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A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

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    Hi,

    I'm looking to change my present ride, which served well for almost 10 years now - Apache RTR 180. Vibrations, seating position are the drawbacks of this model. Also, lack of service and parts.
    I'm almost 40 now. I don't prefer a vibrating rider now.
    I don't prefer Royal Enfied motorcycles or Suzuki Intruder.
    My budget for a new bike is around 1lakh.

    Now I want a bike with a relaxed riding position, some power for city rides (180-200cc) as well as reliability. Also, no aggressive styling which better suites the youngsters (Pulsars, FZ's etc). Karizma would've been my choice if it was a decade ago. Now, nobody seems to be buying Karizma.

    I don't really liked Yamaha Fz's and Royal Enfields now, for my purpose. Currently, I am looking at Bajaj Avenger 220 Street model. It looks not so aggressive, yet seems to pack some power and riding position, I haven't tried the bike yet! But, Avenger 220's are plenty in the used market with low prices. Why is this so? Are these bike's life over after 30000kms or so? You can get a 220 street for 40-45K if you're lucky. But, I wonder whether it's worth the risk buying a used Bajaj bike?
    Avenger looks like a small bike or is it good enough for medium tall people? 5feet9in.

    So, Karizma is not even visible anymore. Avenger too, is less in numbers. Are there any other models fitting my need from Honda, Hero etc.
    Is there any other choices available?
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    Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

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    • #3
      Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

      Originally posted by prakash_mvpa View Post
      Hi,

      I'm looking to change my present ride, which served well for almost 10 years now - Apache RTR 180. Vibrations, seating position are the drawbacks of this model. Also, lack of service and parts.
      I'm almost 40 now. I don't prefer a vibrating rider now.
      I don't prefer Royal Enfied motorcycles or Suzuki Intruder.
      My budget for a new bike is around 1lakh.

      Now I want a bike with a relaxed riding position, some power for city rides (180-200cc) as well as reliability. Also, no aggressive styling which better suites the youngsters (Pulsars, FZ's etc). Karizma would've been my choice if it was a decade ago. Now, nobody seems to be buying Karizma.

      I don't really liked Yamaha Fz's and Royal Enfields now, for my purpose. Currently, I am looking at Bajaj Avenger 220 Street model. It looks not so aggressive, yet seems to pack some power and riding position, I haven't tried the bike yet! But, Avenger 220's are plenty in the used market with low prices. Why is this so? Are these bike's life over after 30000kms or so? You can get a 220 street for 40-45K if you're lucky. But, I wonder whether it's worth the risk buying a used Bajaj bike?
      Avenger looks like a small bike or is it good enough for medium tall people? 5feet9in.

      So, Karizma is not even visible anymore. Avenger too, is less in numbers. Are there any other models fitting my need from Honda, Hero etc.
      Is there any other choices available?
      Yes, try xtreme 200r, relatively smooth engine with upright riding posture, safety of abs and low maintenance cost.

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        Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

        - Xtreme 200R
        - Avenger 220
        - Apache 160 4v
        - FZ25
        - Honda Hornet
        - Pulsar 220

        You cant go wrong with these workhorses. No frills, no nonsense, just true blue bikes. But you wont get the cruiser stance with anything besides the Avenger if that's what you want.

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        Originally posted by #bpk View Post
        Yes, try xtreme 200r, relatively smooth engine with upright riding posture, safety of abs and low maintenance cost.
        Suprised to see that you have finally succumbed to the xtreme's charms brother . I remember you and me both liberally maligning it in the launch thread.

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        • #5
          Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

          Originally posted by aamaadmi View Post
          - Xtreme 200R
          - Avenger 220
          - Apache 160 4v
          - FZ25
          - Honda Hornet
          - Pulsar 220

          You cant go wrong with these workhorses. No frills, no nonsense, just true blue bikes. But you wont get the cruiser stance with anything besides the Avenger if that's what you want.

          ----consecutive posts auto-merged-----



          Suprised to see that you have finally succumbed to the xtreme's charms brother . I remember you and me both liberally maligning it in the launch thread.
          Yeah, actually it's good for medium usage . It has a pull that's missing in premium 160cc bikes .

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            Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

            Originally posted by #bpk View Post
            Yeah, actually it's good for medium usage . It has a pull that's missing in premium 160cc bikes .
            Right you are. Everything has a use case that fits it right. As a ride, the xtreme 200R isn't too bad. Just not very exciting I think. But hey, indian traffic causes plenty of excitement even without the bike adding to it

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              Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

              Originally posted by aamaadmi View Post
              Right you are. Everything has a use case that fits it right. As a ride, the xtreme 200R isn't too bad. Just not very exciting I think. But hey, indian traffic causes plenty of excitement even without the bike adding to it
              [emoji4] what's your good name buddy. I know you're not mangoman [emoji4][emoji4]

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                Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

                Originally posted by #bpk View Post
                [emoji4] what's your good name buddy. I know you're not mangoman [emoji4][emoji4]
                Pranav at your service sir! And alas I am as mango as a man can be . And yourself?

