There is a difference between an opinion and preferences or likes. Opinions when based on haze etc or simply wrong facts are tantamount to rubbish.
Now coming right to the bone of contention so as to speak, allow me first to get back to you on whether i did actually buy the bike or not. as i mentioned 'after talking to existing owners & a road test, it is a NO NO', hence sorry to bust your bubble here mate, but i am a detailed, careful and satisfied shopper in every category and hence i actually never bought one. As it became clear to me pretty soon that this is an illusion rather than a good spend of money.
I have no disagreement that you like your bike ( & why should there be a disagreement). However i completely disagree with the argument your provide further on. Neither Suzuki nor motorbikes are a new category/product for Pakistan. GS 150 is also not a new product it has been there for quite some years. and has been the same old quality. It makes no sense to me when i read that, 'this is how things improve' ,
Well since both the manufacturer and this model has been in market for years, where have the sales gone? i don't see many on the roads in Pakistan. So they have 'not' been able to improve the product and it is their i.e. Suzuki's failure. This attitude is also present in other products of local suzuki e.g. Alto, Mehran, Khyber etc, it took a huge influx of imported used Efi low consumption cars for them to give their largest selling model i.e. Mehran a simple EFI upgrade!. had they done so 'proactively' in the last 20 years, they would not have suffered at the hands of the imports. It is a National attitude mate! not a sign of progress. It's the same with local Toyota - it has taken Toyota Japan to dictate the 2014 model to Toyota indus, since they were going down the drain in quality perception ratings.
The web, the street, the buyer, the after market mechanic, the parts stores across the country are full of 'negative' opinion about this bike, but is the manufacturer listening? one look at few internet sales advertisements will tell us that over 200 are for sale , of as late as 2011 model to 2013. Comparatively speaking its a much lesser quality bike than honda and some other makes and drops in its value immediately after you buy one. Plus its just simply very 1960's looking. Come on look at the speedometer & tachometer dials.
Professionally i am from consumer research and brand consultancy . In marketing a 4P's principle is followed (product, price, promotion & placements) in all those 4 P's - the first is of unique and highest priority. They have got that first P wrong to start with. Which is to say their product itself is bad, it can never be successful against superior products like the kawasaki GTO or the honda 125. now thats a brand!
In any case, good for you if you are happy with your purchase, i just didn't want to get into the 'unsatisfied mode' after spending 114,00 on a 150 bike, with so many problems.
The GS 150 is like the Pakistan cricket team, they would blaze through a tournaments stages beating the crap out of our toughest rivals getting us all excited and planning our days off for the final/or semi final with friends and family .....sitting on the edge of our seats....... only to seem them go down the toilet drain against a team, who come from a country where people eat lot of red peppers in breakfast!. And whos internal insurgency has in fact only been removed with the historic help of 'our' armed forces.
No, thank you i will choose a two wheeler which can hold its own. - I demand that for my money, rather than having to compromise. Hence my money is going to savings for a 450. That improvement for me.
The GS 150 is again creating a little market buzz and miserably failing to convert that into sales. It's a retired super model.the make up and treatments are keeping the charm there, but she just doesn't have that kick