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  • Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

    Hi guys im looking to buy a new bike for leisure driving wont be driving it in the city much . looking for a bike that is fun to drive on the weekends. Wont be driving long distance.

    I have a polo GT Tsi that i use for daily commute and just looking to buy a bike that fill the void of not able to drive a 2 wheeler often.

    1. Budget - 2 lakhs
    2. Age - 27
    3. Height - 5 11
    4. Weight - 98
    5. Intended usage - Weekend recreation riding
    6. Fuel Efficiency requirement - NA
    7. City & Highway percentage usage - 30/70
    8. Approximate Daily / Monthly running- 200km maybe
    9. City / Town /Village of residence (so we can evaluate road conditions / traffic / terrain / altitude / OTR pricing) Bangalore
    10. Brand / Bike type preference - I have looked at the following bikes but have not made a decision Royal Enfield Himalayan and Royal Enfield Continental GT

    I really like both these bikes for varied reasons . My main worry with the GT is that its a 3 yr old model and im worried of having spare part issues and stuff .


    Kindly help me out guys.

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    Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

    query approved.

    Himalayan and Duke 390. Do take the test ride before finalizing.
    (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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    • #3
      Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

      Well for under 2 the CBR250 would be nice choice , but the new RE Himalayan looks sweet. The duke 390 would be around 2.2 or so onroad alot of guys seem to like the 390 for its VFM factor. Do keep some money aside for riding gear.

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          Unfortunately im not looking for bikes that look very modern and edgy (KTMs , R15s etc ), im looking for something more retro , classic and rugged and more mature . Basically looking for a cruiser.Thats the reason i was considering the Royal Enfields.

          What about the Classic 500 or Classic 350 ? Is the Classic 500 worth a buy at this point of time or there are any revision up for it ? I plan to get the pillon seat removed as it looks really cool with a single seat on.

          I test rode the GT and himalayan today . Really liked the feel of the GT but im very much worried about how comfortable it is ? , i could feel discomfort in the wrist and elbow after a very short test ride.

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          Unfortunately im not looking for bikes that look very modern and edgy (KTMs , R15s etc ), im looking for something more retro , classic and rugged and more mature . Basically looking for a cruiser.Thats the reason i was considering the Royal Enfields.

          What about the Classic 500 or Classic 350 ? Is the Classic 500 worth a buy at this point of time or there are any revision up for it ? I plan to get the pillon seat removed as it looks really cool with a single seat on.

          I test rode the GT and himalayan today . Really liked the feel of the GT but im very much worried about how comfortable it is ? , i could feel discomfort in the wrist and elbow after a very short test ride.

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            Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

            Originally posted by yashasvi08 View Post
            Unfortunately im not looking for bikes that look very modern and edgy (KTMs , R15s etc ), im looking for something more retro , classic and rugged and more mature . Basically looking for a cruiser.Thats the reason i was considering the Royal Enfields.

            What about the Classic 500 or Classic 350 ? Is the Classic 500 worth a buy at this point of time or there are any revision up for it ? I plan to get the pillon seat removed as it looks really cool with a single seat on.

            I test rode the GT and himalayan today . Really liked the feel of the GT but im very much worried about how comfortable it is ? , i could feel discomfort in the wrist and elbow after a very short test ride.

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            Unfortunately im not looking for bikes that look very modern and edgy (KTMs , R15s etc ), im looking for something more retro , classic and rugged and more mature . Basically looking for a cruiser.Thats the reason i was considering the Royal Enfields.

            What about the Classic 500 or Classic 350 ? Is the Classic 500 worth a buy at this point of time or there are any revision up for it ? I plan to get the pillon seat removed as it looks really cool with a single seat on.

            I test rode the GT and himalayan today . Really liked the feel of the GT but im very much worried about how comfortable it is ? , i could feel discomfort in the wrist and elbow after a very short test ride.
            How about the Mahindra Mojo?might be a food choice

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              Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

              Originally posted by xplod566 View Post
              How about the Mahindra Mojo?might be a food choice

              i know its a great bike but just cant get over its design , i dont find it appealing at all especially the headlights . Right now im torn between the RE C500 and RE GT .

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                Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

                Originally posted by yashasvi08 View Post
                i know its a great bike but just cant get over its design , i dont find it appealing at all especially the headlights . Right now im torn between the RE C500 and RE GT .
                In that case re500.gt will cause you pain and won't be comfortable.if you do touring then definitely cl is a better one .

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                  Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

                  Originally posted by xplod566 View Post
                  In that case re500.gt will cause you pain and won't be comfortable.if you do touring then definitely cl is a better one .

                  is it still a good time to get the RE C500 ? I mean is it due for a facelift ? any idea about the waiting periods in bangalore ?

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                    Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

                    Originally posted by yashasvi08 View Post
                    is it still a good time to get the RE C500 ? I mean is it due for a facelift ? any idea about the waiting periods in bangalore ?
                    Mechanicals are still the same so NP in taking it for sure.the waiting period here is not much for 500.they say its 4-6 months but you can easily get it within 2-3 months or sometimes in 1 month.I would still say take a TD of the mojo.even I didn't like the design but it grows on you slowly.plus the engine is really good on the bike.

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                      Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

                      Originally posted by xplod566 View Post
                      Mechanicals are still the same so NP in taking it for sure.the waiting period here is not much for 500.they say its 4-6 months but you can easily get it within 2-3 months or sometimes in 1 month.I would still say take a TD of the mojo.even I didn't like the design but it grows on you slowly.plus the engine is really good on the bike.

                      visited the RE showroom today near silkboard , Classic 500 has immediate availability no waiting period , very tempting considering the 3 month wait for Himalayan . Also took longer test drive on the himalayan , really grows on you , pretty good bike.

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                        Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

                        Originally posted by yashasvi08 View Post
                        is it still a good time to get the RE C500 ? I mean is it due for a facelift ?

                        Enfield and Facelift are opposites of each other.

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                          Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

                          Is the Honda CBR 250R ABS worth checking out ? looking more mature than the KTMs .

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                            Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

                            Originally posted by yashasvi08 View Post
                            Is the Honda CBR 250R ABS worth checking out ? looking more mature than the KTMs .
                            Try it out.
                            I was originally in the market for a cruiser/naked, but wanted something which was low maintenance (not the cost but time spent in garage/fiddling). Ended up buying the CBR250R ABS though I didn't want to go for a faired bike.
                            Never looked back. Love the bike.

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                              Re: Leisure Bike for short weekend trips

                              CBR is good on comfort, reliability and touring. I was in a similar delimma in 2012, and chose the CBR over the Thunderbird 500 because of better agility in traffic, better fuel efficiency, and better top speed. Also the tubeless tyres ensure that you can fix punctures at your lesiure.

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