Head-to-Head: Top 5 Indian 150cc Bikes Mania: a Shootout

by Shashank on October 28, 2012

head to head 150cc

1982, India:

Empty streets, pedestrians loafing around and kids playing here and there. The Sarpunch of the village has a Bajaj Chetak scooter, the Mukhiya has a Hero Cycle. The sound of the scooter made people aware of the presence of their Sarpunch, and the bell of the cycle: the Mukhiya. If I had to go 20 kms, I would rather prefer walking my way than taking a town-bus.. The Indian streets were crying for some wear on them, they really wanted some tires running on them…and God listened to their Pray, and fulfilled their wish.

30 Years Later, 2012, India:

Streets & Highways: Brrrrrrrrrrrummmmmm……… Bruuuuuuummmmm… Brrrrrruuuuum……. Brrrrrrrrruuuuum…… Today, the streets cry that they once cried for something that makes them cry today… Everyone owns a 2-wheeler at-least.

Although there are Buses, Cars and Caars, but riding a bike on the Indian streets is a matter of Pride and Joy, which none other, but the Indians feel.. We want Best at the ‘Least’! And, surprisingly, with the ever-growing motor-cycle market in India, our wants seem to be coming true. The segment that satisfies us the most is the 150cc Segment: a perfect combination of Power, Fuel Efficiency, Style and Reliability. But Again, there are many bikes under this segment, and it obviously difficult to choose one from them. The Price tags make the condition worse. “Which one should I go for?”, “Which bike would suit me?” etc. etc. are the questions that often hit our mind while we think of buying a bike. Well, here comes a boy, who’ll try his best to help you out with THE bike for You.

Hello Guys, Myself Jitendra Behera, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. I am a College student, presently in Bhubaneswar. Here, in BikeAdvice over a few minutes from now, we shall discuss on the top 5 150cc bikes of the Indian sub-continent. But before going further, let me stand still and give a Grand Salute to BikeAdvice.in for their excellent site, which was frankly the prime source of help for me too, for buying my first 2-Wheeler king.  Thanks a Lot again! Then, let me assure you all that all the data given herein are absolutely 101% true, and are drawn from experiences and not any company sites. We’re a group of bike-crazy boys, who have ridden almost all the 150cc bikes in India and after using them for about a year or so(except the new Apache, which is just 4 months old) , we believe these are the best of the best. Now, let’s quickly see what we’ve got:

TVS Apache RTR 160 HyperEdge

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TVS Motors India is the only Indian Auto company that has put its Racing ergonomics into the mass. The TVS Apache, launched in mid 2007, after facing around 5 facelifts, has now come-up with a HyperEdge model, with an Indianised appeal and a Track ready machine.

Looks: The New 2012 Apache, though doesn’t look much better than its Predecessors, but who cares, TVS has launched it with a Beast-ialistic cosmetic upgrade, and Beasts are never beautiful, I guess. However, the new Apache comes upgraded with a hulk-over tank cowl, Bikini fairing, Engine Cowl and most importantly, Splashes of Carbon fiber, making the bike a Macho machine.

Performance: Must say, guys at TVS try to put their best in developing their products to the top-most. The new version bike has amazingly got reduced vibrations, and smoother gear-shifts. With the Technical specifications remaining the same, the 2012 version features a rev happy engine that makes you work your wrist on the accelerator each time you get out for a ride. It is an immortal joy to ride the Apache in traffic. The machine returns good fuel efficiency. And about the PickUp, the name Speaks the rest: it’s RTR: Racing Throttle Response.!

Comfort: Here’s where the TVS Engineers need to work a bit. Riding in city is comfortable, but after two hours of continuous riding or so, you get back pains. But, frankly speaking, after one gets addicted to the “Proper” sitting posture, you won’t have any complaints, whatsoever.

Handling: The TVS Apache never lacked in this field. The Clip on handle-bars take the ride like a dream, and the superb Braking system of the bike is worth mentioning.

Innovations: After having won the “Bike of the Year” for 2 continuous years, what more do you expect from this machine.? Well, if you expect something more, let me make you aware of the things that the bike wins on:

Best in-class Instrument Cluster with Blue back lit display & Countdown on Start-up. Ignition Sourced Day Time Running Pilot Lamps (First in any Indian bike)4 Dual-tone Vibrant color schemes, with Black being the base and Green, Red, Yellow and Grey being the variables, pre-installed Engine cowl.

  •   Pros:- Best in-class Handling and Pick-up; Innovations and Color Schemes
  •   Cons:- Comfort

Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler

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The grown-up Honda Twister, better known as the CB Dazzler is really a hit product of Honda. Honda is especially known for its super smooth machines and ride quality, which are both put-together in the bike.

Looks: The Bike looks good with its semi-flared body and compact design. The front headlamps give the bike an unmistakably cool look. Seeing the bike on the side stand makes people jealous.

Performance: I have already stated earlier that Honda is known for its engine. The bike performs Superbly and kicks back all other bikes of its segment in terms of fuel efficiency. The bike can overtake any bike of its segment on curves with an ease. Reaching 0-60 kmph in just 5.2 seconds, the bike accelerates like a dream. This compact machine can equally be maneuvered easily on the city roads.

Comfort: The bike scores good in comfort too. Both short riding and touring. One can complete a long ride easily without ending up with any back pains.

Handling: The dazzling dazzler is really fast on roads, and even faster on curves. Although it’s not a track ready bike, it can make other bikes eat dust in city traffic. Cornering is as smooth as butter and since the turning radius is less, maneuvering is worth experiencing.

Innovations: The bike has superbly refined smooth Engine and the futuristic compact dashboard that is unique. However, The Dazzler, as I think lacks on Paintjob (Although the present color schemes aren’t that bad, but they seem out of fashion).

  • Pros: Smooth Engine, Good Stability around the corners, Comfort, Fuel Efficiency.
  • Cons: Lack of top-end power.

HERO Motocorp Hunk

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The first muscular machine from Hero Honda, now better known as the Hero Motocorp is ‘Hunk’. “Everybody follows the Hunk”, says the tagline, and why not.! It has got superb power added to its super-smooth Honda heart, which means one can rely on it without getting negatives.

Looks: Well, here is where the Hero guys need to work a bit. Hunk owners, don’t get disappointed, your bike still looks macho and muscular. The tank shrouds add a more of flesh onto the bike. The visor gives more of a 3D Aggression effect to the bike and it has now got refreshed graphics. A dual tone paint-job, is however, solely missed.

Performance: After having dominated the Indian roads for more than 25 years, this is, atleast the field where the company has excelled. There are no exceptions for the Hunk. With the super smooth Honda engine, the Hunk desperately awaits challenges in the traffic. Good pick-up (reaches 0-60 in about 5.1 secs), better cornering and even better road grip ensures its healthy performance anytime and every-time.

Comfort: The sitting position, too, is nice. The bike is good to go with short distance riding as-well as touring. The bike has, undoubtedly the best comfort for pillion. The riding stance is very similar to other hero bikes, which is, of course suited to Indian roads.

Handling: Not one of the very good fields of Hero. Still, the bike always remains under your control, even at speeds more than 90 kmph. Probably, this one was the only one out of all other 13 150cc bikes on which we managed to gain the top speed of 117 kmph, that too with a pillion. Cornering is pretty nimble and the brakes work well too. All-in-all, the bike offers decent handling capabilities.

Innovations: Not much to talk about. The only unique feature of this bike is as claimed by the company- the Anno-Digital instrument dashboard. However, the only digital scale on the dashboard is the Speedometer.

  • Pros: Feature rich, smooth engine, fuel efficiency
  • Cons: Looks

Yamaha FZ-S (and Fazer)

FZS Top bike in 2012

“Lord of the Streets” is the most muscular 150cc bike in the Indian market till date. With its naked styling {which is compromised with body fairing in the Fazer}, the bike looks appealing.

