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Thread: Yamaha FZS ver 2.0 vs. Bajaj Avenger

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    Default Yamaha FZS ver 2.0 vs. Bajaj Avenger

    Hi,

    I need suggestions on which motorbike to choose given the below set of requirements -

    1. Budget - 1 lac +/- 10K
    2. Age - 27
    3. Height - 6'1''
    4. Weight - 80
    5. Intended usage - City ride/ Office commute.
    Although having said a city ride, I stay in Bangalore and the distances easily add up to 60-70 km on any given Saturday or Sunday. Weekdays are a fixed 20 km ride. Not a mile more.
    6. Fuel Efficiency requirement - Anything upwards of 30 kmpl will do.
    7. City & Highway percentage usage - 97 & 3 respectively.
    8. Approximate Monthly running - 600-700 kms per month (weekday use of 20 km, weekend use of 50/70 km - average figures)
    9. City - Bangalore.
    10. Brand / Bike type preference (if any) - Yamaha, Suzuki.
    11. Pillion comfort - Good to have. Surely won't want my wife to jump on a spring to climb the tomb of butthurts.
    12. Previous bike owned - Bajaj Pulsar 150 (the Definitely male version with round headlights)

    Some other misc. pieces of info -
    I have test driven the below bikes for comparison so far -
    a. Yamaha FZs version 2 - Great handling, cornering, braking. BUT it stops at that. Not impressed with the power & pick up at higher RPMs. Decent riding comfort. Pillion rides just about ok. Pillion Butt Hurt Threshold (PBHT) - 45-60 mins. On road price of 93.5K.

    b. Yamaha Fazer - Haven't owned a bike with fairing ever. Felt a bit weird while cornering or maneuvering sharp turns. But I think that's a matter of habit & whether you are used to it or not. Riding comfort was decent though not exceptional. Nothing noticeably different from FZ version 2 on power & pick up front. PBHT - 45 - 60 mins.

    c. Bajaj Pulsar 200NS - I know there would be Pulsar fanboys out there vouching for the power packed features with a KTM Duke engine base on this machine - which is why, agreeably, with bias, I test rode this motorbike. And boy it vibrates!! I found the vibrations prominently disturbing at a humble speed of 45 kmph. This motorbike is supposed to redeem the image of Pulsar and with the features it packs, its a commendable attempt but with all the jazz that's put in the engine & styling, had they managed the vibrations better, I would have still considered this beast. Oh, and not to mention, my wife WILL need a spring to jump up high on the back. PBHT - 30 - 45 mins.

    d. Bajaj Avenger - Smooth ride as expected from a cruiser. Good power, pick up. Cornering & maneuvering not as great as all other motorbikes listed here, but I am not sure if that is to be expected of a cruiser. Only factors weighing this one down - tubed tires & the tendency of the front tire to skid, especially so in rains. Also, traffic compatibility is so so. PBHT - 120 - 180 mins.

    e. Suzuki Gixxer - Ditto the feel of a FZ version 2 but with more power and pick up. However, the handling & braking is not as great as the FZ ver 2.0. Any factors to weigh this down? Not sure of the post sales services or the ownership experience given its recent launch (Aug/ Sep 2014). Honestly I wasn't even aware of this motorbike till I accidentally stumbled on the review by ZigWheels and PowerDrift on YouTube.

    Given these facts, I am considering the FZ version 2.0 (Not sure if I will ever cross a 80 kmph in Bangalore unless I want to be consumed in part by the black concrete a**holes on road (potholes) and Bajaj Avenger ( I can totally relate to the lazy a** lumbering of this motorbike in traffic. I ain't the guy who cuts lanes or overtakes 4 wheelers from blindside like a maniac on speed.)

    I specifically need your inputs on anything which I may have missed in comparison OR if there are any other alternatives which I have not considered. That said, I am also open to revisiting the conversation on the motorbikes I have listed here but haven't shortlisted.

    Kaustubh

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    Default Re: Yamaha FZS ver 2.0 vs. Bajaj Avenger

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    Majority of your rides being in the city, I suggest you drop Avenger out of the picture. Yes it is known for its comfort but in city manoeuvring this mammoth is a painstaking task (Especially in Bangalore traffic). You need to forget the word filtering when riding an Avenger in traffic. Pulsar NS 200 is more of an all rounder and is not focused for city riding. Though it has kind of a linear power delivery, most of the power and torque comes after midrange. For city rides you would need good low end torque especially with a pillion. Yes it has minor vibrations.

    Yamaha FZ/Fazer are very good city bikes (also fair well on highways). They have good low end torque. Like you mentioned the newer versions feel strained at higher rpms. Anyways considering that your speeds will not exceed 60-70kmph in the city, I think it has adequate power to pull with two people on. Fazer has a slight disadvantage when filtering due to the fairing. It is very expensive for an air cooled 150cc.

    Suzuki Gixxer is a good contender for your requirements. As good as the FZ with a price advantage. Suzuki service has been poor in most places. However, being in Bangalore I think you will find one or more good Suzuki service centre(s). If close enough to your place, then it is worth considering.

    Honda has unveiled the Unicron 160. It is suppose to compete with the likes of Gixxer and FZ. I think it is priced below the Gixxer. Don't expect it to handle as good as the FZ but I feel it hsould do the job in city stints. Honda has the combi braking system version for this motorcycle. Being a long stroke motor, it should have good torque at low rpms.

    What you are asking for actually is high powered city commuter. Such motorcycles exist in many other countries, for instance FZ1, CB1000R, S1000R. Similarly for our traffic conditions we deserve to have a 150-300cc high powered city commuters. Sadly we don't have a market for that as of now. I could recommend the Duke 200 which is a fast city bike but considering its vibrations and non-existent pillion seat, it goes out of the equation.
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    Default Re: Yamaha FZS ver 2.0 vs. Bajaj Avenger

    Out of the above options, FZs and Gixxer checks out all of your requirements.
    Go for FZ if you want premium fuel injected motor (hence more will be the cost as compared to gixxer).
    Go for Gixxer if you want a normal carb motor and fresh new looks.

    Both of these machines are light and nimble to move about in city traffic and have enough grunt to keep you at 70-80kmph range. They will get harsh after 80kmph.

    I would suggest RTR180, but the vibration issue crosses it out of the list.
    choose wisely.
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    Default Re: Yamaha FZS ver 2.0 vs. Bajaj Avenger

    Thanks guys. Booked Yamaha FZ version 2 today. Expecting the delivery by next Thu. On road price of 93576.

    Kaustubh

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaustubhW View Post
    Thanks guys. Booked Yamaha FZ version 2 today. Expecting the delivery by next Thu. On road price of 93576.

    Kaustubh
    Nice choice buddy. a perfect new year gift for you.

    Ride safe and have fun.
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    Default Re: Yamaha FZS ver 2.0 vs. Bajaj Avenger

    Congrats on your purchase. Enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaustubhW View Post
    Thanks guys. Booked Yamaha FZ version 2 today. Expecting the delivery by next Thu. On road price of 93576.

    Kaustubh
    A quick decision and a great one! Congrats!

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    Post some Pics of the bike. How is your experiance

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