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    Default Shall i go for Yamaha ss125

    hello Guys!!

    I am 22 year old Guy & stay at Thane (next to mumbai)
    I have done lot of research from last 1 month for buying a new bike

    my basic reqiurements are ..

    >> Mileage = min. 55KMPL
    >> Good Looks
    >> Good Brand
    >> Low maintenance
    >> my monthly usage is just around 100-120KMs
    >> 75 K budget
    >> Need a Kick Start..

    Bikes in my list were ..

    1. Twister

    Awesome mileage but the i think body parts & paint job are not up to the standards..saw one year old twister yesterday..& removed it from my list...
    i am 5'10 & it wont suit me.

    2. Stunner
    my first alternate..
    good combo of style + mileage + reliability (HONDA) but lacks kick starter ...so not in my list & it has vibration problems too..

    there are lot of complains about Stunner's battery n start up problems.

    3. Yamaha SZ-R & TVS Apache 160 HYPER EDGE

    a good & powerful package but i think my mileage requirements were around 55 in city ,so it is not possible for SZ-R & hunk..

    4. Hunk/ Extreme
    removed from my list for not having kicker & good mileage

    5. Unicorn
    No match of it' refinement & quality but it has 5 month waiting period in my city..

    6. SS 125
    Its the only bike left after removing above bikes from list...n really liked it..looks sporty,..delivers everything i want

    I finally decided to buy ss125 as it is the great bike which fulfills all requirements..

    i am very sure that ss125 will not require much maintenance for 2 years as there are so many positive reviews about this bike..& hardly found any negative review..

    The only thing is stopping me from buying this bike is SPARES.
    I stay at Thane & ss125 is very rare bike in my city, (i have seen just 3 ss125 bikes in last 1 year)..

    i asked my local mechanic n he said they there can be problem in getting spares of this bike as it is not a very popular model.(ss125/gladiator)
    he advised me to buy a unicorn..

    That Mechanic keeps spares of Yamaha FZ,SZ as my friend (who own FZ) changed his Break pads & clutch plate from the same shop..

    Official Yamaha Service station is around 5-6 Km away but i can take my bike there every time for every small issue...i even called there once to check if they keep spares of ss125, Service station Guy said
    "you will have to bring your bike here, as we do not sell spare parts outside ,,you will have to get it fixed here..only"

    It is very pathetic as if my bike is not starting how he expects me to get bike there ??

    My Concern is:

    1. Shall i buy this bike as it is kinda rare ? what you say guys?

    2. do FZ, SZ-R, old Gladiators n ss125 share same internal parts (gear systems,cables,clutch plates, break pads etc)
    can anyone put light on this as if they have similar parts then i would not mind buying this bike.

    3. Any one from Mumbai- Thane to & who knows about Yamaha bikes (sss125 to be specific) & can guide me ??


    Thanks.

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    Query approved.
    (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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    if your monthly ruuning is around 100-120 kms,you should not crib about mileage or else you will miss out on the fun of riding.twister's build quality is top notch,your height will not pose problem.stunner is not at all vfm.if unicorn's waiting period bothers you try dazzler,it has less waiting period.i don't think ss125,sz-r,fz shares internal parts.ss 125 is neither rare nor common.yamaha has considerable service back up,so don't worry about spares.
    my 2 cents pick apache,fz or any other 150 cc for for riding fun .i would have suugested you p135,which would have been suitable for you,but apparently bajaj is coming up with p150,which well be hell of vfm.
    Last edited by sayank10; 02-09-2012 at 11:00 PM.
    and the question remains why do i race?
    every finishing line is the begining of a new race.

    #i have learnt to manipulate my own adrenaline and the perception of biking is different.
    #overkill is underrated.
    #how random roads may appear there is always a destination.[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    #i don't subscribe to co-incidence,either it is the rider or the other moron on the road

    (:)people keeps on saying add spark to life, bajaj got hold of that idea and added an extra spark to bike.

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    SS125 is a good bike and you do find spares for it but not outside, you will have to approach yamaha SVC itself. Its better too since you can be sure of quality of original spare parts.

    But since you ride only 150km a month I think you can spend a little more and buy Unicorn, or if your budget is 75k then SZ is a good choice too, there are more SZ+FZ out there and getting part for these will be easier even 5yr later too. Also I get around 45-48kmpl mileage average considering I travel in jam packed traffic. Even I had decided on a 125cc SS or Honda Shine before, but after test drive of SZ I preferred this bike.
    There are no short-cuts to any place worth going. So ride safe when you are treading uncharted roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayank10 View Post
    if your monthly ruuning is around 100-120 kms,you should not crib about mileage or else you will miss out on the fun of riding.twister's build quality is top notch,your height will not pose problem.stunner is not at all vfm.if unicorn's waiting period bothers you try dazzler,it has less waiting period.i don't think ss125,sz-r,fz shares internal parts.ss 125 is neither rare nor common.yamaha has considerable service back up,so don't worry about spares.
    my 2 cents pick apache,fz or any other 150 cc for for riding fun .i would have suugested you p135,which would have been suitable for you,but apparently bajaj is coming up with p150,which well be hell of vfm.
    VFM: sorry, but don't know this term..is it Value for money??

    & yes ss125 is RARE in my city...Thane(have just seen 3 bikes till now),,my other friends from delhi,Chennai, banglore told me that its not rare/common bike in those cities..but can be located easily..