Looks: No prizes for saying- the bike outshines every of the rest 4 bikes in this department. The naked styling borrowed from the elder sibling the- FZ 8 is definitely a hit in the market, along with its clothed version- the Fazer. The headlamps on FZ S give it an undoubtedly aggressive look and the twin lamps on Fazer add a style to it. The midship muffler, also adds to the looks of the bike.

Performance: Both FZ-S and Fazer are performance oriented bikes. With the technical specifications remaining the same on the bikes, the torquey engine is the highlight in both of the bikes. The throttle response in quick & gear-shifts are smooth. However, the only drawback in both these bikes is: Fuel Efficiency. If you’re ready to rev up the engine, the bike is ever-ready to burn a hole in your pocket. Hard to believe but true: the bike returns an average of 30 kmpl in city and a better 34 kmpl on straight roads, which is not better than the 200cc Pulsar!

Comfort: The rider comfort is good, though, sometimes on applying front discs at higher speeds, you would feel pain in the delicate pats ;-) :D ! Both the bikes are made for single riders and not for riders with pillion. However, the FZ-S offers better pillion comfort than the Fazer. The monocross suspension is way comfortable than any other in the segment.

Handling: The bikes have razor-sharp handling capabilities and grippy tyres. Wider rear tyres ensure good on-road stability, even at high (also very high) speeds. Ground clearance is well that can make small pebbles kiss the bike’s bottom in rural roads. Truly under control in any situation. However, rear discs are missed.

Innovations: Every part of the bike is of high quality and the Midship Muffler and Mono-cross Suspension are good additions to the bike. The fully digital trendy instrument cluster is the innovation that mark the bike successful.

  • Pros: Looks, Engine, Performance
  • Cons: Fuel Efficiency

Bajaj PULSAR 150 DTSi

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The most popular 150cc bike in India, is of course, the Pulsar, can better be said the mass 150cc king. You can find a place with no hospitals, but you WON’T find a place without a Pulsar in India. I mean the bike is so damn common, and why not be! It fulfills demands of people with many features at a relatively less price tag.

Looks:  Though not mush fresh, the Looks of the bike are in trend and even after remaining in the market for more than 8 years, the muscular tank design of the pulsar is still a hit. This was the first motor-cycle that introduced Styling on headlamps by adding Triangular framed pilot lamps. The rear design looks edgy and sharp.

Performance: The bike performs well under every situation. The engine is refined and smooth and never gives up at high RPMs. But sadly, both the previous statements apply only to first 2 years after purchasing the bike. The bike starts making some noises and grunts after 16-18 months. But never mind, the bike can make other bikes eat dust in these first 16 months. Gear-box is hard, which gets smoother with each servicing.

Comfort: Well suited bike for people of heights between 5’5″ and 6’5″. The seat is very comfortable and the riding position is good. The front suspension is hard, though, perfect for commuting. The pillion seat is also good.

Handling: Handling is quite good and there is absolute grip on the road. The clip-ons do their job well and help in easy cornering. The bike’s handling is best on curve roads and there are absolutely no complaints against this bike in this department.

Innovations: A better decision by Bajaj was to borrow the Clip-On Handle bar and Angled tank shrouds from the P200. Paint schemes are simple, yet eye-catching. The instrument cluster is also one of the highlights of the bike.

  • Pros: Comfort, Handling, Looks
  • Cons: Quality of parts

So, now time to sum up. But before that, it is my duty to inform you that these bikes are NOT the best 5 in 150cc segment, rather, these are the best bikes in the 150cc segment in the mass-afforded price range, i.e.- 60,000 to 80,000 INR. If the price barrier is broken, here are the rank-wise top 10 150cc Indian bikes:

top 10 Indian bikes in 150 cc

As we see, Honda’s CBR 150R Rules the segment, followed by Yamaha’s R 15 version2 that has remained the darling of the segment, which is followed by TVS Beast: The Apache RTR 160. The next four are the serially ordered bikes in this article i.e. Honda CB Dazzler > Hero Motocorp Hunk > Yamaha FZ -S > Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi. At the 8th place is the Suzuki GS 150R, followed by Bajaj Discover 150 at 9th place, followed by Yamaha SZ X at the 10th. Now, you might be wandering where did Hero Impulse & Hero CBZ go.. Both these bike are ranked at No.5 along with Hunk. A fierce competition, really! :-)

VERDICT

Now time to make things easier.

  • Want performance, looks, and want no compromises; and have a fat wallet? Go for CBR 150 R or R15 v2; whichever you like.
  • Want performance and looks but can compromise with comfort? Go for the Apache RTR 160.
  • Want performance and comfort, but can compromise with looks? Go for the Hero Hunk (or CBZ or Impulse), or Bajaj Discover 150, or Suzuki GS 150R whichever suits your body built.
  • Want All-rounder with but have a low budget? Go for the Honda CB Dazzler.
  • Want Looks, performance and comfort, and can compromise with fuel efficiency? Go for Yamaha FZ -S or Yamaha SZ-X.
  • Want Performance, comfort and Looks, but can compromise with Quality? Go for Pulsar 150 DTSi.

I know all the readers won’t agree to these points, but this is to remind these views are tested and then brought in front of you. If you have any contradictions, a warm welcome for your comments.! I shall be ever-ready to entertain them.

Lastly, Important things. Choosing a bike completely depends on you because you aren’t buying it for me, or any other but for yourself. Do take test rides and then choose your bike.

Always wear a Helmet and Ride safe. Riding fast doesn’t mean YOU ARE FAST. Sometimes, a “Mr. Late” is Much better than “Late Mr.”

Ride sensibly. Live Safe.

With Regards,

Jitendra Behera

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Raghavan October 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Good comparison,But instead of Hunk you could have added Impulse or GS150R.Hunk is Dazzler/Unicorn Engine with Honda Tiger Frame.

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Jitedra October 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Impulse and Hunk share the same points! But GS150R lacks in After-sales services and Hunk has plus in technology like the ATFT.!
Thanks for the comment, anyways :-)

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Rajiv November 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

Hey what d hell is ds ATFT , ASFS, APDV nnn HH comes up with these bullshit technologies n reviewer like you give them top review….. Really a very bad n biased review….
The GS 150r from Suzuki is really having som very good technologies incorporated in them…The vibration free body with engine balancer technology…6 speed gear box…. category defining fuel efficincy…. fully digital console with gear indicator…..Macho looks with no extra plastics hanging here n there…. Quality parts like double wire on accleator grip for enhanced safety…

Raghavan November 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

ATFT-Shine/Unicorn Engine,ASFS-Quantum Core Engine and Activa Engine,APDV-Cub 95 Engine used in Splendor.

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Ben October 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Good review. But some information are not up to the mark. Suzuki gs150r is the most fuel efficient bike in the 150cc segment. When both torque and power figures are concerned r15 is the most performance oriented machine. Fz returns about 36 in city and 44 in highway. About hero and honda bikes they are intermediate without excelling in any department. About pulsar, it is common and nothing to say. Finally apache, it is the worst bike ever made. Even after 5 years vibrations are not solved. The vibrations pass from foot pegs to head. There is no smooth acceleration but only the engine is strained when revved hard.

