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    Hello to the wonderful xbhpians! Im extremely glad to be part of such a great bunch of fellow motorists trying to help out novice bikers like me!

    I travel 25-30 kms roundtrip to office on weekdays and 70-100kms on weekends within the city.

    I have mostly driven basic 100cc bikes till now and planning to upgrade to a bigger engine and performance bike since my current bike(hero passion pro) is hurting my back of late.

    Below are the requisite details!

    1. Budget - 90k
    2. Age - 30
    3. Height - 5.
    4. Weight - 65kgs
    5. Intended usage - office (25-30 kms) with occasional drives with my wife on weekends(max 100-120kms oneway)
    6. Fuel Efficiency requirement (approx., if any) - 50kmpl
    7. City & Highway percentage usage - 80% to 20%
    8. Approximate Daily / Monthly running - 30 kms daily
    9. City / Town /Village of residence - Hyderabad

    Kindly suggest a decent 125-150cc bike with decent performance that goes easy on my pocket too since I'm not a bike hopper and would like to keep it for long since I also use my car intermittently.

    My options are Honda Unicorn (160)/ Bajaj Avenger (150 street)/ TVS Apache (160 RTR).

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    Chaitanya.

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

    Query Approved

    Since you have mentioned that your present bike has been hurting your back, i would strike off the Apache and Avenger from the list. The Unicorn and the Yamaha would be a much better idea methinks.
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    Welcome to XBhp Chaitanya.Unicorn 160 would be a good choice. If you want 125cc go for Honda Shine SP.
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    Default Re: Suggest a bike for daily commute with decent performance

    Thank you 'the monk' and prashanth.

    May I also ask,being a moderately built person(5.6' and 65kgs), does the weight of a bike make any difference to driving comfort and maneuverability in city traffic?
    I'm a bit skeptical on unicorn since I read a thread today that monosuspension on unicorn doesnt do much good to the back?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by chaitanyapatwari View Post
    Thank you 'the monk' and prashanth.

    May I also ask,being a moderately built person(5.6' and 65kgs), does the weight of a bike make any difference to driving comfort and maneuverability in city traffic?
    I'm a bit skeptical on unicorn since I read a thread today that monosuspension on unicorn doesnt do much good to the back?
    Comfortness of a bike differs from person to person.
    Pls test drive Avenger 150 street also. Since it is a cruiser type, for most people it will provide a comfortable ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaitanyapatwari View Post
    Thank you 'the monk' and prashanth.

    May I also ask,being a moderately built person(5.6' and 65kgs), does the weight of a bike make any difference to driving comfort and maneuverability in city traffic?
    I'm a bit skeptical on unicorn since I read a thread today that monosuspension on unicorn doesnt do much good to the back?
    Unicorn should not be much heavier than your current bike, at heart it is a commuter, visit a showroom and check it out in person make sure that it suits your needs.
    And as far as maneuverability is concerned, it is just a matter of practice and familiarity on the bike. Ride any bike for long and you will be accustomed to its turning radius and flick ability in traffic. Take test ride to check out the suspension.


    Take a look at Hornet too while you are at the showroom. You might like the fresh new looks.
    If nothing works out, Shine is the answer, the new one comes with a five speed gearbox, which was really needed.
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    Thank you Ankey. Will test ride and let you all know. Keep up the good work guys! Cheers!

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

    btw..can someone throw some light on the importance of Combined Braking System(CBS) that was introduced in Honda vehicles?
    I never preferred even a double disk before but wanna make sure to consider this option if it adds to my driving comfort. Shedding few extra bucks is not my worry but with rainy season coming underway, I just dont wanna risk skidding on my bike unnecessarily?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaitanyapatwari View Post
    btw..can someone throw some light on the importance of Combined Braking System(CBS) that was introduced in Honda vehicles?
    I never preferred even a double disk before but wanna make sure to consider this option if it adds to my driving comfort. Shedding few extra bucks is not my worry but with rainy season coming underway, I just dont wanna risk skidding on my bike unnecessarily?
    CBS is only available in Honda Bikes, it is their Patented technology, no other manufacturer can create their own version of it as it is patented

    CBS means whether you press front or rear break, both the breaks get activated, this helps people who dont know how to brake properly by dividing braking force between front and rear brake, but at the sametime it is disastrous during panic breaking and rainy season as both the tyres get jammed at the sametime and you are surely going to skid

    If a bike does not has CBS, you can control which brake to activate and how much, in which case, even if your rear tyre gets jammed and the bike will fishtail skidding the rear but the front may still brake and stop the bike, you can try and control a fishtail but if your front tyre gets jammed you are sure to fall down since if the front wheel locks up, the entire bike balance is lost

    Only thing that is good is CBS with ABS (Honda CBR250R, CBR650F and higher) as ABS will prevent the wheels from locking up

    Only bikes in India with ABS are as follows,

    TVS Apache
    Bajaj RS200
    Duke 390
    Honda CBR250R, CBR650F and the 1000s

    From April 2017 onwards ABS will become mandatory in India on all bikes above 125cc

    Additionally, if your back is hurting, first see a doctor and avoid bikes completely, stick to cars

    If you still want a bike, here is my advice :


    1. get a bike with gas charged rear suspension which is setup on a softer side (different bikes have different suspension setups even if they have the same type of suspension)
    2. Wide semi-soft seat (not too firm and not too soft) so that it covers your bum's sit bones (yes, there are sit bones in your bum and you need to sit on them equivalently to prevent stress on your lower back), you can also measure the distance between your sit bones and then measure the seat to ensure it is wider than your sit bones
    3. thicker and bigger rear tyres (thicker the tyre the more air pressure it can maintain and more bumps it can handle by itself
    4. bigger the tyre the more distance it places between your bum and the ground and the jerks get less intense, this is why Avenger is not suited for everyone even though it has comfortable seating posture as it is very low and closer to the ground)
    5. straight riding posture, not curved inwards back as a sporty riding position and not curved outwards as in the case of Avenger
    6. relaxed hands, don't grip the handle bar, just hold it and leave your hands loose
    7. light weight and nimble bike, heavy bikes feel stable but they also require more force to control them, back pain is not just caused by undulations from the road, constant turning of arms in right or left direction also requires back support and stresses the back
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    Default Re: Suggest a bike for daily commute with decent performance

    The above post beautifully explains things in detail.
    Regarding your choice of bikes, I'd suggest the following :
    Honda Shine
    Yamaha Saluto/SZ-RR
    Tvs Phoenix.
    You need a lightweight commuter with wide and comfortable seat.

    Sent from my Xperia L.

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