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    Hi there xBhpians !
    I'm Swapnil, an electronics engineer and a businessman by profession. It's been so long since I've joined xbhp but could never ever write something of my own. Reason... I had stopped riding and started driving. But now I have decided I'll get back to riding as that has been my passion all my life.
    My first ever ride on a two wheeler happened when i was just 13 ( I know it's not legal but it's a fact and can't help it now). But I actually started riding when I was 18. My dad used to ride his Lamby polo 150 scooter and I just loved riding it. He used to spend a lot of time cleaning and maintaining it and I used to always assist him. He sold it after 10yrs of ownership as spares were rarely available . As I grew up and took up a job, I thought of buying myself a bike. And then, one day at my workplace, I saw an ad in midday about hero Honda CBZ . It was the most stunning design I had ever seen on any Indian bike back then. With disc brakes, upswept exhaust, front fairing, tank cowls, fatter rear tyre, sporty look and a big bike feel, I immediately thought to myself, if I ever want to buy me a bike, this was it. I visited the nearest hero Honda showroom and boy I was possessed by this beauty. My salary was a mere 2000 pm and the emi was 1200. With such kind of figures, no bank would want to lend a loan to me, so i turned to Dad. The bike was bought and I soon turned into some kind of a celebrity. Wherever I used to go, people used to stop me to ask questions. Such was the charm of the cbz. I rode the cbz for 12 years clocking around 90k kms. I used to spend my Sunday mornings washing and polishing it. All services were done at the authorised service centres using original parts. But things changed after marriage, and I started to use my car more often than my bike and I became so used to my car that my bike was left neglected for almost 3 yrs. But the biker in me never ceased to exist. Sitting in my car, I used to always think just how much fun I had riding a bike. And one day I decided I'll start it all over again. And that's when I started searching for a bike suitable for me. This time though, I want something bigger and better.

    The R1 has been my dream bike since ages and will always be. Maybe one day I will own it. I had read in many articles that starting with litre class superbikes is not advisable and hence started searching for 600 cc bikes. The R6 is what I thought would be great to start with but it's not available in India freely and it would anyway cost a bomb(at least for me). Hence after narrowing down my options i was left with the ninja 650, duke 390 and the recently launched benelli tnt600i. (Budget in mind was 6lacs)
    I visited the dsk benelli showroom and checked out the bike. The tnt 600i is amazing and the moment you crank it up, the sweet exhaust note is orgasmic. But myself being on a lighter side and a height of 5'4", I was not quite confident of being able to handle it well. I dropped it from my list because if I'm not comfortable with its weight and height I might end up just buying it and then not using it.
    Next, I visited the KTM showroom in bhandup and checked out the ninja and the duke 390. I had read a lot about the Duke and was very eager to try it out. But test ride wasn't available. I found the seat to be very stiff and the saddle height a bit on higher side. So that was ruled out as well.
    My choice -The Ninja 650: Strangely, although it has been launched since 2011, I had never seen one on road. Infact I didn't know it existed till I started searching for 600cc bikes. When i first looked at the ninja 650, i got a feeling which was quite similar to the one I had when I first saw the cbz. Test ride wasn't available. I was allowed to sit and check out the bike (which was brought to showroom for delivery to some lucky fellow) and just loved the ergonomics of the bike. Quality, fit and finish was excellent. Inspite of its 210kgs dry weight, i still could not feel it. Another plus point was that both my feet would touch ground. After a brief talk with the sales guy I walked out with one thing in mind, if I was ever going to buy one, it has to be the ninja 650.
    That's it for now guys. It's already a very lengthy intro. So I'll just stop here. Next part of the story..... Coming soon

    Till then.... Ride safe

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    Re: Biker re-born

    Intro approved!

    Welcome to xBhp Swapnil. We're waiting to hear your Ninja stories soon.
    Got a $5 head? Get a $5 helmet.
    Because everyone who passes, isn't a martyr!

    Bullet Service Guide CBR 250R Parts Manual Fz16 service manual - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-...VFQmJzakk/view
    Hero Moto Corp Bikes' Parts RE STD 350 Wiring Diagram (CI) Service Manual - Classic 350/500
    ZMR parts - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-U...it?usp=sharing
    P200NS Spares' prices - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...taGd5R2c#gid=0

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    • #3
      Re: Biker re-born

      welcome back to home turf.. start riding you cbz back again and get it habit of riding and then gradually move to a 650 else it will be a pin in traffic and panic situations...
      "A good long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith, and use up a lot of fuel."