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Jitedra October 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Ben, GS150R scores the most in Fuel-Efficiency, agreed to that. About the 2nd statement, there’s always a fierce fight between the 150R and R15 v2; the CBR scores more on Raw power(17.8 bhp) whereas the heart of R15 is way more torquey. On acceleration, R15 throws back the CBR by 0.8 seconds in the 0-60kmph range, CBR is way faster in 60-100 kmph by 4.3 seconds. And about Apache, the bike was always a vibrator till the 2012 refresh. It has got reduced vibrations(I DON’T MEAN THERE ARE NO VIBRATIONS). Testride the 2012 bike and experience yourself!
Thanks for the Comment, anyways :-)

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Nitin October 30, 2012 at 2:24 am

That is not engine strain. It is a over square engine with short gear ratios and hence it surges forward like there is no other day left. I wonder what made u call apache worst !!! I did many long trips and completed 500 KM trips non stop at 100 to 115 KMPH speeds and the engine didn’t show any power loss. What can you expect more from the engine for such competitive pricing. If you are a true enthusiast and ripping the bike, then you do not have any time to think about the vibrations. I would really worry about the comfort rather vibrations in apache. If you are a person interested in cruising smoothly, then apache is not for your taste.

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himanshu gopal October 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

n00b. only a poorly maintained FZ would return 30kpl in city. or if rider is revving it at 8k+ rpm all the time. even at crawling speeds :-/

it returns ~38-42kpl in city

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Jitedra October 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

As far mileage is concerned, our rider was able to attain the highest figure of 38kmpl in city and 40.9 kmpl on highways, that only during the period between 2nd and 3rd servicing. It is now 1 year 3 months old and returns around 30 kmpl.
Well, thanks for the comment :-)

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himanshu gopal November 7, 2012 at 8:14 pm

strange :O my FZ is ~ 1year and 2 months old and i get 40kmpl in city. rarely go to highway but it was returning 46kpl on highway 6-7 months back

Joy October 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I feel it is a very very biased review. First of all, you talk about top 150cc bikes, and sadly there is no mention of the R15! Come on, that is the best 150cc bike we have seen till date. And the Yamaha FZ wins very clearly hands down over the Dazzler. Also, no mention about the GS150R. This bike may not be popular but it is indeed an excellent machine.

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Jitendra October 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Please have a Proper look at the WHOLE article. It’s already mentioned that these bikes are picked only from the mass-liked price range i.e. 60k-80k; and infact very Sadly, I don’t think the R15 can be bought under 80k INR!
The FZ-S and Fazer, although have good refined engines, they stay back of Dazzler because of fuel-efficiency, Reliability & Maintenance cost.
GS150R is a good machine, 100% Agreed, but it lacks Looks, After-sales Services, and technology. Please have a look at the comparison table. You would find the points there. Thanks :-)

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Nitin October 30, 2012 at 2:26 am

R15 is not there because the article compares the bikes within 60 to 80K rupees range.

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Nilavo October 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I dont Agree with this comparison I own a Fazer my self and i live in kolkata….but i still get a milege round 40kmpl…According to me fzs/Fazer should be put at a higher position than Hunk….Cbr150r is without a doubt a winner but Apache in no way deserves the third place….plus what about Suzuki gs150r and Hero CBZ xtreme….these bikes should be considered also….if these points are to be considered then this shoot out should be appropriate…..thank u for listening….:)

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Jitendra October 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

It’s to be kept in mind that Fuel Efficiency depends 50% on engine and 50% on the way of riding. May be You’re riding it smoothly, and are keeping the revs below 6k, but our rider is a cruel one, who keeps reving the machine 8k-10k every-time, ant that’s the reason we get such low figures! I never said that all bikers get the same numbers.
But You can’t deny the fact that FZ-S and Fazer score the least in terms of Fuel Efficiency among all other 150cc bikes, can You?
We prepared the Shoot-out after 2 years of observation, so, I believe we are close to accurate. Thanks a Lot for viewing :-)
Happy Riding!

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Nitin October 30, 2012 at 2:32 am

Apache is in right position for people who take their bikes to extremes. 60 KMPH in 2nd gear at 4.6 seconds is one heck.

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Performance October 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm

very biased review. u missed out a very good bike called Suzuki GS 150R. its one of the best bike for the money we pay, with minimum maintenance , good mileage of 55 kmpl and top speed of 125 km/hr.

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Jitendra October 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

GS150R was never a bad bike to own, but still, it lacks many things including styling, Non-tubeless tyres, weak head-lamp, advance technologies and quality of parts. Therefore, we could not place the GS150R in the ranks. However, it is still one of the best 10 150CC bikes here in India.
Thanks so much for the view. :-D
Happy Riding!

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Vineet October 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm

If you think ATFT is advanced technology, then the Suzuki engine has hyper advanced technologies like SJCS and engine counter balancer.

Performance October 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm

@ Jitendra I really appreciate your effort to look at comments and reply.
@ Vineet you have a valid point too

Vishal Gaurav October 28, 2012 at 10:50 pm

To – Jitender Bahera – Bike advice

Subject- everytime bad posts :@

Hi there,
i am a regular visitor a bikeadvice from the past 2 years. Everytime i see posts related to bike comparison , seems like you are always JEALOUS of the performance of YAMAHA.
may be ur first bike was of cd100 or a boxer.

Everytime u post mileage of FZ/FAZER of 30 :@. Is it so ?? huh…
its always 38-43 in city and 45+ on highways even driven below 6000rpm !

U are always promoting shit UNICORN

OK, tell me the reason behind giving unicorn no. 1 , i would rate it at last even worse than SZ-R or Discover (dont believe me ? try a race with these two DONT EVEN THINK TO RACE WITH FZ/FAZER .)
Unicorn sounds more like a scooty rather than a bike.
alright, how is the pillion comfort more in FZ-S than FAZER, when other than fairing everything in both the bikes are same ?
may be u didn’t get anything to fire upon.
forcefully writing about hunk that u got 117kmph in hunk with a pillion.

Right, may be you should do an experiment :-
Try a Race among pulsar 150, unicorn, hunk, and the Lord(FZ) of 3kms or more.
FZ 1st
Pulsar 2nd
No matter who came 3rd and 4th.
Have u ever stated that the designs of FZ is same of FZ1000 and fazer is same as of fazer1000. have u?
ever stated about widest rear tyres 140 in fz/fazer.

petty design of unicorn is same as of a CB twister. sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the two.

rear disc brakes in unicorn .. hahaha , poor pickup, worst top speed 110/80 rear tyres. do it really needs a rear disc ?

if mileage is only concern for u then please compare it with SZ-R.
I need some serious comments and likes from YAMAHA family and yes a reply from u jitender.

To all Yamaha riders please let me know if i am correct.

YAMAHA was, YAMAHA is and YAMAHA will be No. 1.
YES ! YAMAHA !

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Jitendra October 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm

To,
Mr. Vishal Gaurav,
BikeAdvice Reader, India.

Subject:- In reply to your comment dated 28.10.2012, 10:50 pm IST.

Sir,
Firstly, thanks a lot for being a true reader of BikeAdvice, and thereby, a true bike enthusiast. For your kind information, I myself am a reader of the posts here for more than 3 years. It’s not that all authors of posts regarding ‘Buyers’ Guide’ are jealous of YAMAHA Motors and their machines, It’s just that You pay more loyalty to your favorite and owned brands. Yamaha products are always good. And I still own an FZ-S, which is my second bike :-)
Next, do make researches and I am sure none of the bikes you mentioned above are of Sports/Racing category and all are for Commuting/Touring; and U say to Race.! Noob! You are a Die-hard Indian Biker, I understood that.!
Then come Tyres. For Your kind information, FZ-S’s, radial wide tyres are grippy than that of the Dazzler’s but co-incidently, these tyres are prone to quick wear-offs as they are of soft rubber.
Things in Dazzler that wins over the Fazer (and FZ):-
Lighter Steering in Dazzler that ensures more sharp handling,
More Active electric start than FZ and Fazer,
Rear Disc Brake,
Softer Suspension.

All these don’t mean FZ-S Looses the Game.
I didn’t want to hang into Arguments on my first article in BA, but since You are forcing me in, I am ready.
Happy biking. Hope that satisfies You.

