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    Question 6'2'' 100 kg beginner looking for 1st bike

    I am looking to buy my first bike. My only riding experience is on non-geared 2-wheelers, and plenty of that, if it matters. I am 25 years old, 6'2'', 100 kg, looking for something in the 60-80k bracket. I understand that a 100cc or a 125cc is the best bet for beginners, but I plan to not just learn to ride on it but keep riding it for at least the next couple of years, so have decided on a 150cc.
    I am not interested in speeding at 100+, just want something that-

    • Can weave easily through heavy Chennai traffic
    • Has good mileage (45+)
    • Can handle rough use by a clumsy beginner
    • Most importantly, should be big enough to match my frame. I understand the point about small light bikes being more easily handled by beginners, but as someone who deadlifts 130kg, I don't think a heavier bike would make much difference to me (Correct me if I'm wrong).

    I plan to master my first bike and learn to love it, become something of a non-noob on the subject and then move on to bigger and better bikes 3-4 years down the line (an Enfield perhaps). But for now my immediate requirement is for a 5km commute to and from the office daily, going to gym, malls, pubs etc. And I might be carrying a 60kg passenger at least half the time too.
    After plenty of research, I have for now shortlisted the Pulsar 150, Hunk, CBZ Xtreme and Unicorn, though am open to more options. Decided against Apache because its said to be too small, and that is a deal-breaker for me. I have read that Fazer/FZ16 is great for beginners, but not sure if its size will suit me.
    Anyway, sorry for the long post, but it just shows I have done my homework before signing in. Hoping for someone to point me in the right direction.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Bike Query Approved

    Unicorn seems to be a good bet for you.
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    Hunk or GS150R will suit your reqirements well..though if you can slightly increase your budget & can compromise a bit in mileage then i'll suggest you to go for ZMA..
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    For your body weight, I suggest you get something with good torque. GS150R would be my suggestion. The bike will suit your frame better (compared to what you have mentioned).

    Else, If you can compromise on the mileage front and with a bit of extra money, ZMA, P220 will be good.

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    Bhai, I feel ONLY bullet will be suitable for your size...
    But as you said, as a beginner, start with GS150 first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noobiker View Post
    I am looking to buy my first bike. My only riding experience is on non-geared 2-wheelers, and plenty of that, if it matters. I am 25 years old, 6'2'', 100 kg, looking for something in the 60-80k bracket. I understand that a 100cc or a 125cc is the best bet for beginners, but I plan to not just learn to ride on it but keep riding it for at least the next couple of years, so have decided on a 150cc.
    I am not interested in speeding at 100+, just want something that-

    • Can weave easily through heavy Chennai traffic
    • Has good mileage (45+)
    • Can handle rough use by a clumsy beginner
    • Most importantly, should be big enough to match my frame. I understand the point about small light bikes being more easily handled by beginners, but as someone who deadlifts 130kg, I don't think a heavier bike would make much difference to me (Correct me if I'm wrong).
    I plan to master my first bike and learn to love it, become something of a non-noob on the subject and then move on to bigger and better bikes 3-4 years down the line (an Enfield perhaps). But for now my immediate requirement is for a 5km commute to and from the office daily, going to gym, malls, pubs etc. And I might be carrying a 60kg passenger at least half the time too.
    After plenty of research, I have for now shortlisted the Pulsar 150, Hunk, CBZ Xtreme and Unicorn, though am open to more options. Decided against Apache because its said to be too small, and that is a deal-breaker for me. I have read that Fazer/FZ16 is great for beginners, but not sure if its size will suit me.
    Anyway, sorry for the long post, but it just shows I have done my homework before signing in. Hoping for someone to point me in the right direction.
    Thanks in advance.
    (A) to match your frame-

    • Karizma ZMR
    • Bullet (anyone)
    • P220
    above are best options- and after that following-
    • Pulsar150, Hunk, CBZ, Unicorn, GS150r, fazer, fz-16. etc
    ofcourse we have excluded CBR 150 because of cost constraint.
    out of the 150 CC optionsbest will be fazer, i guess.

    (B) can handle rough use by clumsy beginner- this point is subjective and will depend on how well the bike is maintained (serviced).

    (C) can weave easily through heavy traffic.-

    out of the best 3 options listed above P220 wins easily.

    out of the rest of options- almost all are equally capable.

    (D) good mileage (45+) - none from best three options and anyone except yamaha from 150 CC.

    My opinion- point (B) & (C) does not matter- as when you own the bike you love, and when you get used to it, those two points hardly matter. Now, (A) & (D), if mileage is a very strong factor, then and then only go for a 150 CC, coz i too weigh 95 kgs and i am 6 feet tall, my P150 gets bogged down by my weight, specially when there is a pillion onboard. also it looks pretty small for our frame size.

    so conclusion is, if you can afford, plz don't go for a 150 CC bike, choose anyone from top three available options or you can also wait for P200NS, though its price is not declared officially yet.

    if you must buy a 150 CC only- choose the one that touch your heart, although i will give you a few pointers-

    • P150 is an old bike now and is outperformed by most other 150 CC that came much later, also it the bike of every tom, dick and harry like me.
    • CBZ, Hunk & Unicorn bikes does not have any X-factor associated with them and are mostly purchased by sedate riders (last part was my perception)
    • yamaha fazer, fz-16 are good bikes, looks hot, performs good, weaves through traffic with ease (fz-16) and is the best bike if mileage is neglected.
    • gs150r is not sold in good numbers, and therefore not recommended. ( low resale value, may be spare parts problem a few years down the line etc)
    if i would have been in your place and not have money for top three bikes, i would have gone for fz.

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    me too a little bit overweighted like u. I bought a cbz xtreme 3months back.

    I bought it because in 150 only cbz gives a descent look for a guy like me.

    But my first choice then and now is enfield bullet .. classic
    i droped it because i need to commute 80km daily require abt 2.5l of petrol

    cbz xtreme because its the heaviest in 150 categery and gives a huge look

    so go for n enfield or if in 150cc, go for cbz

    cbz : reliable, not so common, suits ur body lang, 45 is the worst milage , 50~55 on mine
    pulsar : not reliable, too common, but good milage(55~60) n technology
    unicorn : not good looks, but reliable good milage(55~60)

    I understand that a 100cc or a 125cc is the best bet for beginners, but I plan to not just learn to ride on it but keep riding it for at least the next couple of years, so have decided on a 150cc.
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    In that price bracket and mileage ; i would suggest you to go for P180 or CBZ Xtreem. Also these two will suit your physique..
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    How much do you bench? :P anyways considering your physique i'd suggest you zma/p220, if you're ok with 35-40kmpl mileage and costly spares of zma. Else gs150r/cbz x/hunk/p180. Rest all look small on you.
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