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Old 23rd October 2013, 21:51   #1
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Default Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!

How I got old and my toys more expensive!

Year 1993-94 : For a school going kid, my father brought me a BSA Mongoose bicycle. I was too young to know if that was the best, but I liked it a lot and had a very good time with it. Used it for 4 years until I reached high school. I think it costed about INR 1200/-.

Year 1998: As I reached high school, all my friends had a bigger bicycle and so as every one else I too wanted a bigger bicycle. So I pestered my dad to get me a geared bicycle. Since we were living in a small town geared bicycles weren't yet available there. My dad used to travel frequently to Bangalore, so after pestering him for months he got me a Hercules Top Gear. Cost about INR 3000/-.

Year 2001: I had just finished school and I was 16. I was legally allowed to ride a motor cycle without gear. I badly wanted a Bajaj saffire, but my parents insisted me in buying a TVS scooty as saffire would be too big for my build. During those days TVS scooty was the hot selling scooterette and I had to wait close to 3 months to get my hands on my Scooty. Cost about INR 30000/-

Year 2003:It was the time when I was just about to finish my 12th, and the urge to ride a motorbike with gear had over took all the other desires in my life. I was bothering my father to buy me one ASAP.He told me that once im done with my 12th exams I could get one. So the first thing I do after I finish writing my exam is, I went and booked a Hero Honda CBZ and got the bike the next day. Had numerous number of trips during my college days and post college days. Once I came to Bangalore seeking my job,I had to sell my CBZ due to parking constraints. Cost about INR 60000/-

Year 2009: My father used to ride a RE Bullet Standard since 1984. He had stopped using it since a couple of years ago and it was lying unused in my home town. Got it shipped to Bangalore and rode for a couple of months until I had a knee injury and had to stop riding bike for a good one year. Though the RE was not a new one for me the estimated selling price of it was INR 70000/-

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A pic with the RE when I was 26.<br /> <img src=http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-pleasure.html (Epic road tripping! 3,000 kms of sheer riding pleasure)
Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-bullet_leh.jpg <br /> <br /> <b><i>Year Oct-2012</i></b>: I badly needed an upgrade and by gods grace I was also able to financially afford it. So I went ahead and booked a Ducati Monster 795. But as time passed by the horror stories of Ducati became worse and worse. So after patiently waiting for 6 odd months I canceled the booking. By this time the launch of Duke 390 was doing rounds. So a thought struck in my mind as to why not Duke 390. It would be affordable, easy to maintain as it being manufactured in India and surely would have sufficient power that I was missing in my earlier bikes. So now all my eyes were on Duke 390.<br /> <br /> <b><i>Year 2013-June-23</i></b>: Finally the bookings for D390 were opened and gosh it was a killer pricing. Booked the bike at KTM langford. Total cost INR 212849/-<br /> <br />
So yeah, Boys never grow up. They just get older and their toys more expensive.<br /> <br /> <b><i><u>Initial ownership report of my Duke 390:</u></i></b><br /> <br /> <b><i>Booking experience</i></b> : Booked the bike at KTM langford. After an agonizing wait for 4 months, when I was almost fed up of reading reviews and getting frustrated, I received a call that I will be getting the bike by 21st Oct. OMG I just could not control the excitement. Made the payment on 16th and was waiting patiently for Monday to arrive.<br /> <br /> <b><i>Delivery Experience</i></b>: On the day of delivery went to the showroom by 5 30 PM, quickly did a PDI of the bike, collected all the necessary receipts and reached home. When the service adviser was giving me the demo of the features of the bike, I mentioned to him about the starting problems when the engine was hot. He told me that the decompressor valve gets worn-off with usage and sets the proper clearance and there would not be any starting problems.<br /> <a href=Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-ktm_delivery.jpg <br /> <a href=Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-ktm_delivery1.jpg <br /> <a href=Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-ktm_delivery2.jpg <br /> <b><i>Observations after the initial ride</i></b>: Since I rode mostly in bumper to bumper traffic, the coolant temp was one less to max when I reached home. Just before I could stop the engine the radiator fan started and I just used my hands to check the direction of the air. The fan sucked the hot air from the engine and pushed it in front of the bike. Stopped the engine and tried to check if I can start normally when the engine was hot, the engine roared without any problem.<br />
Next day morning took off the saree guard and the tire hugger. Now it started to look meaner and naked. After the customary pooja, did a short ride for about 50kms and felt the vibrations on the foot pegs below 4k rpm. Once it crosses 4k rpm it has lots of power to pull itself and you pushing aside the general traffic around you.<br /> <br />
During and after the pooja<br /> <a href=Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-pooja.jpg <br /> <a href=Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-pooja1.jpg <br /> <a href=Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-pooja2.jpg <br /> <b><i>Here's what I loved about the bike :</i></b><ol style=
  • Engine - The engine has oodles of power which is more than sufficient to ride on Indian roads. Im still running in the engine but I haven't really felt that im doing so. There is plenty of mid-range power and can easily do 90+ kmph around 5k rpm in 6th. So I can still control the urge to wring the throttle completely for a couple more 100 kilometers.
  • Handling - With the bike which has so less kerb weight, it makes wading through the traffic a breeze.
  • Engine growl - When you crank the engine the puttering of the engine is louder and more shriller than of the D200. And especially when you rev it a little in the parking basements, it feels like the roar of a lion
  • Ergonomics - I some how liked the seating position, it's more sportier and I guess I need to get used to it for longer rides. The tank is beautifully sculpted and it gets very well sandwiched between my legs. The seat is broad enough to seat my bottom comfortably. After riding a RE bullet with a single seat and springs underneath it, I really miss the nice cushion effect feeling of my RE on the D390.
  • Tail Lamp - The two line glow of the lights looks fantastic in the night.
  • Decals/Ooze of Orange everywhere - The white - black - Orange color combination looks good and stands out in the crowd. Its definitely a head turner.

