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Old 2nd August 2014, 09:14   #511
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Rideon 74, the TBTS 350 is a very capable product even for long rides. You will only feel the difference when you are in a group . The 350 riders will have to be ride hard to keep up with the 500 riders in such a situation especially on high speed runs over long distances.
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Rideon 74, the TBTS 350 is a very capable product even for long rides. You will only feel the difference when you are in a group . The 350 riders will have to be ride hard to keep up with the 500 riders in such a situation especially on high speed runs over long distances.
Point noted well, Rajneesh. The extra 150cc sure will find the 500cc owners thumping away happily at high speed runs. True. My scene is that after years of just 4-wheeling it to my business, I'd like to use the TB for daily rides to the office often too. I'll be running at 25-30km per day easily whenever it's going to be the bird to the office.

That's why there's the extra mileage vs. extra HP calculation going on in my head. 10 kmpl extra in the city is not quite a small difference to ignore. Well, I still have about a week or so to upgrade my booking. It's going be a hard call. The proverbial 'Heart vs. Head' battle again... :P
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Well,

One way to look at it is this. If you have been driving cars, the mileage of this bike should not bother you. The most efficient car gives 16-18 KPL. The TBTS 500 will easlily return 26kpl+ in city and around 30kpl ion highways ( even more if you stick to speeds of 80-90 kph).

However if you were a college student or someone in this first job the extra 10 kpl would matter. If you clock 1200 KM / month the 500 would require 46 litres and the 350 would require 34 litres. 12 litres is less than Rs 1000 per month. There is a difference in the price as well.

In my case 26 Kpl was not a problem.

If you are going for a bike at 40 years of age then in my book you are looking for something more than a means of transport.

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That is rightly said about mileage there! Its very much dependent on the driving style and so is subjective. In my case, by TB500 gives 30KMPL with all kind of driving combinations. I use it daily for office commute. Since I bought it 5 weeks ago, my SX4 hasn't been out of garage except sunday. And I have started noticing the difference - I have made at least two trips less to the petrol pump!

And about comparison with power that is available with 500, you will sure enjoy it. Don't worry about not been able to ride fast - it's not very practical to ride beyond 100 continuously anyway. And I am really not sure if 350 vs 500 really makes so much difference in this scenario.

My recommendation is to listen to your heart and not head Thats how I bought my bird!

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Why I'm smiling is that I just checked the forum now and read the advice given by rajneeesh & abirnale about listening to my heart.

I did.

Just about 45 minutes earlier, before I read your posts, I set out to work and I took an impulsive right turn at the signal next to house, did a quick turn further up, parked, walked into the Enfield showroom and changed the booking to the TB500.

Two of the points that both of you mentioned were exactly the reasons to do so: firstly: a 10-12 kmpl mileage difference is seriously no big deal in my case (with a Scorpio & Punto in the garage, I was like: give yourself a break!) and secondly: you only live once. I'm 40 now - like rajneeesh guessed correctly - if not now, then when?

I feel good. Actually, great is the word. No more doubts whatsoever. Thank you, Rajneeesh & Abirnale, for sound advice. Much appreciated.

Now, comes the final part of boys being boys: I've got to break the news to Mrs.!

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Welcome to the club Rideon 74. BTW I did not guess your age. looking at your handle I had a hunch and followed it by checking your profile.

The TBTS 500 has a comfortable seat. I too broke the news to my wife after I had booked my bull and for quiet some time she thought I was pulling her leg. My sister on the other hand said it is a sign of mid life crisis.

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That is rightly said about mileage there! Its very much dependent on the driving style and so is subjective. In my case, by TB500 gives 30KMPL with all kind of driving combinations. I use it daily for office commute. Since I bought it 5 weeks ago, my SX4 hasn't been out of garage except sunday. And I have started noticing the difference - I have made at least two trips less to the petrol pump!

And about comparison with power that is available with 500, you will sure enjoy it. Don't worry about not been able to ride fast - it's not very practical to ride beyond 100 continuously anyway. And I am really not sure if 350 vs 500 really makes so much difference in this scenario.

My recommendation is to listen to your heart and not head Thats how I bought my bird!
Well Abirnale, you are being unjust to the SX4 . I would like to use my TB more, but Noida to Airport is quiet a distance and the climate here is extreme. Moreover, I would have to change into formals when I reach office, so my riding to work is restricted to Fridays when I don my denims.

Bangalore has better weather and the traffic there makes it ore conducive to biking.

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Well Abirnale, you are being unjust to the SX4 . I would like to use my TB more, but Noida to Airport is quiet a distance and the climate here is extreme. Moreover, I would have to change into formals when I reach office, so my riding to work is restricted to Fridays when I don my denims.

Bangalore has better weather and the traffic there makes it ore conducive to biking.
Ah.. not really. The SX4 is truely a HivayKing now It rests through out the week and then growls on highways over weekend.

With extra formal footwear in the office and liberty to wear casuals for work, there is something really to cherish about IT job I am in Yeah, Bangalore is such a great weather city to live in.
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She shines brilliantly! I must say that your thread has been invaluable to myself and probably hundreds of others in this forum who've had queries about life with a TB500. Thanks again, sir!
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Hello Ravi sir hope you're doing good and not missing BlueBird much! Have a question for you since you serviced your bike not with the dealer last. How was your experience with Jaff? The dealer where I give mine is now saying it will take 2-3 days for normal service too due to increased flow of bikes. I dont want to give the bike away for more than a day. Besides I would also get to see the bike getting serviced in front of me for any issues if I get it done outside. Please let me know!
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Hello Ravi sir hope you're doing good and not missing BlueBird much!
Thanks, SuperSlick. The good news is that I am going to be reunited with my bird in a few days time!

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How was your experience with Jaff?
I am fully satisfied with the last service of my bird by Jaf. If you are prepared to wait for a couple of hours, then you can get the servicing done in your presence; but, be there by 10 am. But, washing is to be got done by yourself separately at a different nearby place called Sterling Water Service prior to servicing. Similarly, the electrical works are attended by another electrician, Taj. I find the team friendly and trust-worthy. Mr Jafar Ali is a well-experienced gentleman, who can be contacted at his mobile number mentioned on the sign board [94443 87636].

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She shines brilliantly!
Thanks a lot for the appreciation and compliments, rideon74.

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Thanks a lot for details sir! Perhaps we could try to meet once you're back! I'll PM you my number! :-)
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Ravi sir, I saw this pic on the net and instantly thought of your style of planning a trip!
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I am reunited with Blue Bird at 4 am today. Blue Bird electric-started at the very first cranking after remaining in hibernation for more than a month. At 4:30 am, I took my bird for a solo-ride to Marina beach and back!

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Ravi sir, I saw this pic on the net and instantly thought of your style of planning a trip!
Nice photograph. Thanks for the kind words, rideon74.
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Great that you are reunited. Any plans for an Independence Day ride.


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