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    Question Returning to bikes- looking for 150-160cc bike for daily commute

    Hi all,

    I am 33 yo old guy thinking about buying a bike for my daily office commute. I had learned riding on a Hero Winner (back in 2000), owned the first gen Honda Unicorn for almost 3 yrs (2004-2007). I went abroad for education and didnt ride for a while. After a gap of almost 8 yrs in 2015 - I started using my wife's Activa for grocery runs. From the past 6 months I have been using the Activa for office commute. Now my wife will be needing her Active for her office commute due to new job. And I dont want to travel in car to office since its a pain in traffic hours and expensive too. Hence I am back on the market looking for a 2 wheeler.

    So here I am looking for a comfortable, low maintenance bike for daily commutes (30kms to and fro in Bangalore traffic) and weekend chores. Ease of riding in traffic, ease of maintenance and long term reliability are important to me. I also want the biket o have FI+ ABS. And I am married so pillion comfort is also important atleast for travelling 10-12kms.

    1. Budget - around 1-1.2lpa on road
    2. Age- 33
    3. Height- 5'9"
    4. Weight- 80 kgs
    5. Intended use- daily commute, running errands (almost no highway usage- since I use my car for any long distance travel). Approximate running 30kms daily and 10-12 kms over weekends.
    6. Brand/bike- Having owned a Unicorn in the past, I wanted to buy the Hornet- but reading about how it struggles with low and mid end torque has left me sceptical.

    -Going for the test drives I was bit nervous since I havent ridden a bike in over 12 yrs! And have gotten used to seating position and ease of no-gears on Activa.

    -Test drove Gixxer and found the posture rather weird and un-natural for me. Couldnt get comfortable on the bike (which is weird since everyone tells how comfortable Gixxer is). Also the lack of FI in Gixxer meant a NO-GO for me.

    -Went to Yamaha Green City Motors to test drive the FZS V3 and was told that the test bike MIGHT arrive next month. Anyone know which showroom around Sarjapur/HSR/Marathahalli in Bangalore has a V3 for test drive?

    -Went to TVS Kubera Motors to test drive the RTR 160 4v- They only had carburettor version for the test drive. The bike felt great and felt at ease with the posture. It seemed like a good choice for driving in B2B traffice of Bangalore, since the bike was able to pull in lower speeds in higher gears.
    The showroom experience was disappointing- I was told that ABS is only available in carburettor version and they didnt know when it will come in FI version (which is against what I had read in the news). They seemed rather lazy and didnt even take my contact details or provide a written quote. The sales guy just told me that carburettor with ABS will cost me 1.2 lakhs on road and FI+ Abs will go upto 1.4 lakhs!! Overall, a disappointing experience with the showroom. I would like to test drive a bike with FI and ABS before I actually make the purchase. Any pointer on which showroom has availability will be appreciated.

    Right now, I am confused between the V3 and 160 4V. Which would be a better choice for use over a long term and offer better after sales service?
    PS-Sorry about the long(ish) post.

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    Default Re: Returning to bikes- looking for 150-160cc bike for daily commute

    Attempt at returning, approved.
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    Default Re: Returning to bikes- looking for 150-160cc bike for daily commute

    Quote Originally Posted by dwingrider View Post
    Hi all,

    I am 33 yo old guy thinking about buying a bike for my daily office commute. I had learned riding on a Hero Winner (back in 2000), owned the first gen Honda Unicorn for almost 3 yrs (2004-2007). I went abroad for education and didnt ride for a while. After a gap of almost 8 yrs in 2015 - I started using my wife's Activa for grocery runs. From the past 6 months I have been using the Activa for office commute. Now my wife will be needing her Active for her office commute due to new job. And I dont want to travel in car to office since its a pain in traffic hours and expensive too. Hence I am back on the market looking for a 2 wheeler.

    So here I am looking for a comfortable, low maintenance bike for daily commutes (30kms to and fro in Bangalore traffic) and weekend chores. Ease of riding in traffic, ease of maintenance and long term reliability are important to me. I also want the biket o have FI+ ABS. And I am married so pillion comfort is also important atleast for travelling 10-12kms.