  • Tails Light
    Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-tail_light.jpg <br />
Decals<br /> <a href=Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-decal1.jpg <br />
The rear<br /> <a href=Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-rear.jpg <br /> <b><i>Things that could have been better:</i></b><ol style=
  • Lights - A little more powerful and spread out light would make night riding easier.
  • Seat- The seat is a little hard for my liking. May be I would bet it coushioned up or as time passes I get used to it.
  • Mud Flap - I didnt want the mud flap to be there, it looked like a cheap rubber dangling below the mudguard. If you cannot give a good quality mudflap do not bother to even put one.
  • Hand/Knuckle Guard - The quality and the finishing of the plastic is not up to the mark as compared to the factory fitted plastic parts.

  • Niggles :
    1. Fibre rattling - Im getting some vibrating noise of the plastic when I down shift in a little high rpm. Im not able to trace the source of this sound. These vibration noises are irritating to the ears.
    2. Thud sound - Whenever I pass over a pot hole in slightly greater speeds I hear this thud sound. I think this is probably the chain hitting the chain cover. Have to check if the play of the chain is alright.

    Verdict:
    • With so much of power and technology at such a killer pricing, Bajaj has killed the competation. This piece of machine has loads of power, and as Spiderman says with great power comes great responsibility. Ride safe !

    Hell yeah! Im in love with the D390 now.

    And that's a happy me.
    Boys never grow up; They just get older and their toys more expensive. My Duke 390!-me.jpg <br /> <b><i>Safety gear I brought before I could start riding the D390.</i></b><br /> <br /> <u>LS2 Lunatic fringe - White</u> : Fits good to me. Get a proper cheek support. Need to test the wind noise and comfort at high speeds.<br /> <img src=

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    Old 25th October 2013, 15:33   #2
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    Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to Motorbikes. Thanks for sharing!
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    Old 25th October 2013, 15:40   #3
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    Hey there. Nice ride
    390's tribe is growing here. Me too got my 390 three days ago and loving the ride.

    For the thud sound get the chain slack checked. A bit of tightening would make this sound disappear.

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    Old 25th October 2013, 15:59   #4
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    Nice write-up buddy and yeah, the bike looks really mean without the rear tyre hugger.
    Even I love the duke390 and wish to own it one day. Glued to the thread and would be waiting for more pics of your young hooligan.
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    Old 25th October 2013, 19:09   #5
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    Congratulations on the 390!
    Great review, really enjoyed reading it. How do you find the stability of the bike post 90kmph? Rode my friend's D200 the other day and it didn't inspire confidence after 100-110. My R15 stays planted like a rock! I too am considering the 390, but this is my only concern(apart from convincing dad :P).