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Vineet October 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Dude this is a bike not a car! What do you mean by lighter steering? The Straight handlebars of bikes like FZ and Duke aid sharper handling more than any “light steering”
“More active electric start?” Does the starter motor dance or go gymming? How can the electric motor be “More active”
Rear disc brakes are good but if you ride the FZ, you will know that the rear drum of the FZ is better than all other bikes in the lesser side of 1 lakh. FZ has one of the best braking systems in the indian commuter biking scene.
Softer suspension doesnt aid handling, it just makes the feedback lesser and makes the bike prone to fishtailing.
Dazzler has hard compound tyres with bad wet road grip and it lacks DC electricals which most competitors like FZ, RTR and even all pulsars including 135 provide.
Dazzler is so overpriced that it is in the 180cc price category but offers performance which is similar to Discover 125 ST.
Stop being a Fanboy.

Joko October 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm

FZ-S? Its even slower compared to some 125cc moped.

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Nitin October 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

@Joko, Yes, FZ-S is indeed very slow. I had the idea to change my apache on this Dussera, solely because of the lack of comfort. The latest red and white combo FZ-S casted a spell on me and I took test ride expecting sweet surprises from the machine. Pick-up is mediocre, braking is just OK and handling is worst. If my apache’s tyres are replaced with grippy ones, then it is one heck of handling machine with good safety. So finally left the purchase idea. The only true screamer from Yamaha is R15.

SAM October 31, 2012 at 6:12 pm

@Vishal & @Vineet: Yamaha is a superb brand and FZ is indeed a superb bike..Does that mean Dazzler is worse compared to ur so called Discover and Sz?how stupid does ur statement sound?Have u ever ridden a dazzler or have u ever seen it or u r talking based on others statments that Dazzler looks like Twister?In ur dreams may be Dazzler is slower than FZ…lol…Fz even with huge torque is one of the slowest bikes of the league with lowest mileage…Are U bigger researcher than Overdrive and hell a lot of magazines & sites that have stated Dazzler to be faster than FZ?Do u want me to swear that I’ve touched 126kmph in my stock dazzler(speedo indicated value)?ur so called discover or sz or even ur beloved FZ can dream about this speed?Do u want me to show u pics of speedo recorded top speed of 128kmph in dazzler?Dazzler is more of top end machine,rather than breathtaking accelerator..but still dazzler touches 0-60kmph less than what ur FZ does as per Overdrive.And its one of the quickest of the league to reach ton mark apart from 150r n r15…
U talk like Dazzler is a bike of splendor’s category..Silence is the character of Honda engines…There are many who is fond of silent engines..So,does that make ur envy compare it to sound of scooty?tomorrow u wud say that enfield sounds like a diesel auto I guess :P..Pity on ur fanboyism…110/80 tyrers is more than enough for the power that this league of bike churns out…Haven’t u felt pity on the fact that 140 sized tyres on ur FZ just primarily for purpose of looks absolutely screwed down the performance and mileage of ur bike,even wit huge amount of torque? Does ur fz that looses out of breath past 95kmph superior in performance to dazzler that redlines at 9250rpm with peak power coming at 8500rpm?You also call true bikers of Yamaha family to support ur stupid statements,jus bcuz they have a FZ?

You raced with guys who doesn’t know to ride for 3kms and saying FZ is superior in league?How funny are u?If a race is for 3kms,by no means it would reflect the spirit of bike,rather it purely reflects the skills of rider only..Try a 1/4 mile drag with a proper rider on a dazzler and u ll know what the Dazzler is wen u are eating the dust behind…

To be honest FZ is tad bit better than Dazzler in handling due to its sporty geometry,rearset footpegs and wider tyres and marginally better in braking , not due to the drum brakes,but due to fatter rubbers and larger front disk..But looses out by big margin in performance and mileage which is considered to have more priority..Dazzler is superb allrounder…Come to reality and ur lose ur dream of being ‘Lord of the League’…U ve a tough competitor….

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Jitendra November 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Stop argueing like kids bros :-) It’s obvious that one wud pay loyalty to his owned brand. Both Yam FZ and Dazzler are superb machines, and there are some faults/demerits on each of them, like all other stuff, but that doesn’t mean that there should be a WWE between FZ and Daz owners.!
Come on! Everyone is (and must be) happy with what he has.
:-) Chillax.. Achchhe se chalaiyo gaddi..! (I mean Happy Riding)

Akshay August 21, 2013 at 6:16 am

buddy i am a fz owner and i have touched the 124kmph on my bike and i don’t wana argue on other points neither i am saying the dazzler is bad.

alex November 5, 2012 at 10:28 am

Vishal Gaurav you are ryt bro….
yamaha rules 150 seg in india
handling = fz
comfort = fz
stopping power = fz
looks = fz
milage fz 42-46 fz (2012) made

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shabbu November 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

hi vishal I completely agree with your statement about fz . I have 2009 model fz and it has same performance as new one . it. gave 50+ on local and 55+ on highways below 5000 rpm . I have touched 122 kmh topspeed. torque feeling is better than even r15. I proper service my fz . in case handling its only behind r15 and cbr150. u can ride with one hand even at 120 kmh. when handling comes yamaha always stood first. my friend have p200 and it never come close to fz in handling then how p150. fz have chassis which easily handles 250 cc engine.

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Saks October 29, 2012 at 3:30 am

Noob writer. Knows nothing about bikes. Go ride a bicycle kid. :D :D

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Jaideep October 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

It was a NON-BIASED test. I agree with all ur statements except about the gear box of pulsar; its worst than any thing.. One more thing is you should include a factor of service facilities, in this critaria honda will loose all its gained points. Honda is worst in after service facilities…
Thanks it was fun to read :)

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Jitendra October 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Thanks for the rep :-)

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Kash November 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

Yes I completely agree that Honda has got a very poor after sales service record.

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crazywheels October 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

You dont need to mention Discover 150. Its just a 150 cc engine fitted into a 100 cc vehicle. You should have included Impulse and GS 150.- Even though these are poor in the sales department, they have made a place in the segment .

CBR 150 r is the best in the segment but i think you wrote beautifully about the bikes below 1 L price range. Excellent

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Jitendra October 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Thanks Brother! :-)

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Akashdeep October 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

Hi,

Pretty exhaustive comparison. I am glad that Dazzler was not a bad choice I made two years ago!

Btw, whoever did the comparison chart graphics seems to have a taste for 1980s Atari game console. Or still using MS Word 95 default themes :-o

Keep rocking.

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Jitendra October 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

It’s Picassa Effect Bro! However, thanks :-)

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Kiran Reddy October 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

You missed out CBZ!! I think hunk, cbz and impulse vary in many features even though they have similarities in few specs and features. And these deliver a good mileage as well in 150cc segment and also 3 of them posses different mileage :)

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Martian October 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Where is Honda Unicorn and Suzuki GS150R in this comparison??? how can they be eliminated when they are one of the best in mileage?

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SriGuru October 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Suzuki 150 included? nice overall, could be better

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vighnesh October 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

good intro though,you missed suzuki gs150r

Hunk could hit 110-115 easily in straights…truly said…

Nilavo and vishal…(yamaha fans)
i may agree with you about fz-s and fazer mileage,as all guys owning fz averages 38kmpl,and fazer around 30.but my friend sabiq with his midnight edition fazer claimed above 40kmpl.i tested it myself.
However hard i revd it,could get 36-38kmpl…it was first ever 35+ with fazer in my knowledge.

It may be depending on luck,i judge.

