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Old 27th December 2013, 14:12   #316
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Ravi sir, Do I see an avg of about 58kmpl in one of these pics?

And Ravi sir, Thanks to you, I got my slightly cracked instrument console replaced under warrenty from the company service centre on OMR. They din'ty have stock and I had to wait for about an hour for the console to be brought from the Adyar showroom.

While waiting for it, just dropped into the showroom and look who I bumped into:
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The GT looks drop dead gorgeous in flesh. Couldn't take my eyes off for quite sometime. The single seat can be replaced with a 'RX-100-ish' two seater for about 4k. And those cling on RVMs at the end of the handle bar would cost you another 4k.

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Old 27th December 2013, 15:00   #317
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Ravi sir, Do I see an avg of about 58kmpl in one of these pics?
Prinz, look closely. It is 58 KMPH. It is not the average fuel consumption but the average speed .
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Ahh! My mistake. Thanks Rajneesh!

For a minute I thought it was kmpl and was shocked. Thought I could take a tip or two from Ravi sir
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Old 27th December 2013, 23:20   #319
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Ravi sir,

Please tell about the following:

1) How do you perform the very first start of the morning on you Bird ? Is it a kick start or an electric start ?

2) Do you start riding your bike immediately after starting the engine, or you warm the engine for sometime ? If yes, then you warm up for how many minutes and at what RPM ? Is it necessary to warm up the engine for every cold start ?

3) How do you determine that the engine is warmed up ?

4) Do you maintain any particular speed just after you start riding, in order to be easy on the engine ?

For my Bird, I have always followed a practice to do a kick start in the morning. Followed by, riding the bike for two minutes, on 2nd gear such that the engine RPM is always maintained between 1, 200 to 1, 500 RPM. I guess this should be totally fine, considering the fact that idling engine RPM for our Birds is around 1, 000 RPM and warming up at 1, 200 RPM should be OK.

Please share your thoughts on the same.

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1) How do you perform the very first start of the morning on you Bird ? Is it a kick start or an electric start ?
I always start my Thunderbird 500 by electric-start only. The owner's manual also specifies electric-start only. It does not talk about kick-starting. I resort to kick-starting occasionally to test whether kick-start works alright.

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2) Do you start riding your bike immediately after starting the engine, or you warm the engine for sometime ?
I start the engine, allow it to idle, adjust the rear-view mirrors, check the instrument cluster for any warnings, check whether my helmet is properly secured, if night-riding, switch on the headlamp and then, start riding. All these checks would consume less than a minute.

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3) How do you determine that the engine is warmed up ?
The rpm will slightly increase and the knee area will get warm cross-currents.

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4) Do you maintain any particular speed just after you start riding, in order to be easy on the engine ?
Definitely, yes. For the first few km, I maintain a steady low speed/rpm. Then, I increase it gradually.
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After my electra 350 5s,I have booked my thunderbird 500 stone last week. They informed me that I will be getting the bird by March.But I got a call from the showroom yesterday telling,if I can make the full payment,they can give the bike in a week time.So what is this 'waiting period of 5-6 month' funda?
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After my electra 350 5s,I have booked my thunderbird 500 stone last week. They informed me that I will be getting the bird by March.But I got a call from the showroom yesterday telling,if I can make the full payment,they can give the bike in a week time.So what is this 'waiting period of 5-6 month' funda?
One of the possibilities is that someone has cancelled and they are giving the bike to you. Another one (though far stretched imagination), that something is amiss and they are trying to get it off asap. I do not have any proofs regarding this practice, but considering the Time they had provided you earlier (March 2014) and the sudden willingness to get it delivered (December 2013), compels me to think in this line.
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Decided not to go with this offer.I would rather wait for 2 more months and get a 2014 model bike.Even I became suspecious about this sudden availability.By the way, any comments on my choice of color? the STONE?
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I would rather wait for 2 more months and get a 2014 model bike.
All the auto manufacturers are planning to increase the prices in January 2014. So, 2014 models will be costing more than the December 2013 models.
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All the auto manufacturers are planning to increase the prices in January 2014. So, 2014 models will be costing more than the December 2013 models.
Namaste Ravi ji,

I am an avid reader of your thread since I am also a Thunderbird 500 owner. Due to pressure of work I haven't been able to ride much in the last 12 months of ownership. my odo currently reads at 2800 kms. I am inspired by your riding experiences and as I have also just crossed 50 yrs, am able to relate with your passion.

The question that I have is how well equipped are you to handle common problems like punctures, cables breaking or fuses blowing during your rides. What are the measures you have taken to respond to such situations should they arise?

Saluting your spirit of Can Do and wishing you a Happy, Safe New Year.
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Thanks a lot for kind appreciation and compliments, AAD.

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The question that I have is how well equipped are you to handle common problems like punctures, cables breaking or fuses blowing during your rides.
My Thunderbird 500 experienced puncture [rear wheel] only once, while crossing a toll plaza. Thankfully, vulcanizing shops were available nearby, I could get the puncture vulcanized and continue my ride after some delay. Removing the rear wheel requires two people, one to tilt the bike and another to remove it. Recently, when I rode to Athirapilly Falls from Sholayar Dam in the evening, there was no human habitation all along the route as it was a dense forest. The first 20 km of road after entering Kerala was very bad. Yes, in such a situation, there was a great risk involved. Thankfully, nothing untoward happened either to me or Blue Bird.

My magnetic tank bag carries a genuine spare clutch cable to take care of emergency. I am yet to buy spare fuses. Thanks for reminding me. I have them in my Linea, but yet to have them for Blue Bird.

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Ravi Sir,

Yesterday, while interacting with some fellow riders I got a very crucial input regarding puncture repairing. Per them they do not need to take the tire out of the motorcycle, but repair it the way, it is done in cycles.

Are you aware of this process? I kinda remember the way the bicycle tire is repaired of puncture, but how to have that implemented on a 200+ kgs motorcycle.

Please advise.
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Are you aware of this process?
That's tube-patching. But, the problem is, it won't last long under pressure. Proper vulcanizing repair has to be done later.
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That's tube-patching. But, the problem is, it won't last long under pressure. Proper vulcanizing repair has to be done later.
But as an interim process till one reaches a mechanic it can hold, right? I could not locate any videos for the same. Is there anything present?
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on a road trip,all these setup will be difficult.Easy way is to carry a foot pump,fill the air without removing the nail which caused puncture and move on till you see a vulcanization shop.
I was thinking of getting tubeless tyres,so that fixing puncture will not be that much of a head ache.
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