Originally Posted by Username
Haha I know how you feel! We had got our Bajaj Avenger about 8 years ago and not many Avengers were seen on road. People used to ask "Is it imported?", "How much did it cost?" and all such questions..
Congrats for being a lucky owner of this bike. I never liked bikes with sporty-stance, cruiser-bikes(?) like Thunderbird and Avenger had a place in my heart but Duke seems to be an exception.
Thank you very much, Mobbing has now become very rare, Thanks to all the fly-by runs without parking the bike anywhere in town and also probably due to the new dealership that has started at Cochin and Calicut. Now I get a lot of people calling in, visiting me at home to know more about the bike. Its mostly would be Duke owners or people who want to see it in the flesh to reach a final conclusion over another bike they're considering. I am literally doing a salesman's job
, Only fairer cause I always make it a point to mention the short comings as well.
Originally Posted by smartyajay15
Hello friends. First of all hearty congratulations to all duke owners that they have chosen a right thing as a passionate bikers.
Special thanks to @jalex as to share such a huge loads of information regarding ktm duke 200 and its related article. I have actually booked my orangy beast and am gonna get it on 19th September..
Thus thread really helped me a loads as to understand my ktm in a much better way.
I just have some queries prior to buy my ktm duke.
(1) the bike revvs are to b made at 1000 kms. Is it necessary?? Why is it significant?
(2) how would orange colored trellis frame look like on orange ktm duke 200. If someone has done it earlier. it would really be helpful if they could share their duke's pic. I m planning to do so actually. The workshop is charging me 1000 RS. Would it be worth?
(3) I have read in the thread about engine glazing. What is it exactly and how could it be avoided?
(4) did anyone attended the orange day held at Pune on 2nd September. I'd yes. What's their views?? Would it be held in any other state in this year?
Thank you in advance.
Thank you for the kind words.
I am in the dark regarding question (1), Could you be a little more clear there?
I've got two friends who have their Dukes with the Trellis frame painted orange. I'm posting a couple of pictures of one of the bikes. The other one looks the same. If the job is done neat, Then 1000Rs. is not too much. Just try to see bikes that were done by them previously and ensure that the job's well done. The last picture is my bike waiting for its turn at the Cochin ASC. Engine Glazing
-There are two takes on this one, One is that engine glazing happens if you use Fully synthetic oil in the motor before its run-in. What it means is that the cylinders and other parts will get a coating on it that will prevent the honing-in of those parts that are in contact of each other inside the motor. And since the parts inside the engine won't hone in properly, the engine won't be in perfect sync after the run in period as well. There are some who go by this, there are some who say its nothing but a myth.
I didn't want to find it out the hard way or waste money by going for an early oil change before the recommended replacement interval, so I started using Fully Synthetic oil in my bike's motor after it was run in. My bike's motor is super smooth and silent after doing close to 3000Kms on the odo. Infact it sounds and performs better than I got it out of the showroom.There should be no problem if you use fully synthetic oil after running the bike in. In the Duke's case, running in will be over after 1000Kms on the odo.
Orange day is coming up in Bangalore as well is what I've heard, Think its to be on around the end of this month.
Now back on with the review.
There wasn't much happening off late with the bike and I dont want to post anything just for the sake of it. I do know Sam's asked me some things and its been too long. Sorry Sam for keeping you waiting and I don't enjoy testing people's patience one bit. I haven't yet got my camera from service and I didn't want to take a picture or video with my phone and post it here as the quality is not that great. You can see how it looks from the last two pictures.
Coming back, I had been facing a small issue off late, The bike was stalling at intervals, especially when you do a speed run on an open road. The bike stalls when you come to a halt at a signal or a junction. It just dies out and that happens when the bike comes down to some 15-20kmph. I thought it was me at first, my riding part that is. But then I came across other owners who had the same issue. I reported this to the new showroom at Cochin, Thank God for these people, They are very warm and listen and support you well. I even gave a video clip which I came across on the web showing the issue on the run. The showroom people forwarded this to KTM and I was informed that a customer meet cum service camp was being held at KTM Vytilla, Cochin. They said it was being held to address technical issues and complaints if any and also consisted of a DIY session. The program was led by Mr. S.Narayanan, Service in charge for Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The event was held on the 13th and 14th of this month. As soon as I arrived at the showroom, I was greeted by other owners, Most of us know each other, But were seeing in person for the first time. We know each other as we have an active online group on FB.
Then the works in charge entered all our issues and complaints into a form and then started taking in bikes one by one for addressing the stalling issue among others, They did a through diagnostic check and update on all the bikes and also took into account the issues reported. My shock absorber issue was noted down, But it wasn't replaced then and there as there were too many bikes to look after the same day. The stalling issue has vanished, But I heard that there will be a loss of some 2-3Kmph on top whack. That does not bother me much as I am happy as long as ther's no stalling and the bike's torque and pick up remain the same. The torque and pick seems to be unchanged. Haven't done a proper test yet. Will do soon and update if there are any visible differences.
I also got one thing I was looking for a long time. I got Ultraseal Tire Sealant - Puncture Repair
filled in the tyres. It costed 1685 Rupees all inclusive. Now I dont need to worry of getting stranded in no man's land due to a puncture.
The representatives of Motul were also present at the venue, They gave us some complimental note pads, Pens and key chains. I liked the key chain.
Mr. Narayanan is a very knowledgeable person and he listened to every single issue and query. At the session we were given a power point presentation to do small DIYs on the bike and were also given a CD for the same to keep for personal reference in future if required.
There were around fifteen Duke owners present for the DIY, We all forwarded questions regarding the bike, modifications, what all can be expected in future as in parts and accessories. And we got very reasonable answers for them. Everyone was pleased and the event went great. We owners also get to know each other better. We also did a small group ride, There were 7 bikes to join the ride. We rode through rush hour traffic and went to visit the Harley Davidson dealership coming up at Cochin, We weren't allowed in as the showroom is still undergoing completion. We then moved on to the Hyosung Showroom to have a look at the Hyosung line up. All in all it was great to have a meet up with other owners and it was still great to make our first ever group ride in Cochin. We are planning on doing a bigger ride once the rains subsidize and I hope there will be more riders. Eagerly waiting for that at the moment.