    1. Budget - around 1-1.2lpa on road
    2. Age- 33
    3. Height- 5'9"
    4. Weight- 80 kgs
    5. Intended use- daily commute, running errands (almost no highway usage- since I use my car for any long distance travel). Approximate running 30kms daily and 10-12 kms over weekends.
    6. Brand/bike- Having owned a Unicorn in the past, I wanted to buy the Hornet- but reading about how it struggles with low and mid end torque has left me sceptical.

    -Going for the test drives I was bit nervous since I havent ridden a bike in over 12 yrs! And have gotten used to seating position and ease of no-gears on Activa.

    -Test drove Gixxer and found the posture rather weird and un-natural for me. Couldnt get comfortable on the bike (which is weird since everyone tells how comfortable Gixxer is). Also the lack of FI in Gixxer meant a NO-GO for me.

    -Went to Yamaha Green City Motors to test drive the FZS V3 and was told that the test bike MIGHT arrive next month. Anyone know which showroom around Sarjapur/HSR/Marathahalli in Bangalore has a V3 for test drive?

    -Went to TVS Kubera Motors to test drive the RTR 160 4v- They only had carburettor version for the test drive. The bike felt great and felt at ease with the posture. It seemed like a good choice for driving in B2B traffice of Bangalore, since the bike was able to pull in lower speeds in higher gears.
    The showroom experience was disappointing- I was told that ABS is only available in carburettor version and they didnt know when it will come in FI version (which is against what I had read in the news). They seemed rather lazy and didnt even take my contact details or provide a written quote. The sales guy just told me that carburettor with ABS will cost me 1.2 lakhs on road and FI+ Abs will go upto 1.4 lakhs!! Overall, a disappointing experience with the showroom. I would like to test drive a bike with FI and ABS before I actually make the purchase. Any pointer on which showroom has availability will be appreciated.

    Right now, I am confused between the V3 and 160 4V. Which would be a better choice for use over a long term and offer better after sales service?
    PS-Sorry about the long(ish) post.
    Fz v 3 is more comfortable than apache 160 4v, but apache has a punch. Also, i own 2018 hornet yes the low end is weak but after 4k rpm it's strong. Performance wise both apache and hornet are good all rounder machines, gixxer is more sporty though.

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    Default Re: Returning to bikes- looking for 150-160cc bike for daily commute

    For long term reliability and quality I would say stick to the Japanese manufacturers, Gixxer is the sporties of the bunch and the pillion seat on it is nothing great. The FZ is a good bike with a smooth engine and has good pillion comfort. I can't say much about the Honda, they had some issues with the Hornet when the bike was launched , I don't know if that has been fixed or not.

    I have both the Gixxer and the FZ (2.0) in my garage, my father (he is 50+) uses the FZ for his daily office commute, about 25 kms daily and he has no complains regarding the comfort of the bike.

    One problem faced on the FZ was weak brakes and an irregular fuel gauge, the breaks were fixed after some adjustments but the fuel gauge remains , I think that should have been taken care of in the new FZ.
    On the Gixxer there is a problem of oil leak, but the company hasn't been able to come up with a solution for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by umang10 View Post
    For long term reliability and quality I would say stick to the Japanese manufacturers, Gixxer is the sporties of the bunch and the pillion seat on it is nothing great. The FZ is a good bike with a smooth engine and has good pillion comfort. I can't say much about the Honda, they had some issues with the Hornet when the bike was launched , I don't know if that has been fixed or not.
    As I mentioned, I found the riding position of Gixxer strangely odd to adjust to. Apache was definitely fun to ride and I felt more confident and in control while riding it.
    Still need to test drive the FZ- it looks great, it gives you that big bike feeling and of course is Yamaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwingrider View Post
    As I mentioned, I found the riding position of Gixxer strangely odd to adjust to. Apache was definitely fun to ride and I felt more confident and in control while riding it.
    Still need to test drive the FZ- it looks great, it gives you that big bike feeling and of course is Yamaha.
    You can also look at Honda Xblade ABS. Ya the engine is same as Hornet but low end and midrange is better here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greymatter View Post
    You can also look at Honda Xblade ABS. Ya the engine is same as Hornet but low end and midrange is better here.
    Hi, r u from NLP, assam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by #bpk View Post
    Hi, r u from NLP, assam?
    Ya I am...
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