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Old 21st June 2005, 16:26   #16
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RX-135 5sp is the obvious choice because:
better handling
spare parts easily available and quite cheap too
more power
more F.E
5th gear
lots of potentiel for further engine mods
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Even i have a 2000 model last batch shogun with catcon,but just 14 bhp.TVS had plans to bring out 16 bhp shogun with alooys and disc brakes but didnt go ahead with that.By the way my shogun now runs(hardly runs it anyway)on elim rear tyres.and yes 23 FE ;-)
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Rice, Shogun it is..
I am looking at selling off my 1995, MH-12 (Pune) registered shogun thats with me in Bangalore.. Its been looked after like a baby although it hasnt run in the last 2 years :-(.. Used to give me a mileage of 40-45 kmpl !!!!
PM me for more details if this interests you.
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I would vote Yamaha. And an RX-135 5 speed if you swing that way (catcon taking away the appeal of the 14 horses). You should be able to get one for 20k and mod it like crazy. The Shogun is a howler and sets your pulse racing it is true while the Yamahas are more refined imho.

One of the grouses that I have had with the Shogun is its handling - get the bikes into corners and the Yamaha will smoke a Shogun. The other is the gear shift. Somehow I find the all down thingie a bit too outdated. Though I must confess that the Suzuki gear boxes are far more slick. Still it will be tougher to find a well maintained Shogun as opposed to a well maintained Yam.
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One of the grouses that I have had with the Shogun is its handling - get the bikes into corners and the Yamaha will smoke a Shogun.
and a KB RTZ will smoke them both as if it was on a stroll in the park!

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and a KB RTZ will smoke them both as if it was on a stroll in the park!

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True. But if you bring in the 5-speed Yammie (stock) the RTZ will be smoked.
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True. But if you bring in the 5-speed Yammie (stock) the RTZ will be smoked.
On a straight, yes! Through a corner, no way Jose!

We're digressing too much for our friend's benefit
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On a straight, yes! Through a corner, no way Jose!

We're digressing too much for our friend's benefit
I am talking about corners dude. The 5-speed came with improved tyres. It also helped that I put in Yezdi rubber. Also most of the RTZs I went up against were poorly maintained. Aha. And yeah we digress too much. Dude (to rice) stick to the Yamaha. LOL
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Shogun is faster on paper and also has a stiffer suspension. But, the RX gives a better feel when you ride it especially power delivery.
I dont like the Shogun's engine note, seems like the piston is slapping all the time.

The RXGs and the RX-135 did'nt have the spunk that the 100 did because they were choked for emissions, but I believe you can do a port job+put a chamber and re-create the magic. RX has garbage tires, definetly need to be upgraded.
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Handling wise, both are no great shakes (I own a KB, BTW) and high-speed stability is suspect in both.
Are you kidding? I have driven my RX135 from Satara to Pune in 1 hr 30 min. Approx. distance 120+ km. That includes 2 ghat sections (Khambataki and Katraj). No wonder, I love that bike! Being a family man has toned down my driving now, but 5 years back, I would have shown you how capable is the bike at corners. (Some of the younger t-bhpians can still do that )
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but 5 years back, I would have shown you how capable is the bike at corners. (Some of the younger t-bhpians can still do that )
C'mon RX, you're never too old to scrape footpegs........just do it!
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True. But if you bring in the 5-speed Yammie (stock) the RTZ will be smoked.
..and the 5 speed RTZ 125 would smoke the 5 speed Yam before the RD350 smokes all of them to kingdom come.
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It also helped that I put in Yezdi rubber.
Yezdi rubber looked good to a lot of people, but it screwed up the final gearing (smaller wheels) and reduced top speed.

Now, if you used Yezdi wheels front and back you could've carried a stepney as a crashguard...
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My!My!There ARE a lot of people out there who love the Shogun just like me.I used to own a 94' model from new till a year or so ago.I hated selling her.It was hard to come by genuine spares and with no dealer around anymore,I had to swap her for a comparatively mundane CBZ.The Shogun was the only Indian 2 wheeler,after the RD350 of course,that I wanted to ride just for the heck of it!Though I did only 55K on the Shogun in total,I loved every single km.How's Calicut-Bangalore in 6 running hours,six years ago!I still take that long (even longer) in a car nowadays!!4 strokes may be politically correct and more intune with what the world rides today....but 2 stokes were something else.
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Anybody know how the 0-60 kph of Shogun compares with the Pulsar and Karizma. I think Shogun was around 5.5 secs.
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