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    Default Need your advice on choosing a new bike

    Hi, I am looking to upgrade from 7 year old Pulsar 150. Looking for a ride that will help me commute to office for about 20kms everyday
    through engaging traffic(Bengaluru bro:() and occasional weekend tours...
    Budget of up to 2 lakhs and I will retain this bike for 5-6 years..
    Here are the options I have short-listed. Any advice, review and suggestions will be much appreciated :)

    Not listing the full-faired sports bikes, Dominar and the Apache RTR 200 V4 as I feel they don't connect with me...

    Bike Pros Cons
    Pulsar NS200 perimeter frame, oil cooled,single channel ABS, power at the top, under belly exhaust low torque at the bottom , no major changes in 5 years, pathetic service from Bajaj
    Duke 200 awesome torque through out, lightweight, loaded console, eye catcher even after 5 years of similar design, unmatched acceleration from 0-60 kmpH no ABS, seating comfort, leakage at engine head and upside down forks, maintenance costs?, heating issues?
    FZ25 best torque among the listed options, refined engine, good seats, yamaha's reliability, 250 cc at great price looks like a beefed up FZ, 250cc air cooled, no ABS, weak LED headlamp
    RE Classic 350 seating comfort, heritage, an experience, best selling RE, METAL maneuverability in heavy traffic, no ABS(not even twin discs), vibrations, lots of attention and maintenance required, lack of new tech

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    I would suggest FZ25 for the positive reasons you mentioned. Looks are subjective, & I like it even now.

    If you wish for ABS, wait a little, Yamaha is speculated to launch an ABS variant of FZ25 around next year. Since you already have a bike, you can wait it out.



    I own a Duke 390, and I've ridden the Duke 200 too.
    Duke 200 is good, but not too much of low end torque, only its gearing is short, so you feel like it is torque. You will have to keep it in mid to high rpms to get the punch. Seating is almost useless for the pillion, only ok for short rides. For rider the seating is acceptable, nothing special.


    Don't miss liquid cooling in FZ25. Performance aside, even my feet burn, riding the Duke. There ain't nothing cool about it, literally speaking.
    If its not there, its probably not needed/ feasible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
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    I would suggest FZ25 for the positive reasons you mentioned. Looks are subjective, & I like it even now.

    If you wish for ABS, wait a little, Yamaha is speculated to launch an ABS variant of FZ25 around next year. Since you already have a bike, you can wait it out.



    I own a Duke 390, and I've ridden the Duke 200 too.
    Duke 200 is good, but not too much of low end torque, only its gearing is short, so you feel like it is torque. You will have to keep it in mid to high rpms to get the punch. Seating is almost useless for the pillion, only ok for short rides. For rider the seating is acceptable, nothing special.


    Don't miss liquid cooling in FZ25. Performance aside, even my feet burn, riding the Duke. There ain't nothing cool about it, literally speaking.
    If its not there, its probably not needed/ feasible.
    Thanks for your suggestion and I totally agree about FZ25 being the best bet here.I had been to yamaha for a test drive of the FZ25, turned out the quality control is totally unlike yamaha. Improper welds, gaps near the side panels, weak LEDs and the worst part is that more than a few have complained about the tappet noise, that too from a model manufactured in May... Really disappointing

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    Default Re: Need your advice on choosing a new bike

    Quote Originally Posted by Praveenkumar Kuduvakkal View Post
    Thanks for your suggestion and I totally agree about FZ25 being the best bet here.I had been to yamaha for a test drive of the FZ25, turned out the quality control is totally unlike yamaha. Improper welds, gaps near the side panels, weak LEDs and the worst part is that more than a few have complained about the tappet noise, that too from a model manufactured in May... Really disappointing
    You should try mojo ut and dominar. From next year mojo will get abs, save money and go for higher cc bikes

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    Could I suggest TVS Apache 200 4v with ABS, suits your budget really well. Otherwise, try Duke or CBR 250 - both are pretty good bikes.

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