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Old 10th December 2011, 14:34   #16
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Update :
1. I got a call from RE Chennai, they took my engine number details etc & said they will get back to me.

2. Mail response too, with the right contact person for this problem. A ticket is also generated :P

3. I met Sameer who runs the Authorized Service Station at Nerul, Mumbai. He had also taken some action & forwarded pictures to RE. Feels bad to see my engine completely dismantled.

A bitter discovery - Could happen to anyone
I am not the 1st guy with this bolt problem, but one of the cases lead to case crack. There is a design flaw like I mentioned before. The rotary direction of the crank & the bolt should have been opposite, such that more the engine spins the bolts get more tightened. As of now the tread is other way around & thus results in loosing of bolt very early. RE has addressed this flaw & released a new bolt for engines after July 2011, I am not sure if the thread has been reversed in this revision.

My advice to all the RE owners who got their bikes before July 11, get this bolt inspected & changed with new one.

As for my case I think its going positive. There is a "good chance" that RE would replace the parts free of cost, no official word yet. To be frank I am really overwhelmed by the response from RE, I am surprised. In just 2 days I can see some progress, but lets not get carried away


Thanks everyone. Finally a reason to smile.

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Old 10th December 2011, 20:38   #17
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... The rotary direction of the crank & the bolt should have been opposite, such that more the engine spins the bolts get more tightened. As of now the tread is other way around & thus results in loosing of bolt very early. ...
IF ^ is exact, i got no words to say...(gulp!)
Ideally the fastener there would do with regular RH thread & i don't think they have put LH thread. The later changes may be in thread spec or an added lock tab provision. Anyways good to know that RE admits the issue, tweeting up was a nice move.
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Old 19th December 2011, 12:33   #18
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My advice to all the RE owners who got their bikes before July 11, get this bolt inspected & changed with new one.

As for my case I think its going positive. There is a "good chance" that RE would replace the parts free of cost, no official word yet. To be frank I am really overwhelmed by the response from RE, I am surprised. In just 2 days I can see some progress, but lets not get carried away


Thanks everyone. Finally a reason to smile.
Glad to see RE taking your case seriously and interacting positively.
Thanks for giving us the update about the design issue, this could be one of the upgrades they slipped into the Desert Storm as well, along with the front fork re-design. Heartening to see they are making some upgrades. Wonder what other changes they have put into these bikes since July 2011.
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Old 20th December 2011, 09:57   #19
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if you had not tweeted this issue am sure you would have to pay for it. hope you get the waranty for this damage. wonder how may bikes that are out of warranty will suffer this fate?
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Old 20th December 2011, 18:54   #20
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sorry to know about the damage
good to hear the response from REnfield,should wait for the problem to be fixed;I was shocked and this issue is scaring me about buying a RE,hoping to see the problem being rectified.
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Old 16th January 2012, 19:08   #21
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RE Nerul service station has my Bike since 27th Nov and today its 16th Jan 2012. Hopefully by tomorrow I should be getting my bike back.

A recap of damage done because of one bolt
  1. Sprag clutch - caused possibly due to loose nut & slippage
  2. Found a spacer / washer broken behind the sprag clutch. This took lot of time for shipment as RE chennai spares was closed for holidays.
  3. Engine LHS case
  4. Hopefully a new & improved nut

I am lucky RE has replaced my LHS engine case with new one, this costs nearly 20k. They are not convinced that the sprag clutch was damaged because of this nut so no replacement there costs 4k. Labour & rest of the parts on me.

Will share the break down of cost once I get my bike back. Waiting to ride since long time
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Old 16th January 2012, 19:57   #22
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Good to see it turned out OK. Safe riding.

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Old 19th January 2012, 09:56   #23
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Okay good news & the bad news.


Good news
Bike is finally ready
Bad news
Total bill Rs 13,600/-
I have not seen the bill myself but this is what was conveyed over the phone.
This includes (guessing)
Engine Case - replaced by RE for free, other wise would have costed 18k more.
Labour
Gaskets
Sprag Clutch - 4k (No replacement here)
New bolt - he was not sure but if its new design then it should be little longer
Oil & filter*
Sprocket kit* - 1.8k
Handle Cone* - Not sure changed but lets assume
Fuel pump tube*
*(Not related to this incident)

Please advice, if this looks fine.

I don't want to rant so much but one design flaw has costed me this, some say its expensive. C500 is my 1st bike so I am not sure if this is okay, I don't know how other manufactures sort these case either.

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Old 19th January 2012, 11:01   #24
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Hopeless QC RE has.
Though I have my sight on 350 Classic, such experiences force me to rethink my decision.

