Maintainence free bike - Bullet Electra 4S or Pulsar 200/ Avenger....

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Hi all you expert guys

First of all just like to say you people have bowled me over with your journeys and the level of expertise you people have over bikes, journey, etc.

I stay in Delhi. Planning to purchase a bike pretty soon. (possibly an old one.) Primarily will be using the bike on Delhi roads with approx. 400 km a month and a journey or two to Himalyas annually.

Presently I've a Pulsar 150.

Need your expertise regarding 2 questions I've :

1. Low maintainence cost. Approx figure?
2. What should be kept in mind if purchasing an old enfield ?


Please guide.


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Maintenance free?

There is no such thing as a maintenance free motorcycle.

Regular maintenance is important for safety and to keep the bike running well and to ensure longevity and reliability.

I'd go for a Yezdi as they are simple to maintain, parts are cheap, and just about every motorcycle repair shop wil be able to fix it if there is a problem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yezdi_Roadking

If you have sporting pretensions a classic Rajdoot Yamaha 350 is a great bike but parts are more expensive though quality is high and you shouldn't need them do often.

Good luck and enjoy...
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Bullet can never be maintenance free. Pulsar is absolutely maintenance free, unless you count the regular services and normal wear and tear.

Cannot say anything about Avenger, as have never owned one, but have owned both Bullet and Pulsar.
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I'd go for a Yezdi as they are simple to maintain, parts are cheap, and just about every motorcycle repair shop wil be able to fix it if there is a problem.
Considering that this bike was manufactured until 1996, the newest model will be 13 years old. Will you trust an indian motorbike of such age? I will not.
Unlimited Life, what can you tell about your Pulsar? Have you spent a lot for its service?
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Yezdi

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Originally Posted by Coco Brice View Post Considering that this bike was manufactured until 1996, the newest model will be 13 years old. Will you trust an indian motorbike of such age? I will not.
Unlimited Life, what can you tell about your Pulsar? Have you spent a lot for its service?

Yezdis are not Indian they are Czech motorcycles.

I have a friend that has some Yezdis (CZ) that are 7O years old and go as well as new.

Quality motorcycles are just run in at 25 years old.

My Ducati is 40 years old and runs beautifully.

I also have a Welsh motorcyclea Bown that is 60 years old that has no problems.

Regular servicing is necessary.
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I have owned all the bikes u mentioned (bullet electra and thunderbird, pulsars and an avenger). The best bike you can get is a Karizma...umatched...way superior to anything around, followed by the bullet 5S. Don't go for the 4S bullet's...they are too outdated for touring.
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The best bike you can get is a Karizma...umatched...
Yeah, man! That is the pure truth!
But with a small detail to add: it must be new. Those machines of 2005-2006 are usually being sold in bad condition
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if maintainence is a factor, go for bajaj. if the ride comfort / pleasure counts , i d choose an enfield
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for long tours i can bet on BULLET. regarding maintenance, all the bikes have to be maintained whether it is bullet or pulser or karizma. BULLET mechanism is very simple and i am sure its maintenance cost is less than pulser and karizma
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I had a 1979 Bullet classic 350, spent a fortune refurbishing it. But it was old! Had to die! Gave me loads of problems and I had to dispose it. I now have a Maruti Zen & Pulsar 200cc. In love with the blue Pulsar, absolutely zero maintenance (excl servicing it thrice a yr approx Rs300 per service) and a joy to ride. No break downs! Latest technology with alloys, tubeless tyres, digital speedo & trip meter.
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Originally Posted by tilak2909 View Post for long tours i can bet on BULLET. regarding maintenance, all the bikes have to be maintained whether it is bullet or pulser or karizma. BULLET mechanism is very simple and i am sure its maintenance cost is less than pulser and karizma
Much as we adore the bullet, its technology is inferior. No match in terms of reliability to the jap machines. Definitely its more expensive to maintain than Pulsar or Karisma, speaking from me and my friend circle experience.
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Originally Posted by sagheero View Post Much as we adore the bullet, its technology is inferior. No match in terms of reliability to the jap machines. Definitely its more expensive to maintain than Pulsar or Karisma, speaking from me and my friend circle experience.
do agree with your some views. but still its the toughest one. its not that i have so i am saying so. i had almost all bikes. its individuals choice. but still bullet has its own market.
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Originally Posted by tilak2909 View Post do agree with your some views. but still its the toughest one. its not that i have so i am saying so. i had almost all bikes. its individuals choice. but still bullet has its own market.
Yes, Bullet has its own market, particularly enthusiasts who love the thump (myself included!). I practically owned south bombay roads with the 79 classic having "wrong side" brakes & gears. But for a person with time constraints (read 15 hr work days) it really becomes painful to keep attending to its niggling issues!
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BULLET needs care like a pet. and if proper care is taken then its ride brings immense pleasure. and if you keep casual approach towards its maintenance then it gonna show you hell......feel the thump thuk thuk thuk thuk
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people always move and give a back look to good thumping BULL. never happned with any other bike.

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