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View Poll Results: Is Suzuki as reliable as Honda?

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  • Yes, don't worry. Go ahead with your purchase.

    28 57.14%
  • No. Are you nuts? How can you even think that Suzuki can match Honda??

    9 18.37%
  • May be may not be. Hell, how do I know?

    12 24.49%
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Thread: Love marriage or arrange marriage?

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    Question Love marriage or arrange marriage?

    What do you choose? Suppose you have two options, one girl's parents are well known, have presence everywhere, but there is nothing to love in the girl. Other is the parent's are not yet established, but the girl is the best you have found till date, and felt love immediately? What will be preferred, heart or head?

    And before you advise, please keep in mind that you are advising a married man, looking for a bike to go on rides with his better half, and 'marriage' means buying a new bike.

    I took the test rides of GS150R and unicorn on saturday. I thought that will clearly tell the winner, but now I am confused a lot.

    I had to search the Swargate suzuki for a long time. Luckily, I found it on Saturday. Went there, saw a GS150R orange standing outside. Here's the experience:

    The bike feels rock solid. The moment you sit on it, you know it is special. The tank feels HUGE like hunk, but with real metal n not plastic muscles. Orange color was looking good on the bike. But that bike is bit advanced for even the suzuki showroom people. When I inquired about GS150R, he shoved the test ride key in my hands. He didn't have any answers for what the modes were, what are the special features are etc. I forgot to ask what the oil reservoir thing near the rear shock absorbers is, but I doubt whether he'd know it (they certainly are not gas filled, the manual says they are oil reservoirs that help oil cooling, wonde how!). I tried the two rubbery feeling buttons on the speedometer. SEL buttom selects tripmeter and odometer, but other button was not doing anything. I couldn't change the mode, (it was in POWER mode), and couldn't figure how to reset the clock, it was showing 8.14 at 5pm. The speedometer self check is OK, nothing too great. Everything is easily readable though.

    When we started the test ride (me and the suzuki person), one immediate thing to notice was the firing. It is smooth, and not 'silent' as in mute. It gives good feeling about the ride. We started the ride, and went on a fly over. Increasing the geares slowly, finally we were at speed 33-35 in 6 gear, without any knocking.

    After we finished the flyover n took U turn, i gave throttle, n started taking gears at high rpm ( didn't see the rpm, coz I was not wearing helmet n so looking at the roads more). In no time we were at 80, two up, on up-climb! A grin was pasted on my face when i handed out the keys back to him.

    I didn't expect the suzuki to produce such a bike that will create smiles. Especially after my Caliber 115, this experience was something of a novelty. After this surprise, we headed to Honda showroom. There is was a whole lot of different experience.

    I was interested in GP edition, and even stopped a guy riding a GP edition Unicorn on the way to Honda, to ask about true owner's feedback. He was all praises about it. When we went there, I found out that GP edition is available, but they cannot guarantee delivery in January. I said I would like my registration to be done in Jan, but they were not agreeing at all. According to them, if I pay full payment, they will hold a bike for me and deliver it in Jan, which is pretty foolish.

    Anyway I took a test ride of Unicorn. Honda guy said he had a old version unicorn, but upon my reply that they are all the same, he sheepishly agreed. I took the ride alone, and boy was I bored. Ya, sure, it's smooth, mute, but that's it. Meher uncle's trouble free bike, ye! No thrill, no feedback that urges you to kick ahead.

    Now I am in a dilemma. Honda has presence all over India. The service centers or the availability of parts is guaranteed. However in case of Suzuki, I am not too sure about the availability of parts, or Service centers. Also, honda is tried and tested product, I have no idea about Suzuki.

    When I consulted a few mechanics, they were all praises about Unicorn, they unanimously voted out Pulsar, but on suzuki, only some had experience. But those who did work or suzuki were praising it, assuring me to go ahead.

    Now, which one will YOU go for, if you were in my place? I want to decide only between these two bikes, so please don't give other suggestions. I will be taking this bike to long rides, including Leh Ladakh, so please advise.

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    Topic Approved.

    If the girl in question is the best you've found till date, then go for her, I say! In short, get the GS150 if you really liked it as compared to the Unicorn.
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    hmm i wanna say something .....look at the brand new bike from yamaha
    FZ16 ...the most anticipated bike of the year after the R15..R15 was and is a complete winner in all the sense..but look at the FZ 16 it looks awesome and yeah damn good performance...but still gives problems which we are not familiar...not known cause its new..rear seat small,finishing os alloy wheel pathetic,squeaky horn,and many probs are there....same goes for the same suzuki GS150r if you wanna take the risk better take it cause you know

    "lakhon crore're mein leta hain koi ek risk"
    and "life itself is a risk which you are taking
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    so be cool...go for suzuki......
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    If I had been in your situation,,,,,,the gs150 comin my way baby!!
    No Nonsense Biker.

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    @animeher: First of all i wanted to know the showroom that provided u with a test ride bike, because the one at Malad tells me that the test rides will commence only in january. I too am interested in buying this bike but would want to have a test ride first. Not that i doubt the quality of Suzuki but just to be satisfied with the performance before making a decision.
    My dad bought the Suzuki Access last December and i would recommend this Scoot to anyone who wants more from a non geared bike, i must say the refinement is nothing close to the Activa and owning the product has been a trouble free experience till date.
    So go ahead and book the beast, u definately will not regret your decision.

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    @all: All seem to advise to heed the heart! I will take the test ride again on thursday, and will mostly book the bike there.

    @ripper: I am in pune currently, and here there is only one showroom at Swargate. Even I was surprised that they were giving test ride, when I read here TDs were not available. Sorry, no idea about Mumbai.

    I didn't get your statement 'i must say the refinement is nothing close to the Activa'. Do you mean that refinement is nothing less than activa? Also, how was your experience of service centers? Are they good?

    EDIT: Can any long term pulsar owner/zma owner tell the life of digital display? Is it as strong as analogue?
    Last edited by animeher; 11-24-2008 at 01:13 PM.

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    Go for Suzuki dude, every Adult was a Child once. So dont worry about "presence" and all and go for what your Heart says :-)

    All the Best!
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    Well , Unicorn is proven "awesome" bike. It has monoshock and awesome mass centralizaion, also good comforts for long tours. The bike proven awesome for stunts also.
    Now - here comes suzuki - Not get any feedback about it - well if that puts smile in your face go for it. Listen to your heart but suzuki spares.. hmm keep your fingers crossed dude.If spares are not problem for you , it may be awesome.

    As Haxor told about FZ16, firstly it looked awesome , but after then problems starts coming , also in case of P200 , many seen the breakage of forks, it didnt broke in 1 day.

    So either take risk and go for unique and thrilling or go for stable and common..

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    I didn't get your statement 'i must say the refinement is nothing close to the Activa'. Do you mean that refinement is nothing less than activa? Also, how was your experience of service centers? Are they good?

    @Animeher: My bad, I meant to say that the refinement of the access is much better than the activa. The experience at he service center at Malad has been really good,they do their work well and also the supervisors are very cooperative and make sure the work is done as instructed.

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    if you are so taken by the Suzuki, what are you even thinking about, go for the Suzuki GS150
    As for spares and service and reliability, I am pretty sure that there will be no troubles, as ripper already certifies for the Access.
    Last edited by Psycho_McCrazy; 11-24-2008 at 04:53 PM.
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