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  • Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

    1. Budget - Rs 2-2.5L
    2. Age - 25
    3. Height - 5'7''
    4. Weight - 75kgs
    5. Intended usage - short commuting. With weekend rides around pune. Looking for something fun and unique.
    6. Fuel Efficiency requirement (approx., if any) - doesn't matter much.
    7. City & Highway percentage usage - Not really sure. Hopefully wont be using much in city, and If I do will take it out after 11pm for night rides.
    8. Approximate Daily / Monthly running - Not really sure again. Probably will not be much. Might vary depending on how many weekend trips I can take. The commute though will be very short around 5-7kms one side to office.
    9. City / Town /Village of residence (so we can evaluate road conditions / traffic / terrain / altitude / OTR pricing) - Pune.
    10. Brand / Bike type preference (if any) - My considerations are as follows:

    Duke 250: Love the looks. Should be fun to go on drives.

    But since the Husqvarnas launches especially at 20k cheaper than the duke, am really tempted by those. I love their minimalist styling also. So I mostly prefer them over the duke. The main difficulty of choice here is between the Vitpilen vs Svartpilen. I went to the showroom and sat on the vitpilen, its seating positiong was way more involved and leaned over than. But I kindof liked that, and thought it would make the ride a lot more interesting. But I donno if it would limit the distance of my rides. Did not get a chance to look at a svartpilen, but it looks like a typical upright position. Although did not get a chance to test ride either.

    But the main thing is I am looking for something unique and fun to drive. I know that its a vague requirement, and also that my options are very limited in the given budget range, but typical commuter bikes don't excite me as much. Which is why am also considering used bikes. For example I saw a used continental GT 650 at 2.8L. But am not sure if looking at second hand bikes is prudent, would love to hear the opinions of others in this regard too.

    Also is there a possibility of any bs4 bikes going on discount due to bs6 standards being enforced?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

    Thread approved.

    The Gixxer 250 and 250SF from Suzuki have very good headlights for night usage. With 25 or so bhp, they're sufficiently fun as well, but if power is a concern, go for Duke 250.

    The Husqvarna twins are new products, if ok then you go ahead with them. Please note that even their tyres differ, one is trying to be more rugged than the other, although the overall experience could be mostly similar.

    You may also consider Dominar 250 or Dominar 390 as well, although they're tourer focused bikes, not that zippy or sporty in appeal or ride parameters.


    Second hand, you may go for GT 650R or Kawasaki Ninja 650/R. Both are fun bikes, but you'll have to be careful about its condition, as with any second hand purchase. Because your budget of 2.5L might also get you abused/not well maintained bikes.


    Yes, BS4 models are gaining huge discounts, and these are expected to be higher in the premium segment due to less demand in such segments. So, be alert about the local situation.
    Typically, the biggest discount is expected to be o 31st March, but remember, some vehicles come on order only so you have to order them days before this date!

    But remember, the situation with discounts this time won't be as good as the last time's BS4 transition (where SC ordered the transition at a short notice, and situation was such that Activas came at half the price).
    This time, the industry was ready for this, way before due date.
    Last edited by Samarth 619; 03-10-2020, 10:36 PM.
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    • #3
      Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

      If fun is what you want, look for a used ER-6N or N650 (2016 and prior models). They will easily come for 2.5-3.0 lacs depending on ODO reading and year of purchase.
      Do note that none of these rides will come with ABS so you need to be careful as they can hit 200kmph+.
      Generally these bikes are well maintained by their owners as the spares dont come cheap.
      Other than that, N300 and R3 and good bikes as well and will easily come in your budget (newer models do come with ABS).

      For new bikes Dominar 400 and Duke 390 are your best bet.
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      • #4
        Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

        Originally posted by Samarth 619 View Post
        Thread approved.

        Second hand, you may go for GT 650R or Kawasaki Ninja 650/R. Both are fun bikes, but you'll have to be careful about its condition, as with any second hand purchase. Because your budget of 2.5L might also get you abused/not well maintained bikes.


        Yes, BS4 models are gaining huge discounts, and these are expected to be higher in the premium segment due to less demand in such segments. So, be alert about the local situation.
        Typically, the biggest discount is expected to be o 31st March, but remember, some vehicles come on order only so you have to order them days before this date!
        Thanks for the input! I was hoping I would get a used 2018 or 2019 ninja 300. But not a lot are there in the used market here, and are ridiculously priced. And yeah, I'll call the local showrooms and see if any discounts are available.

