Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler Vs. Suzuki GS150R

by Kannan on September 15, 2010

Choosing the best among the two huge beasts which are almost identical is such a difficult task. But, when we go in depth comparing Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler and Suzuki GS150R, a lot is revealed making it easier for you to buy the right bike. Of course, by this time you would be quite impressed with the improvised looks of the new Unicorn named Dazzler but GS150R isn’t far behind catching up in terms of looks, performance, drivability and other factors.

The long awaited comparison test is here between Unicorn Dazzler and GS150R.

Style & Looks:

The new Dazzler visibly outsmarts its predecessor Unicorn and sheds all those stone aged looks but more trendy to catch up with the likings of the young riders. It borrows a lot from Twister while Suzuki had meticulously worked for a sporty style that surprisingly doesn’t resemblance the new model bikes but has a tad touch of Apache RTR 160 and the Honda Unicorn looks.

What appeals the most is the extended tank shrouds in Dazzler while GS150R’s tank is huge in size, but definitely it’s not as bulky as the Pulsar but good enough to give the ‘BIG’ bike feel to many.

The indicator tail lamps look cool when they are not protruding to the sides adding style to GS150R but if we are to say, Dazzler loses the fight big time in this comfort area as it looks longer in appearance as the seats are more elongated for the purpose of comfortable pillion riding.

Dashboard is pretty awesome in the Dazzler which comes with a default analog tachometer and also a digital speedometer that keeps you updated all the info that you need. The dashboard in GS150R is more like the pulsar that combines digital and analog while providing information like fuel gauge, gear transmission etc. within the small space itself. Dazzler is a clear winner when it comes to stylish dashboard while GS150R has an awesome exterior body with smooth finish that endorses Suzuki’s build quality.

Colors are pretty dazzling for Unicorn’s Dazzler and GS150R looks more sporty with its most chosen color as Red. Unicorn boasts of its Honda logo in its tank while its competitor took a step ahead with some cool looking graphics that would appeal the youngsters better. Look wise, Dazzler would more suit middle aged men and some youngsters taste while GS150R with its sporty, rigid body will impress the younger lot alike. Again the opinion might differ, but on the whole this is an average rating.

GS150R – 8/10

Unicorn Dazzler – 8.5/10

Performance & Ride Quality:

At first glance, Dazzler will look promising on high speeds and has a better pick up just by a thread line compared to GS150R. But, the six gear transmission is something which is not ubiquitous on any 150cc segment bikes and it has its own advantage when riding. While it is 0-5 seconds pick up time for Dazzler to reach 55 kmph, it’s tad slower for GS150R but unlike its competitor, it can comfortable keep moving beyond 75 KMPH to reach the coveted 100.

GS150R is a high speed bike which can easily touch 100 KMPH and stay high without any visible vibrations. Riding the highways had never been better and you should try it on this one. Moreover, the bike which is on the bit heavier side makes it a better long tripper but it has its own flaws when you try to maneuver it in heavy traffic. Switching it from lane to lane takes expertise but the same goes for Dazzler which is little bit better in local traffic.

While Dazzler’s gear shifting is slow and steady, (some riders opine it makes noise at times and is not so smooth despite repetitive servicing), GS150R is quite easy and even on the 6th gear it doesn’t lag behind due to low speed.

Mileage for GS150R is around 45-55 kmpl depending on maintenance while Dazzler offers better mileage due to its lesser weight at around 50-55 kmpl. The rear disc brakes are installed in both the models while Dazzler has the new mono suspension but GS150R relies on the tested dual suspension with gas filters. But, from what we saw it doesn’t make much of a difference and suspension is almost similar in these two. When you are riding for long hours without a break, trust us Unicorn Dazzler is the best with enough wide spacing and aerodynamics that doesn’t put too much stress on your back.

Honda’s engine is tested on Indian roads for awhile now and comes with credibility for long term riding. Suzuki on the other hand had ventured for the first time solo and the engine is solid with very less noise yet Dazzler which comes in the Unicorn series will have long lasting performance without fading off with time. The tyres in both bikes are wide enough and you can comfortably drift across in sharp curves but better not try the same with GS150R as the bike is heavier and is more stable on straight driving.

GS150R – 7.5/10

Dazzler – 7/10

Comfort:


The mono suspension offered in Unicorn Dazzler can last longer and doesn’t have any restrictions to fill up the gas but GS150R which manages to surpass the bumpy Indians roads might not be the best choice for those who don’t want to keep checking their suspension gas level. And, as we already said long hours drive might cause bit discomfort in GS150R, Unicorn manages to not show any stress level on the driver and pillion rider.

GS150R -7/10

Dazzler – 8/10

Other Side Of The Coin:

GS150R:

  • Servicing is such a difficult task as Suzuki centres are near impossible to find in your neighborhood and for those frequent service goers, this would be trouble.
  • Quite heavy and difficult to handle. Needs some attention while parking and requires larger space for straight stands.
  • Initial acceleration is very less and it takes eons to reach the average. Once you buy a GS150R, don’t bother going first once the signal goes green.
  • Color choice is limited

Unicorn Dazzler:

  • At such a heavy pricing, look wise it isn’t as dazzling as what they claim it to be.
  • Limps to cross high speeds after 75 KMPH.
  • Broader seats and gentleman like bike looks might not appeal bike enthusiasts.
  • Could have been priced lesser for what Honda offers.

