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    Default Need help in choosing first big bike (above 600 cc)

    Hi guys,
    I’m finally planning to pick up my first big bike, which I intend to keep for about the next 5 to 7 years.
    I’m 5 foot 7, on the lean side, so seat height and weight are factors I need to consider. The main purpose is street riding, at times I’ll take it to office, but mostly weekend rides. As I live in Noida, BIC will be visited after a couple of years, once I have saved up for a full leather suit and have some mileage under my belt.

    I’ve got a list of shortlisted vehicles within my budget of 8.5 lacs, but am super confused overall due to some lack of knowledge (and also am overthinking I guess).

    1. Z650 – great seat height and weight, price is brilliant, but do not like the exhaust note and I think I might want something with more power in 3-4 years. Another huge concern is the poor and expensive Kawasaki after sales service and spares. (Delhi has only 1 outlet so far)
    2. Z900 – Kawasaki service is key negative, the bike is a bit on the bigger side for me, but yet to take a test ride. Doesn’t have any electronics, is fairly pricey. Otherwise looks and sounds great
    3. GSX S750 – great bike, bit heavy and marginally high seat, but super engine and sound. Loved the test ride. Only challenge is Suzuki service is charging a bomb – 6-7K every 4 months is the interval as per the dealer. That is just too much.
    4. Street Triple 765 S – looking for a second hand – else too pricey, rest seems brilliant. Any thoughts on their after sales and service cost and experience in Delhi? (one triumph in Kailash colony in particular – great sales guys and test ride experience)
    5. Honda CBR 650F – seems heavyish, and my first preference is a naked, but otherwise it has a lot going for it – Honda service and spares are also the cheapest I believe. Yet to take a test ride, but the showroom is closed on weekends…


    I’m not considering Ducatis, as they are just way too expensive and have heard the spares and service costs are also extra high.

    I would really appreciate viewpoints and suggestions that will help me in deciding what to go for. And am I worrying too much about the weight of the bike due to my inexperience? Is it something that is manageable once we get more used to and comfortable with the bike?

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    Hi Taran,

    Kawasaki are quickly gaining notoriety for expensive spares and service costs. IIRC, Kawasaki recommends service every 6000km or 6 months whichever is earlier. While Triumph recommends service at 10000km or 1 year, whichever is earlier. Honda will still be cheaper to maintain. The cost of maintaining a superbike is substantial and I would suggest that you do a lot of research on this aspect before you take the plunge.

    Coming to the options you have shortlisted, I have riding experience with only the street triple. That bike is just perfect! Its easy to ride, but it has enough performance to keep even experts happy. You will have a lot of fun on BIC with it. Since your main purpose is street riding and you prefer naked bikes, the Triumph ticks all boxes. If I were in your place, I would save money and go for a street triple.

    To answer your final question, you do get used to riding a heavier motorcycle with time. But it is much easier to flick around a 166kg Street Triple in traffic or around a corner at BIC rather than the 214kg GSX S750.

    Hope this helps.

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    Yeah I agree with shumi too. Even though street triple might feel pricey but trust me brother.. you do not want to let go of the bike even when you are old. It is a bike which can be passed down from one generation to another. Triumphs engines are as good as they come. With service interval of one year it’s a keeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shumi_21 View Post
    Hi Taran,

    Kawasaki are quickly gaining notoriety for expensive spares and service costs. IIRC, Kawasaki recommends service every 6000km or 6 months whichever is earlier. While Triumph recommends service at 10000km or 1 year, whichever is earlier. Honda will still be cheaper to maintain. The cost of maintaining a superbike is substantial and I would suggest that you do a lot of research on this aspect before you take the plunge.

    Coming to the options you have shortlisted, I have riding experience with only the street triple. That bike is just perfect! Its easy to ride, but it has enough performance to keep even experts happy. You will have a lot of fun on BIC with it. Since your main purpose is street riding and you prefer naked bikes, the Triumph ticks all boxes. If I were in your place, I would save money and go for a street triple.

    To answer your final question, you do get used to riding a heavier motorcycle with time. But it is much easier to flick around a 166kg Street Triple in traffic or around a corner at BIC rather than the 214kg GSX S750.

    Hope this helps.
    Thanks for the advice! I am looking at the maintenance cost for sure, and Honda beats everyone hands down. I test rode the CBR 650F yesterday, it's a lovely bike, ultra smooth power delivery, but i'm still in two minds due to the fairing though and no electronics. If only they had the naked version in India..

    You are spot on, the triple is the best thus far except for the price point.

