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Old 5th March 2010, 00:20   #31
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Hi Guys,

After seeing a friend who has been advised rest and physiotherapy after constant bike riding, I have started to think that I need a comfortable bike. I'm getting a bit worried that my P180 is not very good at tackling bumps and rough roads.

I'm 6'2 and a little over 100kg, which is the most comfortable bike that I can get under 70-80k? (Other than bullets which I feel just don't make sense in the city, having owned one till about 3 years back)

I'm looking for a CITY bike, don't plan to do long distance on it.

Suzuki G150?
Honda Unicorn?
HH Hunk/CBZ extreme?
Any other?

Thanks a ton!
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Old 5th March 2010, 01:28   #32
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I would recommend the Suzuki GS150. Its a good bike, like the seating posture, The speedo console is superb, heard from many owners that its pretty fuel efficient too. The only concerns that i have with suzuki is their crappy service network. If you have good amount of service stations in your area then this should be the one for you. Your next and safe bet is the Unicorn.
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Both GS150 and Unicorn are very good bikes in terms of ride quality and comfort.
I would rate unicorn a tad more comfortable as i find GS150R gearshift bit uncomfortable to use in city.
Both the bikes are very comfortable to use in city.
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Proxima,

I'm a bit surprised that your P180 is not comfortable. I ride a P180 and never felt it has a bad ride quality.

How old is your bike ? You can try a suspension overhaul which is recommended once in 25k kms. What is the air pressure that you normally have ?

BTW, among the ones you listed, the Hunk will have a good ride quality. It's seat is also really good.

Unicorn's ride quality is also good but the stiff seats give you ache in your back after a long ride - From an Unicorn owner.

Good luck
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Ripper and Rock - I heard that the gs150 has some rusting issues in the tank and some other niggles, is it true?

Para- there is a new Unicorn on the way per another thread here....... Even my friends pulsars suspension is not great.. The unicorns in wayyyy better

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+1 to what @para says. I am driving my Pulsar fro past 6 years and till date I have not complained a single time. I have driven almost 61K kms. I have done long drives upto 350 kms(8 hours) in one day many times to Jog falls.
But if you are looking for change then Unicorn would be best IMO
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Proxima, all the bikes you have mentioned above belong to the slightly sporty category. You would have figured that out by your seating posture.
In fact driving long distance in such a posture will cause pain for your hands (area around your wrist) and your back (the upper back portion near your shoulders).

what I would recommend is either a Tourer or a cruiser.
Both these categories of bikes ensure the rider sits straight and is more comfortable.
The Hero Honda Karizma can be vaguely classified as a tourer, but still take a test drive of one tos ee your confort level.
The Bajaj Avenger is a nice city cruiser. Its neither too heavy nor uncomfortable like the Bullet.

Shishir - Your pulsar 180 is the earliest model and the seating posture on it was good. For comparison, I would recommend you test drive any of the latest pulsars and you will immediately see the change.

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Be careful of the the Suzuki Gsr , there are widespread rusting in tanks and other parts even for few week old vehicles . Owners also complain of poor breaks and headlights . i would recommend the Unicorn or CBZ for comfort for your height .
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Shishir - Your pulsar 180 is the earliest model and the seating posture on it was good. For comparison, I would recommend you test drive any of the latest pulsars and you will immediately see the change.
Just forgot to mention. Mine was P150 DTSi(the Mag wheel one)
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I'm 6'2 and a little over 100kg, which is the most comfortable bike that I can get under 70-80k? (Other than bullets which I feel just don't make sense in the city, having owned one till about 3 years back)

I'm looking for a CITY bike, don't plan to do long distance on it.



Thanks a ton!
And why not a bullet? I'm using a thunderbird since last 3 years and that also i use in BannerGhatta Road. Never had any problem, rather i feel good to ride that bike.

Unless you want to ride a bike like those maniacs who cuts lane and zip through, bullet will be a good bet for seating posture.
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I am assuming by comfort you would like to have a soft jerk free ride with a easy driving posture.

I happen to own a unicorn am surprised to see others recommend it to you. The unicorns monoshock is setup for good handling and road feedback. Thats why it surprised many auto jornos with its quick times in the test track.

The downside is the ride is quite hard at lower commuting speeds. Your back will feel all the small bumps and dips on the road. I found much smaller bikes like platina and star city to be more comfortable as they have soft suspensions. Since I am a feather weight ( 58 kg) the problem is accentuated. The ride improves marginally with a pillion.

My suggestion would be that you test ride the bikes on the market other then the sporty ones ( apache, recent pulsars ) and decide for you self. Ideally the avenger would be a good choice , provided it has a soft suspension setup.
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You can also consider the Apache RTR160/ 180 , its a bike to flick in the city's heavy traffic.
Besides that FZ16/FZS/Fazer is excellent too, considering the handling part.

If you have some extra moolah to spend you can go in for the Karizma R or even better the ZMR.

Ill suggest you to stay away from the Pulsar family. the build quality is very poor now , and the bike wont even hold up well for 10k kms.

As for the a good VFM aspect you can also look at the Gladiator Range on offer by Yamaha.

Suzuki GS150 is owned by a close friend of mine , but he is not entirely happy with the quality and engineering .
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GS150 is good, and has a great road presence.
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I used an old gen pulsar 180 for 2 years, a 84 RE for a year and a half,the avenger for about 9 months and a karizma for roughly 5 years in bombay's traffic.

Out of these, i would say that the karizma is the most comfortable and flickable but high on fuel consumption.

The avenger, again very comfortable front seat, good milage but the long wheel base and high footrests make it a little uncomfortable in stop and go traffic conditions.

The pulsar(apart from quality issues) is a good city ride.But i would rate it after the above two as far as outright comfort and ease of riding is concerned.

And then theres the bullet.Good for long leisure rides.Not much of a ciy ride unless you're really used to it and nothing else will do (read bulleteer).

Considering ur height and weight (I am similarly built), i would suggest either the karizma or the avenger.A smaller bike can get a little cramped.
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How about Scooters, wouldn't they be more comfy ?
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