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    Default Review: Suzuki GS150 "Tour-King"

    AoA Everybody.

    Its often the simplest of things that bring the most happiness in life. I never truly understood that sentiment until I got an opportunity to get my hands on a motorcycle.

    Boy! How have I been living all these years? is this for real? can one get from A to B and have fun at the same time? these were some of the questions that immediately crossed my mind.

    Then there is the feeling of some serious horsepower between one's legs. more than one horsepower if you get what I am saying .

    I was hooked. boots in the breeze, wind in my face, with the sweet sound of a high revving engine. AND THEN IT HIT ME "I WAS BORN TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE".

    The current crop of street-bikes just didn't tickle my fancy. the heavier ones were a little too heavy as I still have a steep learning curve to climb before graduating to a multi-piston machine. Anyways, after an exhaustive search, I found the one that fit the bill. Suzuki GS150 "Tour-King".

    Review: Suzuki GS150 "Tour-King" - Pic2 zps96e12d49

    Features:

    1. 150 cc of displacement
    2. 12 Brake Horsepower
    3. Front Disk, Rear Drum
    4. Plenty of Luggage carrying ability (Trunk and Panniers)
    5. External 12-volt power outlet (waterproof).
    6. Secondary 12-volt power outlet (inside rear trunk)
    7. Self Start
    8. Handle Bar Pouch
    9. 13 liter fuel-tank

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    What I like:

    1. The bike's suspension is really superb. Its quiet comfortable even for longer than usual rides.

    2. The bike's rake and trail are really designed for long and easy riding. the higher rake/trail stabilizes the bike even at really slow speeds.

    3. Front disk brakes make stopping this monster a breeze. rear drums are only "so,so" at it.

    4. 12 volt-power outlet on handlebar allow usage of GPS navigation equipment (or a cell-phone or MP3 player). yes! one can also use it to recharge stuff.

    5. Wide seat offers plenty of room for a comfortable seating experience for the buns.

    6. wide and high angle handlebars truly help in eliminating the fatigue from arms and shoulders

    7. Self start is a real plus cause kick-starting is just exhausting and grows really old really fast. plus my knees don't feel as young as they did 15 years back.

    8. back-rest for the pillion rider also makes it quiet a pleasurable experience for the one sitting behind you. in turn, it makes the whole ride even more pleasurable for you as you hear less complains.

    9. the internal 12-volt power outlet (housed inside the rear trunk) makes it possible to use it as a power source for the camping lights and recharge your laptop and stuff like that.

    10. the handle bar pouch is a just a dream accessory. it makes it very convenient to place the most/often needed stuff such as cell-phone, hands-free, cigarettes and lighters within reach. the best part is that you can take it off, wash and put it back on if it gets dirty.....by the way, I'm not suggesting that you make/attend phone calls and smoke while driving a motorcycle.

    11. the bike is quiet soundless for its engine size. even while revving the engine, it hardly makes any sound. unlike Hondas that make your brain explode inside your head when somebody crosses you by.

    12. the bike's engine is also very smooth. hardly any vibration at any RPM level. unlike the current crop of street-bikes that even shake your teeth loose.

    Review: Suzuki GS150 "Tour-King" - Pic7 zps48248c98

    Things that I don't like: (most of the stuff that I am about to mention are probably linked to poor quality control)

    1. the frame of the bike is already starting to rust. rust spots are growing everywhere. even some of the nuts and bolts have decided to join in.

    2. the rear drums make a strange sound when applying brake pressure. the authorized Suzuki mechanic told me that it happens with most of them. nothing to worry about. his advice: learn to live with it. this world isn't prefect. wow! thats deep.

    3. the texture on the handlebar grips kinda bits into my hands. don't like it one bit.

    4. some of the markings here and there (specially on the controls) are pretty much vanishing all by themselves. poor quality ink/stamping I guess.

    5. poor quality of paint. almost everywhere you can see signs of paint saying "good bye buddy, its been a short but fun ride".

    6. the trip-meter isn't working anymore. I'm not even sure that it worked from the beginning. I am just assuming that it worked.

    7. the bike's got a habit of breaking rpm and clutch cables like its some sort of a national responsibility.

    8. you'll surely be surprised to learn how fast it eats rear brake shoes. the authorized mechanic told me that it happens because of the heavy weight of this bike and takes some serious braking power to stop it in its tracks.

    9. the slim tyres look fugly. as per my discussions with my mechanic, if I install fatter tyres, the bike will become sluggish. I do plan to install fatter tyres cause these one are just destroying the look of this otherwise handsome monster.

    10. the muffler which does an amazing job of reducing the exhaust sound gets really hot to touch (learned it the hard way on several occasions). the company should have provided the muffler with a heat shield.

    11. the 12-volt power outlet which are otherwise very useful are limited in their capacity. they only allow 110-watts of electricity which is only useful for electronics and not enough for cooking/heating equipment. it would have really neat if I could power a small electric stove or a heater.

    12. the side covers aka tapas have no locking mechanism. imagine the level of trust held by company in our society.

    13. chain makes a funny griding sound at low speeds. the mechanic says that its pretty normal with chain driven bikes and I must oil this chain and its sprockets regularly but still, if I oil it too much then I get drips and runs from sides of the chain cover which is just nasty.

    14. there is no beeper installed with the turn signals. at times one forgets that the left/right turn signal is on. a beeper would have been nice.

    15. the brake light in the rear trunk was really weak/dim. I had the OEM (factory installed) replaced with an aftermarket bulb and now it shines like it should.

    16. the locking mechanism on the rear trunk and panniers should have their own keys. a single key for the ignition, side lock, fuel tank, rear trunk and pannier is just asking for trouble. too many locks with one key will wear the key out sooner than it should.

    17. the fuel selector is all wrong. turning it up means moving the reserve arrow down, who can remember all that? I still have to ask the mechanic to turn it to "ON" position. is there any way to permanently disable this contraption?

    18. the turn signal and neutral indicators are really dim and hard to see in normal day light.

    19. I just fail to understand the thought behind the "Engine-On" switch in the handlebar. why turning the key ignition switch to "ON" isn't enough? why over complicate a pretty simple process?

    20. the rear trunk does not have a parking light. only brake lights. why?

    21. bike is super heavy. putting it on center/double stand requires one hell of an effort. in full load, it requires two people to lift and pull to put it on double stand. in fact, the double stand has already been welded once. just imagine seeing it break into two pieces by the sheer weight of the bike.

    22. the cheap quality horn works at times and at times it totally refuses to do anything.

    23. the cheap quality headlight is useful for nothing. the beam is no way near safe enough to drive even in absolute darkness and on top of that it scatters too a degree (360 degrees to be precise) that even a huge pot hole in the middle of the road is impossible to spot.

    Review: Suzuki GS150 "Tour-King" - Pic6 zps0c8a6737

    Final Thought:

    With all its faults, the bike is super fun. due to its heavy weight, it runs smoother, quieter and without any road/ground and engine vibrations. literally, driving it at 80-90km/h feels like you are cruising at a comfortable 40km/h.

    the company is offering a superb product here. they just need to improve upon the quality of stuff that are putting in this bike. the engine is powerful enough that it can easily take two riders and loads of other stuff to any height a motorcycle can/should. however the cheap quality of accessories such as cables, brake shoes, tyres and stuff are a major turn off.

    The bike has the potential to become the best locally manufactured touring bike however the company should invest in quality instead of relying on poor quality parts to lower its price in a bid to attract more customers.

    Regards.

    Some more pics of the Tour-King with the windshield

    and...some more pics

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    A very stunning GS150 u got there buddy and wow what a detailed review

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    A mouth watering GS
    Reviewed like a pro
    I like your "Don't like" list

    Wild guess about that disc brake. I think you got it done by Mechanic Safeer at MR. Suzuki. right?? how much did it cost?

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    Where u buy rear console? price? & side boxes?

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    Waooo...

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    what would be the price difference if PS launches GS with these options

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    Yeh haina proper review. Baki GS aur GD owner tou Pakwheels pe bas tareef hei karte rehte hai apni bikes ki.

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    Smile

    dear also tell us something about yours tours till now as you gave your gs touring king name so plz share some tours with us.these tour details are always a source of inspiration for other lazy bikers like me.

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    Nice work,
    wat about the Disc?
    which parts belong to storm and what about fitting thing? U had to alter something ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xarak View Post
    Yeh haina proper review. Baki GS aur GD owner tou Pakwheels pe bas tareef hei karte rehte hai apni bikes ki.
    @Xarak.....125 wale bhi sirf tareef karte hein.....I m yet to hear something (out of the many) negative(s) from u about your 125....

    @12guage.....On a serious note, please please please share the source n price of these side boxes and console. .... i have been looking for them for ages now

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    First of all i must really admire the way you have given full detail review of bike
    and MashAllah you have gotten one really mouth watering GS the best i have seen
    i am really surprised from where you got those all stuff and modifications are done
    very neatly

    from review i think GS is flop bike you have almost double "DON'T LIKES" list as compare to "LIKES"
    and many of those cons are very serious i mean you can't call this product successful
    and specially you can not recommend some one to purchase this bike which has such an long list of problems
    i own pridor 100 and i am facing couple of issues as an katak sound in 2nd gear & too soft rear suspension etc
    i take these issues seriously and now i really feel how can i recommend this bike to some one for purchase
    despite it have some other positive things and in GS case i mean seriously that is an huge list of errors
    there are some serious quality control issues this bike is now no more cheaper suzuki is demanding
    good money for this bike they really need to sort out all those issues its really sad to see RUST has become
    symbol of suzuki bikes and that defines suzuki quality

    And I Am Sorry To Say Please GS Guys No Offence But In My Personal View
    It Does Not Deserves Laqab Of "Tour King" With All Those Issues


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    AoA Guys.

