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Old 21st February 2010, 17:43   #16
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Stunner or Gladiator
take test ride, listen to your heart
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Old 21st February 2010, 21:44   #17
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@jay--a Honda is smoother than HH and i believe resale value to be on par with Honda
Not necessarily. The Glamour FI is smoother than the Honda Shine. The Shine is not at all refined in the upper reaches of the rpm range, a surprise, considering it is a Honda.

The Stunner makes it in the refinement stakes only because of extra fifth cog.

I suggested the Splendor 125 for Blue Pulsar's Dad since he wanted a erect seating position.

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Old 21st February 2010, 23:45   #18
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Not necessarily. The Glamour FI is smoother than the Honda Shine.
The pricing is hugely gross, same for Stunner FI too
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The Shine is not at all refined in the upper reaches of the rpm range, a surprise, considering it is a Honda.
True, a change to Unicorn's front sprocket shall do the job

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The Stunner makes it in the refinement stakes only because of extra fifth cog.
the need for 6th arises even @60kmph, Unicorn's sprocket shall do the job here,
may be even Honda knows this, but do not change, so that riders will take it easy, back off and get tremendous FE and less complaints and good sales
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Old 21st February 2010, 23:58   #19
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I would suggest Yamaha Gladiator. Its the best in the league of 125cc, IMHO.
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Old 22nd February 2010, 11:10   #20
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Thanks for the replies guys. I will ask dad to take test rides of Shine and Discover 135.

Gladiator will probably ruled out because of the seating position.

How about the Honda Unicorn? I know its a 150cc, but it still has a erect/relaxed seating position with it latest version, right? please advise.

Thanks!
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Old 22nd February 2010, 12:42   #21
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How about the Honda Unicorn? I know its a 150cc, but it still has a erect/relaxed seating position with it latest version, right? please advise.
Found Unicorn's seating excellent for my height (5ft9in) compared to shine. Plus unicorn's bigger tank fits nicely into the thighs for better riding comfort. you should have a look into it imo if budget is not a constraint.
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Old 22nd February 2010, 13:23   #22
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Discover 125 was considered the best bike beck then. but now i don't think we have the Discover 125 in the market.

if you read the reviews Yamaha Gladiator comes on top. it looks good too and has a big bike feeling and looks. my vote would go to Gladi
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Gladiator will probably ruled out because of the seating position.
Most comfortable and on par with Unicorn

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How about the Honda Unicorn? I know its a 150cc, but it still has a erect/relaxed seating position with it latest version, right?
You can't go wrong with a Unicorn
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Old 22nd February 2010, 16:38   #24
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Try out the new stylish new Twister in the 125cc category.

Unicorn is also a very good choice but under 150 CC
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Thanks all guys. Will post what we bought. That will be in a couple of months.
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Old 26th February 2010, 20:20   #26
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@ blue pulsar- I happen to be a very satisfied Unicorn owner.

Likes

Very smooth ( 'its like running on cream and butter' if I may use Jeremy Clarksonism ) ,
great torque ( fewer gear changes)
Looks like its built to last not built at a cost

Dislikes

Harsh ride - the suspension is tuned for handling and dynamics so the ride particularly at slow speeds is bumpy.

Weight- My dad uses it when I steal his Activa to do some load lugging and he is clearly not comfortable with its weight.

My suggestions

Tvs jive - clutch free effortless motoring

Yam Gladi- Did a long TD, loved it to bits

Honda new aviator or Tvs wego - large wheeled pothole munchers with load lugging capability.
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1. If you are willing to spend the money- glamour FI

2. If you are going to be using it mostly in the city, the TVS Jive

3. If you are looking for the best all rounder, with especially good performance, YAMAHA GLADIATOR with your eyes closed..

I have used the gladiator extensively (6400 km in 7 months) and trust, there is no other 125 cc that will post a bigger smile on your face than the Gladiator.The bike is flawlessly agile, the seating and handlebar position is comfortable for the city (and long distance too). On tarmac, the tyres are absolutely fantastic and you will love the bike in sports mode. I can go on and on about the vehicle, but take my word for it, its something else...
only negative i would say is that if you get even a little bit of water on the tyres, you are going to have your hands full..
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Old 28th February 2010, 00:05   #28
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IMO, best is Gladiator. I had the 2006 model and it worked great. Excellent riding comfort, 5 gears so good occasional highway riding, decent fuel efficiency as well. Only thing ensure you have a Yamaha service center nearby. When your bike does need repairs (generally the bike is very reliable), often spare parts can be an issue in certain yamaha service centers, so it makes sense to be near one.

Else go for Honda Shine / Stunner (choose from either depending upon your budget and preferences)
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