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    Default Looking for an easy rider primarily for weekend rides - Budget 2-2.5 Lakhs max

    Hi All,

    This is the first time I am seeking advice on buying a bike on this forum so please excuse any lapses.

    About me:
    Budget - 2 - 2.5 Lakhs (max)
    Age - 26
    Height - 6 Ft
    Weight - 85 Kgs
    Intended Usage - Weekends - 250 Kms, maybe few weekdays but I already have a bike which I use on the weekdays for Office commute (Pulsar 200 NS)
    80% riding on highways and about 20% in city
    Brand/Bike Preference - Royal Enfield Continental GT
    Not interested in - RE CLassic, T'bird, Electra or Standard, KTM bikes (too powerful for me), Bike with Fairing (Ninja, CBR, etc)
    Intention of purchasing - next 3 months

    I know it sort of seems from the preference that I have made up my mind but the truth is I havent come across many GT owners so I have no clue what the bike is like to live with. 2 Test rides were enough to make me fall in love but the reason I am also unsure is the reliability factor. I owned a bullet a decade ago and had sold it off due to its long list of problems. It used to spend more time with the mechanic than with me. Although I was relatively new to biking I never was rash or the sort of kid who sought an adrenaline rush with the twist of the throttle.

    Since then I graduated to relatively faster and nimble bikes for their ease of maintenance (read CBZ classic and my current bike Pulsar 200 NS). I have begun touring mainly solo for the past year and though my NS gets the job done with relative ease and comfort, I really feel like graduating to something purer for the highways. Acceleration and top speed are not a criteria.

    I have test ridden all the bikes I have mentioned in the criteria above and cannot stretch my budget beyond 2.5 lakhs. Even test rode the HD Street 750 but gave up the idea since buying it may be easier than maintaining it.

    I guess I am looking for any suggestions for a bike other than the GT. Also if anyone can tell me how the bike is like to live with on a day to day basis - reliability mainly, I would be highly obliged. Havent seen too many ownership reviews online and posted the query in the Bullet forum too about a week ago but did not get any response. My reason for disliking the T'bird is the ride position, it didnt suit me. I loved the Classic 500, but it doesnt seem unique anymore, almost every 5 minutes you see one. The GT has the perfect mix of sporty and touring riding position. Again, please feel free to suggest any other bike which you may feel fit the bill.

    Apologies for the long write up.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Default Re: Looking for an easy rider primarily for weekend rides - Budget 2-2.5 Lakhs max

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    You are looking for an easy rider yet you don't like the riding position of the T'bird, but prefer the clipons of the GT!!!
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    You already have an "easy rider" (ns 200). I'd say get the Rc 390- perfect bike for weekend rides!

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    I don't think you have much options in that price bracket when you have excluded fairing , and sports bike like cbr ,.etc.
    IMO , this would be best for you. However , do have a look at the KTM 390 ( non - rc variant ).

    If I were to choose , I would have considered KTM 390 followed by CBR250 ,and thunderbird and then Duke 200 .
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    If you go for a RE, you have to cope with the niggles and hassles that come with the brand name. There is no escaping it. The technology is decades old and quality of parts and build quality is far below the Japanese companies. CBR250R, Duke 390 should be very good for touring and if you want a bike now. If you can wait R3/R25 and CBR300R is coming out soon. Then you'll have a good choice of bikes to choose from. All the best.
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    Wait for benelli 302


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Query Approved

    You are looking for an easy rider yet you don't like the riding position of the T'bird, but prefer the clipons of the GT!!!

    Hi Monk,

    I was myself surprised. Till the rode the GT I assumed the ride position is as aggressive as the R15, but its actually quite comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by incipient View Post
    You already have an "easy rider" (ns 200). I'd say get the Rc 390- perfect bike for weekend rides!

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    Hi Incipient,

    Thanks for the suggestion but the RC is overkill for me when it comes to power delivery and the ride stance is way too ccommitted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richardson's View Post
    I don't think you have much options in that price bracket when you have excluded fairing , and sports bike like cbr ,.etc.
    IMO , this would be best for you. However , do have a look at the KTM 390 ( non - rc variant ).

    If I were to choose , I would have considered KTM 390 followed by CBR250 ,and thunderbird and then Duke 200 .

    Hi Richardson,

    Test rode the Duke 390 and loved it. But again its one of those bikes which really needs someone who can handle all the power on tap. I humbly step back when it comes to the KTMs, they are excellent adrenaline pumping machines, but Im not that skilled!

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    Hi Biker,

    Nice to know you too are from the same state. The Yamaha is an awesome machine. Not my preference because its not a cruiser and Im not really into bikes with fairings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ankey View Post
    If you go for a RE, you have to cope with the niggles and hassles that come with the brand name. There is no escaping it. The technology is decades old and quality of parts and build quality is far below the Japanese companies. CBR250R, Duke 390 should be very good for touring and if you want a bike now. If you can wait R3/R25 and CBR300R is coming out soon. Then you'll have a good choice of bikes to choose from. All the best.
    Hi Ankey,

    So RE is still the same then? Any hands on experience with the GT?

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    Isnt that a naked bike? Already have an NS which I dont plan to sell buddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vikramaditya View Post
    Hi Ankey,

    So RE is still the same then? Any hands on experience with the GT?
    # Yes 2 of my friends own one a classic and a electra, and there are things that creep up every now and then. Broken clutch cable while coming to office, leaky heads, rusting in a few months, no tubeless tyres even when the bike costs more than a lakh, Service centers that know nothing at all.

    # Not really, I'm afraid. We dont see many GTs out here, very very few have been sold. So I cant vouch about it. But reviews have been pretty good.
    You can take test ride and then decide.
    All the best.
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