please help me choose a bike
my parameters: Mileage, Low Maintenance, comfortable ride
after a basic research, im considering two bikes now - Honda Shine and Suzuki Heat
if u have experience with any of these bikes or know about them from others' experience, please let me know
i know the technical details from the site and from the dealer but i think the best person to ask is the rider or a friend of the rider
P.S: lot of my friends dislike suzuki heat's look but it really doesnt matter to me as long as its comfortable to ride. so looks are no problem. the only parameters are the ones i mentioned above.
expecting some help
01:32 AM 26 Dec 06
think of the Yamaha Gladiator. In my opinion, miles ahead of these two.
The Discover DTsi is also a really good bike.
I honestly dont like the Shine much. The Suzuki has superb low end torque and refinement.
But my personal favourite is the Gladiator. When I rode the Gladiator, I honestly loved it. So refined, amazing handling, superb brakes and so damn comfortable even on the pillion seat.
03:01 PM 26 Dec 06
Shine looks like any other look. even i dont like the looks of shine.
suzuki is a gr8 choice, has very good low and midrange, as nikhil pointed out...
Gladiator is a gr8 cjoice, but costly
between, shine and heat, the Heat wins hands down
thanks nikhil and sunny
yes the cost is a factor here. looking for something less that 49k
well i realy dont know what torque means. so i cudnt understand the technical aspect of ur information.
the news is that i took a test-drive for both Heat and Shine today.
i love the look. seriously. i really like bikes with round dome/light. and everything else in heat looked great too(for me).
while driving, i couldnt sense power in the engine. i dont know how to put it in technical terms but it felt like it lacked the power to drag/push the bike forward. i have a lot of exp with splendor - with splendor i can really drag/push the bike forward with power by quickly raising the accelerator. but with heat, there was no push, the speed and power were like constant and steady. so if i want to overtake a bike to my side and go forward on its lane, i dont think i can do it with heat. with splendor, i can do it with command. i hope ur getting my point.
i wonder how bad this is. what d u think?
well shine dint have the above problem. it had power. when i raise the accelerator more the engine pushes the bike forward with power. i can overtake other vehicles. basically a ride on shine was very good. more like a hero honda ride but a little better, there seems to be some improvements done by honda.
but there is a major problem i faced with shine. the tank in the front is too wide. so my legs had to be spread too wide apart bcos of that. it was not comfortable. especially for me who drove splendor for a long time. splendor has a thinner tank and it was pretty comfortable for the legs, i could open them apart or put them closer to each other to my comfort. but in shine, the legs have to always apart, that oo a little bit too apart. i sure have a feeling that il get leg and spine pain/probs with shine as i ride 30kms daily.
well thats the case
what im thinking right now:
may be Passion Plus is a good option? cos it has the power needed that seems to be missing in heat and hopefully doesnt have that wide front tank like shine.
on another thought, may be Heat is still a good choice cos it reduces chances of accidents as i cant overtake other vehicles? lol. and if it gives a good mileage it would serve my purpose.
im kind of confused.
pls help me
P.S: i also gave a ride on TVS Star City, just like that. it sucked. very bad.
06:48 AM 27 Dec 06
TVS Star City is in a different catgeory.
Why didnt you test ride the Disocver DTSi ?? Test ride that too......
and definitely not Passion plus.
nikhil. i have almost come to a decision. i think its passion plus.
why not discover or shine or gladiator? well basically two reasons.
1. low maintenance - i always hear that splendor and passion give good service with low maintenance
2. mileage - as passion plus is 100cc and others mentioned above are 125cc im sure passion gives more mileage
additional points - passion is pretty comfortable. it is more in height compared to splendor giving me comfortable leg-position.
well im really not looking for a 'cool' bike. just a reliable(low maintenance) bike which gives good mileage and good comfort while riding. passion met those three criteria.
other might be low-maintenance too and might also be very comfortable to ride but passion beats them at mileage. so i guess i am the passion-plus type of person lol.
what d u say?
u said 'defnitely not passion' .. is there any specific reason??
12:58 AM 30 Dec 06
If you want a 100cc bike, then it simply has to be the Platina.
The Passion Plus is a decent bike. But the Bajaj is much bigger, better looking, rides better, handles better.
What more you want ?? Mileage will be the same as the Passion I guess....
It is quite useless to buy a Passion now just because of the Hero Honda brand name. There are better bikes available for lesser.
Passion Plus in Mumbai --- 49.1 K
Bajaj Platina with Alloy wheels --- 46.2K.
Without alloy wheels --- 42.7K.
7,000 Rs difference is pretty huge.
The Platina is also more modern, fuel efficient, more powerful, handles and rides better.
Honestly, no offence to you, but if you buy a Passion, it is extremely stupid.
BTW, where are you from ?? Which part of India ?
Bajaj Platina with Alloy wheels 43k onroad here in Kolkata
Bajaj Platina without Alloy wheels not available
my assistant just got one a week ago
buy it as it is a great bike
11:40 AM 30 Dec 06
That isnt a price update Udit
....the bike costs differently in different parts of the country.
In Delhi, for example, bikes are cheaper than Mumbai
08:54 PM 30 Dec 06
Well leo, torque means the pulling ability of the bike. as per technical specs, Heat pulls more than splendour, dont know why you felt otherwise
Passion hmm. 1990 tech, just refined. pro is its time tested, easy avlblity of parts. cons is that its outdated tech.
platina offers more power for the same mileage, or even better. one friend of mine in bombay gets 70KMPL on his platina, that is awesome...
Well for parts, bajaj is doing a good job, making sure all oparts are infact available. Platina has proved to be reliable, very little cases of failures. Furthermore, it has the narrow tank that you like...