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    Default Need help And Advice Regarding Selecting 300cc Bike

    I currently own a R15 V2 and plan to upgrade to new bike i.e. 300cc bike.
    My requirements would be as follows

    1- Fully Fair Bike
    2- Daily Commutation of 50 Kms of 60 Kms
    3- Weekend Long Tours

    Currently am considering Ninja 300, KTM RC390 and Yamaha R3

    One of my major concerns about each of them being
    1- How high is the maintenance cost for Ninja 300 and availability of spares
    2- KTM RC390 how frequent is the service and parts damaged (I read in few places regarding the same) and how high is the maintenance cost for it
    3- When it comes to R3, I tried to see one in flesh but none of the dealers are currently having one for physical viewing or test drive, so want to know if the appearance is very different than R15 V3/V2 or more less looks the same and again same question about maintenance cost of the same.

    Finally how different are these when it comes handling, performance and overall feel.


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    Default Re: Need help And Advice Regarding Selecting 300cc Bike

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    Default Re: Need help And Advice Regarding Selecting 300cc Bike

    You should also consider Apache 310R or BMW. Although RC390 is the one preferred by most people diving in 300 segment.

    https://youtu.be/OqD4TuIbmYw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapps View Post
    You should also consider Apache 310R or BMW. Although RC390 is the one preferred by most people diving in 300 segment.

    https://youtu.be/OqD4TuIbmYw
    Thanks for the answer would appreciate if the questions that i asked cn be answered by anybody

    Video gives some clarity but not enough

    Also not keen on buying any Bajaj or TVS

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckn View Post
    Thanks for the answer would appreciate if the questions that i asked cn be answered by anybody

    Video gives some clarity but not enough

    Also not keen on buying any Bajaj or TVS
    Since you own an R15, you must be aware of Yamaha spares and upkeep costs.
    Since you don't want any Bajaj or TVS, it removes Duke 390/RC 390 and RR310 from your list.
    You have now:
    Benelli 302
    Kawasaki Ninja 300
    R3

    It doesn't sell nicely but R3 is your bike in that category.
    Ninja matches close to all that R3 can do but costs more in spares and servicing. R3 is cheaper than Ninja in upkeep but straight down the barrel, R3 is the most costly bike in 300cc+ category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akash.Yadav View Post
    Since you own an R15, you must be aware of Yamaha spares and upkeep costs.
    Since you don't want any Bajaj or TVS, it removes Duke 390/RC 390 and RR310 from your list.
    You have now:
    Benelli 302
    Kawasaki Ninja 300
    R3

    It doesn't sell nicely but R3 is your bike in that category.
    Ninja matches close to all that R3 can do but costs more in spares and servicing. R3 is cheaper than Ninja in upkeep but straight down the barrel, R3 is the most costly bike in 300cc+ category.
    Even if I consider TVS and Bajaj major issue is am hearing
    RC 390 is getting an upgrade in 2019, spending this amount i don't want the bike to become old within a year :-)

    Also can you shed some light on TVS, i actually rejected it because don't have any ownership experience of TVS and neither my friends or any close ones owns it. Also according to my old notion TVS is not that reliable

    Coming to R3 only thing that's stopping me is, its looks are more or less same as R15, which somewhat makes me not to want to have it (I know it may sound stupid, but exterior will look more or less the same, may be am wrong, if you can shed some light on it)

    Again Ninja am hearing will stop manufacture of 300 by 2019 end.

    Am in hell of a confusion, because of these reasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckn View Post
    Even if I consider TVS and Bajaj major issue is am hearing
    RC 390 is getting an upgrade in 2019, spending this amount i don't want the bike to become old within a year :-)

    Also can you shed some light on TVS, i actually rejected it because don't have any ownership experience of TVS and neither my friends or any close ones owns it. Also according to my old notion TVS is not that reliable

    Coming to R3 only thing that's stopping me is, its looks are more or less same as R15, which somewhat makes me not to want to have it (I know it may sound stupid, but exterior will look more or less the same, may be am wrong, if you can shed some light on it)

    Again Ninja am hearing will stop manufacture of 300 by 2019 end.

    Am in hell of a confusion, because of these reasons
    Regarding your 2019 model query, I hope you are not looking towards buying a bike immediately, atleast wait for the 2019 models to launch, probably by March as they'll be mandatory from April.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zapps View Post
    Regarding your 2019 model query, I hope you are not looking towards buying a bike immediately, atleast wait for the 2019 models to launch, probably by March as they'll be mandatory from April.
    ya not immediately am looking at a timeline of March-May. But i doubt new RC390 will come by April

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckn View Post
    Even if I consider TVS and Bajaj major issue is am hearing
    RC 390 is getting an upgrade in 2019, spending this amount i don't want the bike to become old within a year :-)

    Also can you shed some light on TVS, i actually rejected it because don't have any ownership experience of TVS and neither my friends or any close ones owns it. Also according to my old notion TVS is not that reliable

    Coming to R3 only thing that's stopping me is, its looks are more or less same as R15, which somewhat makes me not to want to have it (I know it may sound stupid, but exterior will look more or less the same, may be am wrong, if you can shed some light on it)

    Again Ninja am hearing will stop manufacture of 300 by 2019 end.

    Am in hell of a confusion, because of these reasons
    Coming from a R15 if you have a good Yamaha dealer go for the R3 ,though i prefer the looks of the older R3 over the 2019 model ,with ABS and Metzeler tyres touring and commuting is more comfortable over the more committed riding position of the RC 390. Though the 2019 model may look like an R15 it also looks like the latest R1 ,since all the R series family have gone for a uniform look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckn View Post
    Also can you shed some light on TVS, i actually rejected it because don't have any ownership experience of TVS and neither my friends or any close ones owns it. Also according to my old notion TVS is not that reliable
    From what i understand, TVS A.S.S experience is pretty bad in north india. It's only in the south, especially Tamil Nadu, that they have reasonable levels of service.
    As about reliability, I've owned 2 TVS bikes for a total period of 23 years and they have been good. The 310 however comes with technological knowhow from BMW. Not sure how that affects things.
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