Since '02 xBhp is different things to different people. From a close knit national community of bikers to India's only motorcycling lifestyle magazine and a place to make like minded biker friends. We have one common religion - Bikeism.

Castrol Power 1

Scan – see – think – act.

Our Partners



User Tag List

Page 1 of 6 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 60
Like Tree23Likes

Thread: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

  1. #1
    Rookie
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Posts
    40
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Icon11 Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    So two years ago, I was looking for a new bike. Test drove a lot of them and finally got to drive the Thunderbird and booked it. Now its almost 2 years but I have had enough my Thunderbird with its maintenance and bad service centers. Last week alone spent almost Rs8000 for service, which I do regularly. Thinking of getting the Dominar 400, which personally looks awesome. Question : Is it a wise choice to exchange my 1yr 9mo old thunderbird for the Dominar 400?

  2. #2
    Moderator The Monk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Gurgaon/ Kanpur
    Posts
    8,625
    Mentioned
    361 Post(s)
    Tagged
    3 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    Query Approved
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

    Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

    Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

  3. #3
    Addicted
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Vadodara, Gujarat
    Posts
    90
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    Quote Originally Posted by arjunpaliath View Post
    So two years ago, I was looking for a new bike. Test drove a lot of them and finally got to drive the Thunderbird and booked it. Now its almost 2 years but I have had enough my Thunderbird with its maintenance and bad service centers. Last week alone spent almost Rs8000 for service, which I do regularly. Thinking of getting the Dominar 400, which personally looks awesome. Question : Is it a wise choice to exchange my 1yr 9mo old thunderbird for the Dominar 400?
    Buddy I am a Dominar owner but would ask you to wait a while before you take the plunge. So why did I do it myself? Simply because I had the NS before it for over 3 years and was extremely happy with it. Being associated with Bajaj and having a great experience with one of their product previously gave me the courage to take the plunge.

    Still there is that off chance that the initial batches may need some tweaking as some owners have complained of excessive vibes and small quality issues. Selling off your troublesome T'bird and then getting another bike which also gives you similar quality issues (speculation) will send you over the edge. Best bet would be to put your bike in the market and keep taking reviews from regular users of Dominar and maybe even the newly launched Yamaha FZ 25 before zeroing in on it.

    Also be absolutely certain that no other bike can give you the feel of riding a bullet. i hated mine too but I do remember the feel of it and it can never be replicated by any other bike.
    Blood, Sweat and Gears - Enough Said.

  4. #4
    Rookie
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Posts
    40
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vikramaditya View Post
    Buddy I am a Dominar owner but would ask you to wait a while before you take the plunge. So why did I do it myself? Simply because I had the NS before it for over 3 years and was extremely happy with it. Being associated with Bajaj and having a great experience with one of their product previously gave me the courage to take the plunge. Still there is that off chance that the initial batches may need some tweaking as some owners have complained of excessive vibes and small quality issues. Selling off your troublesome T'bird and then getting another bike which also gives you similar quality issues (speculation) will send you over the edge. Best bet would be to put your bike in the market and keep taking reviews from regular users of Dominar and maybe even the newly launched Yamaha FZ 25 before zeroing in on it. Also be absolutely certain that no other bike can give you the feel of riding a bullet. i hated mine too but I do remember the feel of it and it can never be replicated by any other bike.
    Thanks Vikram Its not that I hate the bike, but the after sales service is literally the worst from RE specially the ones in Chennai. And I have a couple of people from work who have the dominar and are extremely happy with it. More over the reviews are also mostly positive with the negatives being very nit-picky ones. Anyways like you said, I will keep my options open but I feel this bike (Dominar) is the best bang for the buck. PS If someone knows a good service center for RE please tell me.
    zikzak likes this.

  5. #5
    Addicted
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Vadodara, Gujarat
    Posts
    90
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    Quote Originally Posted by arjunpaliath View Post
    Thanks Vikram Its not that I hate the bike, but the after sales service is literally the worst from RE specially the ones in Chennai. And I have a couple of people from work who have the dominar and are extremely happy with it. More over the reviews are also mostly positive with the negatives being very nit-picky ones. Anyways like you said, I will keep my options open but I feel this bike (Dominar) is the best bang for the buck. PS If someone knows a good service center for RE please tell me.
    A friend of mine also sold his T'Bird last year due to the service centre woes. Guess what we read in management books about After Sales Service being as important as the product was true after all!

