If I can figure out a way to get a long term visa I might well take the plunge and get a more expensive bike like the Himalayan, but as it stands now I've got 3 months in Nepal, and only 6 months in India on tourist visas to enjoy whatever I get, before I have to sell it. If I can swing it though, I'll get a student visa or something so I can stay year 'round, I've heard there are ways for 1000 USD, and a few language lessons to "qualify" for a year long student visa.
If the visas don't go in my favor, after my nine months are up I may kill the remaining 3 months a year in Cambodia, then repeat the next year in the same way, or if I can't adjust to life in India / Nepal, its South America next...
Why dont you try the renting option in India? I mean, instead of buying the bike. Are you permanently moving here or just here for travelling purpose for few months?
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Himalayan - Availability of spares is not easy from what I read in various ownership threads. The plus point being you will find an RE service station everywhere
Same for CBR250 although the reliability will be very high.
Coming onto KTM, is the KTM Duke 250 available in Nepal? If yes then it should become your immediate choice in the KTM range
Between the Dominar and Mojo although the first one is relatively new but you will get support in almost all places in India which won't be the case for Mojo as the service centers will be less
If I were you among the options will choose one between Dominar or Mojo. Considering the fact that my primary usage will be touring
The Dominar is probably now my second choice, and if things don't work out on the FZ25 I know there is a Dominar for sale in Kathmandu for 4L.
Thank you guys for your responses! Without them I would have probably gotten a RE Himalayan, or a Duke 200, or perhaps even a Honda Unicorn or something. All of those bikes have been eliminated due to your inputs.
I've been reading the touring reports, and I am so excited to catch a plane out of here! I see many people using R15s, FZ150s, REs, Pulsars, CBRs, whatever, you name it, you guys are touring with it! The Indian touring community is truly inspiring, especially coming from the US, where people are reluctant to ride anything under 600cc on the highway, let alone across states, and people here would never take a street bike off-road! Thanks again for all the excellent advice!
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The newer 2017 KTM's are more roomy and suspension setup on a tad softer side and hence I suggested the 250
My suggestion to you will be to take test ride of atleast 3-4 bikes that is in your radar before finally purchasing one
Btw when are you landing in Nepal? Do keep us posted with your progress
And yes we are touring in India in our 150-200cc bikes for quite some time now. In the last 3-4 years things have moved to 250-400cc class
Hodibaba (Caliber 115)
Pulsar 150 (2008-2016)
Chevrolet Beat (2010-)
Desert Storm (2013-2017)
Yamaha Rayz( 2016-)
D390 2017 - Current
I fly out of Seattle on June 14, and land in Kathmandu on June 15. I will certainly post again and let you know what trouble I've gotten myself into; thank you very much for your interest!