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Old 9th July 2013, 12:30   #151
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Today, I received JCB ankle boots costing Attachment 11047441,434. I ordered online on 27 June 2013.
Sir Awaiting Your update on these , any specific reason for choosing these.

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Sir Awaiting Your update on these , any specific reason for choosing these.
I am yet to use these boots on long trips. I chose them because I did not have any ankle boots which will insulate me from the heat generated by my Thunderbird 500 plus it is VFM. Hence, I selected this brand.
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When I pointed out these blunders, I was assured that RC, duly corrected and counter-signed, would be given to me in a couple of days.
Just a few minutes back, I received the corrected and attested RC home-delivered by Royal Enfield Brand Store, Chennai. I was told that they got the correct details incorporated at RTO systems that caused delay.

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Ravi Sir,
Thought you would get the Smart Card with the chip instead of this Paper RC. Does TN RTO Still issue the paper RC? Thought issuing the Smart Card was a nation-wide initiative.
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Does TN RTO Still issue the paper RC?
Yes, most of them. I was told by Royal Enfield Brand Store, Chennai, that only one RTO at Chennai @ TN 07 issues RC in smart card. Those, who opt for premium numbers, can also get it from TN 07 in smart card irrespective of the location of their address. But, mine is issued by TN 06 [because my home is located in their jurisdiction] where the smart card initiative is still unheard of. Thank god, it is only paper RC. Otherwise, I had to surrender the RC in smart card and get another one because of this goof-up by Royal Enfield Brand Store!

I got my Linea's RC in smart card issued by KA 02 in October 2009. My son got his Classic 500's RC in smart card, again issued by KA 02 in March 2012.

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Can anyone confirm if the Tbird RPM limit is 6000 vs the old RPM limit of 5500 on C5. I took a test ride of the T bird and revs were touching 6k so want to confirm if this is with all the Tbirds.
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After 8 days of complete rest, my Blue Bird electric-started at the first crank itself this evening. She will be going to the company-owned service station on 18 July 2013 for the second free service.
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I took a test ride of the T bird and revs were touching 6k so want to confirm if this is with all the Tbirds.
I didn't rev it to that level, so I don't know the answer.
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Hi Sir,

will be picking up my bull within the next few days .Hopefully can share my experiences on TBHP soon

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She will be going to the company-owned service station on 18 July 2013 for the second free service.
Today, my Blue Bird got her second free servicing done at the company-owned service centre, OMR, Chennai, after completion of 3 months and 2460 km. There was no complaint from my side. I was not charged as there was no oil change involved.

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will be picking up my bull within the next few days
Advance congrats, Jimmy_u. Please start your ownership thread after exploring and riding your bull including what you like and what you don't.
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Hello Sir,


I will be picking the bull soon, just want to run through the last minute checklist,
I posted the below to @ Rajneesh as well for his insight

I have few checkpoints as below, please feel free to add to them .

1.check all screws / nuts etc ensure they are tight
2.check 10amp fuse in the electrical box and replacement process, have read that it can knock off in the initial run-in
3.check if all tool are available
4.check headlight adjustment
5.check front and rear brake settings
6.check fuel meter behavior
7.Check for squeaks / rattles
8.check all buttons are functioning on the Electronic meter
9.tighten Mirror screws
10.Check clutch / accelerator cables / setting

Awaiting your valuable feedback. can you share any PDI document you would have handy.

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Hello Sir,

Awaiting your valuable feedback. can you share any PDI document you would have handy.
Mate,
Congratulations on your Bull, from what I have observed on the ThunderBird, there are a lot of electrical stuff that lies exposed which you might want to waterproof them with sufficient insulation tape.

And yes Retorque all those nuts and bolts of the bike which should make it last longer. All the best and do share some photos.
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Living in the USA as I do, I have never seen the new RE Thunderbird except in pictures. Nice looking motorcycle they are too!

What I'm about to mention applies to all Royal Enfields but it can just as easily apply to all motorcycles.

I know my 2011 G5 (Electra) well and based on my knowledge of it I might make a suggestion to the owners of the Thunderbird.

Almost all of the parts and side covers are metal on the G5 along with several metal brackets to support things.

In several of the areas where the electrical harness runs it passes very close to the sharp edges on the supports and covers.

The wiring harnesses only protection from these sharp edges is the black electrical tape that is wrapped around the wiring and it is not capable of actually protecting the wires against cuts or abrasion.

To add protection to my G5's harness I bought some short 30 cm lengths of 8mm and 10mm diameter vinyl tubing. Black rubber tubing would also work.

When I saw a branch of the harness that was close to a metal edge I selected one of the tube sizes that would hold the branch inside and cut a suitable length, usually about 35-50 mm in length.

Using a very sharp knife I then cut a slit thru one wall of the short piece, pried it open and slid the harness branch inside.
I then positioned this along the branch so that any contact with a sharp metal edge would be done by my newly made wiring armor.

After over 2 years and 11,000 miles (17,700 km) no harness wiring has been damaged. Several of the protective tubes do show signs of abrasion though.
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thanks for the advice, will definitely followup on this and do the needful.
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Congratulations and best wishes once again, Jimmy_u.

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6.check fuel meter behavior
Please note that new Thunderbird's fuel gauge is erratic and undependable. When starting, it will show 2 bars and after some time, it will suddenly increase to 4 bars! Don't count on that.
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Living in the USA as I do, I have never seen the new RE Thunderbird except in pictures. Nice looking motorcycle they are too!
Come on buddie, If i were to be in the US of A, would have tried the simple liquid sealant tape. They are much better than putting in rubber tubes and spending lots of time. Liquid tape is much simpler to use and all that you ought to do is to apply them using a brush. Dry it off with a hair dryer if weather does not permit and that ways you will sufficiently waterproof them as well and protect them.

PS: No pun intended, am searching for a similar option in India but they are not all that good stuff.
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