Hi, I am looking to upgrade from a 7 year old Bajaj Pulsar 150. I am looking for a ride that will help me commute to office for about 20 kms everyday through engaging traffic (Bengaluru bro) and occasional weekend tours. I have set a budget of up to Rs. 2 lakhs and I will retain this bike for 5-6 years. Below are the options that I have shortlisted. Any advice, review and suggestions will be much appreciated.
1. Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
Pros – Perimeter frame, oil-cooled, single-channel ABS, power at the top end, under belly exhaust
Cons – Poor low-end torque, no major changes in 5 years, pathetic service from Bajaj
2. KTM Duke 200
Pros – Awesome torque through out, lightweight, loaded console, design looks catchy even after 5 years, unmatched acceleration from 0-60 km/hr
Cons – No ABS, seating comfort, leakage at engine head and upside down forks, maintenance costs, heating issues
3. Yamaha FZ25
Pros – Best torque among the listed options, refined engine, good seats, Yamaha’s reliability, 250cc bike at great price
Cons – Looks like a beefed-up FZ, air-cooled, no ABS, weak LED headlamp
4. RE Classic 350
Pros – Seating comfort, heritage, an experience, best selling RE, metal
Cons – Maneuverability in heavy traffic, no ABS (not even twin discs), vibrations, lots of attention and maintenance required, lack of new tech
I have not listed the Bajaj Dominar 400, TVS Apache 200 and full-faired bikes as I feel they don’t connect with me.