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Old 27th February 2009, 10:18   #16
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So now the big question based on my preferences:-
Thunderbird Twinspark(TBTS) or R15 or Pulsar 220 (all black ver which is coming) or something else which is soon to be launched.

Bikes i DONT wanna consider :- Unicorn(good one but not an upgradation), Pulsar 200(since present 150 looks all the same),rtr (somehow dont like it),fz16(gud,but still not an upgradation),gs150(too new)


Please please suggest. I'm more inclined towards TBTS for its road presence and the power & pickup it has which no other Bullets have till date. I have really liked TBTS in my TD. And its 0-60 is ~6secs and 0-100 inside 18secs. But will TBTS be a headache in the form of maintenance?Will it be 'trouble free' atleast like my Pulsar 150 if not like Unicorn? And will it last like the old cast iron beasts,say at least 10yrs? I have seen a 2004 AVL Thunderbird sometime back with a very loud screaching sound from the engine. Will it happen with TBTS?Will short silencer give it some sort of a thumping?

Awaiting your valuable suggestions.

If are into drags you can say bye bye to TBTS, It is an expensive bike to maintain and there are know recurring issues.
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Old 27th February 2009, 10:24   #17
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xxaarraa:I know the technical aspects of a bullet engine.In case you missed the point.I said its the most advanced bullet not the most advanced bike on the market today.I am not a big bullet fan myself but even today the 50 year old bullet has much more street presence than a pulsar.
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Old 27th February 2009, 11:00   #18
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IMO..RETS is a wonderful and great bike,which gives value for money.
Second Option would be Yamaha FZ 16..
I dont recommend any other bikes as they dont come up wot my standard.
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Old 27th February 2009, 18:44   #19
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Well I would say, the fastest bike still after all these years is still the Mighty RD350. I would go in for that. No bikes sold in India can pass the RD still, or come remotely close to the power & acceleration.
well the Comet is probably faster too but that's not the point because they are both dead.
BTW, what is the 0-60 timing for the RD350. From what I gather,
P220-4.9 s
R15/RTRfi - 5.02 s
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there is news of upgraded pulsar series 150,180,200,220 hitting the showrooms very very soon. check it out
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Old 27th February 2009, 18:53   #21
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If you are looking to set "times" and getting off the signal is a priority, forget about bullets.

Personally, I like Yamahas. R15 gets my vote.
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Old 27th February 2009, 19:44   #22
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M power: The rd has a 0 to 60 timing of about 4 seconds.The US SPEC rd had a 0 to 60 timing of around 3.5 seconds.Timings normally pretain to either 0 to 100kmph or standing quarter mile and in both the rd is faster then the 220.
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Dude...

go for TBTS..but try for machismo 500..the power will be higher than TBTS..

but waiting period is around 30 days..
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Old 28th February 2009, 14:37   #24
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the R15 would get my vote too, wouldn't suggest the Comet for you for the following reasons:-
-FE is low b/w 20-25, at least the way i ride it
-Maintenance cost would be higher than the other bikes in consideration here as parts are not easily available and expensive.
-its going to be a daily ride.
Same for the RD, these bikes are best used as sunday rides! well thats what i feel.
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Old 28th February 2009, 16:51   #25
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RD350 is the most unstable bike I've come across. Not to mention parts, duplicates at that, are only available in HK afaik.

I'm not very familiar with the smaller bikes - most will only carry me, not a passenger : so would not like to comment.

The eliminator looks like comfort riding - no idea about speed etc.
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Once you buy thunderbird and got in company of real bullets ,you will feel sorry for your purchase decision(unless you are real fan of thunderbird)>
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Once you buy thunderbird and got in company of real bullets ,you will feel sorry for your purchase decision(unless you are real fan of thunderbird)>
why are you discouraging people from buying TBTS ? Do you have experience on TB Twin Sparks ? Are they not reliable enough.
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Old 28th February 2009, 20:47   #28
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... get 25 HP from a 500CC bike.
Do you know that it is a single cylinder air-cooled engine having CR ~8?

I may be outdated, hence, would like to hear some names of a 500cc single cylinder street bike which produces 50BHP?

On the original question- if you want a bike that you can grow old with and hand-off to your offspring look no beyond a CI engined bullet (e.g. Std 350, Electra etc). If you need a bike to race up and down the streets anything else will do.
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i would suggest that you go for the RE 500 lb. its got style, power, stability and old world charm. its a life style on its own.
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Do you know that it is a single cylinder air-cooled engine having CR ~8?

I may be outdated, hence, would like to hear some names of a 500cc single cylinder street bike which produces 50BHP?

On the original question- if you want a bike that you can grow old with and hand-off to your offspring look no beyond a CI engined bullet (e.g. Std 350, Electra etc). If you need a bike to race up and down the streets anything else will do.
Having a poor CR is part of the problem, not a justification of the problem.

Single cylinder engines are far from inefficient. You want names?
  • BMW F650s
  • MZ Scorpion
  • Yamaha MT-03
  • Yamaha SRX-6
  • A simple google will bring up plenty of other candidates
Also, whoever decreed that Enfield should only make single cylinder or 500CC bikes? What stopped them in the last 50 years from evolving their designs to twins or I-4s? Or even better singles? When HH, Bajaj and TVS were in their diapers, Enfield was making 500cc bikes. HH, Bajaj and TVS are now teenagers and Enfield is still making the same exact 500cc bikes with lipstick on. Enfield should have gone out of business a long time ago.

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