    You are right, as i don't drive much...i should not think about mileage..
    But increasing petrol prices makes me think about it..
    it is big PAIN..

    I am okay with a bike which gets around 48-50KMPL in city..

    No to FZ, they are not in my budget..their FE is worst..

    APACHE>> i love this bike....but some claim it gives 40KMPL, some says 45KMPL some says 50...what's the exact range ??
    any APACHE 160 Hyper Edge Owner here??

    I feel DAZZLER is over priced & overrated..CB unicorn is a great option..i will have to wait a bit..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sangy27 View Post
    VFM: sorry, but don't know this term..is it Value for money??

    & yes ss125 is RARE in my city...Thane(have just seen 3 bikes till now),,my other friends from delhi,Chennai, banglore told me that its not rare/common bike in those cities..but can be located easily..

    You are right, as i don't drive much...i should not think about mileage..
    But increasing petrol prices makes me think about it..
    it is big PAIN..

    I am okay with a bike which gets around 48-50KMPL in city..

    No to FZ, they are not in my budget..their FE is worst..

    APACHE>> i love this bike....but some claim it gives 40KMPL, some says 45KMPL some says 50...what's the exact range ??
    any APACHE 160 Hyper Edge Owner here??

    I feel DAZZLER is over priced & overrated..CB unicorn is a great option..i will have to wait a bit..
    Apache actually gives around 40-45+, those who are getting 50 would be actually riding in some town or some city or area with very less traffic and less braking/gear changes. Its an amazing bike, but it does vibrate a lot!
    FZ's give less mileage its around 38-42, but SZ gives around 50.
    As for your SS125 concerns, this bike is really durable, many have taken it across state borders, but in case if you face difficulty finding some authorized service center give a call to 1800-420-1600 (yamaha tollfree 8am-4pm)
    There are no short-cuts to any place worth going. So ride safe when you are treading uncharted roads.

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    Default How is apache?

    Any APACHE OWNER here ?

    My height is 5'8
    weight 73 Kgs (average built)

    heard that apache has sporty sitting which can give us back pain??
    they say it is not for tall guys..

    VIBRATION>>>

    can i avoid them ?

    FE>>>
    Can i expect 48-50 KMPL in city (traffic)

    Spares are cheap or costly ?

    any other suggestions??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sangy27 View Post
    Any APACHE OWNER here ?

    My height is 5'8
    weight 73 Kgs (average built)

    heard that apache has sporty sitting which can give us back pain??
    they say it is not for tall guys..

    VIBRATION>>>

    can i avoid them ?

    FE>>>
    Can i expect 48-50 KMPL in city (traffic)

    Spares are cheap or costly ?

    any other suggestions??
    apache is in and out fun to ride bike.well your built is suited for apche,people who says this bike is not for tall guys are bull-shitting,and coming to the forward-biased riding position,firstly you will find it awkward,you will get used to it with gradual riding.well little vibration creeps in above 4500k rpm range,you will get used to it and eventually forget it after you start enjoying it's power and sharp handling.well fe will be around 45+.spares are reasonably priced,not at all costly.my suggestion pick rtr 180 rather than hyperedge.reason>tube-less tyres,better handling,less vibration, white colour option and cool looking blue back-lit speedo
    Last edited by sayank10; 02-10-2012 at 01:17 AM.
    and the question remains why do i race?
    every finishing line is the begining of a new race.

    #i have learnt to manipulate my own adrenaline and the perception of biking is different.
    #overkill is underrated.
    #how random roads may appear there is always a destination.[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    #i don't subscribe to co-incidence,either it is the rider or the other moron on the road

    (:)people keeps on saying add spark to life, bajaj got hold of that idea and added an extra spark to bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sayank10 View Post
    apache is in and out fun to ride bike.well your built is suited for apche,people who says this bike is not for tall guys are bull-shitting,and coming to the forward-biased riding position,firstly you will find it awkward,you will get used to it with gradual riding.well little vibration creeps in above 4500k rpm range,you will get used to it and eventually forget it after you start enjoying it's power and sharp handling.well fe will be around 45+.spares are reasonably priced,not at all costly.my suggestion pick rtr 180 rather than hyperedge.reason>tube-less tyres,better handling,less vibration, white colour option and cool looking blue back-lit speedo
    Good Suggestion..sayank..
    Yes, tires are not good,,i agree but can be changed later...
    180 costs 8 k more than 160
    i don't like white color..so will not be buying that..( it costs 2 k extra i guess)
    Vibrations issue can change person to person.. for ex. who has ridden Unicorn might feel it vibrates..
    for a new user like me..may be i will be just okay with it,..

    btw vibrations do come at 60 KMPH or 70KMPH?? or it depends on RPM?

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    so go with hyperedge and save money,use that money in switching to better tyres[ofcourse tube-less one].generally vibe comes after rpm needle crosses 4500k mark so ideally speed should be around 70.but vibe vanishes after that.i guess rtr 160 refresh model costs lower than the hyper-edge[which is merely a sticker job].check that at dealership.happy motoring.
    and the question remains why do i race?
    every finishing line is the begining of a new race.

    #i have learnt to manipulate my own adrenaline and the perception of biking is different.
    #overkill is underrated.
    #how random roads may appear there is always a destination.[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    #i don't subscribe to co-incidence,either it is the rider or the other moron on the road

    (:)people keeps on saying add spark to life, bajaj got hold of that idea and added an extra spark to bike.

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