Verdict:

Honda’s Unicorn Dazzler and Suzuki’s GS150R are equally appealing, engrossing in its looks with some pros and cons. GS150R’s slow pick up is sure to annoy those who rely on acceleration than top speed. Better go for Dazzler or even a Yamaha bike but when on top speed nothing can beat the GS150R’s credibility. Dazzler hasn’t changed much since its Unicorn times but it will suit people who don’t want the Bajaj or Pulsar brand but inclined more towards long term road compatibility. Honda has a proven record in these grounds.

GS150R would largely appeal to big bike lovers and those who like to ride slow but want high top speeds, comfortable ride experience apart from good gear shift ratio. The sixth gear is an advantage for GS150R which is unique and where other bikes in 150cc segment fall flat.

Unicorn Dazzler is smaller compared to its predecessor Unicorn and sports a neat, gentleman overall look. It is suitable for those who like ride quality and heeds less to sporty looks but comes with a cool dashboard. Colors are aplenty and servicing would be quite easier with many showrooms spread across all major cities.

Comparing Unicorn Dazzler and GS150R, the latter is a much better choice if you are a bike enthusiast who wants high top speed, speedy transmission, smooth riding and also to show off a bit! For others who prefer a 150cc segment bike, Dazzler which is tad faster with good engine reliability, service and comfort would make a reasonable choice. Needs differ and choose based on your requirements, and we are sure both of these bikes wouldn’t displease you at all!

GS150R – 8/10 | Unicorn Dazzler – 7.5/10

- Ashwin Prabhu

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arun September 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Thanks a lot deepak for posting this most awaited comparision which was beautiful and perfectly explained love your work man keep it up

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Madhu September 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Nice Review

Just curious to know the author name.

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shubham September 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm

In copmarison of dazzler and gs-150r. i would prefer dazler. I have made its test drive and felt quite comfortable while driving. Hope gs-150r also rocks the market. Both the bikes have almost same configuration and specification and hope they both give eval response.

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speed September 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm

yamaha r15 is having 6 gears n it is the first indian bike having 6 gears… it is far more bater then any other 150cc bike of india..

gs150r looks is really gud… rest ok..
dazzler is gud, fuel efficiency is is gud..

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Rainbow October 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

But its above 1K in sport segment, when we are comparing sixth gear in 150cc in commuter series, no one can beat suzuki gs 150 r.

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speed September 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm

rest the comparison between both bike is gud but is should more clear n details…

done gud job.. who ever did…
keep on going..

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PRITAM DHAMDE September 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Nice comparo.
I liked the way you said things.
Dazzler rocks
Gs150r rulez

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Aryan September 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

The review is OK but giving too many points just to the top speed is unfair.
Both bikes are aimed at City riding..Dazzler wins hands down against GS.
The verdict is like comparing RE and RTR at the end.
The comparison should have been for city conditions because plp ride more in city and those who are inclined towards long roads will think of higher cc touring bike.

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sachin September 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

most people looking for these bikes would love strong initial acceleration and good mid range up to 80km/hr and wont mind much on high speed performance in place of fuel efficiency.
I think suzuki should come up with update/re tuned engine of GS 150 as it has been in market for quite some time now.

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@M!T September 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

hey ill like to correct you that suzuki gs150r is equipped with front disc brakes only, it doesn’t have rear disc brakes as stated by you while dazzler have rear as well as front discs.

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Shakthivel Sundaram September 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Whatever it is… both the bikes rock,
finally
its time to kick off the Pulsar…

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rajbasumatary September 17, 2010 at 8:16 am

Its a good review but i wish it was longer. There has not been a detailed review posted about suzuki gs150. I have a suzuki gs from last 8 months and its been going great. Its true that its heavy and bit slow to accelerate but once you are above 80 on the highway it shows its true color. The bike feels rock solid because of its weight and the rider doesnt get intimidated by crosswinds caused by larger vehicles. Although i havent felt pain after long rides, the pillion often complains of pain in the leg and butt sore. Its great to hear that dazzler is better in the comfort department. The city guys should not worry about suzuki’s service as there are several service stations spread across the city. Yes availability of parts is a concern because everytime you need something you would need to visit the service station. Meanwhile for a popular brand like pulsar you can get the parts at any auto store.

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sagar goswami September 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Hi, It’s such a wonderful comparison between these two bikes. Tell me one thing, I’m going to buy a GS150r and after 3 or 4 services I’ll go on a tour around 6000km from both sides, within 3 weeks. Is it a good choice of having GS for the above purpose or I should go for the ZMR? Reason for choosing GS is it’s average and Outstanding city performance in terms of budget. Plz discuss in this concern.

Thanks in advance.

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ATHUL September 18, 2010 at 10:12 pm

nice comparison mate….
cheers…..

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Pritam dhamde September 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm

@sagar goswami
Hey bro go for gs its one of the best bike avaiable.
Go for it

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Amit Oza September 20, 2010 at 9:52 am

Hurrray..!!!!!!!!!!
The most awaited comparison is here..!! Great review! Hats off to the author.

Just 1 correction. The GS150R has a drum rear brake. chkout:
http://www.suzukimotorcycle.co.in/GS150R.asp

Anyways gr8 review!

– Wear Helmet. Ride Safe!!

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Lathish PV September 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Review says that ‘The rear disc brakes are installed in both the models’ . In fact GS150R is having a drum brake at the rear.