    I am glad that you like my bike as much as I do. However I have no idea about the prices of individual items as i bought this bike from Suzuki "MR" Rawalpindi who offers two versions. Basic and Tour-King as upgrade with an additional price Tag of 15,000 rupees and a waiting time of three weeks. Me and two of my friends picked up three on full+payment and managed to get a group discount. Therefore we each had to pay only 12,000 per bike for the Tour-King upgrade.

    Warning: Mr. Shuja of Suzuki "MR" Rawalpindi says 3 weeks but its never less than 4 weeks.

    One more thing: i have repeatedly asked Mr. shuja and Safeer if its some sort of alteration and they always reply that its upgrade option with brand new OEM parts coming straight from factory.

    Lastly, i am not much of a tourer or a tourist. I have done a 2-day camping trip with my wife. All luggage and stuff included. ISB-Murree-Nathia Gali-Abbottabad-Swabi-ISB. Thats the best we could do.

    Regards.

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    yet another one last thing, the tour-king upgrade also includes a windshield however it kinda turns the whole bike into a glorified chingchi. I took it off. My friends are still using theirs. Their philosphy: we have paid for it, might as well use it till the time they find some better. I'll post some pictures of their bikes as well. Soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amjad635 View Post
    First of all i must really admire the way you have given full detail review of bike
    and MashAllah you have gotten one really mouth watering GS the best i have seen
    i am really surprised from where you got those all stuff and modifications are done
    very neatly

    from review i think GS is flop bike you have almost double "DON'T LIKES" list as compare to "LIKES"
    and many of those cons are very serious i mean you can't call this product successful
    and specially you can not recommend some one to purchase this bike which has such an long list of problems
    i own pridor 100 and i am facing couple of issues as an katak sound in 2nd gear & too soft rear suspension etc
    i take these issues seriously and now i really feel how can i recommend this bike to some one for purchase
    despite it have some other positive things and in GS case i mean seriously that is an huge list of errors
    there are some serious quality control issues this bike is now no more cheaper suzuki is demanding
    good money for this bike they really need to sort out all those issues its really sad to see RUST has become
    symbol of suzuki bikes and that defines suzuki quality

    And I Am Sorry To Say Please GS Guys No Offence But In My Personal View
    It Does Not Deserves Laqab Of "Tour King" With All Those Issues

    Very well said amjad bro
    I also hate my GS150 for being a rust king and the build quality except for the engine, handle and suspension is really poor
    Pakistani manufacturers think that only the engine should be of good quality baki sb to important he nai hota bike k liay
    That is why in my Yamaha YZF 15R post i also quoted my GS150 as teen dabba also

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    Simply wao!!!
    Height of ur gs's looks increased after disc setup.
    Hats off to ur photography skill.M.A.
    No doubt GS is a nice bike.
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    Your review has given answers of most of the questions i had in my mind
    One thing you missed is the availibility of spare parts in small cities and villages Nearest city where i can get spare parts for a suzuki is 160 km away while i can get any Honda spare parts from a small city 5 km from my village But Its the only 150cc bike with self start and comfortable ride for long drives. Infact now a days i am planing to get a bike and may be i go for Honda Deluxe because i had it for 5 years and love its ride, Braking, Durablity
    Happy riding
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    looking cool with back carrier, over all nice looks,
    indicators are alos looking different to me, i think its of cd100?
    lil uplifted forks, thats why rear tyre is on ground while on main stand.....rest is best....best of luck with under your knees
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    if i would have this one then i must remove it saddle bags, rear luggage carrier would be good enough for looks and needs, thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by amjad635 View Post
    First of all i must really admire the way you have given full detail review of bike
    and MashAllah you have gotten one really mouth watering GS the best i have seen
    i am really surprised from where you got those all stuff and modifications are done
    very neatly

    from review i think GS is flop bike you have almost double "DON'T LIKES" list as compare to "LIKES"
    and many of those cons are very serious i mean you can't call this product successful
    and specially you can not recommend some one to purchase this bike which has such an long list of problems
    i own pridor 100 and i am facing couple of issues as an katak sound in 2nd gear & too soft rear suspension etc
    i take these issues seriously and now i really feel how can i recommend this bike to some one for purchase
    despite it have some other positive things and in GS case i mean seriously that is an huge list of errors
    there are some serious quality control issues this bike is now no more cheaper suzuki is demanding
    good money for this bike they really need to sort out all those issues its really sad to see RUST has become
    symbol of suzuki bikes and that defines suzuki quality

    And I Am Sorry To Say Please GS Guys No Offence But In My Personal View
    It Does Not Deserves Laqab Of "Tour King" With All Those Issues

    Then who's the tour king of pakistan?

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    Zabrdast.

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    i saw your bike the other day, looks fabulous. Thank you for taking the time out and explaining to me in detail about the careful planning and perfect execution of the project. Well done! Keep it up. I hope some manufacturer sees this post and decides to hire you as a their consultant. Maybe, we would be able to spice up the local motorcycle market. Keep discovering!

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