Regards
keep the good work.
Dont start honda+yamaha war.both are great powerhouses.
Vighnesh
(owner honda cbr250r)

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Shubham Mayank October 29, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I would say its just an O.K. Review. But man, which fz did you test?? Get it tuned well.
I own a Fazer, its going to complete almost 9 months by now and 5 services over. I am a ripper in city traffic, riding above 60 kmph all the time and I’ve never received an FE below 38KMPL!!
Apache is a nice bike no doubt, but the dazzler is a commuter machine rather than a sports oriented one.
Besides, the R15 and CBR shouldn’t be compared with these beasts becoz in their league, engine capacity counts last. They are tech laden mini superbikes.
Now, coming to hunk, everything about the bike is OK, except what you said about braking and cornering. Man, how can you boast about cornering in a bike with wheels of large diameter?? It might be an easy turner in the traffic. And the Nissin brakes are not sharp but spongy.

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umashankar October 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Honda :)

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redarc October 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm

One of the worst comparison ever, with many wrong details and wrong pictures

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Pavan October 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Stop Your shit review. You are most biased towards the Dazzler.
Among the all, Honda having the worst after sales service. Do you know what is frame?
FZ and Dazzler having the same ratings for frame… Lol…

Better dont write reviews, it gives false information to new buyers…..

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Jitendra October 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Sorry, but there are absolutely no mentions of “FRAME” in the article.
Thanks for viewing, anyways..!

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faisal October 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

I think the Fazer is one of the best bikes in the 150cc segment.

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crazywheels October 30, 2012 at 9:01 am

Dazzler and Unicorn are the top 150 cc bikes in terms of Comfort and low back and shoulder pain. Other bikes are designed for extra ” Looks” not the comfort zone.

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mrbharath9 October 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

To:-Jitendra Behera
Your review is good but comparison is not correct bcz in different start up conditions bike deliver,s differen,t amount of Mileage and comparing is not upto mark leaving other 150CC BIKES.

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chase October 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

This is a simple review following a simple formula. The gossips that are in vogue regarding those bikes are compiled to make a review. It seems that everyone knows bajaj parts are not of good quality; yamaha gives lower mileage, dazzler gives comfort and apache gives less comfort etc.. Everyone knew previously that FZs is not good for pillions and hence less in comfort aspect. But while all were sleeping yamaha had increased the length of the pillion seat. Nowadays bikeadivce is comprised mostly of articles extracted from other sources and no reviews or relevant information. In the mean time, Yamaha had released a new scooter, and except that news available elsewhere, no review yet. I think this blog is losing its relevance

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Nitin October 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Chase, Your points are very accurate. But many of us know that FZ’s pillion seat is increased. I test rode the new one and cursed my idea to replace apache with fz-s for comfort factor. There is nothing out of the box or mind blowing or simply excellent during the test ride. Finally dropped the idea and decided to take the usual body aches from my apache for the sake of absolute performance it provides.

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Prakash October 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Honda Dazzler Looks like … CB Twister with 150CC engine …….! Better buy Twister .. Save money and good Fuel Efficiency !

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Kash November 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

rightly said. ;-)

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Martian November 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Dazzler is a yukky model… it’s height is also less…. CB Unicorn is always the best!!!

raja October 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Good comprision! Add more 150cc bikes and also their top speed and 0-60km/h.it Would better :)

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Ramesh October 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Hai Jitendra,
one of the satisfying reviews i ever read.Hats off yaar..

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Gokul October 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

How is pulsar 150 G4 2011 model????Want to buy it soon….plz tell me smthing regarding to dis…

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Nitin October 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Gokul, It is good. Pick-up, mileage, comfort, braking and handling are excellent. Engine is very refined too.

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Marcus October 31, 2012 at 2:22 am

With a pulsar you need to get along with two problems 1. The engine roar, the bike is noisier then other bikes at speeds. 2. The overall quality, which i mean the quality of spars, engineering and overall finishing. I practically researched them because i am obsessed with its awesome pickup which actually scared me a lot. I was tempted to buy that till i found out its roaring engine which came to my notice not until i tried an FZ for a day and many quality issues that results many customers re-boring their engines a common site. My advice you may go for Apache instead of pulsar which is a lot better in quality, performance but less refined and will not create many problems like pulsars.

P.S. One friendly advice, you may want to watch out for some bajaj enthusiasts who mesmerize you into believing bajaj is the one and only god of biking and rest of em are complete crap. They may attack in groups and target anyone who tell the truth about these bikes. Avoid them, they either have psychological breakdown or acquire profit from bajaj.

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Nitin November 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

Marcus, I have apache, but I can say Pulsar is a good bike too. The roar you mentioned about is the uniqueness of pulsar engine. In apache, you can hear loud grunt with bass due to the silencer. That is not bad anyway. If you like smooth engines, then unicorn, fz, etc are good picks.

Regarding quality, regular maintenance can keep the pulsar in good condition. I saw one person who used different pulsars, i.e; 150, 180 and 220. He maintained very well and hence he got good resale rates for all of them. He changes the bikes for every 2 years or so and now he is using fz. I also saw some pulsars which are in poor condition due to constant ripping without correct oil change intervals. For any bike, if you are touching extremes every now and then, engine oil should be changed for every 1500 kms. Else, 2,000 kms is fine. Many bikers, especially pulsars, treat the bikes pitiful and hence the poor performance.

yila October 30, 2012 at 10:33 pm

It should have been “The Top 10 150CC bikes in India” including GS150R. It is the best for intercity car-like comfortable ride. All the so-called “sporty” bikes lead to back pain after riding for a while and certainly not suitable for intercity rides. Yamahas are only for “Showing off”, in my point of view, whereas Hondas are very boring. Only New Pulsar 200NS can be considered as a proper quality bike from Pulsar range. Apache is almost a single seater like FZ. As the article says, Dazzler has a very light steering, yes, steering which is suitable for easy city riding.
Better you conduct a poll for the readers and owners of all 150CC bikes to select the best 150CC bike in India (Sadly, none of these was developed indigenously in India except Pulsar), in different categories and price points of course. Expecting it soon.
Thank you.

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pulsarboy October 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Pulsar – Over all good styling, smooth engine, VFM

unicorn – Oddball styling, no features, not justfies product for money. engine doesnot has that punch what pulsar has.

apache- good pick up

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Pulsargay November 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm

To: Wacky Cynical swashbuckling “definitely male” lover.
From: You’re Lover
Subject: If you need to do bu-tt drilling then get a room.

P.S Not you Mr.Yila

Rahul October 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Let me correct you mr.Jitendra Behera the “all-rounder” tag given to CB Dazzler is right but low on budget is not acceptable as it is the costliest 150cc commuter bike in INDIA.

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Palvinder October 31, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I agree with one thing Pulsar/bajaj is the worst quality in India , I own a pulsar 180 & 135 and now regretting it … every week comes a new problem .. never a bajaj for me again.

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Rintshen November 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

I brought a FZ 16(black) 2 months back and I m happy with it.I would like to mention hear that before buying FZ I was also interested on Apache 160 but when I entered the Annapurna Show room of Siliguri I changed my mind because of the poor customer service so I would like to mention here that the staff working in showroom also makes the difference in sales and I hope Apache will work on these as well.

Thanks.

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Jitendra November 2, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Come on bro! Do never aim at those showrooms on public sites. I’ve found many people commenting like “XXX SHOWROOM IS THE WORST”, “NEVER GO TO XXX SERVUCE CENTRE” etc etc, I mean, we aren’t illiterates, then why act like them? If you find the Service/appeal unsatisfactory, simply change it. Blaming in person is not a good idea, I feel..
Well, nice selection. FZ- Lord of the streets!
Happy riding :-)

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CHIRU November 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

“APACHE” IS D BEST COMPARED TO ALL other 150cc BIKs

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Kash November 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Ya please conduct a poll for 150CC bikes, let all deciede then fight for the best bike in the bolg.

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Amit November 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Hi,

Thnx, good rivew, I am planning 150CC, I have in my mind, Honda Unicorn , Suzuki GS150R , Honda Dazzler, can anyone help to me to choose , m living in Bhayandar, Thane,Mumbai. , I generally drive at 70 to 90 speed and in empty road goes upto 120. i am counting milage also.pl. suggest

Thanx in advance.

