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Is ABS helpful?

The Bajaj bike is better if you are looking for more power and performance, and don’t mind compromising a bit on the fuel economy front.

autos Updated: May 12, 2011 01:53 IST
Autocar India

Q I want to buy a spacious diesel saloon with a comfortable backseat, low running costs and good performance. I have shortlisted the c and the Swift Dzire.
Avinash Suresh
A If the backseat is of primary importance to you, then look no further than the Manza which is far more spacious and comfortable than the Dzire. There are no plans for a new Manza and, in fact, the rebadged model (the Indigo name has been dropped) has just been introduced. There are no changes to the looks or performance.

Q I drive a Maruti Swift LDi shod with 185/70-R14 tyres which have done 10,000 km now. I recently had an accident where a careless motorcyclist, coming from the opposite direction, veered right into my path. I braked hard and the Swift skidded for around 15 metres before it hit the bike. Before I go in for my next car, I want to know whether an Anti-lock braking system (ABS) will reduce the braking distance in such a situation? Or should I go in for 195 section tyres?
Koshy Alex
A Yes, your accident is a classic case where ABS brakes may have averted a collision with the bike. When you braked hard, you must have locked your wheels which led to loss of control. Larger section tyres may cut braking distances but won’t prevent the wheels from locking up. Don’t stint on safety equipment in the future.

Q I want to buy a bike for around R50,000. What should I go for?
Parag Soni
A We suggest you either go for Honda’s CB Twister or Bajaj’s Pulsar 135LS. Go in for the Honda if you are looking for better quality, refinement, reliability and mileage. The Bajaj bike is better if you are looking for more power and performance, and don’t mind compromising a bit on the fuel economy front.

Q I have a bike budget of R77,000. I have shortlisted the Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler, TVS Apache RTR 180 and Yamaha FZ-S. Which one is ideal? I really like the Apache but I am not convinced. I have heard that the Apache is not comfortable for long rides and vibrates at 60-80kph. What is your opinion?
Pranav R Natarajan
A Neither the Yamaha FZ-S or TVS Apache RTR 180 can provide you mileage in the region of 50kpl, as both these bikes return closer to 40kpl in terms of fuel economy. The Honda CB Unicorn Dazzler will however provide better economy — in the region of 50kpl — and is a bike that makes good sense for you. The Suzuki GS150R fails to match this Honda.