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  • Please Help choosing new bike!

    Hi everyone,

    Firstly, I would like to thank the moderators for letting me to be part of the xBHP community

    This is my first post here and I want to your help to finalize a bike I'm going to purchase soon. Have gone through lots of posts to understand about of bikes but could not decide which one to buy. I'm 33, height about 5' weight around 58kg. Used to ride bicycles for long time, started riding bike for couple of years back

    I have rode bikes like Bajaj M80, Splendor, Passion and Activa scooter. At present I have Hero Honda Passion bike.

    I will be riding mainly within city limits with occasional long rides 2-3 times a month.

    1. Budget 70K
    2. Age 33
    3. Height 5'
    4. Weight 58kg
    5. Intended usage ( City commute, few Highway trips in a month,)
    6. Fuel Efficiency requirement (approx 60+ more the better)
    7. City 80 & Highway percentage usage 20
    8. Approximate Daily 30kms running, monthly around 500-600km
    9. City Mumbai (so we can evaluate road conditions / traffic / terrain / altitude / OTR pricing)
    10. Brand -> none decided yet
    11. should have low maintenance, good build to last at least 10-15 years. (very optimistic about the duration !)
    12. Pillion Rider -> yes

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    Re: Please Help choosing new bike!

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    • #3
      Re: Please Help choosing new bike!

      If you need 60+kmpl then you cannot look for anything more than 125cc. I would suggest as follows:

      Hero Glamour: Tried and tested model. Its kinda dated but trust me it is still a great bike. I have toured to a few places on the Glamour and I found the bike to have decent handling, fuel efficient and smooth. Even when I ripped it hard (Maintaining 80-90kmph) the bike returned 58kmpl. The bike has superb low end torque that no other bike in its class has. Maintenance is definitely low being a hero. Only grouse I found was its front drum brake but you can always buy the disc version. (Also check out the Ignitor)

      TVS Pheonix: I haven't really ridden it but reviews have been good. Nicely built bike, looks great, has tons of features and also TVS service is decent. If there is any problem it could only be the TVS tyres which have poor grip in wet conditions.

      Honda Shine SP: A newer and better version of the already hot selling Honda Shine. For city use the bike is great. Again if you get TVS tyres, same problem as mentioned before. The bike is not so stable at higher speeds. I haven't ridden the SP version though.

      Yamaha Saluto: New kid in the block. Reviews have been decent so far. Check it out.

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      • #4
        Re: Please Help choosing new bike!

        Firstly, let me welcome you to the xBhp community.
        For your kind of usage, I'd suggest you Shine and Saluto. Take good care of your bike and it will serve you for a number of years.
        Shine is a tried and tested bike. Does the job of commuting from point A to point B without much ado. Good FE along with spare availability adds to the virtues.
        Saltuo, though a new one has pretty decent comfort and build quality. Has the lightest in-class weight and very good FE.
        Take a TR of both the bikes and decide.
        A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

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        • #5
          Re: Please Help choosing new bike!

          Hi Amit, have you decided anything yet?
          A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

          Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
          My Ride To Sunderbans -
          Hemnagar & Samsernagar
          Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling