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Old 5th March 2015, 14:32   #586
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Appears to be a very good practical fitment for your cruiser
Yes, so far, so good. I will be testing the gadget in a mega ride shortly.

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Thought you would be fitting this by yourself.
Since my requirement included easily removal and hooking to the ignition circuit, I left the job to a pro.

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Does this come with a jump starter kit?
Nope.

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Any other upgrade plans?
Nothing at present.

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Request you to post more pics of the adopter, wiring etc.
Here are they with the usual fine prints, terms and conditions and disclaimer clauses.

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Old 6th March 2015, 09:42   #587
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Very meticulously done Ravi. However, I have a question, may be a silly one at that. Did you consider going in for a power-bank instead of the charger? A 10000 mah power-bank would have a lot of juice in it to chage the phone, the navigator and the camera. It also avoids any possible trouble with the electrics (a pain point with REML bikes) later on.
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Very meticulously done Ravi.
Thanks, rajneeesh.

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A 10000 mah power-bank would have a lot of juice in it to chage the phone, the navigator and the camera.
Yes, I do have a 5,000mAh capacity solar-charged power bank (Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 : My Motorcycle Diaries). The 12 V charger will take care of my needs during the night rides.
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It also avoids any possible trouble with the electrics (a pain point with REML bikes) later on.
Rajneesh,

Have been using the same setup on my RE TB500 for close to 9 months now. There have not been any instances where the electricals have gone Kaput (Touch Wood).

Probably if the accessory is a faulty by build then I suspect it might play around with the electricals. Have seen motorcycles with Halogen Extras being fitted on RE and the response has been positive so far.

Planning to put LEDs to see how well they go with my TB 500.
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@j Ravi sir,

I was in dilemma between Bullet 500 and TB500. Inspired by your motorcycling diaries bokked a TB500. With Adyar brand store. I am planning to make payment by this week or next.

Need your suggestions on the below please.

1) Should I pay full amount or partila before PDI? I do not want them to go for RTO before i check the bike. I am in doubt, if i make full payment i will not be in a position for that.

2) Could you please share the PDI checklist?

Thanks very much in advance.

Kanth
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Inspired by your motorcycling diaries bokked a TB500.
Congratulations and best wishes, BusyBoyKK.

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Should I pay full amount or partila before PDI?
You have to make the full payment before making the PDI.

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I do not want them to go for RTO before i check the bike.
Sign the RTO papers only after you do the PDI and you are fully satisfied with the bike. I did PDI at Mandaiveli RTO and signed the papers then and there only!

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Could you please share the PDI checklist?
I don't have any check-list. Please see here (2014 Enfield Thunderbird - My entry into the Motorcycle world. EDIT: 9000 kms update) for the excellent check-list in Excel created by samarth.bhatia.
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Thumbs up Via Terra Seaty For Blue Bird

I ordered Via Terra Seaty for my bird on 9 March 2015 morning. I got it the next day evening well-packed.

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My wife sat on the empty Seaty and certified that she was comfortable and did not feel any difference with or without Seaty.
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At last, Blue Bird gets a 12V/5V charger costing ₹652.24 from AliExpress including shipping.
I second that need - This is the most required equipment on cruiser model! I did something similar on my bird as well. Refer this - Eklipse Charger (My foray into the biking world - Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500. EDIT: Charger DIY too) suggested by Santosh. It has been amazing so far and very helpful!
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I ordered Via Terra Seaty for my bird on 9 March 2015 morning. I got it the next day evening well-packed.
JRavi sir,since your son has a classic,can you please kindly check if this can be used with the rear seat of the classic?
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JRavi sir,since your son has a classic,can you please kindly check if this can be used with the rear seat of the classic?
In Classic 350/500, the rear seat is fixed with fasteners. Removing the rear seat is a cumbersome process. But in Thunderbird 350/500, by pulling a wire, the rear seat could be easily removed! Secondly, the holding straps of Seaty sit in-between the base-plate and the rubber shoes of the rear seat. In Classic 350/500, there is no such arrangement. So, Seaty is not recommended for Classic 350/500.
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In Classic 350/500, the rear seat is fixed with fasteners. Removing the rear seat is a cumbersome process. But in Thunderbird 350/500, by pulling a wire, the rear seat could be easily removed! Secondly, the holding straps of Seaty sit in-between the base-plate and the rubber shoes of the rear seat. In Classic 350/500, there is no such arrangement. So, Seaty is not recommended for Classic 350/500.
Ohk,the reason for asking is,since the pillion seat of the classic sits on a frame which is sort of a cantilever,I was wondering if i can tie the seaty to the frame.
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since the pillion seat of the classic sits on a frame which is sort of a cantilever,I was wondering if i can tie the seaty to the frame.
Via Terra has clearly mentioned that Seaty models are available for TB UCE, DUKE 200/390/R15V2/APACHE/ P200NS/NINJA650R. Nothing has been mentioned about Classic 350/500.
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Congratulations and best wishes, BusyBoyKK.

I don't have any check-list. Please see here (2014 Enfield Thunderbird - My entry into the Motorcycle world. EDIT: 9000 kms update) for the excellent check-list in Excel created by samarth.bhatia.
Thank you Sir! I had the first darshan of would-be-mine TB500 Marine yesterday at Adyar brand store. PDIed to satisfaction. Expecting to be delivered this Saturday. Hopefully will have a pleasant association for years to come.

Sorry for the quick hijack of your motorcycle diary.
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Ahh neat stuff Sir, have been using this for almost 15 months and it has done very good service for me. If you are careful with your packing then you can easily carry 3 days of clothes with a floater

Best part is you will not lose the rear seat as pillions will not feel a bit.

On the con side, please ensure you use it with a waterproof cover as the seaty is not exactly waterproof.

Cheers...
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Smile Chennai>Gandikota>Belum Caves>Chennai Within 23 Hours

I took Blue Bird for a long ride to Gandikota and Belum Caves in Andhra Pradesh on 17/18th March 2015. For the first time, I wore the knee protectors and riding jeans - apart from my Cramster riding jacket - and also used MapMyIndia navigator for the entire ride including night, thanks to the 12V charger of my Blue Bird.

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There are numerous routes available from Chennai to my destinations. I selected my routes as they comprised good roads mostly. I under-estimated the cold and hot weather prevailing in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In fact, I had removed the thermal and water-proof inner layers of my Cramster jacket and wore the mesh jacket only as it is summer now. But, I was shivering for a considerable period due to severe cold and foggy weather upto Nagalapuram during the onward ride and at Chittoor while returning. At Gandikota, I could not trek wearing these riding gears due to scorching sun.

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Even after almost two years, Blue Bird managed to turn many heads in five places exactly. My navigator also attracted many people in these places. The owner of the road-side eatery, where I had breakfasted, asked me about the price of Blue Bird and its fuel efficiency. When I was replying to his queries in smattering Telugu, a truck driver, who was also breakfasting, came and asked me as to whether I was getting backache, while riding long distances. I replied to him in the negative. Then, he was interested in the navigator and asked the price details. He informed me that his truck was equipped with power steering and GPS vehicle tracking device. His boss monitors his movement sitting at Vellore. He said he would ask his boss to get a navigator fitted to his truck so that he would drive easily within cities without asking for the route.

Then, while I was clicking photos at Gandikota, a school boy came to me and asked about the navigator. I gave a demo to him and he seriously listened to my lecture.

Again, when I was waiting for more than half-hour at Muddanur railway level crossing for passing of two goods trains, another truck driver, his cleaner and a pedastrian started discussing with me about Blue Bird and the navigator. Ditto at a cool drink shop at Jammalamadugu and at the eatery where I had my dinner.

While returning, I was stopped at Chittoor town at midnight by cops asking for the documents. When I showed them, I was allowed to proceed without my becoming poorer financially.

Now that Blue Bird is fully charged, I need not worry about her battery getting discharged for some more time, thanks to this mega ride!

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