I wish someone could slap a consumer case on RE and put some sense into them.

Sid, I hope you won't have any such incident again.
But to naked eye 9600(13.6- 4k for sprag clutch) looks very high.

What on earth are they putting in your CL5? The bill borders close to paid service costs of some sedans lol.

Also, so what exactly are morons at RE including in warranty???
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Old 19th January 2012, 11:57   #25
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lol I have Ford Feista and recently got some major work done which costed just about 15k. Both front break assembly & discs, ac condenser, synthetic oils, belts etc. Mind you Ford are known for expensive service.

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Hopeless QC RE has.
Sid, I hope you won't have any such incident again.
But to naked eye 9600(13.6- 4k for sprag clutch) looks very high.

What on earth are they putting in your CL5? The bill borders close to paid service costs of some sedans lol.

Also, so what exactly are morons at RE including in warranty???
Well there are few components that was not part of the problem like mentioned in the list which approx to total 3200.

Bike is now 1.5yrs old. They had changed the sprag clutch during warranty and hence I was able to contest for poor service. I got the replacement because there was this design flaw (lol they will not admit it officially).


Btw I am just on my way to check the bill to see what they have charged.

Also good news is that they have made lot of design improvement in last 2yrs after launch. I am like the early beta users :P
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Discounting the costs of sprag clutch (6k) and the miscellany (3.2k you say), it looks like either some pretty expensive labour and gaskets, or that's one heck of an expensive "new design" bolt!! Any further details on that bill?

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Ouch! That is bad. RE should have done everything free of cost. And one more thing. Check the milling at the tip of the shaft where this nut is mounted. If that is worn out (can happen when the nut is loose), same problem can haunt you again.

Reminds me of a similar problem in my KB 100 during '91. A similar nut fastening a sprocket to the "Final output shaft" had worked loose. There was no other damage but the milling at the shaft's tip was worn-out, so the nut could not be tightened. The spare shaft was not available anywhere. Repeated entreaties to Bajaj fell on deaf ears.

Finally the engine was dismantled by an experienced mechanic, the shaft was re-threaded in a lathe and the engine reassembled again! I have not touched a Bajaj product since then, not even with a barge pole!
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hey, all the stuff that has failed is "consequential damage" and so you do not have to pay for it. pay only for the oil and gaskets and rubber items. as for the rest, do not accept to pay. if you are up to it, refuse and if they act tough, get a lawyer to send them a notice. demand an entire set of the copies of the job cards.

or bluntly warn them that if they do not accept your terms, that you will blog and blog and blog all over the net in all forums about their stingy and pathetic way enfield treats their customers. and when you say it, MEAN IT MAN! screw them!

DO NOT GIVE IN. am sure that there are other similar cases (crankcases!!)all over india that your lawyer can quote.

scan the bill or estimate copy and post it please! and go the company website and post your grievances on shaji, venki and sid lal blog. basically make a "pain in the ***" of yourself and that is the only way they will listen to you.

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Also good news is that they have made lot of design improvement in last 2yrs after launch. I am like the early beta users :P
wish it was that simple ,you could uninstall beta version and install RTW verison . :( .

But 13 k Rupees for no fault of yours and a screwed up bike trip is a no no .. .

RE should foot the bill . Did they take your permission before replacing other parts apart from damaged parts ?
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Here is the rough break up
(Tax exclusive )

Cost for fixing the Bolt problem Total Rs.6931 + Rs.2007
Engine overhauling - Rs.3500
Sprag clutch - Rs.3431
Consumables below
Gasket & other stuff - Rs.1227
Oil + filter - Rs.780

Other unrelated spares & costs
Rear Break shoes with fitting - Rs.324
Auto D comp can gear - Rs.1837
Chain & Sporket - Rs.1335
Air filter - Rs.145
Washing - Rs.100
Vat - Rs.915
To sum it up my actual unnecessary damage is about 7k.
Since my case was registered at RE directly Priyank (TSM - Mumbai) called up for feedback and confirmation. He said he was not aware of the sprag clutch problem & will look into it.

However I feel its not just design quality that needs to be blamed but the service quality. RE has little control over quality of service. Every time I give my bike for service I feel its degraded. Careless scratches, cable not connected, screws missing etc are common.

I was shocked to find 2 screws missing in RHS cover & the main case, I am going back to service station again today. I think the bolt problem would have not happened in the 1st place if the mechanic who fixed my sprag clutch 7 months before did it right. Yesterday after delivery I can hear a whooshing sound (like metal rubbing light) when the engine heats up, I told the service manager, he said since all parts are in new case it will take some time to tune up. Hmm. Some how its hard to trust the workmanship.
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