Today, i did a short ride with NS160 – around 80 km round trip. I cruised between 55 to 65 km/hr speed in highway, mostly above 60km/hr. Bike went steadily even in crosswind at these speed range. For quick overtake, i ride upto 70 + km/hr speed, then settled down. Bike inspired confidence while cruising, and overtakes. I maintained around 5000 RPM to cruise around 60km/hr speed. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride today. My 5 years of highway quest is satisfied. I am planning for 120 km round trip post monsoon. Probably mid or end of December, i will do this trip.
Nothing wrong with Bajaj Discover 150F bike. I had severe back pain when I was riding that bike. I tried this and that to resolve the back pain. But nothing worked. Without having any clue as why that bike gave me back pain, I sold that bike for cheap price.
Then I purchased Honda Shine. No back pain with honda shine. I am riding Honda shine for the last three years. Everything went well.
Last six months, I am riding Shine for 50 kms up and down per day for commuting. Saligramam to Okkiyam Duraibakkam. I started having back pain nowdays. I am not blaming Honda Shine for back pain. The same bike I used ride for three years without any problem.
50 KMS ride – 5 days a week, irregular sitting posture in office, restless weekend, latenight or till midnight mobile addiction, job stress – all causing back pain. Nothing to do with Honda Shine.
In the same way, something wrong with me, my life style, triggered back pain, when riding Discover 150F. But, I mistaken as bike was the problem. It was a good bike with strong bottom and midrange speed, gave 70+ km/ltr mileage in highway if ridden around 60+ km/hr speed. I was using the bike in both city and highway. Only problem I noticed was, bike was not stable and not confidence inspiring beyond 60 km/hr speed. I sold Discover 150F without knowing why I had back pain.
Honda shine is a good city bike, but it struggles in highway, engine feel stressed above 50 km/hr speed. We should not push honda shine beyond 50 km/hr speed.
Now, I am looking for second bike to ride in highway. When I searched Discover 150F in quikr, olx, I hardly see it. Even listed but overpriced.
Today I saw an ad for Discover 150F in OLX for 18500 rupees – six year old bike. Suddenly I noticed another ad for pulsar 220F for the same price – 18500 rupees. It is a 10 year old bike.
Pulsar 220F is a far better bike than Discover 150F. I oscillate. My quench for riding a bike in highway is not satisfied yet. The crush for highway machine is still burning. My speed is not 100 or above 100 km/hr. My speed is around 60 to 70 km/hr. But I want a stable machine in highway against cross or head winds. Engine should not stressed. It should be relaxed at those speeds.
Discover 150 F engine is not stressed at 70 km/hr speed, but not stable and confidence inspiring at those speed.
I could push Honda Shine for 70+ km/hr speed, but engine is stressed, bike is not stable and shaky in winds.
Since, I already ridden Discover 150F, I know it was stable in 60+ speeds, engine relaxed. It matches my speed and expectation. But, it is hardly sold in used bike market, that too not in affordable price. 15000 to 20000 is my budget, 50 to 10 years old, spare parts should be available. Any mechanic can maintain it. I prefer the highway machine with kick starter.
Discover 150F, pulsar 220F, pulsar 180 are my choices now. Budget less than 20000 rupees. I will keep my honda shine for city usage, agile, nimble, and light weight bike.