    Personally till now i am happy with the Dominar. I always wanted a heavy cruiser - ish bike but wasnt willing to get the RE. Unfortunately till the Mojo was launched, that seemed the only option south of 2 Lakhs. The Mojo sales are a dud in my city and as such when the Dominar became a reality it forced me out of hibernation and with good reason. Still some very real negatives of the Dominar:

    1. Bit vibey in the 4 - 5000 rpm range.
    2. AHO gets way too much attention than intended. People keep reminding me to switch off my headlights.
    3. Its a bit forward positioned and I am yet to get used to that. Im used to riding bikes with neutral seating position.
    4. Small tank. Went through a tank full in just 4 days. That too I live in a small city so i think I will be becoming facebook friends with the fuel pump attendant!
    5. Heavy - i feel the heft, though for you my friend that will be a non issue if you ride it.
    Blood, Sweat and Gears - Enough Said.

  6. #6
    Rookie
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Posts
    40
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Vikramaditya View Post
    A friend of mine also sold his T'Bird last year due to the service centre woes. Guess what we read in management books about After Sales Service being as important as the product was true after all! Personally till now i am happy with the Dominar. I always wanted a heavy cruiser - ish bike but wasnt willing to get the RE. Unfortunately till the Mojo was launched, that seemed the only option south of 2 Lakhs. The Mojo sales are a dud in my city and as such when the Dominar became a reality it forced me out of hibernation and with good reason. Still some very real negatives of the Dominar: 1. Bit vibey in the 4 - 5000 rpm range. 2. AHO gets way too much attention than intended. People keep reminding me to switch off my headlights. 3. Its a bit forward positioned and I am yet to get used to that. Im used to riding bikes with neutral seating position. 4. Small tank. Went through a tank full in just 4 days. That too I live in a small city so i think I will be becoming facebook friends with the fuel pump attendant! 5. Heavy - i feel the heft, though for you my friend that will be a non issue if you ride it.
    Thanks for this Vikram, I will keep my options but TBH I don't like the Mojo for its weird looks. It looks like an extra-terrestrial animal and besides I love how the dominar looks. I have driven one and also loved the riding position. And other than the fact that it does not have a Gear Shift Indicator, I love and adore that bike specially the Plum color Dominar

  7. #7
    Addicted
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Vadodara, Gujarat
    Posts
    90
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    Quote Originally Posted by arjunpaliath View Post
    Thanks for this Vikram, I will keep my options but TBH I don't like the Mojo for its weird looks. It looks like an extra-terrestrial animal and besides I love how the dominar looks. I have driven one and also loved the riding position. And other than the fact that it does not have a Gear Shift Indicator, I love and adore that bike specially the Plum color Dominar
    Good to know Arjun, hope your future purchase gives you a better experience. Please feel free to reach out in case you have any specific queries in respect to the Dominar. From one biker to another - I wont sugar coat any negatives of the bike just because I own it.
    Blood, Sweat and Gears - Enough Said.

  8. #8
    Rookie
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Chennai
    Posts
    20
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    @arjunpaliath have you tried the svc at adyar? Heard it's better than the other RE svc. I too ended up selling my 1.5year old tb350 due to lack of proper svc. Don't bother with the svc at kaatupaakam. Those guys are pretty useless.

  9. #9
    Rookie
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
    Posts
    40
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    Quote Originally Posted by dexterz View Post
    @arjunpaliath have you tried the svc at adyar? Heard it's better than the other RE svc. I too ended up selling my 1.5year old tb350 due to lack of proper svc. Don't bother with the svc at kaatupaakam. Those guys are pretty useless.
    Thank you. I have tried most places in Chennai and although the best was Adyar it too was not good enough since my bike still had small niggles. I knew that REs have to be serviced and they are high maintenance but this is kind of too much IMO.

    Going to check out the Dominar but do recommend any similar VFM bikes.

  10. #10
    Rookie
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Chennai
    Posts
    20
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Had enought of my Thunderbird ;( Need a new bike.!!

    Quote Originally Posted by arjunpaliath View Post
    Thank you. I have tried most places in Chennai and although the best was Adyar it too was not good enough since my bike still had small niggles. I knew that REs have to be serviced and they are high maintenance but this is kind of too much IMO.

    Going to check out the Dominar but do recommend any similar VFM bikes.
    what's your budget? dont think it was mentioned in your op. i'm also getting a new bike in a few days. gixxer/ns200/fz25 are some options out there right now. there are also reasonable number of upcoming launches in march-apr.

Page 1 of 6 12345 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. New bike RC/Duke 200 vs Cbr 250 vs Thunderbird 350
    By ajtheghost in forum What Bike?
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-31-2015, 03:18 PM
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-25-2015, 11:08 AM
  3. Hyderabad to mumbai on bike(Thunderbird 350)
    By parasher in forum Help Me!
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-17-2014, 06:44 PM
  4. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 01-05-2013, 03:54 PM
  5. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 11-28-2012, 02:34 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •