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    Hi,

    I'm planning to by bike which I'm mainly going to be using for daily commuting ( Around 30 KMS +30kms daily). But will also be using the bike for other purposes. My preference is good comfort, good after sales services and a decent milage.

    Currently I'm looking at Pulsar NS 200, Apache RTR 200 4V and Royal Enfield ThunderbirdX 350. Which bike should I choose. Feel free to suggest bikes that aren't listed above.

    Thanks in advance.

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    • #3
      Re: Suggestions for my first bike

      Originally posted by Kash97 View Post
      Hi,

      I'm planning to by bike which I'm mainly going to be using for daily commuting ( Around 30 KMS +30kms daily). But will also be using the bike for other purposes. My preference is good comfort, good after sales services and a decent milage.

      Currently I'm looking at Pulsar NS 200, Apache RTR 200 4V and Royal Enfield ThunderbirdX 350. Which bike should I choose. Feel free to suggest bikes that aren't listed above.

      Thanks in advance.
      Consider RTR 200 and FZ 250.

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        Re: Suggestions for my first bike

        Originally posted by Kash97 View Post
        Hi,

        I'm planning to by bike which I'm mainly going to be using for daily commuting ( Around 30 KMS +30kms daily). But will also be using the bike for other purposes. My preference is good comfort, good after sales services and a decent milage.

        Currently I'm looking at Pulsar NS 200, Apache RTR 200 4V and Royal Enfield ThunderbirdX 350. Which bike should I choose. Feel free to suggest bikes that aren't listed above.

        Thanks in advance.
        Have taken a test ride of all the bikes that you have mentioned?
        If no, then first take a test ride and see which one you are most comfortable with.
        Between the 3 that you have mentioned, my vote goes to Apache 200 4V.
        Apart from that, you can take a look at the following bikes:
        1. FZ v3
        2. FZ25
        3. MT15
        4. CB300
        5. Gixxer 250
        6. CBR 250R

        All the above are from Japanese manufacturers and are know to be pretty reliable.
        I am not sure what your budget is. You can look at Ninja 300 or R3 as well if within your budget.
        Yamaha Ray ZR Street Rally -> 2020
        Kawasaki Ninja 1000 2019 -> 2019
        YZF-R3 -> 2017 -> SOLD 2019
        CBR 250R -> 2017 -> SOLD 2017
        Ninja 650 -> 2016 -> SOLD 2018
        Blue Activa 125 -> 2016
        Black YZF-R15 v2 -> 2011 -> SOLD 2016
        Black Discover 125 DTS-i -> 2005

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        • #5
          Re: Suggestions for my first bike

          Out of your shortlisted bikes, the RTR200 should be the first choice.
          If you are open to other options.

          Fz25 - is a very good bike. Now comes with dual channel ABS, which is a must have in this day and age. Looks good, has decent power to keep you happy in the city and on the highway. The Japanese reliability and robustness is a big positive, and it is low on maintenance.

          Hero Extreme200 - If you can digest the plain jane looks, it is a good bike. No hy-fi electronics or gadgets, just a simple bike with power on tap. The ABS comes as standard which is good. It has a faired version as well, equally ugly but just as potent, take a look at it too.

          Gixxer 250 - The newest kid on the block but has being big brother of an already established bike, it would be a good option. Fresh new looks are going to turn heads around and Japanese reliability will bring peace of mind and niggle free ownership.

          Take test ride of all of them and then choose the one that suits you the best.
          I would like to thank my legs for supporting me, my arms for being always by my side and my fingers; I could always count on them.

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          • #6
            Re: Suggestions for my first bike

            For your need FZ 25 fits the bill. Donot go for sport bikes. Not good for your back in long term.

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            • #7
              Re: Suggestions for my first bike

              Not the best piece of advice about sport bikes. By going with that logic most of the stuff in this world in not good in long term. Everyone is different, a sport bike may be uncomfortable for one person but it can a totally different case for someone else.

              For example - I had a 2018 fsz v2.0 good bike for most of the guys out there but turned out to be very uncomfortable for me. Sold it in less than 10 months
              Originally posted by Alone View Post
              For your need FZ 25 fits the bill. Donot go for sport bikes. Not good for your back in long term.

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                Re: Suggestions for my first bike

                The NS 200 and the RTR 200 will have a lower service cost and also the spares will be cheaper as compared to the Thunder Bird.

                For daily commuting I would suggest to also take into account the weight of the bike and how flickable the bike is in traffic.