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harish sharma September 23, 2010 at 10:58 pm

hey guys!!! i’m going to buy dazzler. i just want to know how much it is practical to prefer dazzler in moderate-high traffic conditions. And i doubt the rear disc which is in dazzler is safe on indian roads…

please leave ur comments…that would be helpful for my decision

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ravi September 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

i have a gsr150 since last year. i have no problem, and i found that it has everything what others bike have not. but i found its parts are very costly and services man are not well educated.but its good. i can give marks in 9/10.

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Anudeep October 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Guys… Dazzler is any day better than GS. I hav reasons to support this. It costs almost the same, with Dazzler on road price in Mumbai around 74.5K (with rear disc) and GS costing 71.5K without rear disc.

Now coming to specs… Dazzler is havin Mono suspension and i need not say more as far as the comfort is said when compared to GS. Also Engine for Dazzler is same as Unicorn (only refined one with addition bhp of 0.7 making it a to 14 bhp) as compared to GS which is 13.8. Also gear shift is really neat. Add to all this the console which is far far better than GS. Initial pick up of Dazzler is just awesome. Further design of Dazzler is aerodynamic.

So all in all Dazzler is a better pick than GS.

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madhu October 16, 2010 at 10:46 pm

You got upset because dazzler score is just 0.5 less that GS

This shows your love towards your dazzler.

Even I do love my bike but the difference is I won’t lie for to appriciate my bike.

If you say dazzler console is better than GS means explain on what way and how it scores better. (Do you have gear indicator in dazzler)

almost all 150cc (except naked street type ) bikes are aerodynamic.

Mono suspension is better technology but on indian roads it didn’t created any miracle. The difference pillon rider fees is little only.

Even reviews said unicorn is better than dazzler and unicorn Is all rounder, that’s why honda is still producing CB unicorn.

Dazzler is developed and designed to compete with FZ but it failed agains FZ’s style.

GS150R is unique and its a different, to know more about GS you should own one to feel the pleasure.

Dazzler is a city ride specialist.
GS is a commu-tourer.

Just read the latest bike advice user review on unicorn that revealed the true face of it.

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true January 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

You are absolutely right about Digital display. The Gs150r has the best digital display among all 150cc bikes in India. The reason for this is the gear indicator in Gs150r. This gear indicator is a extremely useful feature to have, especially for riders who have previously driven 4-gear bikes. All bikes should have this gear indicator.

The only advantage with dazzler is the rear disc brake, but dazzler does not have kickstart and no engine kill switch also. All bikes with carburetor must have kicker.

Note, initially Yamaha Fz16 and SZR also did not have kicker. But now even yamaha is giving kicker in Fz16, FZs, and SzR. Kicker is required in cold weather.

R15 does not need kicker because it has fuel injection system, not carburetor.

Note, Hero also removed kicker from CBZx. But after poor sales and starting problems, now hero have started giving kicker again in CBZx.

Sony October 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I would like to buy an 150cc bike. But now i am confused, which is better, CB unicorn or Unicorn dazzler or suzuki gs 150R. Would anybody give an answer to me to clarify my confusion.

Thank you.
Sony.M

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Pritam Dhamde October 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

@ mr.sony m.
Hi mr.i would recommed gs150r not becoz I own it but its superb value for money.
In dazzler u get rear disk brake wich is not really required in commuter bike.
Dazzler-around 75k.
Gs-around 66k.
Gs-13.8 bhp,13.6 torque.feul-i get 55 in city,60+ on highway.
In gs u get 6 gear+indicator etc.
Go for gs.its too gud.
Regards,
Pritam d.

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Sam January 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm

hello boss from wer u r givin those stats? gs costs 70k on road n dazzy s 74k(chennai).tubeless tires,monoshock n rear disk well justifies the excess 4k.

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true February 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Price difference is 5k in karnataka, but for dazzler extra 2k for accessories like crashguard, sareeguard, and numberplate. So, totally dazzler costs 7k extra in karnataka.

Dazzler power 14.0 bhp @ 8500 rpm and torque 12.7 Nm @ 6500 rpm.
Unicorn power 13.3 bhp @ 8000 rpm and torque 12.7 Nm @ 5500 rpm.

Gs150r power 13.8 bhp @ 8500 rpm and torque 13.4 Nm @ 6000 rpm.

Fz16 power 13.8 bhp @ 7500 rpm and torque 13.6 Nm @ 6000 rpm.
SZ-R power 12.0 bhp @ 7500 rpm and torque 12.8 @ 4500 rpm.

Yamaha detuned high-rpm FZ engine to run at lower rpm in SZ-R. High-rpm to low-rpm, no prob.

Unicorn engine is originally designed to run at low rpm. Forcing a low-rpm Unicorn engine
to run at high rpm in dazzler is not good. Reliability will be affected. Honda should have
developed new engine for dazzler.

Krishna October 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Friends,
SUZUKI GS 150R is a better bike than Dazzler. I drove both bikes.
Suzuki is way ahead of Dazzler and it is a direct competition to Unicorn they say.
I suggest people who are planning to take a 150cc bike, ride SUZUKI to believe it

All the Best,
Krishna

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Amit Kumar October 26, 2010 at 8:18 pm

aah… I missed this great comparison just by three days… I own a Honda Dazzler… though stats depicted here are convincing.. I am content with my investment…

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Aniket D February 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

Hi Amit. After almost 2 years what is your opinion about Honda Dazzler? I wish to buy one but reviews are saying spare parts are unavailable and costly. How much average it gives in city traffic condition? And if any other disadvantage you experienced?

