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    Default Re: Suggest a bike for daily commute with decent performance

    Thanks krishna77.

    Thank you yudhistir for the wealth of information. I do use my car but in hyderabad traffic, I prefer a bike to car. It gets further messed up in rainy season.
    I will really appreciate if you can suggest few bikes to consider based on your furnished inputs?

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    Default Re: Suggest a bike for daily commute with decent performance

    May be you can also include Hero Xtream and Hunk in your list. I would suggest you to test ride all the bikes you shortlisted (suggested here) and give your feedback. Based on that, you may get better suggestions.
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    Default Re: Suggest a bike for daily commute with decent performance

    Quote Originally Posted by chaitanyapatwari View Post
    Thanks krishna77.

    Thank you yudhistir for the wealth of information. I do use my car but in hyderabad traffic, I prefer a bike to car. It gets further messed up in rainy season.
    I will really appreciate if you can suggest few bikes to consider based on your furnished inputs?
    Based on Gas Charged Monoshock (centrally located) and thicker rear tyre, following would be my suggestions,

    Suzuki Gixxer :
    not the thickest tyre at 140/60 but is pretty light at 135kg

    Yamaha FZ :
    same tyre size as Gixxer but is the lightest at 132kg

    Honda Hornet :
    has the thickest tyres at 140/70 but is heavier than Gixxer and FZ at 142kg

    TVS Apache 200 :
    heavier than hornet at 148kg with slightly less thickness at 130/70

    Bajaj Pulsar AS 150/200 :
    heaviest bikes with decent thickness at 110/80 143kg for AS150 and 130/70 153kg for AS200

    Bajaj Avenger :
    thicker tyre at 130/90 but does not has gas charged monoshock due to its low design
    monoshock increases height of bike which is a good thing as it is easy on the back because the distance between the bumps and the seat increases

    There are other bikes as well within your budget but I didnt suggest them as their monoshock is offset to one side, example : Pulsar 150 and Honda Navi

    Monoshock is best if it is centrally located as your spine rests above the center and not the side corner of a bike

    I have suggested above bikes only on the basis of specifications, you need to take a test drive for each of them for atleast 15-20 minutes to gauge your compatibility with the bike

    Try to access the bike on its seating position on the bike(upright neutral), placement of foot pegs(center set and not too much towards the rear), suspension setup (soft or hard) and shifting directions at low speeds (at higher speeds all bikes will feel light due to their torque but you will only ride at slow speeds in traffic)

    A light bike like Gixxer or FZ will be nimble and wont stress your upper body and is best for traffic and city but not stable for highway rides

    A heavy bike like AS200 will be more stable on the highways but will stress you in long duration of traffic rides

    A middleweight bike like the Hornet will be good within city as well as highways, given that it has the thickest tyres it is sort of an ace in comfort, but only if its suspension is setup on a softer side and not on the harder side

    On the other hand, Avenger has a sofa seat but misses out on monoshock, if ridden calmly by slowing down on bad roads and avoiding potholes this would be the most comfortable bike if your legs are not too long

    Safety wise, if you plan to ride during monsoon, Apache 200 would be the best bet as it will have ABS but only if you find its weight suits you (do a back to back between every bikes test ride and gixxer to get a better feel of how nimble the bike is), but you'll have to wait a few months for the ABS version

    At the end, your height and your weight will make a big difference in choosing the bike

    If you now think about After Sales Service of every brand, then that is a hit and miss, some people have better ASS with one brand whereas some people have better ASS with another brand, just get the extended warranty so that even if ASS is bad, you can harrass them for a longer time

    Use the following website to compare tyre thickness of bikes :

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/tirecalc...0r17-140-60r17

    Use the following website to compare specifications :

    Cars and Bikes in India 2016, Reviews, Comparisons, Specifications

    Make sure to go through the ownership forums of these bikes as well, you learn a lot without even getting out of the house

    I have personally gone through the Gixxer and Avenger forums and following are my observations,

    Gixxer has issues (exhaust sound changes and engine paint chip off) but Suzuki is taking constant feedback from its customers and acting upon it to rectify them and also to improve the bike, example : they introduced the rear disc brake versions lately after customer feedback

    Avenger spares are easily available and not so costly but if you ride it harsh and don't maintain it then you'll end up spending a lot in repairs, some KTM guys had chain brakes during long trips and the local village mechanics fitted the Avenger chain in their KTM's, worked like a charm

    Whichever bike you buy, make sure you have around 15000 left after purchase to spend on some really good quality gear, complete biking gear from helmet to elbow guard and knee guard and jacket and pants, wear gear over your office wear or carry your office wear while you go to work and change when you reach, it will be a little more effort but it is worth it, even if you will just commute, there are many idiots riding on the roads, safety gear not only protects your head but also prevents abrasions and any sort of disability if an accident occurs, at max the gear will tear of but not your skin, plus, don't think jeans will protect your legs, they rip apart very easily

    Best of Luck
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    Default Re: Suggest a bike for daily commute with decent performance

    Hi All,

    Sorry couldnt get back to the thread sooner as I was caught up with something important.

    Since test ride is the best way suggested, I test rode few bikes and below are my observations:

    Avenger & Apache - Not good support to my back and ignored.

    Honda 125 SP - Though some people feel 5th year is an advantage, I actually felt the contrary. Somehow, I felt probably my passion pro engine was a lot powerful than this.

    Unicorn 160 - Disregarded right away since I found out that the new model is a failure and the erstwhile 150cc version takes ages to be delivered(30-45 days)

    I was finally left with Yamaha FZ, SZ RR, Hero Glamour and pulsar 150.

    Since I was looking for a 150 cc engine, considering the driving comfort and mileage, I chose Pulsar 150(black). Its been a week since I bought it and am pretty satisfied with its performance.

    Thanks all for your kind suggestions and hospitality!

    Admins may close this thread!

    Cheers,
    Chaitanya.

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    Default Re: Suggest a bike for daily commute with decent performance

    Hi Chaitanya, congrats on your steed!
    Ride safe.
    @The Monk .. please close this thread as per the request of the thread starter.

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