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Thread: Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

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    Default Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

    Hello Xbhpians...! This is my first post on Xbhp with regard to my recent requirement of purchasing a new bike and I need suggestions of all the experts here based on the following factors.

    I am 22 years old guy having a height of 5 ft 7 in., weight is 72 kgs. I've only owned one two wheeler till date: The Activa since my school days and do not have a long term experience riding a bike which means I am new to it. Now a new bike is soon going to replace the Activa and I'm looking forward to purchase a bike not less than 150 cc in any case as the bikes in that range lose breath if driven exceeding 80 kmph and aren't best to have fun in long stretch of empty roads or for going on long trips.

    I've short listed the Suzuki Gixxer and Bajaj Pulsar 200ns and would like to point out a few facts to help you all understand my circumstance to base your choice upon:

    1. My driving will be 75-80 percent in the city and only 20-25 percent on the highways/long stretch of roads free from traffic. In fact sometimes (monthly) this ratio could be 90:10 (city:highway).

    2. I love elegant and decency more than cartoonish or embellishing looks. In fact the faired bikes (like the R15) are a bit overkill for me.

    3. Budget is around Rs. 90,000 but could be stretched by upto Rs. 10k if I'm getting something extraordinary by paying that extra amount.

    4. Mileage is not a big issue for me as my running some days could even be less than 10kms, but if I get it good, it would obviously be a bonus...!

    Based on the facts above, I'm personally being driven in favour of Gixxer..it is cheaper by almost Rs. 15k, has got top-of-the-class performance, head turning looks and has new engine as well. Then comes the 200NS...the only thing driving me crazy about this one is its power and its road presence.

    Therefore my questions at last:
    1. So is the spending of Rs 15k more justified
    for more power of 200ns and its dominant presence...?
    2.
    200 NS is relatively aged compared to the Gixxer. It is a fresher bike with an all new engine whereas the one on 200ns is about 3 years older and may soon be upgraded in versions to come.
    3. Worrying thing about the Gixxer are some issues relating to it which I read on the Ownership thread of xbhp including rusting problems, hard gear shifts, engine oil leaks and poor paint quality. Should that stop me from buying a Gixxer...?
    4. Which bike of the two is more FUTURE-PROOF...? By future-proof I mean the quality of bike to remain like new and perform with full grunt for a longer period of time since I already remarked above I won't be upgrading for a long time.
    5. I visited both Suzuki and Bajaj showrooms here. Without a doubt the dealing of Suzuki seemed to be incredibly transparent to me. Bajaj was in fact not even much interested in selling its bike and it seemed they've just got piled up with them a few old models of 200ns which they are hardly interested in selling. This awkward attitude of the sales plus service centre of Bajaj is not confidence-inspiring when it comes to reliability of after sales service. Also, Suzuki has been incredibly helpful in resolving all their customers' woes online (Source: Ownership thread, Suzuki Gixxer, xbhp)
    6.How much is the difference in the top end performances of both the bikes...? Does 200 ns beat gixxer in that by a huge margin...?

    Sorry for the long post guys, but I've to make an informed decision so that i do not regret it. Please provide your inputs..! Thanks.

    P.S.: This is my first ever post on Xbhp.
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    Default Re: Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

    My answers :
    1. So is the spending of Rs 15k more justified[/B] for more power of 200ns and its dominant presence...?

    A- 15k more will take you in different category which is worth the money.


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    200 NS is relatively aged compared to the Gixxer. It is a fresher bike with an all new engine whereas the one on 200ns is about 3 years older and may soon be upgraded in versions to come.

    A: Main salient features of ns will remain same though they might launch ss(soon), as, fi version of ns. I don't think engine and other properties are going to change any time soon.


    3. Worrying thing about the Gixxer are some issues relating to it which I read on the Ownership thread of xbhp including rusting problems, hard gear shifts, engine oil leaks and poor paint quality. Should that stop me from buying a Gixxer...?
    A- both bikes have similar problems. Even ns has got same but at the end it all depends upon your maintainance and regular usage.


    4. Which bike of the two is more FUTURE-PROOF...? By future-proof I mean the quality of bike to remain like new and perform with full grunt for a longer period of time since I already remarked above I won't be upgrading for a long time.

    A- i don't see pulsar upgrading the engine anytime soon. And definitely pulsar won't loose power in long run.


    5. I visited both Suzuki and Bajaj showrooms here. Without a doubt the dealing of Suzuki seemed to be incredibly transparent to me. Bajaj was in fact not even much interested in selling its bike and it seemed they've just got piled up with them a few old models of 200ns which they are hardly interested in selling. This awkward attitude of the sales plus service centre of Bajaj is not confidence-inspiring when it comes to reliability of after sales service. Also, Suzuki has been incredibly helpful in resolving all their customers' woes online (Source: Ownership thread, Suzuki Gixxer, xbhp)

    A- that is because suzuki doesn't have big market presence as bajaj. Their bikes speak for themselves. But i agree that ASS of bajaj is just average, though spare parts are cheap.


    6.[B]How much is the difference in the top end performances of both the bikes...? Does 200 ns beat gixxer in that by a huge margin...?
    A- i don't think both are comparable here. Ns goes upto 135 kmph which is more than enough.

    PS: I own a pulsar 200ns hence my views might be a little biased.



