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Old 31st January 2008, 12:16   #16
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hi bill1182,
I have been riding the Avenger 180 DTSI for the past 2 years...travel about 60kms per day...
I usually dont get as much back pain as i used to get when I drove the pulsar.

I think the best choice for you would be the Avenger.

The maximum I have travelled on my Avenger is about 200kms in a day.
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Old 31st January 2008, 12:38   #17
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Bullet with gas shocks. (Electra\ Machismo\ TB, not the standard)
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Old 31st January 2008, 12:47   #18
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A back ache is usually a result of:
1. bad sitting posture
2. improper handle bar arrangement
3. weak or busted shock absorbers.
4. incorrect air preasure.
5. a very heavy helmet (btw my helmet weighs in at about 1300 gms)
6. twisted foot pedals (atleast on a Bullet)
7. bad choice of shoes.

one of the best ways to sit on a bike is to first stand straight with your hands raised.
Sit down slowly and bring your hands to to handle bar slowly.

A little warm up before starting the bike, like what the bowlers do before starting off will help.
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Old 31st January 2008, 13:00   #19
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That was a good one bblost
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Old 31st January 2008, 13:01   #20
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60 km in a day everyday on a bike will surely lead to back aches on any bike.
i seriously doubt that.and i am sure that you have never driven a bullet for 60 kms.

i have a bullet electra and trust me even if you drive 100 kms at a stretch you will feel no pain.

i'm writing this right after a 120 kms ride on my bike.

@bill,no other bike but bullet with that bucket type seat will make you feel comfortable nothing else.
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Old 31st January 2008, 13:18   #21
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i seriously doubt that.and i am sure that you have never driven a bullet for 60 kms.

i have a bullet electra and trust me even if you drive 100 kms at a stretch you will feel no pain.

i'm writing this right after a 120 kms ride on my bike.

@bill,no other bike but bullet with that bucket type seat will make you feel comfortable nothing else.

What is the FE and maintenance cost (per month) for bullet electra
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Old 31st January 2008, 13:24   #22
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FE would be around 35 kmpl.

Bike needs to have an oil change every 4k kms.
Oil and Filter will cost you about 500 bucks.
You can expect a service bill of roughly Rs 700/-

My bike gets oil change every 6k kms and she does not complain one bit.
I estimate my Tb has done close to 65k kms in the 4.5 years I have had her.
No expense beyond normal wear and tear stuff.
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60 km in a day everyday on a bike will surely lead to back aches on any bike.
Hi,
I used to ride an yezdi classic 2 for almost 6 years and minimum used to be 100 kms/day as i was in sales,i never had any issues ,as it had a single seat and for my height i used to sit almost at the end of the seat.Posture while driving is also very important.Shocks in Yezdi used to be very basic unlike now but i was happy with them and infact used to get them serviced at chindadripet once a year.
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What is the FE and maintenance cost (per month) for bullet electra
it gives me 35 kmpl after all the abuse,and maybe more

35 kmpl is something i can quote safely cos i usually dont care for the FE part much.i just need fun and road presence.

Maintenance is 500 Rs service costs every 2000 kms.till now this bike has run 9k kms in 3 years and nothing else than usual service has been spent on it.
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It all depends on the traffic you face in the stretch.
If it is a stop and go traffic make sure you have arm wrestler muscles for the Enfield. The clutch is heavier than rest. The shockers too are not that good on the base version.

Have a look at the following links. I am sure they will be of help.
http://www.cyclespot.com/Merchant2/g...001/M79248.jpg
http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6761401-0-large.jpg

This is a sliding type backrest. I have seen one of these kinds used on Enfields back home.
http://home.earthlink.net/~mthompson...163_edited.jpg

don't worry The bike will give you FE much better than a car.
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one more thing:
when riding do not have any bag over your shoulder.
No haversacks, no laptop bags nothing.

I secure my laptop behind me on the seat using a bungee net.
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bblost is correct about the root cause.

That being said, a car can accentuate back pain (alto in my case). Heal thyself.
That being said, avenger is naish. I've managed with P180 with a bullet foam base overlaid. Own posture is key. I do 45 odd km a day, and minimum 2000km in city a month, so even p180 isnt bad with good seat and better posture.
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one more thing:
when riding do not have any bag over your shoulder.
No haversacks, no laptop bags nothing.

I secure my laptop behind me on the seat using a bungee net.
Bungee net doesnt work with voluminous bags in place. Am thinking of a side box instead.

That being said, extending backpack straps' length to ensure backpack rests on pillion seat ensures no weight on the back whatsoever. or so i feel
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Please avoid the Pulsar at least. The ride quality of Pulsar is very harsh. I own a P-150 since last 2.5 years. From hearsay, what I know is Unicorn's ride and handling, both are excellent. And Honda bikes are known to have good ergonomics and sound human engineering. Please TD it once.
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yes even i too agree with blue pulsar, pulsar is designed whereby you would have to stoop while you ride, this is purely a concept required for sports bikes, hence in the long run one tends to develop a bent spine, so buy a unicorn which is best for longer drives as the seat is designed for a 75 degree posture which is justifiably correct for long and short drives
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