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    Default Re: A beginnerís guide to buying a bike, by a beginner.

    What do you think about r15 as beginner bike i have already booked it but still asking

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    Default Re: A beginnerÔŅĹs guide to buying a bike, by a beginner.

    Nice Thread.

    Same happened to me too.. or rather I would say I wasn't sure what category I liked when I purchased my first bike a pulsar 150.

    I was a car driving guy who has been driving since the age of 9. but bikes were completely a new unexplored territory for me.
    So, I went ahead any purchased it, little that I knew what was going to unfold. In 10 months and 13k on the odo I found that this wasn't enough for me and sold it to get my CBR 250(ABS). Found my taste to be fully faired sports types

    Few pointers that I would like to mention:
    1. If you can get ABS version of the bike GET IT!
    ABS doesn't kick in unless you make a mistake while braking so you won't even know it is there unless you actually messup braking and the pulsating sensation will tell you that you made a mistake and rectify/train yourself accordingly.

    2. Important deciding regarding bikes is the category you like.
    Ask yourself which bike/type of bike you turn around to look, look at it in parking and answer yourself.

    3. Test ride them
    Preferably from friends/ friends of friends. Learn about maintenance costs, spare costs, tires, chain sprockets cost etc.

    4. Deciding on the bike
    Don't go too heavy on the CC on your very first ride (not too low either if you plan on touring with it). You might be thinking I can handle/ control myself then why not buy the best/most powerful stuff
    The point here is that if your first ride is too powerful you will spend less time learning about riding and more time on how not to kill yourself.
    smaller CC bikes can be revved high without going too fast so you will learn to control the revs, corner well and counter steering. All of which will make you a better and safer rider.

    5. Invest in proper riding gears and wear them
    Apart from the bike, have some budget for riding gears
    Must haves
    • Helmet (Branded with DOT3+ or atleast ISO cert) (bare minimum and always on when riding) 1500+
    • Riding gloves (bare minimum and always on when riding) 300+
    • Riding jackets(and always on when riding) 3500+
    • Knee guards
    • Riding boots


    "Do not dress for the ride but dress for the fall "
    ATGATT ( All The Gear All The Time)
    Believe me you will thank your jacket and helmet and rest of the gears when you fall(and me if you start following ATGATT after reading this ).



    NINJA 650 2017 KRT BOOKED & WAITING
    CBR 250R 2012 RED ABS CURRENT AND HALF SOLD
    PULSAR 150 DTSI SOLD


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    Quote Originally Posted by anuj s View Post
    What do you think about r15 as beginner bike i have already booked it but still asking
    Yes it will be. One the best 150 segment bikes from yamaha. You will not regret you purchase.
    Last edited by arpan.bose; 08-17-2017 at 04:24 PM.

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    Default Re: A beginnerÔŅĹs guide to buying a bike, by a beginner.

    Hello,

    I am planning to buy a bike, currently owning CB Twister(6 years) and Splendor (2 years). After narrowing all the options, I am planning to upgrade to either FZ 25 or Dominar 400, I have been going through Ownership threads of both bikes since few months. I am buying mainly for everyday commuting and weekend/Occasional touring purpose. Main concerns are ride experience, reliability, fuel efficiency and maintenance...


    so my queries:

    FZ 25:

    Is ABS very necessary for person like me upgrading from 110CC engine?

    Headlights: What to do about the issue?

    Vibrations: Would it affect me considering twister which has a great refined engine till i hit high speeds (>90)?

    Reliability and maintenance :I know yamaha is reliable, but i see engine replacements, weird noises and maintenance issues for this particular bike..!


    Dominar 400:

    Weight: 80+kgs bump compared to Twister, will it affect me a lot?

    Fuel efficiency: The claimed mileage is 35, but 3 of my college mates who own it told it hardly crosses 25kmpl in real time conditions.. i am worried!

    maintenance: Bajaj doesn't have a great service record nor the bikes are not very reliable, Is it the same for Dominar?

    Vibrations : question same as for FZ 25



    considered 200 4V, opted out because FZ 25 is a better choice(right?)
    Any other options also welcome....

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    Default Re: A beginnerÔŅĹs guide to buying a bike, by a beginner.

    I don't think so Yamaha FZ25 is significantly better than Apache RTR200. It does have fuel injection, 50cc more and that extra torque at lower rpm but that does not justify the extra bucks you spend over RTR200.

    I was in a similar dilemma about 6 months back. I decided to go ahead with Apache RTR200 in spite of booking FZ25 and losing out on the booking amount. The reason I went with RTR200 was only that of the bang for buck it provides above all other options you mentioned above. No regrets till now. The bike has a gem of an engine and that sexy exhaust note which is best sounding on any single cylinder out there.

    I suggest you take a test drive and experience the bike first hand.

    PS: I too had a Honda Twister before moving on to the RTR

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    Quote Originally Posted by xeo View Post
    Hello,

    I am planning to buy a bike, currently owning CB Twister(6 years) and Splendor (2 years). After narrowing all the options, I am planning to upgrade to either FZ 25 or Dominar 400, I have been going through Ownership threads of both bikes since few months. I am buying mainly for everyday commuting and weekend/Occasional touring purpose. Main concerns are ride experience, reliability, fuel efficiency and maintenance...


    so my queries:

    FZ 25:

    Is ABS very necessary for person like me upgrading from 110CC engine?

    Headlights: What to do about the issue?

    Vibrations: Would it affect me considering twister which has a great refined engine till i hit high speeds (>90)?

    Reliability and maintenance :I know yamaha is reliable, but i see engine replacements, weird noises and maintenance issues for this particular bike..!


    Dominar 400:

    Weight: 80+kgs bump compared to Twister, will it affect me a lot?

    Fuel efficiency: The claimed mileage is 35, but 3 of my college mates who own it told it hardly crosses 25kmpl in real time conditions.. i am worried!

    maintenance: Bajaj doesn't have a great service record nor the bikes are not very reliable, Is it the same for Dominar?

    Vibrations : question same as for FZ 25



    considered 200 4V, opted out because FZ 25 is a better choice(right?)
    Any other options also welcome....
    Personally I had the same Dilemma when i upgraded from 100 to 200 about the necessity of ABS, but after riding the 200 for a month or so i got a grab on my motorcylce's ability to handle hard braking. The only catch is you need to be a little cautious on a non ABS vehicle while braking a little practice would do great wonders especially while on treacherous city traffic riding, mind you any 200+ cc bikes have quick acceleration when compared to the 100s. If you had already ridden these 200+ cc performance bikes then you wouldn't have any trouble getting along with these machines.

    Now coming to your selections FZ and Dominar are equally good moreover if you have the budget to stretch close to 1.7 OTR, I would suggest the ABS dominar, if not close your eyes take the FZ25, a more reliable and manageable vehicle especially considering your upgrade from 110cc. Both bikes are really great and Bajaj's reliability has increased to a great extent for Dominar. Maintenance point of view, the First free services for any bike get it done from the authorised service centers, later on getting it done from a trusted mechanic is best advised. On the weight issues, trust me go for the lighter weight 148kg FZ than the dominar. Even FZ has a considerable weight gain compared to the Twister and its a pain in itself to move these beasts in Off condition, while parking, reversing and even while slow moving traffic maneuverability.
    But all these are considerably smaller issues once you have gained some experience on these big fellows, not that the weight will reduce over the time but you would have got accustomed to the shortcomings.

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    Default Re: A beginnerís guide to buying a bike, by a beginner.

    See if you are a beginner and want to gain some experience go for fz25.

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