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    Default Re: Ktm duke 390 2017 or thunderbird 500

    But I have heard that thunderbird is now improved and it has no more problems like of oil spinning and all like they had in 2013 model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ht511 View Post
    But I have heard that thunderbird is now improved and it has no more problems like of oil spinning and all like they had in 2013 model.
    Dear All,

    I too have the same dilemma. It would be really helpful if the experts could provide some advise on TBH 500 /Duke 390/Duke 250 n D400.
    Has the TBH 500 2016/17 quality improved or is it still problematic ?

    Cheers,
    Rohit

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    Quote Originally Posted by connoisseur.rohit View Post
    Dear All,

    I too have the same dilemma. It would be really helpful if the experts could provide some advise on TBH 500 /Duke 390/Duke 250 n D400.
    Has the TBH 500 2016/17 quality improved or is it still problematic ?

    Cheers,
    Rohit
    Last week I got thunderbird 500 for three days from the showroom as expalanation ride.did small mumbai pune mumbai trip and when I just started njoy the thunderbird its meter plate got broke due to vibrations and was hanging/attached with few wires to the bike on my way back to mumbai.i wonder if the trip had been longer what parts may had fallen off.

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    Being a TB500 owner, my humble suggestion is stay away from RE bikes. It's simply overpriced piece of metal and not worth the pain you have to go through after owning it. The after service is pathetic and bike is not reliable. There many much better options for the price.
    Don't get attached to that bike because it's an RE and everyone buying it and posting it on social media.
    RC390 isn't a good option either for daily commute and touring. It has aggressive seating posture and is made mainly for track riding.

    Look for naked, upright riding position bikes.
    Dominar, Duke 250, Fz25 are other good options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ht511 View Post
    Last week I got thunderbird 500 for three days from the showroom as expalanation ride.did small mumbai pune mumbai trip and when I just started njoy the thunderbird its meter plate got broke due to vibrations and was hanging/attached with few wires to the bike on my way back to mumbai.i wonder if the trip had been longer what parts may had fallen off.
    Hmm...sad. I dont understand what is stopping RE to put in more efforts into quality checks and procuring better materials.TBH500 oodles tons of style but such a thing happening in a bike worth around 2.3 Lakhs is saddening and shocking. I waited almost 2 years and RE hasnt improved a bit..


    Decided to move on hence got myself D400 booked today. Hope this one remains as reliable and faithful as my beloved P200 DTSi (2008 model)..


    Thanks a ton for the time and advise friends !


    Cheers,
    Rohit

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    Quote Originally Posted by zikzak View Post
    Being a TB500 owner, my humble suggestion is stay away from RE bikes. It's simply overpriced piece of metal and not worth the pain you have to go through after owning it. The after service is pathetic and bike is not reliable. There many much better options for the price.
    Don't get attached to that bike because it's an RE and everyone buying it and posting it on social media.
    RC390 isn't a good option either for daily commute and touring. It has aggressive seating posture and is made mainly for track riding.

    Look for naked, upright riding position bikes.
    Dominar, Duke 250, Fz25 are other good options.
    Noted, decided to move on hence got myself D400 booked today. Hope this one remains as reliable and faithful as my beloved P200 DTSi (2008 model)..

    Thanks a ton for the time and advise..

    Cheers,
    Rohit
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    Quote Originally Posted by connoisseur.rohit View Post
    Hmm...sad. I dont understand what is stopping RE to put in more efforts into quality checks and procuring better materials.TBH500 oodles tons of style but such a thing happening in a bike worth around 2.3 Lakhs is saddening and shocking. I waited almost 2 years and RE hasnt improved a bit..


    Decided to move on hence got myself D400 booked today. Hope this one remains as reliable and faithful as my beloved P200 DTSi (2008 model)..


    Thanks a ton for the time and advise friends !


    Cheers,
    Rohit

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    Noted, decided to move on hence got myself D400 booked today. Hope this one remains as reliable and faithful as my beloved P200 DTSi (2008 model)..

    Thanks a ton for the time and advise..

    Cheers,
    Rohit
    Congrats. That's the perfect bike for both city and touring and vfm. Only let down is Bajaj's reliability, that we have to wait and watch.
    I have the same bike on mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zikzak View Post
    Congrats. That's the perfect bike for both city and touring and vfm. Only let down is Bajaj's reliability, that we have to wait and watch.
    I have the same bike on mind.
    Congratulations.
    I will also be booking thunderbird500 in couple of days.
    I m just zeroing on the colour.

    People can you please guide me through the colour(matte) pros and cons.
    Since my bike will be parked most of the time in open without a shed during daytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ht511 View Post
    Congratulations.
    I will also be booking thunderbird500 in couple of days.
    I m just zeroing on the colour.
    ht511, you mentioned about the problem faced during your ride, still you are looking to book the TB500, any reason why?

    Did you speak to showroom staff about niggles/problems being solved?

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Ktm duke 390 2017 or thunderbird 500

    Quote Originally Posted by ht511 View Post
    Congratulations.
    I will also be booking thunderbird500 in couple of days.
    I m just zeroing on the colour.

    People can you please guide me through the colour(matte) pros and cons.
    Since my bike will be parked most of the time in open without a shed during daytime.
    Congratulations!


    Though my original choice would have been TBH500 Matte black(it looks killer in this color), I never come across any blog/video activitly rooting for this color. Firstly, RE doesnt give warranty of this color, secondly, you have be really careful about not touching your bike with greasy hands. So everytime it gets dirty, just wash it with plain water first and dry it with a clean cloth. No waxing, no polishing either.
    One motovlogger advised to used colin to clean it though as it doesnt harm the color.


    Cheers,
    Rohit

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    Quote Originally Posted by ht511 View Post
    Congratulations.
    I will also be booking thunderbird500 in couple of days.
    I m just zeroing on the colour.

    People can you please guide me through the colour(matte) pros and cons.
    Since my bike will be parked most of the time in open without a shed during daytime.
    Congrats and best of luck. I'd suggest learn to fix small niggles here and there. The bikes got prestige, but that's it. Reliability is what you need when you spend a fortune. Sadly that's not the norm with the RE. I'm not saying they're all that bad. If you're lucky you'll get a good one. 390 was never gonna be ideal for daily commute to work during peak traffic.

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