    I have ruled out the z900, it's brilliant but i felt it has too much raw power for my experience and did not appeal to me much for some strange reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drive_angry View Post
    Yeah I agree with shumi too. Even though street triple might feel pricey but trust me brother.. you do not want to let go of the bike even when you are old. It is a bike which can be passed down from one generation to another. Triumphs engines are as good as they come. With service interval of one year it’s a keeper.
    Thanks for your inputs! I do intend to keep the bike i buy for many years
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    So Taran, have you made up your mind yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drive_angry View Post
    So Taran, have you made up your mind yet?
    Not yet. Heart says triumph, but it's out of budget.
    I need to take another test ride of the suzuki and am also waiting for a detailed road test from the experts.

    Most budget friendly option is the z650, but i can wait for a bit and then take the call and see if a good second hand deal is available on a Striple.

    Will happily share any update or confirmation news whenever it happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by taran1981 View Post
    ...take the call and see if a good second hand deal is available on a Striple.

    Will happily share any update or confirmation news whenever it happens
    Looking forward to the good news soon brother and yes I was about to suggest the same superbike group is full of striples, you might want to check the group out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taran1981 View Post
    Hi guys,
    I’m finally planning to pick up my first big bike, which I intend to keep for about the next 5 to 7 years.
    I’m 5 foot 7, on the lean side, so seat height and weight are factors I need to consider. The main purpose is street riding, at times I’ll take it to office, but mostly weekend rides. As I live in Noida, BIC will be visited after a couple of years, once I have saved up for a full leather suit and have some mileage under my belt.

    I’ve got a list of shortlisted vehicles within my budget of 8.5 lacs, but am super confused overall due to some lack of knowledge (and also am overthinking I guess).

    1. Z650 – great seat height and weight, price is brilliant, but do not like the exhaust note and I think I might want something with more power in 3-4 years. Another huge concern is the poor and expensive Kawasaki after sales service and spares. (Delhi has only 1 outlet so far)
    2. Z900 – Kawasaki service is key negative, the bike is a bit on the bigger side for me, but yet to take a test ride. Doesn’t have any electronics, is fairly pricey. Otherwise looks and sounds great
    3. GSX S750 – great bike, bit heavy and marginally high seat, but super engine and sound. Loved the test ride. Only challenge is Suzuki service is charging a bomb – 6-7K every 4 months is the interval as per the dealer. That is just too much.
    4. Street Triple 765 S – looking for a second hand – else too pricey, rest seems brilliant. Any thoughts on their after sales and service cost and experience in Delhi? (one triumph in Kailash colony in particular – great sales guys and test ride experience)
    5. Honda CBR 650F – seems heavyish, and my first preference is a naked, but otherwise it has a lot going for it – Honda service and spares are also the cheapest I believe. Yet to take a test ride, but the showroom is closed on weekends…


    I’m not considering Ducatis, as they are just way too expensive and have heard the spares and service costs are also extra high.

    I would really appreciate viewpoints and suggestions that will help me in deciding what to go for. And am I worrying too much about the weight of the bike due to my inexperience? Is it something that is manageable once we get more used to and comfortable with the bike?
    Hi friend, i'm using cbr250r
    And recently i've booked my cbr650f before the launch of gsx s750.. but now I'm confused between these 3 bikes.. z900,gsx750 and cbr650f.

    I have ridden both kawasaki and honda.. kawasaki z900 felt bit aggressive in terms of power, i think 125bhps of raw power is too much for delhi traffic, bike looks good but quality isn't up to the mark!

    On the other hand Honda has more road presence and has better built quality as compared to kawasaki, spares and service cost is almost half of the z900.. As honda is known for its smoother engines and great reliability but somewhere i felt the bike has vibrantions after 4000rpm and this making mee pulling my mind from this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahul11382 View Post
    Hi friend, i'm using cbr250r
    And recently i've booked my cbr650f before the launch of gsx s750.. but now I'm confused between these 3 bikes.. z900,gsx750 and cbr650f.

    I have ridden both kawasaki and honda.. kawasaki z900 felt bit aggressive in terms of power, i think 125bhps of raw power is too much for delhi traffic, bike looks good but quality isn't up to the mark!

    On the other hand Honda has more road presence and has better built quality as compared to kawasaki, spares and service cost is almost half of the z900.. As honda is known for its smoother engines and great reliability but somewhere i felt the bike has vibrantions after 4000rpm and this making mee pulling my mind from this bike.
    The Suzuki has the best tech on the bike compared to the 3 with traction control, low rpm assist and a few more things, and yes weight is a problem but it will be cheaper than the Z for sure and on par if not cheaper than Honda being a naked CKD unit.

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