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Old 20th January 2013, 01:11   #46
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I had read a lot about the Classic series and had high expectations. I had a small ride on his bike(my 1st RE ride) and found it vibrating like hell(especially the handle bar) and the engine felt like a generator. Can any RE owner shed some light if it is normal for a RE or there is some issue?
Every RE vibrates but not as much and especially not like a generator! This obviously has to do with your colleagues "running in" technique. Riding constantly at high RPM, no oil change etc is not the best way to ride a new motorbike. The engine oil of new motorcycles contains metal shavings and stuff which is why it is recommended to get the engine oil changed at 500kms! Compare your colleagues running in with mine. I got the 1st service done at 450kms, next at 1900kms and thereby every 3000kms. For 1st 1kms I did not ride it beyond 70kmph in top gear.

So to answer your question, it is not normal. Tell him to get the engine oil changed at least!
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Old 20th January 2013, 06:17   #47
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I can add that when I changed the engine oil on my 2011 Royal Enfield 500 EFI at 300 miles (490km) both magnetic drain plugs were covered with steel shavings.
The screen (gauze) filter on the oil pickup tube had many steel filings on it.

A bigger concern was that there was a fiber or cloth like material that had covered much of that inlet screen during the 500km run-in.

Things like this fiber blocking the inlet screen can greatly reduce the oil flow thru the engine leading to premature failure of all moving parts.
Especially at higher speeds.

At my second oil change there were new (but fewer) steel shavings on both magnets but no re-occurrence of the cloth/fiber contamination.

I feel that changing the oil as recommended by the manufacturer is the cheapest insurance against possible failures in the future.
As for cost, even replacing the engine oil with a low cost oil that doesn't meet the manufacturer's requirements is better than leaving contaminated, fouled oil in an engine.

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One minor point in favour of being conservative during the break-in period is that the mechanics at service centres tend to rev the hell out of the engine (that too when not in gear). Not being aggressive with the revs yourself might offset the extra load that service people might put on the engine parts.
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Just read through all the comments on this forum and have a related question.

I purchased a new Honda Unicorn 150 bike recently and had to ride it for 57 km from the dealer's showroom to my residence. This is my sixth motorcycle so conversant of the "break in" rules. I did not drive it beyond 4K rpm and kept varying the rpm but most of the time it was on 4K since it was on a clear NH4. The ride was continuous without a break as it was raining heavily and did not wish to halt.

After I reached home, felt the engine, was unduly hot and took quite some time to cool down. I notice now that the bike is not as smooth as what it was when I first started it at the dealer's showroom. I feel the vibration has increased and it makes a "whining" noise when in any gear. The Engine Oil level is proper and has not turned brown. The bike has done only 130 Km so far. Its been almost 2 months and have not even given it for first service though I am aware of the rules, 1000 km or 30 days whichever is earlier.

Would appreciate if members would give me a reason for this noise since Unicorn as I have seen is a very silent bike.
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I purchased a new Honda Unicorn 150 bike recently and had to ride it for 57 km from the dealer's showroom to my residence.
Hard to diagnose such a thing over the internet (especially since I'm not familiar with the Unicorn at all).

However, some thoughts:
1) You seem to be correlating a possibly less-than-perfect running-in with the birth of this sound. Don't blame yourself for that. You've not done anything wrong, and if there's a noise its not from your doing, but rather some defect.
2) Could it be that the sound and perhaps harshness always was present, but you didn't notice it since it was raining (which certainly adds a lot of white noise).
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After I reached home, felt the engine, was unduly hot and took quite some time to cool down. I notice now that the bike is not as smooth as what it was when I first started it at the dealer's showroom. I feel the vibration has increased and it makes a "whining" noise when in any gear. The Engine Oil level is proper and has not turned brown. The bike has done only 130 Km so far. Its been almost 2 months and have not even given it for first service though I am aware of the rules, 1000 km or 30 days whichever is earlier.
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Its natural for a new engine to heat up more than usual since the mating parts are yet to bed and friction would be higher leading to the engine running hotter than usual. Also, sometimes our own minds play tricks on us and possibly your concern for your new ride is causing you to feel that its more vibey than what it should be

Just to put your mind at rest, considering changing the oil and filter now and then stick to the prescribed schedule. Should do no harm
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Would appreciate if members would give me a reason for this noise since Unicorn as I have seen is a very silent bike.
From your post, I sense that you posses adequate knowledge about a new bike and its run-in procedures/maintenance.

All you require now are few answers to convince you that "it is not what you think it is." and let you enjoy your new ride.

I am pretty sure the bike is good. Maybe two options;

1. Take it to a nearby mechanic for his opinion.
2. Drive it back to the showroom again for their opinion.

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1. Take it to a nearby mechanic for his opinion.
2. Drive it back to the showroom again for their opinion.
Or better yet, find another Unicorn owner and compare!
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Or better yet, find another Unicorn owner and compare!
+1 and finding a new unicorn with about 130km on odo and driven under similar conditions might be challenging for him though.

Be it a roadside mechanic or the SA at showroom, both are going to do away with the bike stating that it is new and under warranty, etc., etc.,
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Good Evening,

We brought home the Himalayan on the 26th & clocked up 650 kilometres till yesterday. The procedure followed so far has been: Start bike on Choke. Let it idle for 15 seconds under choke, then switch off choke. Continue idling the bike for a couple of minutes, before riding off.

As for the running-in, I kept varying the throttle speeds, although, i did stay under the 4k rpm mark till the 1st service at 500 kilometres. Post which, i have progressively kept stretching the revs till 5k rpm periodically. Have consciously avoided keeping the throttle at constant speeds, while also taking 10-15 minute breaks every 100-odd kilometres.

The bike which felt restrained the first couple of hundred kilometres on the odo, has gradually opened up. The engine now revs freely, though i'm still not going to stretch it much till about the 2-3k kilometre mark on the odo.

Have i got it right? Or do you'll have a better approach on things? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Cheers,
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