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  • Which bike should I go for?

    Hello experts!
    I had posted a thread long back on this forum which can be found here, http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/what-bik...-do-i-buy.html . I thank [MENTION=63024]sanjaysangar1990[/MENTION] for his opinion.
    Anyway coming back to this post, I had dropped the idea of buying a bike then as my parents told me to put off the idea for some days due to financial constraints. Most probably, I'll be buying a bike in December. I still need some advice on which one should I go for.
    My budget is around 1 Lakh, which can be pushed for a really great bike.
    I am 19 years old college student, so mostly I'll be commuting to college which is 3 km from my room and occasionally some road trips.
    I'd be happy the bike would have low maintenance charges and high fuel efficiency(say around 40? Could anyone also give information on how much fuel efficiency can I expect with performance bikes?).
    City usage percentage is around 80% and 20% highway.
    As of now I don't have a vehicle, so I don't know how much will the bike run per month, but I'm expecting it to go around 1000 km.
    I live in city itself (Mysore. It has good roads and comparatively light traffic. However they ride pretty dangerously around here).
    I have few bikes in mind, but please feel free to suggest some others as well. I was thinking of Gixxer SF, 200NS, 200AS, RS200, ZMR. Also, should I go for Royal Enfield Classic? I'll have emotional attachment to my first bike and I feel that a RE never gets old and I can keep it for long. However please correct me if I'm wrong. Please give pros and cons for each of these bikes.
    Pillion comfort is necessary as I'll be taking my friends or family, but it's not a big deal for me.
    I'm 6 feet tall, built, weighing around 85. I have some experience riding a bike, but still I'm a beginner and I need a bike which is forgiving.
    Also please tell me how important is the engine displacement, bhp and torque in a bike. ( I'm a newbie, so please pardon me)

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    Re: Which bike should I go for?

    Query approved!
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    • #3
      Re: Which bike should I go for?

      Originally posted by Avinash Bhat View Post
      Hello experts!
      My budget is around 1 Lakh, which can be pushed for a really great bike.
      Ok first things first, your budget is 1lakh and you can push it so I am gonna push it to a theoretical 1.2Lakhs. You dont have to go any higher than that

      Originally posted by Avinash Bhat View Post
      I am 19 years old college student, so mostly I'll be commuting to college which is 3 km from my room and occasionally some road trips.
      Ok now, only 3km and occasional road trips. That 3km distance tells me to suggest you a scooter, why get into the hassle of a bike? As for occasional road trips, again that depends on what kind of road trips and how long they will be

      Originally posted by Avinash Bhat View Post
      City usage percentage is around 80% and 20% highway.
      You just said "mostly commuting to college" which is 3kms away

      Originally posted by Avinash Bhat View Post
      I have few bikes in mind, but please feel free to suggest some others as well. I was thinking of Gixxer SF, 200NS, 200AS, RS200, ZMR.

      Also, should I go for Royal Enfield Classic? I'll have emotional attachment to my first bike and I feel that a RE never gets old and I can keep it for long. However please correct me if I'm wrong. Please give pros and cons for each of these bikes.
      You want a bike with low maintenance charges and high fuel Efficiency. Enfield Classic does not give any of those 2
      200 NS is out of production unless you want to get it 2nd hand on olx or sites like that or you can wait for 150 NS
      Gixxer SF is the best bang for buck with the most reliable engine of the lot
      200 AS is not bad but it being a pulsar, they are questionable in the long term
      RS200, same story as the 200 AS but they are certainly VFM
      ZMR I cant comment on as I have no idea

      There are ownership and review threads for the motorcycles you stated, you can look them up and have a detailed read.

      Also the reason why I pushed your budget to 1.2 is you can consider Yamaha R15-S

      You can also check out the Gixxer naked version almost the same as SF but without fairing and you save some cash for getting entry level riding gear

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      • #4
        Re: Which bike should I go for?

        Avinash,

        No offense though, Being a college student, you will have to depend on your parents money for everything (unless you are doing a part-timer anywhere). That being said and since your college is just 3 kms away and 80% of it being city usage (assuming 2.5 kms inside city), Why shouldnt you look for scooter options as well.

        IMO, you can get yourself a Ray-Z or Dio which is more stylish than certain bikes avaiable in the market as on date. If you are still looking for bike with low-maintenance and good mileage and no issues with spares and service, I can suggest you a Platina. It will definitely run for atleast 5-6 yrs, after which you can upgrade to a decent ones.

        NS, AS, RS, BS, MS, XS...etc models dont fit any of the afore mentioned categories (considering your status at the moment).

        So, start with a decent 100cc bike and upgrade after a while, since the mentioned bikes needs atmost care and cannot be used roughly(unless you lend your bike to your friends to which you cannot deny if a request a put forth in front of you).
        R15S - Current
        Honda Dio - Current
        TNT 600i - Sold
        Classic 500 - Sold
        Pulsar 220 dtsi - Sold
        Yamaha YBX125 - Sold

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        • #5
          Re: Which bike should I go for?

          Originally posted by TheArcher84 View Post
          (unless you lend your bike to your friends to which you cannot deny if a request a put forth in front of you).
          And why can he not deny the request?