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peddi October 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I am having dazzler for last four months and done 4000 Kms. City riding is excellent and hoghway up to 105 KMPH is Superb. Control and comfort is the Dazzler’s Assets.

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Amit Kumar October 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

Hi, I bought Dazzler just a few days ago… and found it over all a wopping bike.. i love it.. but as a newbie I just want to ask what should be the best servicing durations for this machine… after how much services or KM should i expect my bike to give its best…

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dv November 3, 2010 at 11:03 am

my dear friends and potential future bikers, when you buy a bike, give a thought over this- is it wise to go for a bike with no kick, howsoever good it is?
how do you start it if the battery gets bad.
how do you start it if the battery gets stolen.
Also a maintenance free battery does not mean it is god.
battery getting stolen is as practical as petrol getting stolen.

PS: i am not biased to any bike

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Anindya November 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Hey… guys..!! pls dont fight over which is the better bike, because all are very good. I own a Suzuki GS150r and my older brother has a Unicorn Dazzler.

I have rode both the bikes and i would suggest you go for SUZUKI -GS150R, its really heart wining. great speed, style, yet sober, but dazzler is for oldies.

In heavy traffic i found it comfortable with my gs, rather than unicorn. the slow accleration give a lot of advantage in city riding than the unicorn one. Though the difference is beyond human capabilities to make out in city riding.

For long journey, i still found it as comfortable as unicorn.
both a good balance of power speed and comfort.

if you are looking for only comfort then go for avenger or bullet.
accleration wise its the cbz extreme or yamaha.
and if you want to loose your manhood the go for pulsar. – Really one of my friend suddenly applied brakes at 70kmph and his balls got crushed bacause of the bulky pulsar tank..

Remember its was safer to have rear drum brakes..
just try applying the brakes at over 65kmph.. and you will know the difference.

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ishan November 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

anindya,
its a human nature to tell best which he has…
same thing u r doing…
1 day i was riding on dazzler around 85kmph… suddenly a baby come front of me and believe me rear disc brake save me and him…
dazzler is gud n many aspects and gsr is other many aspects…
gud mileage and better comfort is the strength of dazzler…
u r saying gsr shows its color above 80kmph. its not possible all the time to drive above 80 kmph…. and im damn sure that u didnot ride on dazzler above 80kmph. its a most comfortable bike on this speed… its my experince…
mono suspension gives a sporty look and style…
and once rear disk brake saved me once…
thanks
ishan

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madhu November 6, 2010 at 10:49 am

Anindya,

Well said man thats the fact .

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Siddharth November 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hi,

I am confused between Yamaha FZ-16, Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler & Apache RTR 160 (Hyper Edge). I want the bike for a long period (5-7 yrs).
Mileage is not a big concern but i don’t want to keep visiting service center after buying the bike. It must be low on maintenance.

Pls friends, help me to make a firm decision……….

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Amit Kumar November 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm

@Siddharth, Hi friend… though I own Dazzler… but i wont suggest same bcoz these two bikes Dazzler and GS have gained much a heat on this page ;-)
…… as u said mileage is not your concern and you got no problem with FZ’s looks.. then go for Yamaha… I bought my bike couple of weeks before.. and i opted for Honda just because of Mileage and Bigger Bike feel and a bit of Comfort than that with Yamaha..

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Nagamani November 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Hi Friends I am planning to my get my first bike.My budget is 75,000.I need a 150cc bike which will be reliable, comfortable,stylish and also good mileage one.My choices are Pulsar150,Unicorn/Gs150r and Dazzler.I opted to go for honda Unicorn Dazzler though pulsar is a common one on road and have some reliability issues and unicorn/Gs150 lacks in style and pick up.But my friends said that Dazzler won’t suit my height as I am a 6 foot guy.Please consider me as I am a newbie in biking.
Awaiting some good suggestions guys….

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Sankar November 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Hi Guys
Today i was about to take delivery of my Suzuki GS 150R But one of my friend told me that gs 150r is not a good bike bla bla bla etc. Then i stopped taking delivery but actually i test drove the vehicle before and i was very much satisfied So please advise me which is good 150cc vehicle Iam still likes GS 150R
Thnks
Sankar

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Pritam Dhamde November 27, 2010 at 9:06 am

@sankar
Wtf is this buddy.
Its u whos gonna hav fun n pay for it.
I hav earlier also n now also saying suzuki gs150r is ahead frm dazzler miles away.
I own gs frm past 1year and 1 mth.stil I had no puncture.or anything so extremley low maintaince.
Go for gs its too gud.
And even a sixth gear is under its skin

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madhu November 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm

At last you are the one going to ride it.

Any bike initial models have problem thats applicable here too.

Gs150r 2010 year model doesn’t have those Problem I am using it for the last 10 months havented find any such issues.

Do one thing go to suzuki dealer visit the service room you can find few GS owners waiting there yes just take their feedback and decide.

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Dileesh November 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Go for HERO DEVIL(original model not the nx, rx craps). Believe me, I have been riding it through all the possible terrains for the past 13 years and is still in mint condition. Your friend also will like it. I hope that suits better for you good friend.

