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    Default Please help me select my first bike.

    Hi All,

    After going through all the sites where I could compare bikes and read reviews about them, I think XBHP is the best place for doing so. Cheers to xbhp and its creators.

    I am a new member here. My height is ~6' and I weigh ~72kg.

    First of all, I apologize for writing a long requirement list. I just don't want to end up with a wrong bike and regret for choosing it.

    I am planning to buy my first bike (with budget of (100+-20)K) which could suit all my needs as mentioned below (in order of priority) -

    1- Should be comfortable for long trips on weekends (by long trips I mean 300 to 600 kms). Considering the fact that I work whole day sitting in front of a computer, my back tends to rest in a curved position. The point is I don't want any back pains after or during long rides. I do not want to damage my sitting posture permanently and hence I think it would be good to straighten my posture while riding my bike after long working hours. Would also need a comfortable pillion seat.

    2- Should be really great at speed, power, nice engine and handling.-
    max speed near 125Kmph (without any vibrations)
    engine-150 cc or above.
    power near 17 bhp
    Handling- like a good commuter. I would need to ride 27 kms through traffic jams every day to my office.

    3- Should look "class apart" among other vehicles on road. By this I dont mean to sound like atypical person, its just that I dont want to buy a bike which you can spot anywhere every time you hit the roads.

    4- Should have an avg. mileage . i.e not less than 30 kmpl

    I have considered various bikes and read a lot of reviews on each of them . I have deduced certain cons on each of my pre-final contestants (PFB in order of priority).

    Its really hard to find any negative review on following bikes (might be because bike owners rarely criticize their own bike or just because these bikes are really good)-(& bike owners of respective bikes- please dont get offended)

    1- Avenger 220(I dreamed of owning 1 for a really long time)- I had to drop idea of buying this because
    >> Its not really very comfortable for people with height more than 5'7 or 5'8. (and hence violates my highest priority clause by being uncomfortable)
    >> Bad for city traffics due to its length and really bad for sharp turns (many a times bike's silencer gets rubbed on taking sharp right turns)
    >> I have heard horror stories about Pro-biking and overall quality of parts (Odomtere, headlight, clutch wire and shocker going kaput).

    2- Pulsar 220- violates my "look apart" clause mentioned above.
    >>I dont mean to offend pulsar owners here. But I see 50% bikes on road with pulsar tags.
    >>I heard that Bajaj engines have a life period of 2 years. (My friends told me that you can easily spot diff between a old and new pulsar by just listening to the sound their engine makes)

    3- Apache RTR 180-Just loved the idea of having ABS in 2 wheelers. But -
    >> I heard Apache series vibrates on higher speed.
    >> And also, its not really comfortable for long rides.

    4- R15 & Karizma ZMR- have read great reviews about it. But I had to drop idea of buying this too because
    >> Sitting posture is too lean.(violates my clause 1)
    >> I also heard that R15's pillion seat is not so great.

    5- FZ16- Looks are really great. But I read from other reviews that it is-
    >> Low on power
    >> Low mileage
    >> Biggest problem is that my friend has the same bike and has the same colour which I like (black). So don't have this option left for me.

    6- Fazer - ditto (as it has the same specs as FZ16).

    Recently, I heard that Honda has launched its CBR 150R. I heard it would cost around 130K INR and also that its waiting period would be 4 months from the date of booking (which is atrocious ). I can stretch my budget to have this bike, provided that you pro-bikers give positive reviews about it.

    I do not claim to be sure of the aforementioned cons of each bike and hence, I request respective bike owners to correct me regarding the same. (I really need Avenger owners to tell me that all my cons on Avenger are wrong.)

    Bikers, please help me out here.

    Thanks and regards.

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    Fazer would suit your other requirements but after 80 the acceleration is not that good and top speed would reach 112kmph I guess. Why you don't have new P200NS in your options. It has everything you wanted and is refined too. Top speed of 136-140 would be more than enough for you.
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    If u r going to ride predominantly alone R15 V2.0 is the best bet else Pulsar 200 NS meets ur requirements...
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    what about the Karizma ZMA ?

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    have a look at cbr 150 r.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiastic View Post
    Fazer would suit your other requirements but after 80 the acceleration is not that good and top speed would reach 112kmph I guess. Why you don't have new P200NS in your options. It has everything you wanted and is refined too. Top speed of 136-140 would be more than enough for you.

    For quite some time I did consider of buying Fazer but had to drop the idea because of the same reason- "not very good for high speeds".

    I don't have P200NS in my list coz I think it would be having same cons as P220. (please correct me if I am wrong here)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sayank10 View Post
    have a look at cbr 150 r.

    I know its not in the market now but I do need some more info regarding its mileage on Indian roads, handling and stuff...

    I am inclined towards buying this bike, but just wanted a consensus (from you guys) on whether its worth spending 130k or not.
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    The Pulsar 200 NS engine is based on the KTM 200,so I don't think reliability should be of you're utmost concern.Also, the reviews sound very much promising regarding quality of the bike. Moreover, the newer pulsar 220s are a far cry from the earlier ones.Do wait for it and see.
    As for the CBR150R, does all that the R15 does,has a better pillion seat,should give you good mileage and will hopefully remain a little exclusive due to it's slightly higher price alone.

    Do wait for around a month and have a test ride of both these bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by eliksir View Post
    what about the Karizma ZMA ?
    M not really sure about this but from what I can see from internet - Havn't they changed the name to ZMR??

    and if its really diff than ZMR, Is it available in market?? (price?,specs?, comfort level w.r.t to zmr??)
    Last edited by driver; 03-28-2012 at 10:37 PM.
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