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    what is the first bike i should get to begin with,budget is around 65k and i plan to use it over long SOLO tours(say 2000km+ and above).i am 5'8" and 55kg.
    i have zeroed down to.-
    -discover 125 ST
    -pulsar 135 LS
    -cbf stunner
    -imposter..err i mean ignitor

    desirability factors(in decreasing order)-
    1.comfort
    2.some more comfort as these distances are long
    3.some highway manners (i know its none are RE,but among the above choices at least)
    4.reliability
    5.economy
    6.come to think of it,add some more comfort

    any expert inputs will also be appreciated but don't say anything about that budget.that's all i have for my first bike..

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    err no one?or the time taken is normal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hage bhai View Post
    what is the first bike i should get to begin with,budget is around 65k and i plan to use it over long SOLO tours(say 2000km+ and above).i am 5'8" and 55kg.
    i have zeroed down to.-
    -discover 125 ST
    -pulsar 135 LS
    -cbf stunner
    -imposter..err i mean ignitor

    desirability factors(in decreasing order)-
    1.comfort
    2.some more comfort as these distances are long
    3.some highway manners (i know its none are RE,but among the above choices at least)
    4.reliability
    5.economy
    6.come to think of it,add some more comfort

    any expert inputs will also be appreciated but don't say anything about that budget.that's all i have for my first bike..
    LONG TOURS!!!
    Discover 125 ST seems to be the best bet here wrt comfort.
    Pulsar 135 would be a lil sporty, but still comfortable and more Top end(Hence good for highways).

    Test ride and choose any of them. I would vote for Igniter over Stunner from your list( its a great bike, but aint dong good numbers). With Hero's service back up, you wont go wrong either..

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    Quote Originally Posted by hage bhai View Post
    what is the first bike i should get to begin with,budget is around 65k and i plan to use it over long SOLO tours(say 2000km+ and above).i am 5'8" and 55kg.
    i have zeroed down to.-
    -discover 125 ST
    -pulsar 135 LS
    -cbf stunner
    -imposter..err i mean ignitor

    desirability factors(in decreasing order)-
    1.comfort
    2.some more comfort as these distances are long
    3.some highway manners (i know its none are RE,but among the above choices at least)
    4.reliability
    5.economy
    6.come to think of it,add some more comfort

    any expert inputs will also be appreciated but don't say anything about that budget.that's all i have for my first bike..
    i would suggest you go for the discover as it suits your requirements very well and the new discover st is much better than most other bikes in its category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revvhard View Post
    i would suggest you go for the discover as it suits your requirements very well and the new discover st is much better than most other bikes in its category.
    If you are really planning for long tours, it's always advisable to put a few k's extra and get a 150cc+ machine. Trust me, you won't regret later.

    If you are looking for a 125-135cc only, you can consider the Yamaha SS125. I have toured extensively with my Yamaha Gladiator (now renamed to SS125) and it was extremely comfortable and could easily maintain 85kmph non-stop for hours. Top speed was around 105 kph. It's a big machine with complete instrumentation (feels like a 150!), stable on highways, and a very refined machine as well. FE is slightly lower compared to discover, though.

    Among the ones you have shortlisted, Discover125 ST seems to be the best option.
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    You can take a look at the yamaha SZ-R which is a 150 cc bike which will provide you more power than 125 cc bike and
    the torque to keep up with the pace during the lond touring..... I dont know whether it will be in your budget or not,
    But surely u need to take a look at it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tusharxtreme View Post
    You can take a look at the yamaha SZ-R which is a 150 cc bike which will provide you more power than 125 cc bike and
    the torque to keep up with the pace during the lond touring..... I dont know whether it will be in your budget or not,
    But surely u need to take a look at it...
    SZ-R is an excellent bike for touring and city, especially due to the rich torque. Basically a de-tuned FZ engine and a less aggressive styling. My bro owns a 2011 SZ-R and it's a pleasure to ride. The only downside is top speed. In spite of being a 150, it has a 80kph cruising speed and a top speed of 100 with great difficulty. Mostly maxes out at 100, unless performance mods are carried out.

    For a lesser price, SS125 offers a similar cruising speed and top speed - though the torque is noticeably lesser.
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    i did think about it,but for over 2000 km distance FE is a factor,and power rise is not again very substantial so i am thinking about the disco

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    Quote Originally Posted by hage bhai View Post
    i did think about it,but for over 2000 km distance FE is a factor,and power rise is not again very substantial so i am thinking about the disco
    Any bike will return a pretty average mileage especially on tours with 2000km+ on the odo. You will definitely not be maintaining an economy speed. So what you have to look at is engine capacity. Larger capacity=better torque=better comfort=better riding=less cost. In the long run, I'd say an engine with a higher capacity will serve you better.

    But then again, when you look at veterans like ridermax doing BR hills on the platina(a 125cc bike), everything is put to rest. So while I'd STRONGLY suggest you go for a 150cc vehicle for your purposes, if you are particular on a 125cc class, I'd suggest the ss125. Its beautiful vehicle and its capable too. The discover 125st is superb, but for those tires!
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