    Cheers!
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    Congratulations on the 390!
    Great review, really enjoyed reading it. How do you find the stability of the bike post 90kmph? Rode my friend's D200 the other day and it didn't inspire confidence after 100-110. My R15 stays planted like a rock! I too am considering the 390, but this is my only concern(apart from convincing dad :P).

    Cheers!
    Since im still in the run-in period I haven't gone post 90kmph. Once the run-in is complete I shall post my observations.
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    Congrats on your new 390, and a nice write up thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    What is the stipulated service interval for this bike?
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    Congratulations on the D390. Bajaj has surely got a winner in its hands. I have been seeing plenty of Dukes in Hyderabad and the numbers just seem to be growing. IMO Bajaj/KTM could have changed the styling slightly as I feel the bigger 390 looks a lot like the 200 except for the paint job. All said, the Duke definitely looks good. Hoping to ride one soon.

    And "Boys definitely never grow up".

    Cheers.

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    Congrats on your new 390, and a nice write up thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

    What is the stipulated service interval for this bike?
    1st is at 1K or 30 days
    2nd is at 6K or 150 days
    3rd is at 11K or a year.
    And after every 5K after this period.
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    First of all big congratulations for your new ride, and thanks for taking the time climbing out of your new toy to pen down your experience here

    I am on the same boat. I have a RE350 and I am really looking forward to book a Duke 390 sooner or later. Just saving up for it really. But I will never let go of my first love, my Bullet. I just cannot, never bothered to find out why. May be it is like trying to find whether god really exists or not. I hope you haven't sold your Bullet too.

    All said and done, the Duke 390 is just a perfect motorcycle to me. Its got the right size, weight, power and from what I have heard handles like its on rails!

    Cheers for your new ride brother
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    Congratulations. That's quite a story. Sad that the Ducati dream didn't work for you. But at the end of day you found something that struck a chord in your heart and that's what matters.

    Nice to know that you have all the riding gear in place. Do also pick up a pair of riding pants or knee armor. This is a must have along with riding boots.

    Ride safe and ride hard. Wishing you many happy and safe years on this one.
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    First of all big congratulations for your new ride, and thanks for taking the time climbing out of your new toy to pen down your experience here

    I am on the same boat. I have a RE350 and I am really looking forward to book a Duke 390 sooner or later. Just saving up for it really. But I will never let go of my first love, my Bullet. I just cannot, never bothered to find out why. May be it is like trying to find whether god really exists or not. I hope you haven't sold your Bullet too.
    Thanks ron_9191. Na I still have my RE350. It will stay until eternity

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    Congratulations. That's quite a story. Sad that the Ducati dream didn't work for you. But at the end of day you found something that struck a chord in your heart and that's what matters.

    Nice to know that you have all the riding gear in place. Do also pick up a pair of riding pants or knee armor. This is a must have along with riding boots.

    Ride safe and ride hard. Wishing you many happy and safe years on this one.
    Thanks n_aditya. Getting the riding pants and riding boots is next on the cards. Yes, it was a big disappointment for me when the M795 plans flopped. Never the less my D390 is making up for it.

    Went for a short ride to Nandi Hills on Saturday. Oh boy, all prasies for the Metzelers, I could almost scrape the foot pegs but never felt like the bike was not in control. TBHPians catch_vinny and kuldeep5 also joined me with their D390's.

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    So finally my D390 crossed 1k kms mark. Got my D390 serviced at Auto service Bansahankari.
    Service Experience : 2/5
    Took the bike for servicing at around 9 in the morning. Met fellow TBhpian vj_arun who also had come to get his D390 serviced. Had a good chat with him and shared our experiences and feelings about our D390's.
    I get a call at 1730 saying my bike is ready for delivery. I reach there and begin to check out my bike. The bike still had dirt and water marks all over it, not washed properly. To my surprise I notice that the mud flap was missing. I checked this with the technician there and he confidently tells that only the holes are there on it and the mudflap is yet to be given by the company. Then I had argument with him and I actually had to show him a old pic of mine with the bike to make him believe that the mudflap was indeed present earlier. Later he tells me that the scews might have gone loose and it might have fallen of somewhere. Im not sure if the mudflap was present when I gave it for servicing, I noticed it when I went to pick the bike. If it has fallen off then its a surprise for me . Since it just cost a few bucks I didnt bother arguing further paid the bill and took the bike and left.
    The rpm limiter was not reset and when I asked the technician he told me that now they are resetting the rpm limiter/shift indicator only after 1500 kms and told me ride within the limits until that. Is this information true across different service centers. Has anyone being told the same info ?
    Total damages : INR 1570
    Engine Oil +Oil Filter+Oil stainer replaced.

