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    Default Can Duke 390 2017/18 be used to commute in Bangalore traffic?

    As of now, I'm riding Yamaha Gladiator everyday to commute. It has been 10 years. I want to upgrade. I am looking for a reliable and powerful bike. I took a test-ride of Duke 390 2017 and I loved it. Could not explore much as the ride was short. Is anyone riding Duke 390 in Bangalore traffic? Mileage is not a concern. Can the heat be tolerated in traffic? What if it gets overheated?
    I would use the bike for long drive occassionally. Please help me with your inputs.

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    Default Re: Can Duke 390 2017/18 be used to commute in Bangalore traffic?

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    Yes the bike heats up, no it isn't a big deal if you are used to it!
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    Default Re: Can Duke 390 2017/18 be used to commute in Bangalore traffic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anoop H.N View Post
    As of now, I'm riding Yamaha Gladiator everyday to commute. It has been 10 years. I want to upgrade. I am looking for a reliable and powerful bike. I took a test-ride of Duke 390 2017 and I loved it. Could not explore much as the ride was short. Is anyone riding Duke 390 in Bangalore traffic? Mileage is not a concern. Can the heat be tolerated in traffic? What if it gets overheated?
    I would use the bike for long drive occassionally. Please help me with your inputs.
    Yes, it heats up pretty much. Specially in summers, I feel my legs are getting waxed. But once you are used to it its fine with me. I am used to hear fan sound also which was annoying in the beginning. No overheating issue until you have the fan running in any temp, I rode her like in 50C temp of Delhi. You start the bike and hit the next red light after 100 meters and fan is up until you switch off the engine, that summer.

    Yes, you can ride in the traffic, I think Delhi & Bangalore traffic is pretty much worse in similar way so I can comment on that. Yes, that much power for the daily commute is not required but these are personal choices. The new Duke manages the heat more actively and and its more smooth so I dont think there would be any issue.

    And the highways would be heaven for you

    Test ride and decide.
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    Yes, it heats up pretty much. Specially in summers, I feel my legs are getting waxed. But once you are used to it its fine with me. I am used to hear fan sound also which was annoying in the beginning. No overheating issue until you have the fan running in any temp, I rode her like in 50C temp of Delhi. You start the bike and hit the next red light after 100 meters and fan is up until you switch off the engine, that summer.

    Yes, you can ride in the traffic, I think Delhi & Bangalore traffic is pretty much worse in similar way so I can comment on that. Yes, that much power for the daily commute is not required but these are personal choices. The new Duke manages the heat more actively and and its more smooth so I dont think there would be any issue.

    And the highways would be heaven for you

    Test ride and decide.
    Hi thanks for the reply! I get empty streets(residential area) on my way. But I get 15 mins of slow moving traffic with signals. I wear shoes and jeans pant. Would I still feel the heat? Total distance would be 30+ km to and fro.
    I would take it on Bangalore to Mysore highway as well occasionally. What if I turn off the engine at signals? Would it not cool down?
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    Default Re: Can Duke 390 2017/18 be used to commute in Bangalore traffic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anoop H.N View Post
    Hi thanks for the reply! I get empty streets(residential area) on my way. But I get 15 mins of slow moving traffic with signals. I wear shoes and jeans pant. Would I still feel the heat? Total distance would be 30+ km to and fro.
    I would take it on Bangalore to Mysore highway as well occasionally. What if I turn off the engine at signals? Would it not cool down?
    15 min is manageable. But if it's primarily commuting through rush hour stop-and-go traffic i would not recommend the 390. Sure you will be fine for a week or a month (honeymoon period), but eventually the tedium/stress will get you. The problem IMO is twofold: heat (both for the engine and you) and the jerky throttle response below 4k (maybe not an issue with 2017 Duke 390?). Having said that i commute daily 45min to & fro on my RC390 but that's only because i have flexible timings and can avoid rush hour traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anoop H.N View Post
    Hi thanks for the reply! I get empty streets(residential area) on my way. But I get 15 mins of slow moving traffic with signals. I wear shoes and jeans pant. Would I still feel the heat? Total distance would be 30+ km to and fro.
    I would take it on Bangalore to Mysore highway as well occasionally. What if I turn off the engine at signals? Would it not cool down?
    15 min for me is fine, but there are personal choices. With Duke you are sitting relaxed and new duke is less jerky at below RPMs so doing long hours would not be an issue.

    Even with the boots and jeans you are going to feel the heat for sure but it decreases due to the material / thickness of cloth.

    You should not switch off the engine on signals, because you have only 1-2 minutes during red lights which never cool down the RC/Duke engines by its own. Dont shut down
    the engine to cool down until you have some 15-20 min. Once RC / Duke engines are heated only its fan can keep it to operating temp or you need 15-20 minutes to cool it down in our average 30-35 C day temperature.
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    As of now my commute doesn't have too much traffic jams. But can't say anything about the future. Would it be a wrong decision if I go for Duke 390? Or should I go for Yamaha fz250? I took test ride but couldn't explore much about the bike.

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    If you are willing to settle for less power, Duke 200 (not 250) is also a good option. It has none of the aforementioned drawbacks and personally I really like that engine: smooth, high reving with a wide powerband. It has one significant drawback however, the short gearing makes it unsuitable for 100+ highway cruising.
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    I would suggest the Dominaar if you are concerned about heat and as you said you'll be travelling 30 kms. The Dominaar is heavy but after a period of time you get used to it. The Fz25 does not have ABS but the Dominaar does.
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    Default Re: Can Duke 390 2017/18 be used to commute in Bangalore traffic?

    I will say, go for a gearless in bangalore traffic drives and keep your D390 for nights out and long runs
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