First long trip review on the bike right after 2 days from the delivery.
Well I was returning from faridabad to my hometown moradabad after taking the delivery of the bike but I had to make a stop at Noida (around 30 kms)
. So as soon as I got out of Badarpur border it started raining and traffic jam was waiting for me as always. It took more than 1 hour to reach jasola-kalandikunj! Till now I was not able to cruze at much of a speed but after I crossed Yamuna river I got a bit of space to make a little run for my stop as the rain had also stopped by now but I was already dripping water from everywhere except my head which was covered by my helmet. The grip was very good since all the roads were wet I was paying special attention to the traffic around me and my braking but
the tires took care of everything for me, it did not felt like braking in a wet road with that rear 130 MRF tire which was specially designed of r15 (think I read that somewhere) but the breaking of the front discs is worth a million bucks, you just don’t need anything else to stop you if u have a finger on your front brake lever, they are powerful as hell.
The rear brakes are not as powerful as the front ones if braking while moving straight, while if u apply rear brakes while making a cut or a turn the story changes a lot. The reason behind it is that the rear tire is plain from the center and has nice grips and design on the outer sides of it so when u drive straight and break due to less grip u feel the need of a better brakes (remember the front discs! just take their name and the work is already done ;) ) but I think that plain thing and the wideness of the tire kept grip in the rain, while you are turning or making a cut you will feel the difference in the breaking its more than enough (the rear brakes).
So I reached Noida wet and dripping with water all around and inside me! Finished my work and within an hour I was again on the road to complete my reaming journey to Moradabad which was almost 150 kms from there.
This was the time I could test the power of my R15 but not completely since I cannot drive the bike above 5000 RPM
and then 7000RPM
then after the first service- there is no restrictions (Run in Period)
. The bike has a punch in every gear, enough to make any other bike or car cry for a distance. But 5000 RPM limits you down as I am in the run-in period.
This babe does 75 km/hr
in 6th gear
while all the shifts made at or before 5x1000 RPM. I did not take it further (it’s been around 20 days and I still haven’t break the limit of 5x1000rpm!! just about to cross 500kms) but while I was descending a flyover it went up to 89 kmh
. I did not even know until I saw the speedo. Well I know it’s not a big deal breaking the limits of the manuals and who cares? right...but neither the road is going anywhere nor the bike or me! so following some instructions that may be crucial for my bike`s engine will not harm me, want to keep it in good shape even better than my last one (LML Graptor 2004 model, even in 2012 I could do a 110 kmh (123max earlier) easily with all original parts nothing was changed other than battery since we bought it).
Well the rain did not abandon me in Noida, it came back on as soon as I got out of Noida and low rain accompanied me all my journey till I reached my home where it was sunny, got heavy rain in Hapur Bypass and then at ganga bridge and gajarola.
The suspensions are very good too, front shocks specially, each time you use front disks u need them, they are very well designed (internally). They take your body weight along with the bike `s weight and then push you back very smoothly, it feels like falling on a cotton loom and then it bounces back smoooooothly
and slowly but yet fast. Mean’s you don’t feel a jerk as you apply the brakes no matter how hard you break the shocks will take you down slowly and put you back in the same position.
Now the rear mono shock helps in literally erasing the small bumps, my college is on the same road and is 35 kms
from my home, so this was the area I was familiar with every pot hole, bump etc so I tested the suspension here, if it’s a pothole you get into, chances are you might feel it on your front wheel but rear wheel will chew it off,yo u need something bigger to be felt by your rear wheel! a wider hole or bigger stone, but then that can be avoided most of the time.
It was near ganga bridge (around 100-110 kms from Noida) I started feeling a little pain in my left palm which maybe because i never drove that long before especially with a almost 20 kg backpack on my back or maybe due to the bike design. Also you keep sliding onto the fuel tank again n again so you have to keep getting back every 10-15 minutes.
These are the only sort of -ve points for the r15 v2 for some but i personally dont care about it. For the taller people who have longer legs a solution to the sliding thing can be to take support of your inner thies and hold the bike a litle instead of just sitting on it and when u slide in for the first time rest your knees on the cowlings line passing just underneth the sides of fule tank. It might sound wiered but when you sit on the seat you will understand, im not telling to rest ur knees ON the cowling.. that is not even possible. Or you can just keep sitting there if you dont feel much uncomfartable. Actually if you tend to do stunts that is the place you would sit by yourself.
As far as the FE
is concerned, when I took the delivery of the bike the last fuel bar was flashing and the dealer told me that they give 1 liter fuel so I went to the Fuel bunk straight from the showroom. Till today I have filled 13.95 liters of fuel in my tank, with four bars still remaining I have done a bit less then 370kms out of which around 200kms is in the city. So I would say roughly I have been getting near about 50-55 km/l as of right now.
When I got home finally got off my bike it was our second drive and first long drive and it was all wet muddy and sandy but still looked gorgeous and even sexier than before. I had a smile on my face when i got off it, you just take a look at it and you remember what people were looking-starring turning around all the way long :P
Its mesmerizing..just can`t get enough of it...no matter how long u look at it...no matter how hard u stare at it , it will mesmerize you every-single-damm-time...your look is always incomplete! A Funny incident while driving in Noida
So here I am standing at a red light near sec-62 with a beamer 5 series on my side...you know what happens next. Worth mentioning he took a good look of my ride too (while I was checking out his
everyone was looking either at me or at the beamer (will own it too someday soon I said to myself).
The light turns green-zooooom the traffic go everyone crunching every bit of power in their engines to get ahead and also to avoid the next red! but ahead ones stay ahead in such scenarios if driven the required way. I too made a run for it same did the beamer--->>>>>>>>>
The beamer was left behind till I reached 50 km/hr
but after that he slowly caught up with me (at around 60-65) and then again I lagged due to the limits. Nothing came close till then after that the beamer guy was nowhere to be found and I was left with the traffic again waiting for another green!