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    Default Re: Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

    Both bikes are good.one thing i want to mentioned that if you are riding more than 100 kmph speed on the highway get the pulsar 200ns.gixxer is no match in 0-60,0-100kmph speed.pulsar does it in 3.1 and 9.6seconds.top speed is 136 kmph.mileage is 35-40kmpl.

    If you are riding under 90 kmph speed than get the suzuki gixxer and you love the exhaust note.it gives 42-48kmpl.top speed is 115 kmph.


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    Default Re: Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

    Quote Originally Posted by SUSHANT RANJAN View Post
    I am 22 years old guy having a height of 5 ft 7 in.
    Please take a test ride of 200NS and confirm yourself that the height of 200NS is not a problem for you. Both your feet should touch the ground to manage the bike's weight esp when your riding is 90% in city. Also check if you can lift 200NS(when in stand still position) easily when it is tilted. And check if you can unpark the vehicle easily.
    Because these are the things that take the fun away from 200NS.
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    Default Re: Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

    Thanks for your input Jazzy, since you already own the 200ns, would you please answer the following queries respecting the same:
    1. What's your height...? Do you find it difficult for your legs to reach ground while driving....?
    2. How is your experience in making the bike almost crawl in the heavy city traffic...? Is the weight or dimensions of the bike an issue while negotiating traffic. I am asking thisbecause the majority of my riding will be in city and if riding this bike is indeed a problem in traffic, it might be a deal-breaker for me.
    4. On an average, how much mileage you've been getting..?
    3. How much frequently do you require to shift gears in lower speeds...?
    And lastly, how has been your experience with the quality of the bike (any major troubles..?) since you've owned it and how has been the record of the Bajaj Service centre in your city...?

    If this bike easily excels in city driving, I won't be left with any reasons to reject it...! After all a 200cc undoubtedly adds to the fun factor, road presence and longevity of the engine as it would have enough grunt left even after years of use. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandeepcf View Post
    Please take a test ride of 200NS and confirm yourself that the height of 200NS is not a problem for you. Both your feet should touch the ground to manage the bike's weight esp when your riding is 90% in city. Also check if you can lift 200NS(when in stand still position) easily when it is tilted. And check if you can unpark the vehicle easily.
    Because these are the things that take the fun away from 200NS.
    Sandeep, I will surely take a test tomorrow to ascertain if height of the bike is a problem for me. I will also check its manageability with respect to parking, lifting, etc. which would obviously be the actions which I will have to perform umpteen times each day. Only if its manageable for me, I would consider going for it. Thanks for your valuable advice.

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    Default Re: Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

    The only problem is the weight of the bike, 200NS is too heavy for a naked bike, and like all pulsars it is front heavy, which takes a toll in handling.

    So take a long test ride and see if you manage the weight and can maneuver it in city traffic.

    As for the gear shifts, it has 6 gears, so yes you will have to shift gears quite a lot. Every time you spot a speed breaker, you have to come down from 6th to 2nd. So you'll have to learn to keep shifting gears all the time. After a few thousand kms, it becomes and habit and you dont even notice that you had shifted from 6th to 1st in about 3 seconds.

    So relax and take test ride and figure out if it suits you or not.
    All the best.
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    Default Re: Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

    1. What's your height...? Do you find it difficult for your legs to reach ground while driving....?

    I'm 6'1'' so no problem at all.

    2. How is your experience in making the bike almost crawl in the heavy city traffic...? Is the weight or dimensions of the bike an issue while negotiating traffic. I am asking thisbecause the majority of my riding will be in city and if riding this bike is indeed a problem in traffic, it might be a deal-breaker for me.

    A- good handler in traffic. No issues there.

    4. On an average, how much mileage you've been getting..?

    A- 35-38 kmpl

    3. How much frequently do you require to shift gears in lower speeds...?

    A- it has linear acceleration and will give you enough time to manouvre on a particular gear.

    And lastly, how has been your experience with the quality of the bike (any major troubles..?) since you've owned it and how has been the record of the Bajaj Service centre in your city...?

    A- i have had carburator issues for which i blame bajaj ASS. Its just average.

    If this bike easily excels in city driving, I won't be left with any reasons to reject it...! After all a 200cc undoubtedly adds to the fun factor, road presence and longevity of the engine as it would have enough grunt left even after years of use. :-)

    A- i totally agree.

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    Default Re: Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

    One thing: Gixxer is light and more flick-able in traffic as compared to 200NS.
    You wont feel down as its best in 150 category and has more than enough power for city traffic, Japanese engine means it will last long without trouble.

    200nS is good for highway as it has more power and can continously maintain 100kph without much stress. But as you will be driving mostlyin city, you should be happy with Gixxer.
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    Default Re: Recommendation required: SUZUKI GIXXER vs. BAJAJ PULSAR 200NS

    completed two years on NS this month.

    What a bike. Truly international in terms of built quality and power delivery.

    Added advantage is bulletproof bajaj service experience. These guys take customers more seriously than the seriousness with which a top ranker sits for Civil Services Exam!

    If you have a height > 5'9" - go for the pulsar. It will outlive you.

    p.s.
    my last bike, the dtsi 180. we planned a trip to mussoorie and were one bike short. my brother dusted it, put engine oil and petrol. cleaned the air filter and the bike came to power in two kicks! - Thats Bajaj. issueless bike.
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