Amit Kumar November 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Hi friends, I am in touch with this page from couple of weeks and what i found is every one just praising his machine… though its human nature to yell best of own.. i just want to put some point for people who find them self doubted between these two beauties… I own dazzler .. so i am putting some of the weak points I found while hanging around with this hunk…
1. Top speed is issue when on highways.. it wont allow you to compete…after 90 acceleration is not up to the marks.. So if you are staying in metros then you will definitely not like this..
2. There is no engine off switch which some times is needed while standing on traffic signals…
3. Lights could not be put into Parking mode…e.i either on OR off… in evenings i really miss it…
4. Pillion Sit is a bit smaller than what other bike posses…
5. Absence of Kick Start is always a fear… specially for colder places.. though i never missed it..i was always ONE PUSH.. but still its a fear…
6. Some times bike feels a bit shinny… means the fuel tank is a bit narrow..I had a Pulsar may be that’s why i feel such..

Well these few things are what i figured about my machine ….
These are MY personal perceptions…
Hope this will help people who are planning to buy new bike…

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Arpan November 28, 2010 at 2:24 am

Suzuki GS150R rocks!!
Honestly, i have been following bike advice for the past 2 months before i finally zeroed in on the GS150R.
To tell the truth i always wanted to go for the Yamaha Fazer but then mileage and a very small Pillion seat made me decide otherwise.
After reading all the reviews in this site i actually shortlisted the Honda Unicorn and the GS150R.
Fortunately (rather unfortunately :) ) i stay in Kolkata and suzuki have shut shot here a couple of years ago, so i went to a Honda Dealer to take a test drive of the Unicorn. There i came to know that the dealer also runs an authorised Suzuki SC (sounded very strange to me that suzuki does not have any dealers but secretly operates a SC in Kolkata). So i was very lucky that i got to test ride the Unicorn, Dazzler and GS150R back to back at the same shop.
Initial reactions were the smoothness and refinement of the Honda Unicorn was unmatched in the segment. The GS150R and Dazzler seemed much similar on smoothness of the engine.
But then the Unicorn looked too much dated and offered nothing more than the refined engine and mono-shocks.
So i had to choose between the Dazzler and GS150R. The Dazzler honestly is no way close to the original Unicorn (even the service center mechanics agreed with me). I would rather have preferred if Honda had left the engine untuned from the original Unicorn and only looked at adding some more features to it like the ones you find in GS150R. That really would have left Honda as the undisputed King. To choose between the Dazzler and GS150R, it became very easy. I can promise you, anyone who rides the GS for once will fall in love with it, right from the Design, the console, the finesse, and not to mention the unbelievably smooth engine. The Dazzler is no match to the GS on any day (ride both to believe this).
This does not mean that the Dazzler is not good, it will definitely attract ppl who like a light weight bike, and with the Honda brand you get assurance of quality.
Folks, after test riding the GS i actually travelled 60kms to another district ( the nearest Suzuki showroom) and bought the GS150R the very next day.
I have owned the bike for some 2 weeks now, clocking 500kms, and will definitely post a detailed ownership review in a year’s time.
Till then, hope that sharing my experience will help new buyers :)

The world rides on Suzuki!!!!
So will India!!!!

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Sankar December 1, 2010 at 7:17 am

hi guys Thank you very much for ur valuable advises Today iam going to take delivery of Suzuki GS 150R and i will also give my reviews on this bike
Sankar

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Hansil Maru December 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Shit man!!!
I just got blown up by my dad today when I argued with him that I want only the GS.He said you would only get a Hero Honda Passion or if you want a better bike a Unicorn.I still want the GS for its additional features such as 6th gear and digital console which is not found in the CB Unicorn.
Is it right that Gs has better mileage than the CB Unicorn??

Tell me some points that I could tell to my Dad to get him convinced to buy me a GS…
His point is that Suzuki’s resale value is less and the parts are costly..Is it so?If yes how much would it affect in buying the GS?
Please help me I am very very very very confused.

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harish December 3, 2010 at 10:11 am

Mileage is a additional feature in dazzler compared to gs. My colleague is owning the gs and i own dazzler. In hyderabad city traffic conditions i’m comfortably getting 57-62. I just completed my first serivce. where as gs will be giving 40 in power mode and 50 in normal mode. Its upto you to according to your taste and requirements. Dazzler is also having 5 gears but it is costly compared to gs.
All the best own a good bike

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antony December 16, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Many manufacturers mention torque and power in their own units to mislead customers, so heres all of them in the same units of measurements.

TVS Apache160 torque 13.1 Nm@6000 rpm, power 15.2 bhp@8500 rpm, weight kerb 136 kg/dry NA
baj Pular150 torque 12.5 Nm@6500 rpm, power 14.8 bhp@9000 rpm, weight kerb 143 kg/dry NA
Honda dazzler torque 12.7 Nm@6500 rpm, power 14.0 bhp@8500 rpm, weight kerb 138 kg/dry NA
Honda unicorn torque 12.7 Nm@5500 rpm, power 13.3 bhp@8000 rpm, weight kerb 146 kg/dry 130 kg
HH Hunk/Cbzx torque 12.8 Nm@6500 rpm, power 14.2 bhp@8500 rpm, weight kerb 146 kg/dry 130 kg
Suzuki Gs150r torque 13.4 Nm@6000 rpm, power 13.8 bhp@8500 rpm, weight kerb 149 kg/dry 134 kg
Yamaha SZ-x torque 12.8 Nm@4500 rpm, power 11.9 bhp@7500 rpm, weight kerb 132 kg/dry NA
Yamaha Fz-16 torque 14.0 Nm@6000 rpm, power 13.8 bhp@7500 rpm, weight kerb 135 kg/dry NA
Yamaha R15 torque 15.0 Nm@7500 rpm, power 16.7 bhp@8500 rpm, weight kerb 131 kg/dry 120 kg