                The comfort factor gas to be decided by you, insist on a longer test ride from the dealership.

                The milage would be about the same for all the bikes in consideration with the 200's having an edge.

                Other bikes to consider -

                Gixxer 250 - maneuverability might be bit of problem in traffic because of the fairing. Robust and better build quality as compared to the TVS and Bajaj. it will last longer than I those two.

                FZ 25 - Has become a bit outdated in contrast to the competition. Offers less features too. But again reliable engine and transmission. The FZ25 thread is filled with complains regarding tappet noise from the engine.

                CBR 250 - Even more outdated. But very very reliable. Service and spares will be expensive than the rest. maneuverability might be bit of problem in traffic because of the fairing.

                Xtreme 200/ 200s - Good products backed with the reliability and service network and service cost of a Hero. They have a bit of an understated design to them.






                Originally posted by Kash97 View Post
                Hi,

                I'm planning to by bike which I'm mainly going to be using for daily commuting ( Around 30 KMS +30kms daily). But will also be using the bike for other purposes. My preference is good comfort, good after sales services and a decent milage.

                Currently I'm looking at Pulsar NS 200, Apache RTR 200 4V and Royal Enfield ThunderbirdX 350. Which bike should I choose. Feel free to suggest bikes that aren't listed above.

                Thanks in advance.

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                  Re: Suggestions for my first bike

                  Originally posted by umang10 View Post
                  CBR 250 - Even more outdated. But very very reliable. Service and spares will be expensive than the rest. maneuverability might be bit of problem in traffic because of the fairing.
                  Outdated, yes it is. But still a very potent machine.
                  I am not sure about the expensive part as I found it to be one of the cheapest bike to maintain with good availability of all parts (in Bangalore). Fairing parts were near in price to R15 v2. The oil filter is an exact match to the FZ16 which costs around 45 bucks. The only addidtional requirement is the cost of the extra oil as it needs more than 1l of engine oil. Also Honda doesnt create a fuss in selling parts over the counter. This issue is there with Kawasaki and sometimes with Yamaha as well (depends upon the dealership and your rapport with them.

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                  Originally posted by Alone View Post
                  Donot go for sport bikes. Not good for your back in long term.
                  Not exactly. It entirely depends on what you are comfortable with. I have seen folks doing 700-800 kms a day on ZX-10R and H2 which are in supersport category.
                  At the end, you should ride something that you are comfortable with.
                  My personal preference is sports tourer as I feel they give you the best of both worlds i.e city and highway rides and I use my bike for daily office commuting as well. Others might find a naked to be more comfortable.
                  Yamaha Ray ZR Street Rally -> 2020
                  Kawasaki Ninja 1000 2019 -> 2019
                  YZF-R3 -> 2017 -> SOLD 2019
                  CBR 250R -> 2017 -> SOLD 2017
                  Ninja 650 -> 2016 -> SOLD 2018
                  Blue Activa 125 -> 2016
                  Black YZF-R15 v2 -> 2011 -> SOLD 2016
                  Black Discover 125 DTS-i -> 2005

                  Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUc...fiHTCWO8E6WdeA
                  Please check out our ride videos.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Suggestions for my first bike

                    If you can wait a little bit the Suzuki gixxer 250 naked version will launch soon and it will be the best of both world (for city as well as highways)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Suggestions for my first bike

                      Consider Hero Xtreme 200R for its commuter as well as the peace of mind of owning this bike with Hero Motocorp and the colour scheme mainly the panther black and the blue shade does turn some heads. But if i were you i would straightly go in for the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 X for its utmost comfort money can buy and the colour shades it is offered in. And the only bike which can be used for many years.

                      Take your pick.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Suggestions for my first bike

                        You must first buy a 2nd hand 150cc bike, run it for 2 years and learn how to maintain a motorcycle and realize the issues that come by. Since you're a new rider, the bike will take damage b'cause of your inexperience.

                        A low powered bike makes you realize how to extract full power off it's engine; the high stress on the engine will make it give problems and you'll learn about various engine problems.

                        After you're experienced enough you can buy a new one which'll avoid damage to it.

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                          See i will not deviate from this topic and stick to those 3 bikes because those 3 must be appealing to you.

                          Rtr200 is a bit of a less cc racer, you would want to rev it hard sometimes whereas ns300 is the same but with less committed sitting posture and ergonomics.
                          In contrast, thunderbird x is a laid back bike meant to be driven at slow speeds sitting while keeping legs wide like punjabi style.

                          you have got to see for yourself what is your preference.
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