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          • #6
            Re: Which bike should I go for?

            Originally posted by XypherGhost View Post
            And why can he not deny the request?
            I would prefer to keep the bike being ridden by one person. You wouldnt know how other would handle it, If the riding style differs (i.e.) someone who likes to revv in all gears, whereas you are a sane rider. This aint going damage the bike in just one go. It might if this practice keeps continuing.

            Just my theory. I wouldnt neither share my bike nor my pen with anyone.
            R15S - Current
            Honda Dio - Current
            TNT 600i - Sold
            Classic 500 - Sold
            Pulsar 220 dtsi - Sold
            Yamaha YBX125 - Sold

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              Re: Which bike should I go for?

              Originally posted by TheArcher84 View Post
              I would prefer to keep the bike being ridden by one person. You wouldnt know how other would handle it, If the riding style differs (i.e.) someone who likes to revv in all gears, whereas you are a sane rider. This aint going damage the bike in just one go. It might if this practice keeps continuing.

              Just my theory. I wouldnt neither share my bike nor my pen with anyone.
              No what i meant was, when you said if a Friend requested OP for the bike, he couldnt deny it. So why cant he deny it. When I bought my SF, a bunch of my class mates asked me for the bike, to ride it and test it. I just told them to go to the showroom and ask for a test ride. I never give my stuff to anyone no matter how close or what kind of relation they have with me

              That aside, to the OP, as Archer said, get a Scooter or a Platina otherwise if you are not feeling it, you can try Gixxer SF or R15-S

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              • #8
                Re: Which bike should I go for?

                Originally posted by XypherGhost View Post
                No what i meant was, when you said if a Friend requested OP for the bike, he couldnt deny it. So why cant he deny it.
                Yeah... Thats totally upto him. Doesnt mean the scoot wont get damaged if ridden hard...atleast IMO, you wont feel it much as the expense to it replacing the parts or under warranty is little easy.

                Lets not divulge more on this . Its upto the TS to decide.
                R15S - Current
                Honda Dio - Current
                TNT 600i - Sold
                Classic 500 - Sold
                Pulsar 220 dtsi - Sold
                Yamaha YBX125 - Sold

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                • #9
                  Re: Which bike should I go for?

                  Thank you [MENTION=64547]TheArcher84[/MENTION] and [MENTION=78079]XypherGhost[/MENTION] for your valuable suggestions.

                  I've used a scooter for three years now and I think I could go for an upgrade, that's the only reason I'm looking for a bike.
                  I just said that I could do with low maintenance and low fuel charges but its not a must condition for me. My parents are fine with me buying a 150+ cc bike. I am a college student, so style is a bit of a factor for me. If mileage was a constraint then I would take your suggestion and stay with a scooter or buy a Platina. I wasn't clear on that part in my question, and sorry for that.
                  Also, my friends have bikes, so lending will not be an issue.

                  Road trips can vary from a trip to ooty or coorg (120-250 km) or short weekend trips (30-50 km).

                  R15-S, is 1.2 lakh the on road price?

                  As I said before, maintenance and fuel efficiency is not big of a deal for me, but considering I'm a college student should I go for RE?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Which bike should I go for?

                    Originally posted by Avinash Bhat View Post
                    Road trips can vary from a trip to ooty or coorg (120-250 km) or short weekend trips (30-50 km).

                    R15-S, is 1.2 lakh the on road price?

                    As I said before, maintenance and fuel efficiency is not big of a deal for me, but considering I'm a college student should I go for RE?
                    The R15-S is 1.15 Ex-Showroom Delhi, check with your local Yamaha Dealers and see what the price is. It should be max 1.2 -1.3 OTR

                    Also Gixxer SF is also great. SF is more relaxed than R15-S but R150-S is more refined than SF. And no you should not go for RE if you can afford one of the 2 bikes I mentioned

                    First ever R15-S review here:
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guXs19jERag

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                    • #11
                      Re: Which bike should I go for?

                      Seems very good. Very nice graphics as well. I wish there was a engine option between 200-250cc

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                      • #12
                        Re: Which bike should I go for?

                        Firstly you should decide on the type. Since your commute involves only city, I would recommend you following:-
                        1. FZ V2.0
                        Big improvement on mileage & still looks the best bike in its category. Power is something which is disappointing.
                        2. Gixxer
                        Similar to FZ in many ways & has a much better console which provides numerous info. Mileage also pretty decent. Overall a little better bike than FZ.
                        3. 200AS
                        Easily the most value for money bike. Better power with great naked looks. Only issue is the build quality compared to above mentioned bikes.

                        I would recommend you to go for a bike which provides you good access to a SVC. No bike will last for long without proper & professional servicing.
                        Don't stretch your budget beyond ₹1L since there is no end to that 😝
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                        • #13
                          Re: Which bike should I go for?

                          As you are a college student and demanding for looks too, I would suggest a Gixxer SF.
                          It's under your budget, looks good and also is a delight to ride.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Which bike should I go for?

                            Choose the one you feel you are good to go with.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Which bike should I go for?

                              If you can wait, wait for Honda to launch Hornet.

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