Higher torque @ lower rpm gives better pulling power in city riding, especially noticeable with pillion. With 14 Nm torque, the fz16 rules. This is where the pulsar, dazzler, hunk, cbz lack, their peak torque comes late at 6500 rpm and R15 still late at 7500 rpm. Compared to gs150r and old unicorn, the dazzler, hunk, cbz, and pulsar require more frequent gear changes in city riding. But dazzler overcomes its low torque by its less weight.

Higher bhp @ higher rpm gives more top-speed. Note, higher rpm for top speed means the engine will not feel stessed at topspeed. This is where fz16 lacks, it has lower rpm at max bhp, which means fz enginee would feel stressed out at top-speed rpms. It cannot maintain topspeed for long time. But also many engines produce more vibrations at high rpms, but Gs150r can be riden at high speed for longer duration. Gs150r uses 6 gear for smoother high-speed highway rides, but R15 uses 6th gear to produce more topspeed.

Unicorn, dazzler, fz16 and R15 have monoshocks, which helps in taking high-speed, bending turns like in racetrack. Apache, pulsar, gs150r, hunk come with gas-charge dual rear shocks for good comfort. Sz-x and Cbz do not have gas-charged rear shocks. Fact is, in city riding monoshock or dual rear shock dont make much difference, unless you want to ride zig-zag.

Apache, dazzler, R15 and Hunk have rear disc brake option, which gives sharp braking and is an advantage if used properly.

Kerb weight is the weight with full tank fuel and engine oil and brake fluid. In normal conditions, most people will not have full tank of fuel, so the bike will weigh much lesser than kerb weight mentioned. Not all manufacturers give dry weight details. Also, ligher bikes are easier to handle in start-stop city traffic, but heavier bikes are more stable on long, high-speed, highway rides.

Also note, Sz-X, fz16, r15, dazzler and Hunk do not have kicker. It saves money for bike companies, but is a disadvantage for customer.

Among digital speedometers, I feel Gs150r has the best. All bikes here have analog tachometer and digital speedometer, but Gs150r has extra gear position indicator. Fz16 has digital tachometer and digital speedo. Note, dazzler lacks engine kill switch.

Things like clip-on handles, rear disc brake, digital speedometer, parking light in head lamp, LED tailamp, all increase cost of the bike. So be ready to pay more if you want more features.

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Pritam Dhamde India December 20, 2010 at 10:44 pm

@antony
500% agree wit u.
Superbly explained.
Wich bike do u own buddy?

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JOHNSON December 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Hi,

I ti s very informative to to read the latter of the discussion. And to wind up the and as query the last friend Mr. Pritam Dhamde India asked for the bike owned by Antony.
I too think it is the matter is complete without mentioning the brand he uses but any how it is very envisaging to hear which bike Mr. Antony uses currently and owned previously.

waiting to hear from him ok ..

JONES

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amit December 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I want to buy a 150cc bike but confused between gs150r and dazzler.please suggest me which one is best.

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Inder December 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Dazzler!

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S M Akbar December 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I want to buy a 150cc bike but confused between gs150r and dazzler.please suggest me which one is best for small cites & bad roads awaitinr f or u r reply

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Madhu January 5, 2011 at 12:06 am

Test drive both for 5 kms and you can able to predict which one is good for your kind of drive and environment.

and let know your selection is it the one with kicker or the one that relies on battery

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Pushkaraj Shinde November 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm

go for GS150R

Abhishek sawant February 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm

i had buy gs150r before 4 month and its wonderful bike to ride.
I realy like about this bike its look and exicilent pickup and it can beat any bike in 150cc segment.
There is no viberation when i am on 108 kmph,
Any one want to know about avrage is 50 to 55 kmpl
So go for gs150r

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Abhishek sawant February 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

i had buy gs150r before 4 month and its wonderful bike to ride.
I realy like about this bike its look and exicilent pickup and it can beat any bike in 150cc segment.
There is no viberation when i am on 108 kmph, top speed is 115 kmph
Any one want to know about avrage is 50 to 55 kmpl
So go for gs150r

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Krishna March 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

“And, as we already said long hours drive might cause bit discomfort in GS150R”

I totally disagree this line as GS 150R is designed for very long rides. I have travelled very very long rides as a rider and Pillon rider as well. I never felt discomfort

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vikram March 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

@Krishna 150cc which bike to choose??? How is yamaha sz-R??? please advice confuse oh confuse

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parveen March 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

hello every one, i am 6.3 feet tall and 90kg weight, which 150cc bike will suite me , i want good mileage and want to look good while seating ………

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true January 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Considering your height and weight, buy the gs150r or CBZ extreme. Other bikes will be too small for you.

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vijay March 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Go for dazzler

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SparK April 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

@all

Test ride them all(whichever your eyes set on) back to back once. If you can’t make out, Test ride them again. Take your time.

