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Old 12th March 2009, 11:44   #106
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Well yes it is one of the earlier delivered BS2 buses and is still based at Wadala.. i am not sure whether it had a Manual Transmission as i am seeing this bus since more than 3-4 years now and its Automatic.
AFAIK, this bus was delivered in 2002-03. I still remember having traveled in its first trip - the bus was all garlanded, and was a regular on 504Ltd. It initially had manual transmission - was the first to have ZF Gearbox too. Later, about a year later, the auto box was installed.
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the brakes on a BEST bus are very good and quite rightly too

looking at how close they go to the car infront and suddenly brake shows how good they really are
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the brakes on a BEST bus are very good and quite rightly too

looking at how close they go to the car infront and suddenly brake shows how good they really are
Its also the skill of the driver.
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When is BEST introducing paddle shifts and KERS on their buses?
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When is BEST introducing paddle shifts and KERS on their buses?
paddle shifts on BEST BUses??
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i think automatic gearshift is neccessity in BEST buses. reasons:

1) their stop-go conditions tire the driver a lot.

2) because of the above fact, these drivers never fully depress the clutch & most of the gear changes are done with half clutch.
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Seen this inscription on a BEST bus in Bandra? Do they really have it??
If they get power steering,hydraulic assisted clutch,easy gear shifting mechanism,all other latest technology used world wide they will still corner cars,autorickshaws,jump signals,stop in the middle of the road for bus stops,better continue with whatever was available to them earlier they are still not prepared to use the high tech being used all over the world.
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at ^^^ this msg..

you are somewhat correct but in recent days i have seen many BEST drivers trying not to do all of the above that you have mentioned..

they these days use proper hand signals and indicators and some what good manners on the road..

but there is still A LOT OF ROOM for improvement for them.
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In maharashtra however MSRTC was the first to have ZF gearbox, Power steering, TC engine.
all new Best buses are coming with auto tranny and air suspension :- the Ceritas buses with Kinglong chassis.
First Best with auto methinks was an AC bus with rear engine from Iveco.
Also the new Star buses that Best inducted into its fleet, had a feature of lowering the suspension for ease of entry for handicapped users. dont know how much that system worked though.
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In maharashtra however MSRTC was the first to have ZF gearbox, Power steering, TC engine.
all new Best buses are coming with auto tranny and air suspension :- the Ceritas buses with Kinglong chassis.
First Best with auto methinks was an AC bus with rear engine from Iveco.
Also the new Star buses that Best inducted into its fleet, had a feature of lowering the suspension for ease of entry for handicapped users. dont know how much that system worked though.
I think Pune and Bangalore were the first cities to get the Starbus. TATA also exports this model quite a lot. I see a lot of LHD units at the stockyard near my house. The starbus is a truly modern city bus unlike the normal BEST ones (even with AT, ABS etc etc).
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A lot of vans, trucks & busses have a load sensing proportioning valve for the rear brakes that very often gets mistaken/ referred to as ABS. All this does is allow more fluid pressure into the rear wheel cylinders depending on load carried (suspension compression).
Volvos had it, and I think I saw it under a Qualis as well.
In the West Truck & Bus technology exceeds car technology, almost all the intra-city busses have an automatic transmission and stuff like power assisted steering & reversing camera are not even considered as a feature. Most of the busses with pneumatic suspension have a ‘kneel’ function where the vehicle drops by 150mm and tilts to the left.
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In Delhi all the new buses which are green and red(AC Bus ) in colour are automatic.
Do not know about the ABS but surely it will be good for buses and trucks doing highway duties especially in rains.
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The 15-year-old red clunkers have been taken off the road and new King Longs have been put into service on BEST's AC routes. I travel in them regularly. Very comfortable, and the air-conditioning is effective, but performance is certainly not on par with Volvos. An express route from Dahisar to Worli/Fountain via the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is all set to be launched soon. Goody!
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The 15-year-old red clunkers have been taken off the road and new King Longs have been put into service on BEST's AC routes. I travel in them regularly. Very comfortable, and the air-conditioning is effective, but performance is certainly not on par with Volvos. An express route from Dahisar to Worli/Fountain via the Bandra-Worli Sea Link is all set to be launched soon. Goody!
the so called 15 year old were actualy deliverd to BEST in 1997-98. The only disgrace was that those a/c buses never recieved the regular mantainence which was needed. I still feel there is a lot of life left in those buses. BEST should modify them a bit and use it for non-ac services for about two years until they turn 15.
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