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Jitendra November 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Well mate, Unicorn had always ruled the segment till Suzuki introduced GS150R. It’s a real joy to know that you can get a better bike at a lesser price tag.
Personally, I would suggest you for the GS 150R, the 2012 refresh as it has got better paintjob. The bike offers good value for money, and reaches 130kph with ease without any problems, thanks to the Vibe Damper and Counter balancer. The wolf eyes look great and better than both unicorn and Dazzler.
Happy buying and always welcome :-)

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Chandra November 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Getting 40+ mileage with Fazer means they are riding smooth which infact negates the purpose of Fazer. My 2009 Fazer no matter how many tweaks, proper maintenance, different grades of oils, different petrol brands gives 34~40 average. The only time it returned 44kmpl is on higway with 60kmph constant speed. And with this smooth rinding Unicorn returned 63kmpl.

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muscular HUNK November 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Nice article Jitendra!!!!

I myself own a hunk and found your comments about hunk perfectly suited, its has got macho side looks and supreme power, the pick up is i think best in class (after apache), most of the time i leave others mile behind picking up my bike after a red light, i love riding position and comfort level. overall i give my hunk a 8 on 10.
2 points which hunk could not cover up are overall styling is poor, bike even after having bulky tank and head lamp looks skinny and weak legged from back because of skinny tyres (which i think is a common prob with all hero honda bikes, even karizma zmr has baby tyres). Comparing to FZ, hunk does not have wide tyres and beautifully designed back side and second point in which hunk looses is the high end power, after a speed of 100kmph it breaths out and engine cries out for life.
I would love to know from the riders of FZ and apace that what they feel about high end powers in their bikes.

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bike lover November 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

hi Jitendra,
I quite don’t agree with the analysis on the Pulsar 150 being a steady bike. I have owned for years and have also ridden the new versions but they all are filled with vibrations and they are not a tad bit steady. It’s like a blind man running at full speed without control. The only reason why i switched to the god of machines the FZS. I think you should take a few more views on the Pulsar. Max accidents caused in India are on the Pulsar. Be it any CC. The bike makers just don’t know how to build bikes believe me. They still think we ride Bajaj Chetaks. i know i will offend a million people with these comments but i don’t give 2 fu$ks about it.

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lovekesh November 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

you bl@@dy yamaha dealers shame on you

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Ogami Itto November 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

@bike lover
Your view seems legitimate.

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sanil November 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Ur review was nice one just to tell u about the top speed of hunk,, 117km/h u said ,,I got FZ16,,and gt the top speed of 128km/ph.

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Jitendra November 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Well, that was the top-speed with a pillion on the back seat. On my FZ, however, I managed to pull upto 131kmph on a steep highway :-)
Thanks for the comment dude.. Happy riding!

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Bharath November 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Hi Jitendra, nice review,
but i cant agree that Dazzler is a good looking bike than Hunk.
Hunk is really a awesome bike in terms of looks. And another point is, honda dazzler is not a value for money bike, the bike does not have a DC electric, no engine off switch, no pilot lights and finally even the bike’s ex-showroom cost excludes even the number plates.

I own a fazer, yes as you said in the review the mileage of fazer is was just 31kmpl, then i changed the rear tyre to 120/80 zapper, now the bike delivers 38 to 40kmpl. Compared to Honda dazzler, xtreme, hunk, P135 and Apache RTR are great bikes.

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lovekesh November 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm

shame pulsar at 8th position. dude what you think people are fool and you people are only smart. Something best will always eat the major market share. Just have a look at the pulsar market share then comment. I have been visiting this site regularly and i have seen that you people always put honda bikes on top positions. What you think people will follow your silly research. For your kind information new pulsar engine is also very smooth and refined. I am using p150 2010 model 25000 km and so smooth engine. Please dont misguide people abt 17-18 month tag

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Jitendra November 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Brother, if you find that your Pulsar is having a good grunt even after 2 years, you got a nice bike, for sure.! Generally, pulsars are designed for stunting than commuting, and that is the reason why Bajaj does hardly focus on long-durability of its products. And because you own a Pulsar, your credits would go to it.
However, it was placed at 8 because it could get no better place than that! Only because of its sales and marketing status, we placed it in the top 5, or else it would have been the GS.
Anyways. Happy riding! :-)

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lovekesh November 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

tell me only one reason why pulsar sells so much not your bogus dazzler. How can you think that all indians are fools

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Ogami Itto November 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Pulsars are built exactly in accordance to typical Indian temptation. People ask for a awesome pickup, an awesome speed with awesome looks with awesome mileage. They are also obsessed with the word technology, bajaj know this very well so they made this product accordingly. Bajaj also pretty successful in creating a virtual reality of frenzy mania, a world of pseudo status which is enchanting the people towards it. Simply they know how to make good money.

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Aswin Kumar November 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I have new 2012 suzuki gs 150 r which pick up is improved. But there are some noise coming from engine. Need to check with mechanic when i give to 1st service. could you know why this engine sounds are coming when i raise. Here also some more up is Butter smooth engine,technology like gear indicator, engine balancer technology because of this nil vibrations. It can be put above pulsar 150 dts i. so suzuki gs 150 r is 5th place.

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Dileesh November 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

You just try to throttle up your engine and see whether you feel vibrations. Just try this in other 150 cc bikes.The reason behind this same lack of vibration is the very cause for that noise. There is a vibration dampening system inside GS150R engine that cause odd sound at high speeds. Another sound that sounds like a coin dropping into a plate while engine is turned off is the decompression valve opening. It aids in easy starting of the engine.

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aswin November 10, 2012 at 4:00 am

Thank you dileesh for your valuable comments to me for my bike. Are you sure that dampening system is making noise? Will noise get reduce? Could you give me any suggestion regarding this.

Clinton Monteiro November 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Hey PEOPLE! Could you please give me your feedback on the APACHE RTR 160 of 2012.
Are there any problems with its rear disc brake and what mileage do you actually get in actual riding conditions.

Any and all comments with be appreciated.

Regards, CLINT :-)

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Ogami Itto November 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I have my eyes on the new Apache and i did some research on that. The new one got reduced in vibrations, refined a little bit and it feels kind of having better stance. I have no idea about the accuracy of its consoles / meters as of now (Previous Apaches has them). The engine sound is lower then Hyperedge. We need to wait for some 10k kms to confirm this from a biker i know. As for the mileage it is the same as the old ones. Around 40 on rash riding and around 50 in mileage conscious riding.

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Jitendra November 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Hey guys, sorry, very sorry that these times, I am unable to reply to your comments, becoz of Academic pressures. But keep adding your views/suggestions and I shall reply to them whenever I get a chance.
And a real good news, today when I opened the page, I saw 314 likes.! Thank you BikeAdvice for publishing my article :-) Really feeling great.. :-) hope it reaches 500 !
And as per your request, I’ll try to convince The admin for a Poll. Stay connected!
Happy Riding :-D

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Suneel November 4, 2012 at 9:46 am

Hello Jitendra sir, thanks for the post. Was a way helpful. But I had a doubt about the Pulsar 150.
As you said that the quality of Bajaj parts is a little low and the bike starts making some sort of noise after 16-18 months.
My friend owns a pulsar 150 since 4 years. He has of course maintained the bike well. He never had any type of sounds or any sort of disturbances. He says it feels as nice as it was in the beginning. He rides it a lot. He rides it below 6K RPM always both in cities and as well as long tours. Even after riding about 4 years, he has never faced those type of noise or disturbances etc. Then how come the balaj’s quality be low…?
Please clarify me this doubt…

Thank you…

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Suneel November 4, 2012 at 9:55 am

Sir, could you please provide the opinion about Hero Honda CBZ Extreme?

