report A year and 13,000km later, it’s time to bid
farewell to our Fiero F2.
Mumbai CITY can often consume more time than a quick dart
up the hills to Pune. Downsides to sustained stop-and-go riding
in the city are poor fuel economy, wasted time and dealing
with pollution. It would thus be fair to say numerous Mumbaikars
amicably live more in four-wheelers than within their homes.
The F2 has clocked 13,000km and the delight simply hasn’t
faded, with not a single breakdown to speak of, and only
a typical list of niggles built up through the complete
year. The bike recently completed its third free service
and needed oil and filters.
Slightly better off than them are the bike commuters who save
cash on fuel, while splitting the city faster than possible
in any car. This bargain proves even more compelling with
TVS's brilliant Fiero F2 which performs without a glitch under
such circumstances. The bike feels a little hard put today
when matched against the punchy Pulsar DTS-i 150 for sheer
power and sporty performance. But when inter-city commuting
is called for, the F2’s glossy engine and fluent and
light handling character put it in a different league.
Our hard-working F2 was ridden by staffer Sushant from Thane
to office and back every day, a distance of 80km come what
may. Brake pads for the front disc duly needed replacing
at their regular interval and brake fluid in the master
cylinder was topped up as well. A regular problem was the
drive chain losing tension each time this bike saw high
speeds, though this can be attributed to our neglecting
timely replacement of a vanished dust cap and not lubricating
it on time. Another gremlin was the tachometer pointer,
which lost sense of direction from time to time. Total cost
for all maladies put together was a paltry Rs 501, which
included all fluids as well! This combined city-highway
riding pattern saw the F2 average around 49kpl — a
figure which could be higher given better traffic conditions.
It’s adieu time for this friendly machine, but one
wonders which bike is able enough to take its place?l
Distance covered 13,000km
Total fuel consumed 265 litres
Average fuel consumption 49.6kpl
No. of fillings (brimmed) 22
Total maintenance cost Free service and oil change paid by
Brake pads, brake-fluid, tachometer repair, chain tensioning
and dust cap —
Running costs Rs 1.92 per km
Faults Faulty tachometer needle, stretched chain
Likes Nimble city handling, reliability
Dislikes Lacks fifth gear
Previous report February 2004
F2 took daily 80km ride in its stride, without any breakdowns
or reliability issues.
beam very powerful.
chain needed attention; disc pads were changed once.
|source August 2004