Dec 25, 2006

15 Autocar India: 150 C.C Comparision

Auto Magazine "Autocar India" in its January 2007 issue has come up with a comparo of the latest 150 C.C motorcycles i.e. Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSI, Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme, Honda Unicorn and the TVS Apache...

Autocar again has played the early bird and has come out with its January 2007 issue even before the new year has commenced.. But I am not complaining actually. I can hardly wait to grab a copy of the "Autocar India" every month..

The January issue contains an article on the test rides of the latest 150 C.C bikes released in India i.e. the Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSI, Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme, Honda Unicorn and the TVS Apache.

Autocar India Verdict:

# 1'st Choice: Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSI
# 2'nd Choice: TVS Apache
# 3'rd Choice: Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme
# 4'th Choice: Honda Unicorn

I don't want to violate any copyright rules and give you the whole article. If you want to read the whole article, you better buy the issue. But I would like to take a few liberties and give just the gist of the article to you (hope Autocar India dosen't mind)..


Engine Performance: CBZ Xtreme and Pulsar are on top and both are neck and neck on performance with very little seperating both of them.

Gearbox: Both the Honda Models have the best gearbox. The Pulsar comes second while the Apache is the last.

Ride Comfort: The Pulsar has the best ride while the CBZ Xtreme though has the hardest rear suspension, is blessed with best handling.

Fuel Efficiency: All the 4 models give fuel efficiency in the range of 50 kmpl with the CBZ Xtreme scoring the least fuel efficiency among all four.

Looks: Autocar India is all praise for the Pulsar and the Apache on its looks while it criticizes the Unicorn for not being updated since is launch and dosen't quite like the front end of the CBZ.



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15 Comments:

Maltesh Ashrit said...

Hey, nice piede of news..
waiting to grab a copy of Autocar..

n yea..
u can make a similiar post. go ahead wid it..
(would be better if u can have a link for my post, in ur article..)

Payeng said...

Cool Mahesh..

will do that.. and hey thanks!!

Maltesh Ashrit said...

Hey u referrin 2 me..
I'm Maltesh not Mahesh

Payeng said...

Opps.. sorry abt that Maltesh..

ashok said...

Hi Satadal

Ur compilation is truly impressive. I was just surfing to find info on bikes & ur site is just all tht i wanted. Congrats on that...

i'm planning to buy a bike in d coming week. After doing some research, i hv shortlisted the new pulsar 150 dtsi with digital speedo. i took d test ride today & felt tht gear system is still a pblm coz few time there were false neutrals between 2nd & 3rd gear. Is the gear system still faulty on the new pulsar? pls giv ur opinion & hlp me out frm the dilemma

Abt ur site, keep up the good work....Cheers

Payeng said...

Hi Ashok..

Thanks a lot for appreciating my blog.. such encouraging words keeps me motivated.

I am happy that you have made up ur mind to buy a 150 c.c bike..

I haven't still taken the test ride of the New Pulsar 150 with digital speedo.. The notchy gear box seems to be the only nagging problem of an otherwise perfect bike..

Earlier Pulsars also had a lot of issues with the Clutch, which had a sudden bite instead of a more progressive release.. it made the bike jerk when the clutch was released.. I believe the clutch problem has been solved..

But in spite of the problematic gear box, the Pulsar has become sort of a modern day classic bike and will surely go down in history as one of the truly "DESI" bikes which started the biking revolution in India... Even Royal Enfield "Bullet" has its share of problems, but it still has its fans who adore the bike in spite of its shortcomings..!!


I will soon take a test ride of the New Pulsar and write a post on it..

nagen said...

Hi Payeng Bhai,
Thanks for the review. i was planning to buy a bike in 150cc category. but i was confused between CBZ Extreme, Pulsar 150 and TVS Apache. after reading ur review i decided to go with CBZ Extreme. thanks Man. UR work is appriciated.

Nagendra D Bhavasar
nagen24@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

hello sir ur opinions r really valuable ....i m a regular reader of ur coloumns...i need ur suggestion on whether can i go for suzuki GS150 or is there any other good bikes in this segment....i would also like to know about suzuki zeus.....pls do reply for my query

Anonymous said...

Honda Unicorn is the best bike in terms of quality. It gives the best riding comfort, best mileage and best engine. Engine is very smooth and stable - there is no vibration even at 110 km/hr. In the field of racing, Unicorn and yamaha models are the winners. The new Unicorn in black colour has great looks also. The only problem with Unicorn is that its initial pick-up is not good compared to other 150cc bikes. Unicorn starts like splendour and from third gear onwards, its a power train. It can overtake any bike. But the initial pick-up of Unicorn is customizable. You may need to adjust some 4 or 5 km on mileage if u customize it.

Payeng said...

@Above,

My personal experience is that the Unicron has a good initial pick up but the top end pick up isn't great compared to the other 150 cc bikes.

Its fairly evident from the Max Torque of the Unicorn which peaks at a low 5500 RPM, this translates into good initial pickup but loses steam at high rpms.

Anonymous said...

Hi Payeng,
If all 150 cc bikes are ready for a race, for the first few seconds, Unicorn will be at the last position. This is what I meant by initial pick-up. But again, within a few seconds, Unicorn will overtake all other bikes. This is what you mentioned by initial pick-up. This made the confusion. Anyways, Unicorn is for those who enjoy the Quality. One more point, Unicorn is a big bike; so its not suitable for short guys.

Payeng said...

@above, the "other" bikes have a stronger top end than the old/original Unicorn.

But yes, the latest 2010 CB Unicorn Dazzler should have a better top end.

Ronit said...

I have been checked my fr's pulsar 150 with all 150cc bikes like Apache, Unicorn , FZ, FZ-X, CBZ along... First FZ got out from race as its rare Tyre is really huge & just because of it its always looses its power, second was Unicorn..apart from high road its mono suspension is not efficient, then it was CBZ Extreme & Apache & pulsar was both finished the race of 25 kms.

If you guys compare Apache its a Good bike, but Pulsar beats it always with its Looks, the throttle sound & Pulsar "Its definitely man" -- Its true....Even I have a Pulsar 220 F (New 2010) I have beat Karizma....beat is on riding..on handling...but I will always go for Pulsar....If you guys don't wanna go for Pulsar...then it will be better to got for a Mopade !!

If U guys looking for good tempered bike the don't look back to milage..as 150 biukes gonna give min. 45 km/L...

Payeng said...

@Above,

My personal experience is that the Unicron has a good initial pick up but the top end pick up isn't great compared to the other 150 cc bikes.

Its fairly evident from the Max Torque of the Unicorn which peaks at a low 5500 RPM, this translates into good initial pickup but loses steam at high rpms.

nagen said...

Hi Payeng Bhai,
Thanks for the review. i was planning to buy a bike in 150cc category. but i was confused between CBZ Extreme, Pulsar 150 and TVS Apache. after reading ur review i decided to go with CBZ Extreme. thanks Man. UR work is appriciated.

Nagendra D Bhavasar
nagen24@gmail.com

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