The Impulse and the FZ-S are more than just daily commute machines; these also double up as fun toys. But which is the better commuter?
It is without doubt one of the boldest moves by an Indian bike maker in the recent past; a move that many motorcycling enthusiasts had been praying for. We are talking about the Impulse from Hero MotoCorp. It is a bike that one can use for the daily commute and then on a casual Sunday - without having to pay fees, or truck bikes or even apply for a leave - head to the closest construction site and have a rollicking time in the dirt with fellow riders.
There is another equally fun to ride 150cc commuter motorcycle in the market, which, incidentally, has won all our 150cc tests so far. It is the Yamaha FZ-S and though it’s not at home on dirt, it is an absolute joy around the well paved twisties. In fact, it can also work quite well on the track.
So, while one is fantastic for dirt riding, the other is brilliant on tarmac. But, which of the two is the better everyday commuting tool; which is easier to ride, is more fun, faster and also more fuel efficient? We decided someone needed to answer these questions. So, here goes...
The tall and lean stance of the Impulse does tell you a story. With its high ground clearance, a large front wheel (spoked by the way), the long seat and small looking tank, and not to forget the high set and long front mudguard, it screams ‘dirt bike’ all the way. To complete the look, the Hero also gets a set of knobby tyres. Actually these aren’t completely meant for off-road use. Yes, they do come with a block tread pattern but the tyres are also designed to handle some tarmac related duties. And of whatever experience we have had with them we can tell you that the Ceats work decently well on the road; they aren’t the grippiest, but they won’t catch you unaware either.