Wear a strong helmet; Ride safe
SparK

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sumith May 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

i had buy dazzler before 10 months(16000 kms) and its wonderful bike to ride.
I realy like about this bike its look and good pickup.
There is no viberation when i am on 117 kmph,
Any one want to know about avrage is 55 to 60 kmpl
so dazzler rockz

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Sam June 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

really funny!!!in looks department n comfort both dazzy s given more points!!!jus in performance alone gs s given 0.5 extra!!!but while readin d content below performance part i tot dazzy s gonna gain more points but on contrary gs s given 0.5 extra!!!but how does gs managed to get 0.5 extra overall????oly author knows reason behind it lol.
here it has been claimed dat dazzler s priced excessively than wat it shud ve!!gs150r s 70k onroad n dazz s 73k on road. dazzy offers tubeless tires,rear disc n monoshock!!!if 70k s justified 4 gs, then in wat way 73k of dazzy seems to b overpricing???remember old uni which lacks many goodies of dazzy s priced 69k on road!!!
but agreed advantage dat both of them has kicker!!!

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ravi June 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

gs150r good lookimg

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Sreekanth_trivandrum September 26, 2011 at 10:52 am

Please suggest a bike 150 cc with mileage around 60 Kmpl ,digital meter , kick start etc

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Ram Pratap Singh October 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Hi ,

I have been riding Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler for over an year now , covered more than 15,000 km , topped it to 121 km/hr in Kolkata City Roads , had to ride it in heavily water logged streets where only the headlight and region above it were visible .
The bright side :
I can say that the bike is extremely smooth , responds well , engine (no questions asked pure HONDA CLASS ) , clutch and gear change swift , handling superb for both on heavy traffic condition , curves and straight drives , suspension comfortable (can be switched modes eg: soft , hard which you can do it yourself ) ,seats comfortable for both rider and pillion , wide tires adds to its stability , its braking extremely good, gives me a mileage of 50-55 kmpl and there is a lot more , you need to ride it to find it ;-)

The dark side :
Stock yellow headlights not bright enough , tail lamp ugly (Honda could have used LED lamps) , chain has no cover so needs to cleaned and lubed frequently, with a pillion on board it feels sluggish while riding uphill and above all getting SPARE PARTS FOR HONDA IS A REAL PAIN .

I had been able to lay my hands Suzuki GSR 150 for a few days the given below is my experience :

The bright side ::

Big and heavy makes it good bike for highway commuting , I have topped it to 110 km /hr , engine responds well to the accelerator ,head light are good , comfortable for long rides ,
gear shift and clutch smooth , suspension comfortable ,fuel efficiency is good .

The dark side ::
Heavy and a tall bike more suitable for taller people , else negotiating traffic gets difficult , but very noisy , rear tires could have been wider considering it is a quiet a big bike ,finding a service center could be painful , not a very stylish bike , for someone who had riding been a five speed transmission bike for long switching to the six speed transmission ofSuzuki GSR 150 could be painful.

To write more about GSR 150 , I need to ride more .

Overall both bikes are good and buy a bike which suits your needs and of course your pocket, you can never compare two bikes , different bikes are different breeds , each one of them has their own flavor , a rider needs to decide what his/her needs are and what kind of ride experience they want .

Before actually deciding on one try going for a test ride , say it be Yamaha, Honda , Bajaj , Suzuki ,,,,,,,,,,,,, and go for one which is most suitable for you .

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prasanna January 8, 2012 at 1:31 am

hi,

please dont ever ever buy any of honda’s product because there service facility is horifying. i have honda unicorn and it is worst bike u will get in world ….it has average of less than 40… no handling what so ever….no power even bajaj’s scooter with 100 cc will take over…and last but not list the honda autorised service center are really really worst in the world with no ability to repair or even for that matter find out waht really is the problem i have purchased honda unicorn in 2010 and friends after my experiance i am telling u please dont buy HONDA atlease.

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true January 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm

This article gets some things wrong. First dazzler is for youngsters; gs150r for mature riders. Also, dazzler misses kicker. R15 has fuel-injection, so R15 has no kicker. But Dazzler has carburettor, so it should have kicker.

Handling wise, dazzler is better than gs150r. Dazzler has more initial accleration but struggles later on above 70. Initial accleration for gs150r is lesser, but once it reaches high speeds, it goes faster. For continuously riding at high speeds, gs150r is better.

Dazzler seating with forward footpegs is really funny. This can be uncomfortable for rider on long rides, because the angle between your thigh and abdomen is lesser for dazzler rider. Considering both rider and pillion, for comfort gs150r is better than dazzler.

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true January 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

First, dazzler is competing with FzR, not Gs150r. Gs150r is competing with Unicorn and Hunk.

Gs150r digital speedo is better than dazzler, because gs150r meter has gear indicator.
Dazzler is for youngsters; gs150r for mature riders.
Dazzler has rear disc brake; gs150r has rear drum brake.
Dazzler has monoshock for easy handling; gs150r has gas-charged dual rear shocks for better comfort.

Nothing to worry about gas shocks; these gas shocks are used in pulsar, apache, and hunk also.

Also, dazzler misses kicker. R15 has fuel-injection, so R15 has no kicker. But Dazzler has carburettor, so it should have kicker.