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Jitendra November 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Suneel,
As You mentioned somewhere above about your friend’s pulsar, Let me congratulate your friend for having such a good one. Generally, Pulsars are made for Stunting than daily day commuting, and that’s why Bajaj Auto gives more focus on its performance, not Durability. Riding a pulsar always at less than 6k is no less than riding a Splendor! :-D You can see guys in the comments above regretting of buying pulsar.! But never doubt of its power, its one straight mean beast till date.
About the CBZ, the Hero MotoCorp CBZ is somewhat better than the older Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme (although it seems to have less flesh). It’s a good bike and it’s good for both touring and commuting. Everything else remains same to the Hunk than its design and the Instrument Dashboard.
Thanks for the comment! Happy Riding! :-D

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Avinash November 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Thanks for the comparison. But there are some things. Firstly, the hunk hasn’t got a better cornering ability. I ride an Fz and once borrowed hunk from a friend and I luckily escaped an accident. You have to lean minimally on an FZ during cornering at speeds, but on the hunk or any other bike you have to lean more. FZ has a more smooth handling than any other bike.

I have nothing against the other bikes, and FZ is a bit lazy in the pick up, but you can’t deny the attention it gathers.

Regarding mileage, may be it is my riding style, but I have been getting 55+ regularly on my FZ, and I travel at least 60 km everyday on my bike trough city and highway alike. It is one year old now and has covered more than 23000 kms. Only problem I have been facing is the chain tightness. It gets loose in 3 weeks after tightening.

I think the FZ should be placed a little more higher in the comparison.

After 2 or 3 days idle, starting maybe a problem on the FZ. But the newer version has a kickstart, so that doesn’t make much of a problem. People should understand that the FZ is a commuter bike, not a racing bike. It can create high torque in the low and mid ranges, but is not so good at high rpms..

I think the FZ should be placed a little more higher in the comparison.

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Ogami Itto November 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Sir are you riding FZ like a cycle? I can’t doubt your other points but the mileage you claimed is very implausible. 55kmpl on an FZ is sounds far fetched. Even if its 45kmpl which is still dubious. Most FZ owners i met claimed a fluttering 35kmpl, even if you are kind to your bike the average claimed by you is astronomical. Simply i could not believe it and i don’t claim its a lie either.

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Avinash November 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

Good day,
It depends on how you ride your bike. Love it like your girlfriend and it will love you back minus the complaining.
The mileage is definitely plausible, which I have been getting constantly for the last one year.

Regards

sourav November 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Hello sir….
i want to buy a bike..but i am little confuse in pulsar 150, cbz and hunk,which one is the best buy??
but i want good speed and great pickup and better mileage also ..
please suggest..

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Sanjeev Kumar November 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

Sir please help me to choose between Pulsar 150 ,Apache RTR160 &
Honda Unicorn.

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Shijas November 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Why don’t you mention Yamaha SZR. which is the Best at the ‘Least’! as you said.
I own a Ymaha SZR and am using for one year and covered 15000Kms. I have tested with 105Km/H maximum speed i didn’t felt any bad experience about my bike. SZR is 153cc (Same as FZ) but torque is little bit less than the lord (FZ) Giving superb mileage of 50 with my rough style of riding with K&N high Performance Air filter.
I will say YAMAHA ROCKZ..

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Shashiraj December 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Hi,

I agree with you people, but I am bit worried that why FZ-S is in 6th position ? I believe it should be in 3rd or 4th position. FZ-S compromised with only Fuel Efficiency, none other things. I am staying in Bangalore where I can see one FZ-S out of four bikes in streets. FZ-S is best in Performance, Looks, Comfort, Maintaince, Reliability and Handling.
This is just my opinion.
Thanks,

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Amit December 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Hi Jitendra,

I am very much impressed with your review on these bikes. And i think you are the only person who can get me out of one confusion. I own a splendour, it did very well in last 11 years (since the school time). but now i want to buy a 150 cc bike and i am a bit confused between apache and pulsar. Plzzzzzzzzz help, which one would be better on overall basis.

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Anup December 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

Obviously looks like the reviewer owns a unicorn dazzler. Thats why he rates it so much. Seriously the bike sucks at looks. U need to keep telling people that it is a 150 cc bike and not a twister or a 110 cc bike. :P

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Rajat January 3, 2013 at 12:38 am

Hi jitendra,
Please help me to get out of confusion b/w CBR150R & R15 V 2…..

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bijay January 18, 2013 at 10:42 pm

apache worst bike, i named apache as bgr problem. brake gear n vibration r major problem in apache

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sandesh kr thaosen February 24, 2013 at 10:39 am

HI

I am a college boy and want to purchase a companion for myself. I read the articles above but it doesn’t convince me which bike I should get for my whole life
….. I want a bike which can give me above 40-45 with low maintenance, a good highway capabilities ,comfort as well as good pickup.Mmmmm! little bit of standard looking…PLEASE Help…….
COMMENT IT AT MY e@mail…

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Manas March 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

please give your email first..

well you quite mixed up with your requirements you will not get a high pickup with highways capabilities a closest will be Dazzler..
pickup their is apache160 but lack comfort as u want to take it on highway
highway capabilities gs150r with 6 gears negative here is less A.S.S. ;-)
another is unicorn…

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maddy March 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

No more discussions : Unicorn is simply best

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GULSHAN ARORA March 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

want to know the lauching date of HONDA CB150R STREETFIRE. AND HONDA SCOOTER.

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Mr fadu March 27, 2013 at 4:41 pm

i have pulsar 135 and i have defeted every bike mentioned above except r15 that too because i dont want to take my bike above 140 kmph

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Asil Adnan March 30, 2013 at 2:50 am

Nothing beats my YZF R15 Version 2.0

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Arijit Ghosh April 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I own a 2010 HH HUNK. That’s right. Its a Hero Honda make.. not the Hero one..
This thing is the best all rounder I tried till now, can handle high speeds and speedy corners like knife in butter. The road grip and presence is very high and where ever I go heads turn still now, although its fading colors. Mileage is 45kmpl..as promised by the showroom dealer. No complains till now except for the chain link is wearing with time and now I need to replace it. Every body on this blog is talking about V2, CBR, Dazzler, etc… and oh ya…APACHE…. give me a break guys… Did u all forget the first ever bike to bring muscular look in INDIAN market?? HH HUNK was the first bike ever to introduce such features at the very beginning.. HUNK anyday guys

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rishabh April 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

hi friends…….my advice is FZ-S is the best bike both in looks and mileage.YES YAMAHA.

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Satya D Road King April 23, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Hi Guys,
I am Satya from Bhubaneswar. I have 4 bikes out of 5 above rated bikes.
As i been riding these bikes from last 2 yrs, i have given top rank to Honda Dazzler, Because this bikes having the smooth engine and the speed stability is superb. fuel also upto the mark not bad, after ran 50000 km, the bike is ruuning very smoothly. only disadvantage is that the mentanance cost is higher then other compiteter bikes in show room.
But apart from these bikes i am a crazy owner of other bikes too, If u want to know any other best bike then in rank 1 SZ GS150s, This bike having good milege as well as tech. used in this bike is very refined, in a short ‘its a value FOR Money bike’. 2 HD Unicon, its one of the gentle looks and confort bike in 150 srgment. 3 HH CBZ extreem, this bike is suitable for long run and who are planing to purchage a bike for long time.

If you need any help on this plz white me …..
currently i am owner of 13 bikes, searching for HD 250 model, if any one having any info about used HD 250, Rajdut, RE 500 before 70s model bikes sale, plz let me know

Thanks for reading..

