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Old 28th August 2009, 10:52   #1
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Hello BHPains,

I am Samit Mhatre from Mumbai. After a couple of tries I have finally managed to become a member of one of most knowledgeable forum on cars and bikes. Feel quite good about it.

My passion for cars started while learning how to drive on my dad's Premier Padmini. Passion became an obsession during my 3 years stay in the US. It was quite amazing to realize for the first time that I could remember so many different makes and models.

I currently own a Chevy Optra and Maruti Swift. I recently bought Thunderbird Twin Spark and am still in haze.

I am sure I'll learn a lot about cars and bikes and hope to share some I have acquired over the years.

Thank you moderators for letting me in.


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Old 1st September 2009, 22:37   #2
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Hey Samit_thunder,

Welcome aboard.

Keep your eyes open in the "Team-BHP Meets" section as mumbai has two upcomming meets in the works :
- ramadaan food meet
- lonavla drive/meet

cya around,
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Hi samit; welcome to TBHP.

Are the cars the petrol version and if to, the Chevy the 1.8 or 1.6?

And can we have more details and run in details of the Twin Spark.
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Old 14th September 2009, 12:32   #4
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Hi Samit and welcome to the team. You have a good combination of the Optra which is a very comfortable sedan the hot hatch Swift. And you've added a Royal Enfield in there as well. Do tell us more about her. And since you are in Mumbai, you should join in at the regular meets that happen all the time.

Take a detour to the rules of the forum too know how everything here works. Have fun.
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Hello fellow BHPians,

Thank you all for such a warm welcome. Yes, I'll keep a look out for the meets and definitely be there. Missed the the Ramadan.

As for the babies, I have a Swift VXi and Optra 1.6 Petrol fully loaded. I use the Swift for daily commute and weekend getaways are in the bigger one. I went for the Optra because of the features it offered at the price as compared to it's Japanese counter parts. Also, in spite of the fear of being called conservative and old fashioned, I have somehow still not managed to come to terms with the Diesel variants.

Now lets come to the latest addition: Thunderbird Twin Spark.

It is still in the running phase and I am dying here to get out of it to unleash the power. I do want to share an experience:

I took the Twin Spark out for its first ride to the office on 26th August. Had done about 7 km and was on the Goregaon fly over. I suddenly heard a burst and then when I looked down the Oil indicator was thrown open and hot oil was being sprayed on my right foot, thanks to my Clarks that my foot was saved of the burns. I took it to a road side Bullet mechanic I know for a quick fix. He put a temporary cap with all the adhesives in the world and promised it would work. I traveled some more distance and just near my office it happened again. By this time I had completely lost it. Called the dealer and asked him to take the bike back and have it replaced. He did succeed in allowing me to have it inspected by a Enfield workshop mechanic.

The mechanic inspected and all he did was drill a small hole in the carburettor compartment which was missed during production. Because of this the air was not allowed to go out and hence was bursting the oil due to excessive pressure. I also got the service manager agree that if this happened next time I would leave the bike there and it would be replaced. I got a couple more services free for all the hassle.

Now I am very happy with the ride and do understand that Royal Enfield bikes are meant for their whims and fancies which have drawn so many of us towards them despite the trouble they tend to give.

Thank you,

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