Handling wise, dazzler is lighter and so turns easily than gs150r. Dazzler has more initial accleration but struggles later on above 70. Initial accleration for gs150r is lesser, but once it reaches high speeds of 60+, it goes faster more easily. For continuously riding at high speeds, gs150r is better.

Dazzler seating with forward footpegs is really funny. This can be uncomfortable for rider on long rides, because the angle between your thigh and abdomen is lesser for dazzler rider. Considering both rider and pillion, for comfort gs150r is better than dazzler.

Also, Honda service and spares will be costlier compared to Suzuki. But honda has more outlets.

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SatyaDurgaReddy May 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

For Every Bike There Had Fuel Injection Not For R15 Only
But Dazzler Has Maintance Free Battery Which Never Down

CBZ2012 Model Hast ATFT(Advanced Tumble Flow Technology)
But Had No Kick Rod According To You CBZ Had Not Also Have Fuel Injection

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Dileesh November 4, 2012 at 12:19 am

Maintanence free battery doesnt mean it will never be down buddy. It just means that instead of liquid acid electrolyte which need frequent topping-up with water as it ages, MF batteries comes with gel type electrolyte. It doesnt need topping-up.

true January 2, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Now, after poor sales and starting problems, Hero has reintroduced kicker in CBZx.

Also, yamaha is giving kicker for Fz and SzR.

true January 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Dazzler kerb weight is 138 kg and plus add extra crash guard weight of 5 kg.
Gs150r kerb weight is 149 kg; dealer says it includes weight of crash guard, but need to verify this.

Kerb weight is the weight with full tank fuel; so most time the weight will be lesser, because nobody fills full tank fuel. 1 liter petrol weight is 800 gram.

You will not feel the weight of gs150r while riding, but you will feel the extra weight when pushing and parking.

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royals February 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

i like gs 150r m vry cnfsd nw.idha yedukalama illa fz yedukalama pls hlp me

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kishore March 13, 2012 at 12:18 am

i m so confuse between honda dazzler and pulsor 150 can any one tell me which bike performance and millage is good. and also you can suggest me any other bike but the point is it should be stylish and give good milage……

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Ananya Ashutosh April 29, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Plz suggest me guyz which bike should i take….Honda Unicorn Or Suzuki GS150R.. am not that tall,but very fond of the suzuki bike…should small height be a negative point for me…plz suggest guyz,am very much confused…

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SatyaDurgaReddy May 6, 2012 at 8:16 am

According To Me CB UNICORN DAZZLER Is Best because Honda Is An International Company Which Has Branches In All Countroies And Stand As Worlds Largest Bike Company And 7 th Largest Automobile Company
DaZzlers Mileage Is 60kmpl And With Viscous Paper Air Filter which Cools Engine Honda Preparing Low Maintenence Engines In All Bikes

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true January 2, 2013 at 9:06 pm

First, yamaha did not give kicker in Fz16 and SzR.

Honda removed Kicker in Dazzler. Hero removed Kicker in CBZx and Hunk.

No kicker resulted in starting problems and poor sales of these bikes.

Now, yamaha has given kicker in Fz16 and SzR.

Now Hero also has given kicker in CBZx.

The only reason to remove kicker is cost-cutting. By removing kicker, Honda saves cost of kicker rod, kicker shaft, ratch, and decompressor.

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Bharath May 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Hi…
I test drived both of them. My height is 5.6″. so i felt shorter bike will be good for me. First i checked GS150R. it was heavy but not after i sit on it. The weight is balanced so perfectly. And as most of them were telling it is not that good for initial acceleration. But I liked its stability. It was as good as Unicorn.

On the same day, I rode the Dazzler. I liked its looks. I felt like i am riding my old Passion plus. Only difference is the pick up. Of course, seating comfort is also good. But when crossing 60… i did not find the comfort and confidence of Unicorn or GS150R.

Even though i liked the looks n shortness of Dazz… I have booked a GS150R as I plan to own it for more than 6 years. I don’t find the plastic parts reliable for such a long time period. The lack of Kick rod is also a minus. But i don’t want to say the open chain is a flaw. Dazz is for those who like naked sports bikes .

It was my decision for what i feel good for me. Guys, I suggest you also test ride all the bikes available.. as everything is unique with its own features. Try to ride all the bikes one after one on the same day…. so that the memory of each n every aspect last….. Good Luck…… :)

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Priyam September 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Hi friends!
I want to buy a new bike. I’m making my mind to buy SUZUKI GS150R, but I’m confused reading the above comments about the drawbacks of both bikes.
Pick-ups not factor, I want a bike that will give me good milage, constant smooth high speeds on highway and a beast like feeling.
Please explain me the drawbacks and compare the positivity, and suggest me!
I like to go for long-long drive on NHs.

Thanks in advance…

Priyam.

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dhaval April 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Hi all bikers,

I own a 10 year old hero honda splendor which has become uncomfortable, noisy vibrating being old engine.

So I am planning to buy 150cc bike. today I had a short test ride of gs150 but it did not put smile on my face. May be I was expecting so much. gs150 being bigger bike, felt little more comfortable and smoother BUT in terms of torque and power, nothing to praise about, I can say torque in city not much better than my 100cc splendor which is surprising. Another issue I found was front headlamp cowl was vibrating due to winds.

I heard gs150 torque feels similar to 135cc in city but I bet it is fairly similar to 100cc bikes.

Can somebody give opinion how worth 150cc is in city specially gs150r ?

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