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                  Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

                  Originally posted by aamaadmi View Post
                  Pranav at your service sir! And alas I am as mango as a man can be . And yourself?
                  I am Bhaskar, nice to meet you sir.

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                    Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

                    Bajaj Avenger is a good bike, comfy and powerful. Otherwise, you have V15, which has good low end but looses it steam past 80 kmph. It's a fresh design with neo retro looks though.

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                    • #11
                      Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

                      Originally posted by Zapps View Post
                      Bajaj Avenger is a good bike, comfy and powerful. Otherwise, you have V15, which has good low end but looses it steam past 80 kmph. It's a fresh design with neo retro looks though.
                      WOW! Zapps paaji, i almost forgot about v 15, it's a good bike.

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                      • #12
                        Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

                        Greetings fellow riders,
                        I'm 6'2 and I tried an Avenger 220 street for a few weeks. Not really bad, a multiverse character of relaxed riding with some good power available on call. To add to that it still manages to be a class of its own apart from the crowd of performance miniatures we generally purchase.

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                          Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

                          Thank you for all the replies.
                          Originally posted by #bpk View Post
                          Yes, try xtreme 200r, relatively smooth engine with upright riding posture, safety of abs and low maintenance cost.
                          I'm not updated to newer bike models. Is this based on old Hero Honda CBZ? Any change in riding posture compared to old CBZ?

                          Need to take a test ride of Avenger 220 and Xtreme 200r.
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                            Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

                            Got some free time in the afternoon and visited both Bajaj (Popular Bajaj) and Hero (CeeJay motors) dealers here. Bajaj sales staff are polite and eager to sell. They are ready to offer test rides. They have only an Avenger Cruse 220 model with them and are awaiting Street 220 ABS stocks. I asked about the on-road price of Avenger Street 220 ABS and it is almost 1,30,000 with all the taxes, cess, 5 year insurance! The non-ABS version is 1,21,000 or so. This is a little higher than what I expected. They have promised me to call when the Street 220 version is with them for a test ride. I sat on the Cruse and finds that the handle when turned on to the sides fully, touches my knees. Also sat on an Avenger 150 street and it seems shorter in length? and the handle is a little better. I am confused whether to spend this much money, provided that you can get 2 year old Avenger 220s for 40-60K here.

                            As per the recommendations, visited Hero dealer and it felt like a church or a confession room with the kind of loneliness one feel with nobody there except two-three sorrow faces. They are very cold, but showed me the bike and explained it's features, sat on it. I think this bike Hero Xtreme200r will hold better for years with the engine warranty and build quality compared to Bajaj's. Hero Xtreme 200r costs Rs115,000 on the road with 5 year full insurance and 50,000 or 5 year engine warranty. The riding position is just OK.

                            But, I'm swerving to Avenger 220 despite it's horrible pricing. Will have to take the test rides to come to a conclusion.
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                              Re: A 150-220cc bike for city ride and occasional short trips - tight budget

                              Originally posted by prakash_mvpa View Post
                              Got some free time in the afternoon and visited both Bajaj (Popular Bajaj) and Hero (CeeJay motors) dealers here. Bajaj sales staff are polite and eager to sell. They are ready to offer test rides. They have only an Avenger Cruse 220 model with them and are awaiting Street 220 ABS stocks. I asked about the on-road price of Avenger Street 220 ABS and it is almost 1,30,000 with all the taxes, cess, 5 year insurance! The non-ABS version is 1,21,000 or so. This is a little higher than what I expected. They have promised me to call when the Street 220 version is with them for a test ride. I sat on the Cruse and finds that the handle when turned on to the sides fully, touches my knees. Also sat on an Avenger 150 street and it seems shorter in length? and the handle is a little better. I am confused whether to spend this much money, provided that you can get 2 year old Avenger 220s for 40-60K here.

                              As per the recommendations, visited Hero dealer and it felt like a church or a confession room with the kind of loneliness one feel with nobody there except two-three sorrow faces. They are very cold, but showed me the bike and explained it's features, sat on it. I think this bike Hero Xtreme200r will hold better for years with the engine warranty and build quality compared to Bajaj's. Hero Xtreme 200r costs Rs115,000 on the road with 5 year full insurance and 50,000 or 5 year engine warranty. The riding position is just OK.

                              But, I'm swerving to Avenger 220 despite it's horrible pricing. Will have to take the test rides to come to a conclusion.
                              Haha.. Hero is like SBI of automobile showroom

                              If you liked Avenger 220. You can change the handle bars. I see there are lots of people with changed handlebar.
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