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    Congratulations on the 390!
    Great review, really enjoyed reading it. How do you find the stability of the bike post 90kmph? Rode my friend's D200 the other day and it didn't inspire confidence after 100-110. My R15 stays planted like a rock! I too am considering the 390, but this is my only concern(apart from convincing dad :P).

    Cheers!
    After verifying the run-in guidelines from the manual, I said to myself, run-in complete now. So took it for a short spin and opened the throttle the bike is so fast that i felt its faster than the time taken for the blood to reach my brains from the heart . The bike feels well planted to the tarmac and felt it absolutely stable. Just the wind is annoying. Neverthe less now I have a big grin under the helmet whenever i open the throttle!

    What are the RPM1 and RPM2 values that has to be set after the run-in?

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    So finally my D390 crossed 1k kms mark. Got my D390 serviced at Auto service Bansahankari.
    Service Experience : 2/5
    Took the bike for servicing at around 9 in the morning.
    I get a call at 1730 saying my bike is ready for delivery. I reach there and begin to check out my bike. The bike still had dirt and water marks all over it, not washed properly. To my surprise I notice that the mud flap was missing. I checked this with the technician there and he confidently tells that only the holes are there on it and the mudflap is yet to be given by the company. Then I had argument with him and I actually had to show him a old pic of mine with the bike to make him believe that the mudflap was indeed present earlier. Later he tells me that the scews might have gone loose and it might have fallen of somewhere. Im not sure if the mudflap was present when I gave it for servicing, I noticed it when I went to pick the bike. If it has fallen off then its a surprise for me .
    The rpm limiter was not reset and when I asked the technician he told me that now they are resetting the rpm limiter/shift indicator only after 1500 kms and told me ride within the limits until that. Is this information true across different service centers. Has anyone being told the same info ?
    Total damages : INR 1570
    Engine Oil +Oil Filter+Oil stainer replaced.

    What are the RPM1 and RPM2 values that has to be set after the run-in?
    Hi AMG, Congrats on your 390. I am hearing 2nd time some adverse report on Auto Service at Banashankari. Earlier another T-BHPian nasirkaka had some similar issues with Auto Service not long ago when he took his 390 for first service there.
    I have fond memories of Auto Service and Venkat dating back to 2002 when we used to ride our Pulsars around Bangalore . It is indeed a fine service center without an iota of doubt, but guess with time and work load, some where the quality is weaning. I suggest you speak with Venkat, the boss directly and he will be more than happy to sort out any issue with regard to the bike.

    I had a pleasant surprise during my first service here at Goa. My Knuckle guards (hand guards) were not fitted and I brought it to their notice and along with those Guards, the mud flap was also fitted ( which I had never noticed).

    The RPM limiter is set at 1000 Kms or after 1st service. But in my bike the RPM limiter was not set ( meaning I could rev up to 8K or 9K if I wanted to). generally the RPM1 is set at 5000 and RPM2 is set at 7500 as per the manual. you can test it simply by seeing if the shift warning lights up or flashes when you ride past 7500 RPM. While In any gear at more than 7500 RPM, if the shift warning light (the center one in the lamp cluster) is flashing then your RPM is SET to 7500 RPM. if the shift warning light does not light up after 7500 RPM then it is set at higher RPM (In my case it is 10000).

    Page 31 and 32 of your owner's manual explains how to check and set the RPM limiters. so dont bother with the mechanic as you can check it and do it yourself. But remember always set RPM2 at a higher number than RPM1. I have set my RPM2 at 10K and RPM1 at 9.5K .. you can set it at say RPM2 at 11.5K and RPM1 at 11.3K if you choose to.

    The idea of setting up a lower RPM in initial stages is not to damage your engine during running in period and first service generally signals end of the running in period and you can open the throttle.

    My first service bill was about 1400 . i.e. 1.5 Ltrs oil at Rs. 850/- per liter, Oil Filter at Rs. 70 odd and some Rs. 60 for some polishing, battery check up etc.

    Hope that helps.
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    Teaser for my next travellogue !

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