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        Originally posted by hellgate View Post
        If fun is what you want, look for a used ER-6N or N650 (2016 and prior models). They will easily come for 2.5-3.0 lacs depending on ODO reading and year of purchase.
        Do note that none of these rides will come with ABS so you need to be careful as they can hit 200kmph+.
        Generally these bikes are well maintained by their owners as the spares dont come cheap.
        Other than that, N300 and R3 and good bikes as well and will easily come in your budget (newer models do come with ABS).

        For new bikes Dominar 400 and Duke 390 are your best bet.
        Do you mean a used N300 or R3, because new ones will 1L more than my budget. And true, I will need ABS, 'am okay with going for a smaller bike but I absolutely need ABS. Especially after seeing the minor crashes people get into because of lack of ABS.

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        • #5
          Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

          Originally posted by Dante- View Post
          Thanks for the input! I was hoping I would get a used 2018 or 2019 ninja 300. But not a lot are there in the used market here, and are ridiculously priced. And yeah, I'll call the local showrooms and see if any discounts are available.

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          Do you mean a used N300 or R3, because new ones will 1L more than my budget. And true, I will need ABS, 'am okay with going for a smaller bike but I absolutely need ABS. Especially after seeing the minor crashes people get into because of lack of ABS.
          Yes, I meant used N300 and R3.
          N650 with ABS (2017 and up) will be min 4lacs in the used market. Most owners sell to upgrade to N1000 or Z900 or something.
          You can try searching for Z650 as well as that has ABS too but would be min 3.7ish.
          Yamaha Ray ZR Street Rally -> 2020
          Kawasaki Ninja 1000 2019 -> 2019
          YZF-R3 -> 2017 -> SOLD 2019
          CBR 250R -> 2017 -> SOLD 2017
          Ninja 650 -> 2016 -> SOLD 2018
          Blue Activa 125 -> 2016
          Black YZF-R15 v2 -> 2011 -> SOLD 2016
          Black Discover 125 DTS-i -> 2005

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          Please check out our ride videos.

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          • #6
            Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

            Originally posted by Dante- View Post
            1. Budget - Rs 2-2.5L
            5. Intended usage - short commuting. With weekend rides around pune. Looking for something fun and unique.

            Duke 250: Love the looks. Should be fun to go on drives.

            But the main thing is I am looking for something unique and fun to drive. I know that its a vague requirement
            Hey [MENTION=72779]Dante-[/MENTION],

            It's not a vague requirement at all. That has to be the main requirement in this segment. If you're not having fun when riding your bike, there's no point. Might as well get a commuter.

            The entire Duke series are fun bikes to ride. You'll keep grinning inside your helmet. The Husqies also use the Duke 250's BS6 engine. I think the Duke 250 and Husqies are great options!!

            If you are looking at used bikes, consider N300 or R3. Twins are rare in our country.

            Cheers!
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            • #7
              Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

              Originally posted by dhawz29 View Post
              Hey @Dante-,

              It's not a vague requirement at all. That has to be the main requirement in this segment. If you're not having fun when riding your bike, there's no point. Might as well get a commuter.
              Cheers!
              Haha, true bro!

              Originally posted by dhawz29 View Post
              Hey @Dante-,

              The entire Duke series are fun bikes to ride. You'll keep grinning inside your helmet. The Husqies also use the Duke 250's BS6 engine. I think the Duke 250 and Husqies are great options!!

              If you are looking at used bikes, consider N300 or R3. Twins are rare in our country.

              Cheers!

              Will probably go for the husqies. 'Am not able to find any good used N300's, and new ones are also sold out in the showrooms.

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              • #8
                Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

                Originally posted by Dante- View Post
                Will probably go for the husqies. 'Am not able to find any good used N300's, and new ones are also sold out in the showrooms.
                Yea, these are unique bikes. I'm surprised that they are priced lesser than the Duke. I expected 20K higher than the Duke 250 because it is positioned as a lifestyle motorcycle. Buyers who want a VFM bike may not be appealed by this bike but it is surprisingly priced lower than Duke. I wonder why.
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                • #9
                  Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

                  Going a little Off Topic.
                  Originally posted by dhawz29 View Post
                  Yea, these are unique bikes. I'm surprised that they are priced lesser than the Duke. I expected 20K higher
                  than the Duke 250 because it is positioned as a lifestyle motorcycle. Buyers who want a VFM bike may not be appealed by this bike but it is surprisingly priced lower than Duke. I wonder why.
                  Well, a good reason might be, they might want to generate/judge demand in a unique segment like this, or to create brand image of Husqvarna in a new market. The image that's created, seeing a few bikes on the road or rider club, is just like advertisement for the new brand.
                  It will go a long way in establishing Husqvarna in India.

