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    Hey guys,

    Right now, I am commuting via train, but once I get my bike, I will have to commute 34 km every day from my home to office and back (17 km one side). Out of those 34 km, I am very happy to say, 30 km is highway, which saves me a lot of time, compared to train travel and it's a BLISS riding a bike on this highway. Hence I want to purchase a bike, and it has been my dream to purchase a 150 cc bike, and now, it is the perfect time to do so. Here are the details...

    1. Budget = 75 to 80k. I can increase to 1L but it has to be worth it.
    2. Age = 35.
    3. Height = 5'10.
    4. Weight = 70
    5. Intended usage = Daily office commute, which is 90% highway, and on weekends, occasional recreation - taking my wife out for a spin in the city.
    6. Fuel Efficiency requirement (approx., if any) = At least 45 to 50kmpl. I am a middle class man, and the bike will be running every day, hence need good mileage/fuel efficiency. If I calculate, it comes down to 204 km per week and 816 km a month.
    7. City & Highway percentage usage = 90% highways (on weekdays) and 10% in city (weekends).
    8. Approximate Daily / Monthly running = 34km/day (Monday to Saturday).
    9. City / Town /Village of residence (so we can evaluate road conditions / traffic / terrain / altitude / OTR pricing) = Ambernath (Thane District/Mumbai). Will be traveling daily to Dombivli via MIDC Pipeline road.
    10. Brand / Bike type preference (if any) = Always loved Honda, so thinking about Unicorn (since am a family man) or Hornet. A friend also recommended Pulsar. Another friend recommended Gixxer. I haven't test-driven any yet.

    I have tried to give as much information as possible. So please help me get my dream bike.

    Thanx a lot in advance. Desperately waiting for a reply
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    Query Approved

    If looks are not important for you and you only want a bike capable of doing its job with the least amount of problem and will have a comfortable pillion seat as well.

    If you care about looks, then the Gixxer, Hornet, FZ, NS160 etc would be more up your street. But pillion comfort wouldn't be as good.


    Test ride all the bikes before deciding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Query Approved

    If looks are not important for you and you only want a bike capable of doing its job with the least amount of problem and will have a comfortable pillion seat as well.

    Test ride all the bikes before deciding.
    For this, you mean Unicorn? Also, 150 or 160?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ravihpa View Post
    For this, you mean Unicorn? Also, 150 or 160?
    Yes the Unicorn. Either. Check the ownership threads before finalising.
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    If I was to give up pillion comfort, which one is the better machine? Can I read the advantages and the disadvantages of each machine compared with each other somewhere on the internet? Unbiased and truthful reviews, of course.

    I remember I had read that Honda is still using old tech gearbox or something compared to Gixxer or other latest offerings from other companies. I don't remember the particulars. Need to do more research on that part.

    Another thing that has always bothered me was the way to change gear in these machines. Up til Honda Shine (4 gear system), changing the gear, there is a portion at your ankle and you just press down on it to shift the gear up. But in the case of Honda Hornet, for changing gear, moving it up, you have to move your shoe (toe portion) below it and push it up. There is no ankle portion where you can push down to go one gear up. That has always irritated me. It also ****s up the upper portion of my shoe

    I hope am making sense
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    Quote Originally Posted by ravihpa View Post
    For this, you mean Unicorn? Also, 150 or 160?
    I think based on your requirement, the Unicorn 150 should be good a choice. It's a no nonsense bike and trouble free. It would fall in your budget, returns good FE, low maintenance cost and can carry a pillion in good comfort. And it would return close to 45kmpl if kept around/under 75kmph.
    On the unicorn 150, you can ask them to replace the toe gear shifter with the heel-toe shifter (i think it's from shine or the older unicorn which came with this heel-toe shifter.. costs 100rs or so, a couple of my friends have done this)
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    I just checked out the local Honda showroom, and they have a 5-month wait for Unicorn 150/160 Hence it's not even available for a test drive

    They have the Hornet available. By the way guys, is it worth it to get the CBS system (Combi-Brake System)? I previously thought it had ABS and was really excited about it, but my excitement died when the showroom guy told me otherwise

    A friend has Gixxer and he's unhappy with the bike's performance and the service he gets from the local service center. So I guess that's outta the picture.

    I was never too keen for a Yamaha. I can MAYBE think about a Pulsar, but will have to test drive it first. A friend had bought a UG4 long time ago, and I loved it. Don't know the current state of a Pulsar 150.

    Am going to test drive Hornet tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ravihpa View Post
    I just checked out the local Honda showroom, and they have a 5-month wait for Unicorn 150/160 Hence it's not even available for a test drive

    They have the Hornet available. By the way guys, is it worth it to get the CBS system (Combi-Brake System)? I previously thought it had ABS and was really excited about it, but my excitement died when the showroom guy told me otherwise

    A friend has Gixxer and he's unhappy with the bike's performance and the service he gets from the local service center. So I guess that's outta the picture.

    I was never too keen for a Yamaha. I can MAYBE think about a Pulsar, but will have to test drive it first. A friend had bought a UG4 long time ago, and I loved it. Don't know the current state of a Pulsar 150.

    Am going to test drive Hornet tomorrow.
    Gixxer isn't a bad machine. My friend also owns one, never had a problem. Minor niggles though. But, Hornet is also good and comparable to Gixxer in terms of performance. Well, test drive is always a way to get a feel of the bike. Do let us know about your views on the Hornet
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    Guys, after test driving a few bikes, I've come to the decision to get a Unicorn 160. It's a beautiful machine, has straight riding position, good pillon comfort, has a heel-toe shifter , and has all the better aspects of the legendary Unicorn 150. I couldn't ask for anything more.

    Thanx a lot guys, for helping me with this decision
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    A weird thing happened today. Since the official Honda showroom said there's a 5-month waiting list, I visited a few bike dealers, and almost all of them recommended me the Unicorn 150 and said that Unicorn 160 is a "failed model" and has "flopped", etc. Some were even questioning the durability of the bike (in comparison to the 150). After I insisted that I want the 160, all of them said that they can arrange the bike for sure but would advise against it.

    Maybe they have a low margin of earning on that model, I don't know. What do you guys think? Any truth to this?
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