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mandar May 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

hey guys forget all this, i got a 2000 tvs suzuki fiero with more than 1,00,000 kms on the clock, it is still in original condition, no changes to the engine, no new block, no new piston, no new chain, NOT EVEN THE CLUTCH PLATES (NO KIDDING), ONLY a carb change at around 90,000 kms. it is still giving me around 62 lmpl on the highway. it still has got good pick up but i dont care about pick up but i care about my bike as a whole. No maintenance at all in the last 13 years of ownership, EXCEPT FOR OIL CHANGE

THANKYOU

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES AND YOUR BIKE AND BOTH WILL LIVE TO SEE ANOTHER DAY

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Karthik May 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Hai frndz….
I am engg. Clg student .. in Tamil Nadu .. Now I am using fathers’s tvs max100 bike. Now i Hve an idea to buy new 150 cc bike… My requirements are of milege min. 45 to 50+. it should be stylish bikes which suits for clg student of age 20. And price should not more than 80 thousand …
Pls suggest me a bike with the features that I mentioned above.. If u can suggest me in my email pls…. My email I’d is ” karthimechssmiet @ gmail.com”
I’ll waiting for it suggestion frndz…

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oly May 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

@ karthik if you want performance + comfort + mileage(55 when sedately driven) + looks go for pulsar 150…

if you want comfort + fuel efficiency(60) go for suzuki gs 150 r

you can also try pulsar 135 ls because it beats all the 150 cc bikes (except p150 & apache 160) in performance…delivers a mileage of 65 (if driven between 45 -60) looks stunning …the only downside is the bike is less comfortable for pillion..

hope it helps

ride safe!

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tejas May 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

this review is totally biased towards honda and hero honda….you have just written bad about pulsar becoz u dont like it…i have a p180 from past 3 years (ug 4) and done 45000 km still it hasn’t given me any problem & gives fuel efficiency of 45- 50kmpl… the reason for this is my running in period… i strictly maintained speeds mentioned in manual during running in period…so a request to bikeadvice plz dont give any biased reviews!

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tejas May 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm

@jitendra i have p180 for past 3 years done 45000 km still the bike is excellent condition! so plz dont post biased reviews about any other bike…if you love a particular bike praise that bike but dont abuse any other bike for that matter!

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Karthik May 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Thnk u for u suggestion ., it’s useful to me… 
I Hve doubt abt apache 160 is wat’s about it performance ., mileage ??? 
( my frnd using 2012 model apache 160 rtr hyper edge and he got an mileage of 50 kmpl… )
And many of them told tht pulsar having a gear shifting problem… Is tht true ???

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oly May 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

@ karthik

bro now i’ll sum up about a 160 & p150:-

apache 160:- price 78000(on road pune)
rtr 160 will only suit you if your height is less then 5 feet 8inches.. if you are more than 5’8 then bike will look too small for you & will be uncomfortable.
pros:-
superb acceleration
white led pilot lamps
excellent handling
features
light wieght
tubeless tires

cons:-slightly uncomfortable for long rides
bad rear suspension
fuel efficiency (45 normal riding)
lot of vibrations above 4k rpm to 6k rpm(between speeds of 50-70)
new (beast) rtr looks ugly
not stable at high speeds

now pulsar 150:price (74000)
pros:-
accelration & top speed
stability
looks
mileage(52-57)
slef cancelling indicators
led backlit switches
features
cons:-
a bit heavy
somewhat common
handling at very round turns
no tubeless tires

now pulsar 135:-price 64000

pros:- superb acceleration & top speed(2nd after p150 & rtr)
mileage 59-64
killer looks
features
self cancelling indicators
led bcklit switches

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tejas May 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

@ karthik
p 135 continued
pros:-
excellent handling
light wieght(only 122 kg)
best power to weight ratio in 100 to 160 cc segment

cons:- stability at high speeds
vibrations above 80kmph
not comfortable for pillion riders
not comfortable for more than 100 kms/day
rear suspension
if your height is above 6 feet , the bike will look small & uncomfortable

so these 3 are bikes which you must look for

regarding gear problem in pulsar…dude i own a pulsar 180 done 1500 km…no gear problems for me… my bro owns p150 he hasn’t stated any gear problems too!..the reason is we have followed rules in running in period and now the bikes perform brilliantly..bros p150 is 5 years old but still performs brilliantly & is giving him mileage of 52.

if you can stretch your budget go for p180(78000) its awesome!! gives me a mileage of 43-48…

note all prices are pune onroad..

hope it helps

all da best!

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Karthik May 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Hi bro..,
Wel., ur suggestion clear my doubts abt pulsar..,
And comparing onroad price Pune is very very cheaper than Tamil Nadu . Bcoz u told tht p180 is 78000. But in Tamil Nadu ( in Dindigul district ) p150 onroad price is Rs 79000……!!!!
My height is 5 feet 7 inch …Does p150 match me

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tejas May 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm

@ karthik..sry there was a small mistake in prices…the prices i mentioned were 2 months older when i purchased my p 180.. right now all the manufacturers have increased the prices of bikes by 1000 rs to counter labour cost.. so p150 in pune right now is 75,500rs..but still it is cheaper then tamil nadu!!

considering your height …i don’t think there will be any problem for you..but still take a test ride and yourself decide!!

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Karthik May 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Ya well aftr my test drive I’ll decide my companion….
Thnks for giving ur suggesstion .. Now I’ll Hve some ideas to decide my bike

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Tanin Ahmed July 19, 2013 at 11:43 pm

@Jitendra…I’m owning the 2012 model rtr 160. I love my bike the way it performs. But can’t accept FZs’s position. The only down sight of FZs is fuel efficiensy. And with this only one issue it should never rated so below. FZs at least should be in 2nd position for it’s poor millage niether it’s Number#1 ”Lord of the road” in all other aspects. Thanks again.

Tanin
Tangail, Bangladesh.

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Sanju August 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Hello frnds, i m planning 2 buy 150cc bike..my concernds are power, pick up, mileage atleast 45, long life nd ofcourse good look… My height 5’7”. Your valuable suggestions are eagerly awaited, thanks in advance

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lord August 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

here r some
pulsar – dumb model bajaj ever brought up to the streets.
apache – well copy cats as usual
fz – better
xtreme – unmatched class
dazzler – bicycle more preferable

wrtiter – born asshole!!!

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Rj September 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

hi ji i need ur help i like yamaha fzs but tel fzs disadvantage and my budjet only 80,000….i want stylish,1 litre 40-50 mileage,good engine,maintenance,comfort,brakeing,sales service,assesries…..totaly 75% good condition bike….which bike suitable with me……..

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David November 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

This is one of the biassed reviews i have ever seen. Jitendra , i hope hh had paid u pretty well for putting such a stupid review to make people dumbasses.
First of all talking about gs 150r built in quality , built quality of gs 150r >> built qualities of(fz, r15). And i doesnt include hh hunk in this discussion regarding built in quality coz i m not talking about plastic scoopes in the frame !!
Second thing about gs 150r lookz – may be it doesnt look stylish like fz or UR HUNK ! . However itz even more macho than hunk nd itz a monster.
Gs 150r is highly stable at high speeds with no vibrations unlike hh hunk. Coming to comfort , gs is a room better than hunk ! Coming to mileage , in hunk u wil get around 50kmpl if u ride between 40-50 kmph . However in gs 150r u wil get 55-60 if u ride even between 60-70 kmph.
There is only a single argument of u which is rite abt gs , which is itz low resale value..
Anywayz i dont want to abuse u or have any problem with u. Dude wake up. Get grip..

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dhaval April 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

agreed. I own unicorn but had test ride of gs before. gs might be the BEST highway machine in its segment. it does not have that punch in midrange but it is totally vibration free. only down side is engine note is not sweet. hearing unicorn engine is more joyful than gs upto 70km/h speed. comfort on gs is also the BEST. if Honda puts 6th gear in unicorn than it is no.1 in the segment.

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Tejas March 1, 2014 at 1:02 am

frns I want 2 take new apache rtr 160/180 pls suggest me the merits n demerits of it

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