      RE Bullet 1977 - Current
      RX-100 1995 - Current
      CBZ Classic 2003 - Current
      Activa 2004 - Current
      CBR 250R 2012 - Current
      Ninja 650 2013 - Current.

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      • #4
        Re: Biker re-born

        Thanks. Yes I've already got my cbz up and running and ride it whenever time permits.

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        • #5
          Re: Biker re-born

          Hey Swapnil bhai,

          Its good to see the biker in your never ceases to exist. Its important to keep it fuelled up and running whenever possible. Why not give a try for N300 as well. N650 is a great tourer. N300 is a versatile city commuter and good tourer too (if not the best, but does the job).
          R15S - Current
          Honda Dio - Current
          TNT 600i - Sold
          Classic 500 - Sold
          Pulsar 220 dtsi - Sold
          Yamaha YBX125 - Sold

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          • #6
            Re: Biker re-born

            Originally posted by TheArcher84 View Post
            Hey Swapnil bhai,

            Why not give a try for N300 as well. N650 is a great tourer. N300 is a versatile city commuter and good tourer too (if not the best, but does the job).
            Yes. Initially the ninja 300 was on my list too but decided to leave it out because of the following factors 1. Cost (it's almost 4lacs otr for a 300cc and 3+ lacs for used ones) 2. VFM (this is as compared to the ninja 650 which is 6 lacs otr for new and almost 4-4.5lacs for used ones).
            I agree it's a brilliant bike but as you know, the ninja 650 has already captured my heart.[emoji7] [emoji7] so.....

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            • #7
              Re: Biker re-born

              Originally posted by Swapnil_Shelar View Post
              Yes. Initially the ninja 300 was on my list too but decided to leave it out because of the following factors 1. Cost (it's almost 4lacs otr for a 300cc and 3+ lacs for used ones) 2. VFM (this is as compared to the ninja 650 which is 6 lacs otr for new and almost 4-4.5lacs for used ones).
              I agree it's a brilliant bike but as you know, the ninja 650 has already captured my heart.[emoji7] [emoji7] so.....
              Valid concerns w.r.t VFM factor but keep some cash aside for riding gear too.
              Got a $5 head? Get a $5 helmet.
              Because everyone who passes, isn't a martyr!

              Bullet Service Guide CBR 250R Parts Manual Fz16 service manual - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-...VFQmJzakk/view
              Hero Moto Corp Bikes' Parts RE STD 350 Wiring Diagram (CI) Service Manual - Classic 350/500
              ZMR parts - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-U...it?usp=sharing
              P200NS Spares' prices - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...taGd5R2c#gid=0

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                Re: Biker re-born

                Originally posted by Divya Sharan View Post
                Valid concerns w.r.t VFM factor but keep some cash aside for riding gear too.
                Yes I've kept aside a budget of 25-30k for riding gear which includes helmet, balaclava, mesh/cordura jacket (I'll be completely avoiding riding in the monsoons) with armor, riding pants or knee and shin guards, riding boots and semi/full gauntlet gloves.
                Guys, since you have brought up this topic, let me tell you I'm so confused between all these types of riding gears. Your inputs are most welcome.

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                • #9
                  Re: Biker re-born

                  Originally posted by Swapnil_Shelar View Post
                  Yes I've kept aside a budget of 25-30k for riding gear which includes helmet, balaclava, mesh/cordura jacket (I'll be completely avoiding riding in the monsoons) with armor, riding pants or knee and shin guards, riding boots and semi/full gauntlet gloves.
                  Guys, since you have brought up this topic, let me tell you I'm so confused between all these types of riding gears. Your inputs are most welcome.
                  We have a separate thread for riding gear.
                  To give you a rough idea:
                  Helmet - 8k, riding pants - 6.5k, riding jacket - 7-8k, gloves - 3k, balaclava - free with some helmets (not so good) else upto 1.5k for good ones.
                  Saddle bags - 3k, tank bags - upto 2.5k
                  Got a $5 head? Get a $5 helmet.
                  Because everyone who passes, isn't a martyr!

                  Bullet Service Guide CBR 250R Parts Manual Fz16 service manual - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1-...VFQmJzakk/view
                  Hero Moto Corp Bikes' Parts RE STD 350 Wiring Diagram (CI) Service Manual - Classic 350/500
                  ZMR parts - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-U...it?usp=sharing
                  P200NS Spares' prices - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...taGd5R2c#gid=0

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                  • #10
                    Re: Biker re-born

                    Hi Swapnil, welcome to xBhp.
                    A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                    Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
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                    Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                    Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                    • #11
                      Re: Biker re-born

                      Welcome to xBhp, bro..enjoy..!
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