The rising petrol price has compelled us to buy motorcycles with better fuel economy. But who wants to compromise with performance? Here is Indiandrives take on which bike to choose when it comes to a good mileage, but without compromising performance.
Don’t judge this motorcycle by its fuel economy. It has a Yamaha engine, and we know this Japanese motorcycle maker for sheer performance and dirty pick-up. This Yamaha SZ-R is no less. It dives into the traffic and swims out ahead of it. The torque figure aint very high, but what you need to see is that it reaches peak torque output level at just 4500rpm, which is much lower compared to other models under this category.
The pricing is reasonable when look at what its offering. Unlike the Yamaha FZ16, it has a longer pillion seat. It has analogue tachometer and speedometer, but who is a fan of new techy digi systems when you got raw power under your control waiting to be unleashed.
Bajaj Discover 150:
Bajaj is notorious for producing motorcycles with small engines until recently. After the 100cc and 135cc segment, Bajaj launched the 150cc Discover. It is based on the 135xcd platform. The motorcycle is designed to be cruise through traffic with mid range output. The clutch is decent but the gearbox is not the best of its class, reminds you of the pulsar dodgy gearbox, giving your motorcycle resonance at low revs. At higher gears, the Discover is not breathtaking but has a feel-good ride. A good choice for family man, with his spouse on the pillion seat and a child in between.
Out of the four motorcycles we have under comparison, the Unicorn sounds the sweetest. And why not, it has the smooth Honda engine tuned for mileage. The acceleration is gradual and at revs between 4500 to 6000rpm, you see why we have put the Unicorn under performance motorcycle category. The NVH levels are very low and the ride is smooth making it unbelievably good a middle sized motorcycle for long commutes. The monoshocks at rear and inverted telescopic suspension in front, makes it noticeably stable at high speeds. But all this comes with a very high price tag of Rs. 75,800. And the wait is agonizingly longer. You may have to wait for over 2-4 months to bring yourself this Japanese commuter.
This motorcycle has muscular looks and a long stroke Suzuki engine. Why it made it to this list is because it has a digital system with choices to select from eco and power. There is no significant change in the power output or feel in the motorcycle under any mode. There is a white light on the console, which flashes when your reach around 4000revs under eco mode, and the same light flashes when your reach around 6000revs under performance mode. The Suzuki GS150R has huge muscular look and the height of the motorcycle makes it a good choice for long commutes. The engine is good, and Suzuki bikes do not burn a hole in your pocket when it comes to maintenance, but there have been complains of over heating. Suzuki is not the favorite choice of Indians but you may have to give a second thought to this motorcycle as it has took home many prestigious awards in the year 2010.
|Category||Yamaha SZ-R||Bajaj Discover 150||Honda Unicorn||Suzuki GS150|
|Wheel base||1320mm||1305 mm||1340 mm||1335 mm|
|Price||Rs. 63,000||Rs. 57,400||Rs. 75,800||Rs. 72,500|