I have purchased a Blue Yamaha SS125 (Gladiator renamed) & here is the shopping experience. The reason for buying:
It's been quite sometime since I logged in to my Addiction (TAI
) & the reason is Job hunt. After a nearly disastrous December 2012, I finally got a job in Auto Industry. Now the company is nearly 17.5kms from my home, which means a total of 35+kms riding daily on Outer Ring Road.
I have sold my previous bike sometime back to fund my car restoration & so had to travel by bus for the first few days. 1.5Hrs one way travel in the morning & flat 2hrs in the evening in crowded buses.
My job also requires me to have a bike as I have to visit customer's to evaluate their cars & give a quote. 100cc bike was in my mind first (then it struck to me, that mileage isn't the only thing, ride comfort, safety & ofcourse PERFORMANCE too is required).
USED BIKE IDEA:
Saw over five bikes, released ads in OLX.in & QUICKR.com, response was less relevant to my need. As most good bikes are over 30K. My family & myself were equally worried about buying a used bike, as they are dead against "DIY" nowadays.
NEW BIKE PLANS:
Shortlisted a few bikes & rejected all of them except one
- Bajaj Discover 125 (4valve - 2013 model)
Saw the bike in real for the first time @ Kalyani Bajaj near Mekhri Circle & hated its looks to the core. I know it is a subjective thing though.
- Bajaj Pulsar 135 LS (4 valve engine)
Kalyani Bajaj staff did not give me a TEST DRIVE, since they had no petrol in that bike! That's it I decided not to visit them again.
- TVS Phoenix (I think its 3valve, 125cc)
Different TVS Showrooms quote different prices almost 1.5K apart from each quote & I was too scared to buy as this could be another flop 125cc from TVS (FLAME, GLX, VICTORE EDGE - all 125cc)
- Honda Dream Yuga & Twister (110cc)
Too costly for the "cc" they offer, Infact any other 125cc bike can be bought for the same price.
- Yamaha SZR (150cc with disc)
The "Q"class amongst bikes, NO IGNITION KILL SWITCH, ONLY EUROGRIP TYRES, plenty of Gladiator & Libero parts, NO PASS LIGHT, too many complaints in the initial batches sold (one of my friend owns one), Priced just 4000INR more than Gladiator, one bhp more than Gladiator, although torque is nice.
No way I am going to buy this, a bulky tank alone cant convince me to buy a bike.
- Hero Glamour (Fi)
Good sales staff, prices not much different from HONDA. Out of budget.
- Pulsar 150cc - Almost decided but dropped
My downpayment was not enough for this bike, the bike that literally changed the biking scene in INDIA.
FINALLY, PACER YAMAHA gave me a test drive of a display vehicle! not test drive one on a SUNDAY AFTERNOON. AS I was already fed up I went ahead & just booked it (scared to travel till next sunday by bus).
The test drive was nice, but however nothing in the console will work as battery was not fit.
Took the delivery yesterday, paid full cash (arranged loan outside, instead of showroom offer). Full face helmet & crashguard - 50% discount.
Rs.68,547/- for bike.
Rs.750/- for the accessories
TC number given for time being. Insurance will be given by tomorrow.
Not sure if it safe to drive in this condition.
Here are a few pictures: