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Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

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  • Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

    Hello xBhpians,
    Need expert advice from gurus . .
    I will try to keep this very crisp.

    Profile :
    -I am Balaji , 25 , from Coimbatore , TN
    -6''3' , 97 KGs ( No , I am not fat )
    -Been riding for 8 years ( Mostly under 200 CC).
    -Has a budget under 2.5 L On Road.
    -60% Street rides , Short occasional weekend rides ( <250 kms) , Once in 2 months long rides ( Coimbatore - Chennai - Bangalore)
    -Moslty likes to cruise @90-100 km/h , with occasional hard revving.

    Requirements:
    ->250 CC
    -Reliable
    -Need a bike that suits my height
    -Pillion rider comfort
    -Does not mind Fuel efficiency


    -My dad (51) and I will be sharing this bike . So it will be a plus if its Dad-ridable

    My List as of Now :
    -RE Classic 500 DS
    -RE Bullet 500 Forest Green
    -RE Classic 350 Ash
    -KTM Duke 390 2016 (ABS, Slipper Clutch)
    -Honda CBR 250 .

    • What other good bikes have i missed?
    • Will Duke 390 be comfortable for me ? Are the heating issues manageable ?
    • Although RE seems to be an obvious choice, The only thing that hold me back is the reliability . I heard the Oragadam plant bikes are well made with good fit and finish and has higher reliability/quality. Is that true ? Can any recent (Mid 2015 and later) RE owners confirm me ?

    • Does the RE Classic 350 Ash gets Dull after prolonged usage ? Any Ash owners using it for more than 6 months , please guide me .


    Thanks in advance . Love this community.

  • #2
    Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

    Query Approved

    If you can then wait for the Himalayan. Considering you like REs.
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    • #3
      Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

      Originally posted by The Monk View Post
      Query Approved

      If you can then wait for the Himalayan. Considering you like REs.
      But the big question is, Can his dad also ride the Himalayan or will it be a himalayan task to ride it.

      ----consecutive posts auto-merged-----

      Originally posted by balajiSundar View Post
      -My dad (51) and I will be sharing this bike . So it will be a plus if its Dad-ridable

      My List as of Now :
      -RE Classic 500 DS
      -RE Bullet 500 Forest Green
      -RE Classic 350 Ash
      -KTM Duke 390 2016 (ABS, Slipper Clutch)
      -Honda CBR 250
      With D390, you can forget your pillion my friend. Its solo-friendly IMO. If your dad also might use it, I certainly wouldnt recommend this bike for him. If it is just for you, go ahead.

      If you want a bike for both, then RE it is. I would prefer the Classic model any day. I hope you are very much aware of the niggles and troubles you might land into. Its best to cruise in 80, RE doesnt like 100, it vibrates like hell.
      R15S - Current
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      TNT 600i - Sold
      Classic 500 - Sold
      Pulsar 220 dtsi - Sold
      Yamaha YBX125 - Sold

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      • #4
        Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

        You can rule out D390 , for the pillion comfort.
        Test drive Mahindra Mojo and see if it fits your requirement.

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        • #5
          Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

          Originally posted by The Monk View Post
          Query Approved

          If you can then wait for the Himalayan. Considering you like REs.
          Thanks Monk for the approval . I find himalayan sadly impractical for my Dad .

          Originally posted by TheArcher84 View Post
          But the big question is, Can his dad also ride the Himalayan or will it be a himalayan task to ride it.

          ----consecutive posts auto-merged-----



          With D390, you can forget your pillion my friend. Its solo-friendly IMO. If your dad also might use it, I certainly wouldnt recommend this bike for him. If it is just for you, go ahead.

          If you want a bike for both, then RE it is. I would prefer the Classic model any day. I hope you are very much aware of the niggles and troubles you might land into. Its best to cruise in 80, RE doesnt like 100, it vibrates like hell.
          Thanks . Would D390 be ok or my height . I feel a short test ride does not simulate long travels and city traffic . Thats why expecting user experiences from tall riders
          Originally posted by aerofire View Post
          You can rule out D390 , for the pillion comfort.
          Test drive Mahindra Mojo and see if it fits your requirement.
          Thanks . Sure will consider Mojo , but not a fan of its look though sir.

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          • #6
            Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

            A TNT25 seems about right. It makes good power, has a good tank range and most importantly is dad-rideable too. Though I'm led to believe it is expensive to maintain.

            The Mojo is taller, heavier with an incredible tank range. It has quirky looks that might not appeal to everyone and the pillion seat is less comfortable than the TNT25.

            The CBR250r, its an aging model and also a faired, but is the only one that comes with ABS. The earlier two might get ABS this year.

            All 3 can cruise on 100 all day ... so you chose. I don't think I'm qualified to comment on RE.
            When I'm on the road, I'm indestructible. No one can stop me... but they try.

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            • #7
              Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

              I am one step away from booking an RE . I do not want to bore you guys with "Classic or Bullet" , "500vs350" .
              If only some new RE owners can confirm the reliability and the quality increase after mid 2015 models , I can heartfully book an RE , mostly DS500 .
              Please guide an amateur

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              • #8
                Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

                Originally posted by Naveen Vajja View Post
                A TNT25 seems about right. It makes good power, has a good tank range and most importantly is dad-rideable too. Though I'm led to believe it is expensive to maintain.

                The Mojo is taller, heavier with an incredible tank range. It has quirky looks that might not appeal to everyone and the pillion seat is less comfortable than the TNT25.

                The CBR250r, its an aging model and also a faired, but is the only one that comes with ABS. The earlier two might get ABS this year.

                All 3 can cruise on 100 all day ... so you chose. I don't think I'm qualified to comment on RE.
                TNT 25 is awesome , But The lack of showroom and service centre near my hometown Coimbatore worries me .

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                • #9
                  Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

                  Though me being a RE owner can only comment on the GT which is very reliable though it's just not Dad Friendly as such.

                  The Thunderbird is another good one I see more complaints at the service center with Classic owners than Thunderbird or Bullet owners (yes you heard it right, bullet owners I've hardly seen complaining much).

                  I think TNT25, Mojo or the CBR would be a right fit, If i were in your place, I'd rather wait up a little to see what new models are coming out by march. And would rather split the money in buying two bikes one being the Honda Navi which is commute friendly & light on the wallet too in every aspect, buying, running, maintaining. And probably splurge a little on a proper bike.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

                    Originally posted by balajiSundar View Post
                    TNT 25 is awesome , But The lack of showroom and service centre near my hometown Coimbatore worries me .
                    There is one in Kochi ... so will be a fun drive.

                    Also DSK had announced plans of expansion ... if i remember correct.

                    End of of the day .. whatever your heart desires wins.
                    When I'm on the road, I'm indestructible. No one can stop me... but they try.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

                      Originally posted by Naveen Vajja View Post
                      There is one in Kochi ... so will be a fun drive.

                      Also DSK had announced plans of expansion ... if i remember correct.

                      End of of the day .. whatever your heart desires wins.
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                      Sorry guys

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                      • #12
                        Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

                        Bump ! Any new RE owners out there . Please air your opinions brothers

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                        • #13
                          Re: Need guidance on choosing my first ever motorcycle ! 6'3'' || Under 2 Lakhs || 250CC +

                          Originally posted by balajiSundar View Post
                          Bump ! Any new RE owners out there . Please air your opinions brothers
                          i am here,,, 28 january 2016 bought thunderbird 500 ,,,,,4k and 2 free services are already been done,,, no issue at all major or minor yet ,, no oil leaks,,, no tappit chain noise or rattling,,no instrument cluster or battery problems ,,all wires ,, breathing pipes are good ,,clutch cable dosent look worn out no spark plug problem ,,,, and wd u believe no puncture even,,, wish God saves me from any in future as well,,,,,, the bike is gaining the trust slowly and steadily,,,,,,

                          one more thing may be person specific i am 6:1 and i found bullets and classics a bit short for myself i m not sure but i think i did,,, while the TB i found tailor made for the taller blokes,, u shd test ride it as well,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
                          Last edited by Lone Wanderer; 02-21-2016, 11:13 PM.

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