May 14, 2007

Hero Honda CBZ X-Treme: Long Term Outlook

  • Engine seems a bit raspy. Which is nice for a while. And then something you notice continuously afterwards, but not always with a thrilled smile

  • Rides which have a generous full throttle application will properly tingle the fingers, and numb them over longer rides. As much as 80 per cent throttle is fine, though

  • Brakes are always reliable and smooth

  • Stuff falls off the bike now and then. The other day, the exhaust flange worked loose, followed very shortly by the gear lever (not the linkage, the lever itself)

  • The exhaust heat shield's come a little loose as well... adds a bit of a rattle to the sound

  • Headlamp focus' gone out a bit as well. Low beam is now high beam and high beam is now a homing beacon for lost spaceships

  • Engine feels robust and unlikely to break otherwise. Regular wheelies fail to fade/faze the clutch action

  • Handling is still delightful, can't wait to figure out a weekend at the track with this bike

  • Appears to love being ridden hard

  • People love to scratch the CBZX. My poor bike has been collecting parking lot scrapes by the dozen

  • I do wish it had some sort of bungee points built in so I wouldn't have to improvise (problem is common to most Indian bikes)
Did hear a rumour that many CBZXs are reporting relatively serious issues in the engine, mostly caused by hurried assembly by an overworked factory. These are strictly rumour and I have not way of confirming or annulling these rumours...

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4 comments:

The BATFAN said...

rearset said :

"Headlamp focus' gone out a bit as well. Low beam is now high beam and high beam is now a homing beacon for lost spaceships"

Does that mean they have got more powerful rather than falling weak with time. Well that is nice indeed. More lights to the road. Why are you complaining ??? Give some back to those snarly high beamers from the opposite. I have always felt it odd that our countrymen love to drive their four wheeler delights with high beam on safe slow well lighted interior roads. Results in me squinting on the end of a 90` turn straight into the lights of most frequently a Santro. I have made it a habit to enter corners with my own high beam now and dip as soon as through.

rearset said...

No, the lights haven't got more powerful. They've tilted upwards. So while I can tell if the Santro driver has shaved or not, I can usually not make out the pothole I'm about hit. And high beam operation usually leads to unwelcome visits from hostile aliens who got woken up by a stray shaft of light...

I don't believe, though, that repeating a harmful/irritating thing is going to cure it/solve the problem...

Glifford said...

I don't believe, though, that repeating a harmful/irritating thing is going to cure it/solve the problem...


but sometimes it could make the ignorant driver aware of what he is doing wrong... only sometimes!

Anonymous said...

hope HH do something about the goitre