Sir, thoda dheere, please. The wind is hurting my ears.". I kept going and put the bike in 5th gear when the RPM kissed 8k mark. A split second after that the odometer read "94" and am still going on, only to be bothered by the guy again, "Sir, please slow down, we are going way too fast!". There's still about 70-100 meters left and am looking for the left turn. I just trusted the brakes and went for whatever that was left of the long stretch. I was paying attention as to whose approaching fast through the rear view mirror. Luckily no one was, and I slow down to take the turn. Again trying to bend the bike on the curved slope but not quite confident as it just wasn't happening effectively! I had roughly covered about a kilometer long stretch, but couldn't see the top speed in a jiffy, also that's not the most important thing for me! I was looking for ride quality and stability, both of which scored pretty high.

    Heading back towards the dealership at about 40kmph the guy after breathing a sigh of relief, tells me that "Sir, we touched 100!". Now am not sure of that. Waiting at the signal again, I convey him that the center of gravity of this bike isn't good. And he replies, "This bike is perfect", haha. I got to admit this is my first time ever on an Off road specific bike, with a ground clearance of 245mm. Maybe due to its tall stance and small handlebar it becomes difficult to slap it to left and go right, but its just what I feel. Might develop more confidence once am getting used to it. On the last 100-150 meters I started looking for potholes. I know its funny but that stretch hardly had any. Just before the dealership, there were a couple of potholes and bumps and I deliberately went on top of them. As others have been pointing out, didn't feel a thing! Only time will tell if they have the same softness and dampening effect when the "Trip" reaches 5 digit mark.

    Verdict: Now this bike is no match for the agility of the Enfields, RX, Unicorn, Pulsar and the likes, maybe due to the high ground clearance. But provides an amazingly sturdy, quality ride. Super silent though! I didn't get a chance to actually test it off-road but am expecting it'll perform well as the torque is thoughtfully spread across the whole RPM range and average sized potholes and bumps are absorbed gracefully. I mainly ride solo for long rides with my luggage on the rear seat and excess on the Ladakh carrier. This one has limited scope for carrying luggage for longer rides (which is good in a way). Saddle bags could be required as the tail has max load capacity of 7 kgs. That is if your traveling with a pillion rider, else you can utilize the pillion seat as well. It's not at all a powerful bike but has got enough power to awaken the kid in you who wants to conquer mountains and rough terrains, without bulky machines, leaking engines, terrain specific tires, avoiding all the spares for what might go wrong situations, skipping the technicalities of the machine etc. This one for me is a hop-on-bike, where I'd be gone for the weekend, to some closest state with a few off road adventures on the way and arrive home safely. It's a real value-for-money bike for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NarenCharan View Post
    I completed the run in period in just 3 days . The top speed I could touch is 104 KMPH (as per odometer) and in off road, the engine does not seem to me much underpower. Note that I rode the bike in soft sand and on 5000 RPM, the power delivery of engine was good. The best part of this bike is the suspension, they are superb. I jumped 6 inch devider with a great ease. You can do a lot with this bike. Also it has got a good loading area where I tie my bag when I ride.
    You mean you climbed onto and off the divider with ease? Awesome! I wish it could climb walls too.

    Hows the bike at cornering? The above post says its a bit twitchy...but so is my bike when riding doubles. So, how is it riding solo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxThriLL View Post
    Hello Impulse owners (congrats Naren ) and people who have booked it and are waiting for it's delivery impatiently! I booked mine last sunday and have been told that they'll hand it over by second week of January or if possible, sooner.

    Today I went for a test ride which lasted for about 10 mins but was fun, none the less. Before I lay down my thoughts, it'd be beneficial to mention that I am 6 feet tall and have been riding RE Thunderbird for quite some time now.
    How did the suspension behave when braking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikhyath View Post
    How did the suspension behave when braking?
    Suspensions are neither stiff nor very soft. I found them to be very balanced. I believe Naren might be in a better position to answer your query as he's been riding it for about a week now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by avinrichards View Post
    Congrats man, had a go at it here in bangalore on a bad stretch and was pretty amazed how it soaked everything up, it definitely is a fun bike,

    Couple of questions:
    - Does the heat from the silencer effect the pillion?(in the odd case you need to accommodate one )
    - Headlights:- How is your night riding experience?
    i easily touched the exhaust after 3 hrs of riding. Showroom guy said it has glass wool inside so it does not get too hot. The head light is powerful for night riding. But i have to adjust mine because when i apply high beam, it falls on tree tops. Oh i forgot, took the delivery of my green impulse on 22nd
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