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  • Planning to replace R15 to get ZMA

    Hello guys

    I currently own a fatastic Red Yamaha R15
    no issues at all/still in stock contidion not even one strach on my bike
    I use my machine both for touring and commuting done 10500kms till now

    Thinking of changing R15 to ZMA
    1.My Fiance/GF is unable to sit comfortably as pillion on R15 and complains of back pain all the time when doing more than 200km in a day
    (i have added some more cushion at the back seat still the same)
    2.Its difficult to carry bags/luggage with a pillion
    3.off roading on R15 really is a pain.
    4.i am not sure how the machine will perform in monsoons.
    5.wrist do pain a lot when doing more than 300km in a day
    6.i need bike which is more practical in indian conditions/roads.

    All my friends have suggested not to go for this change as they just love my bike but i am confused what to do

    Please provide me with some suggestions

    Thank you

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    • #3
      R-1-5 is practically a Track Tool.......

      If u wanna drive 200km a days that too with ur GF as a pillion - OMG

      If ur a tourer and like to do offroading a lot --- and u concern a lot of comfort level for ur pillion.... go for Cruisers....or RE's...

      These bikes have a higher comfort level for the pillion - and yes ZMA is a good player of touring....but you see cruisers gives u and ur pillion a higher comfort level.....

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      • #4
        If you wanna tour more with your GF, I suggest you go for a RE product, Thunderbird or Electra.

        ZMA is not so comfy for the pillion on long rides. My wife complained about it when we made a short 200 km ride (I own a ZMA). Its very comfy for me though.

        She was very comfortable in an Enfield though, when I had my friend's ride for a day. The newer RE products are quite reliable as well, if you take proper care of it.

        Your cruising speed will certainly be lesser, but I can assure you that the journey will be more comfortable and possibly, eventful as well
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        • #5
          Originally posted by krish View Post
          If you wanna tour more with your GF, I suggest you go for a RE product, Thunderbird or Electra.

          ZMA is not so comfy for the pillion on long rides. My wife complained about it when we made a short 200 km ride (I own a ZMA). Its very comfy for me though.

          She was very comfortable in an Enfield though, when I had my friend's ride for a day. The newer RE products are quite reliable as well, if you take proper care of it.

          Your cruising speed will certainly be lesser, but I can assure you that the journey will be more comfortable and possibly, eventful as well

          +1 for that... as my friend own's ZMA and we had done 150+ km with me as a pillion... i didn't find me so comfortable as a pillion... as others said smooth long rides a bullet with stick to ur bill... they are for that...
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          • #6
            zma would be good for long rides, but i think u can have r15 and also a commuter like passion or gsx 150r...
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            • #7
              @dreamz_mak: IMHO,

              Like the biker matters more than the bike, same goes for the pillion.

              Bikes are actually meant to carry only one person i.e. the Rider and thus bikes are usually designed keeping rider comfort in mind more than pillion comfort. Hence, for most bikes over longer distances the pillion will inherently be a lot more uncomfortable than the rider.

              So actually the pillion must be strong enough to bear the strain of a long ride, thus what I am trying to say is that it depends more on your pillion's ability to take the strain of riding in the back seat for long distances.

              That being said, I would also like to add that bikes like the Avenger/Thunderbird that come with a back rest would be a delight to pillions on longer journeys! I'd say the T'Bird being the most comfy of the lot!
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              • #8
                ^^ Rightly said by praful.We at Mumbai xbhp have 4-5 R15s which we extensively use for tours and no issues as yet in terms of discomfort.

                one of our riders always has his brother as a pillion and max. distance done by us was approx. 400 kms in a day.

                But yes any RE model/Avenger is a delight for pillion rider.
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                • #9
                  its same like. for a rider if he changes a bike, initially the discomfort but later the adoption...!
                  same goes for the pillion as well., its all about adopting the posture & getting used to.!
                  if thought this way, if u have a R1 by gods grace , what would u think about the pillions comfort than..!
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                  • #10
                    Go for RE's....if et all....
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                    • #11
                      Go for an Avenger 200 or a TBTS. Both can cruse at high speed and has very good pillion comfort.
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                      • #12
                        dunno about avy 200...but tbts has a poor pillion comfort had a chance of sitting as pillion on tbts for 110kms...hopeless..for that matter say zma is the best on pillion comfort and can cruise all day long at 100kmph..

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                        • #13
                          I own a Avy 200. Backrest is OK for safety but I would say bike is not designed for pillion comfort. Its a bike afterall.

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                          • #14
                            what is your budget for a new bike???

                            If you really love your R15 and a need a bike for occasional touring..you can get a used zma/avenger/xtreme(pretty comfy rear)..and still keep your bike for commuting which you probably do 5 days a week..but if budget is a constraint then selling your bike for a more subdued bike would be advisable..
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                            • #15
                              One of the best threads in the 'What Bike' section...!!

                              @ Dreamz : Pretty nice points put forward..!

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