                  I second the opinion about Duke/ Husky 250.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

                    Originally posted by Samarth 619 View Post
                    Going a little Off Topic.

                    I second the opinion about Duke/ Husky 250.
                    That the dukes offer better VFM? If so, can you elaborate a little.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

                      I have a gt 650, and i'm enjoying everyday with the bike, but the only thing i regret is not buying a used one, i could have saved a some some money.
                      The best thing about a used gt/interceptor is that they are very new bikes, so you'll be able to find bikes with very less kilometers run and bikes still under warranty.

                      I searched hyderabad olx and there were 5-6 gt available, do give them a try. You'll be able to save a lot of money

                      Let me tell you about the pros of gt 650/interceptor in points

                      1. the bike has a fantastic engine which is vibe free and revv happy, there's enough power for overtakes and fun

                      2. the brakes are very good with a very sharp bite, brembo ones, you have dual channel abs, bike doesn't start with side stand engaged.

                      3. The build quality is very good and bike is very solid, it will last till your grandkids. The bike is handsome did i tell you that?

                      4. The weight of the bike helps in highway rides as bike remains plated when big vehicles overtake you.

                      5. Special treatment is given at the service center for the 650 Twins

                      6. Service interval is 1 year or 10,000 kms and it costs 2500rs, which is cheaper considering it's 650 cc

                      8. Good fuel economy considering the power and the engine, i got 33 kmpl on highway trip, the best till date, normally on highways i get around 30 kmpl, speeds around 100-120. In city it's around 25 kmpl, the worst was 20kmpl in bumper to bumper conditions.
                      Peace

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                      • #12
                        Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

                        Originally posted by yashasvi View Post
                        I have a gt 650, and i'm enjoying everyday with the bike, but the only thing i regret is not buying a used one, i could have saved a some some money. The best thing about a used gt/interceptor is that they are very new bikes, so you'll be able to find bikes with very less kilometers run and bikes still under warranty. I searched hyderabad olx and there were 5-6 gt available, do give them a try. You'll be able to save a lot of moneyLet me tell you about the pros of gt 650/interceptor in points1. the bike has a fantastic engine which is vibe free and revv happy, there's enough power for overtakes and fun2. the brakes are very good with a very sharp bite, brembo ones, you have dual channel abs, bike doesn't start with side stand engaged. 3. The build quality is very good and bike is very solid, it will last till your grandkids. The bike is handsome did i tell you that? 4. The weight of the bike helps in highway rides as bike remains plated when big vehicles overtake you.5. Special treatment is given at the service center for the 650 Twins6. Service interval is 1 year or 10,000 kms and it costs 2500rs, which is cheaper considering it's 650 cc8. Good fuel economy considering the power and the engine, i got 33 kmpl on highway trip, the best till date, normally on highways i get around 30 kmpl, speeds around 100-120. In city it's around 25 kmpl, the worst was 20kmpl in bumper to bumper conditions.
                        Cool! How has your experience been riding it in traffic? Is the weight managable?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

                          Originally posted by Dante- View Post
                          Cool! How has your experience been riding it in traffic? Is the weight managable?
                          Yes perfectly, no problem at all
                          Peace

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                            Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

                            Originally posted by yashasvi View Post
                            I have a gt 650, and i'm enjoying everyday with the bike, but the only thing i regret is not buying a used one, i could have saved a some some money.
                            The best thing about a used gt/interceptor is that they are very new bikes, so you'll be able to find bikes with very less kilometers run and bikes still under warranty.
                            Very sound advise.....but before purchasing a used bike, please do check if royal enfield(or any other manufacturer) provides warranty benefits to the second owner.

                            Saying this because Honda refused to provide warranty for the second owner back when i purchased my bike.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Looking for 250+ cc (fun) bike.

                              Originally posted by pratik_terni View Post
                              Very sound advise.....but before purchasing a used bike, please do check if royal enfield(or any other manufacturer) provides warranty benefits to the second owner.

                              Saying this because Honda refused to provide warranty for the second owner back when i purchased my bike.
                              That is very shocking to know, warranty should be provided according to the age of the vehicle, not by the ownership, the only reason i recommend a second hand interceptor/gt is because of the warranty, if that's the case please check with royal enfield first before purchasing.
                              Peace

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