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Thread: Duke or RE H! Req Guidance or Other Suggestions.

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    Default Duke or RE H! Req Guidance or Other Suggestions.

    Hello Everyone

    I am looking to buy a bike, the price range between 1.5L to 2L/2.5L.

    A quick background, I started riding a bike when I was in my 10th std - started with a Hero Honda Passion, this bike was a workhorse it worked hard, expected less or almost no fixing/tinkering except the service cycle - it was a great bike.

    Then moved onto every indian guy's dream bike RE C350 (AngryBoy) in 2010, I was the second bike in my city - happiest I ever can be at that moment. I enjoyed every moment I rode the bike and felt like burning the whole company (RE) down every time I had to go the service center.

    It was like the opposite ends of a rainbow owning/riding a Passion & C350.

    Had to relocate to the US of A for work, sold both the machines and bid good bye to riding.

    FFWD to Current Date. Back to India. Its been six months. I hate driving car in our traffic. More than that there is a unquenchable thirst/urge to get back on the saddle.

    Been searching for a bike test rode the naked Dukes 200/390.. I never learn never ever - test rode RE H. I almost decided to buy a RE H, after reading XBHP ownership exp thread on REH and believing almost all of the new RE H version bikes where void of most issues and then came the damn BSIV (its good but my timing.. hence damn). Now I reminded of my nightmare days in RE SVC centre with my C350 bcoz the RE H is going to be new EFI (+ other updates) prone to have million problems (skeptical...).

    Naked Duke or RE H, its like apples and oranges but still the Dukes refined bikes with nice gizmos/gadgets - on the other hand RE H the big stallion stance and damn wonderful feeling of having an RE (never fades from an indian mind..)

    So any other suggestions from experienced riders would help me or make me decide of any of the two

    I am a big guy 5'11 & 110 KG with a knee ligament recently mended due to a too ambitious football turn kick.

    Req: Daily Commute around 40 KM and Weekend rides.

    Thanks & Cheers!

    Hope I did not violate any forum norms, this is my first.

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    Default Re: Duke or RE H! Req Guidance or Other Suggestions.

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    Default Re: Duke or RE H! Req Guidance or Other Suggestions.

    Riding the elephant is awesome, feeding it is painful - elephant "driver".

    If you have time to visit the SVC now an then, go with the Himalayan. If you wish to buy a blazing fast motorcycle, with modern tech and gadgetry, Duke 390 it is.

    Also check out the Dominar 400 by Bajaj, it's got a good following. ABS too.

    Both these bikes can kick the Himalayan's ass in highway cruising, and still make it to Leh and back without much ado.

    Heck even Honda's CBR 250 can reach higher speeds than the Himalayan.

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    At 5'11" 110kg and a knee injury, you are looking for something which is comfortable. The Dukes don't really score very high in the comfort department.
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Duke or RE H! Req Guidance or Other Suggestions.

    Considering your knee injury, Duke wont be a best option. As you right said, RE H is coming with EFI and without ABS and prone to initial problems.

    You can consider Dominar , FZ250 (No ABS), Apache 200 (but no FI/ABS launce in India)
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