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Old 11th July 2016, 14:59   #886
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Smile New Avenger Cruise Mirrors For Blue Bird

After deciding to retire the OE stock rear-view mirrors [RVM] as the LHS has become dull and faded, I selected the new Avenger Cruise chrome RVM as they look sturdier, more stylish and better quality compared to the OE stock ones.

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Since my son was also not satisfied with his Classic 500's OE stock ones, I bought a set and fitted on his Classic 500. He is satisfied with the new Avenger Cruise RVM after using for a coupla days. So, today, I bought another set and fixed them on my B Bird. Each set costs ₹ 678. I am yet to test the new RVM on the city roads and highways.

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Thanks Ravi sir for the pictures. I am also planning to switch to these Avenger mirrors on my Thunderbird. Did you buy them at Bajaj dealership?
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Did you buy them at Bajaj dealership?
Yes, for my son's Classic 500, I bought them from Anant Bajaj, Bangalore. Mine from Khivraj Bajaj, Chennai, both costing the same. After riding my bird on Chennai roads for a coupla days with the new mirrors, I felt that I should have done this switch 3 years back itself!

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After deciding to retire the OE stock rear-view mirrors [RVM] as the LHS has become dull and faded, I selected the new Avenger Cruise chrome RVM as they look sturdier, more stylish and better quality compared to the OE stock ones.
Hi Ravi Sir,
Was there any Bajaj's branding name engraved on the RVMs? Reason why I am asking is, I tried KTM's RVM on my Desert Storm. Though it looked neat, they had the KTM's branding name on it, which made me not to go for it. I will search for similar RVMs with out KTM branding in and around JC road, if I am lucky to find it, then I may go for it.

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Was there any Bajaj's branding name engraved on the RVMs?
No, Badri; I could see the vendor's logo and batch and serial numbers only.

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Yesterday, I experimented with video-recording while riding on Blue Bird. But, the main problem was finding the right mount and placing it at the right place. The existing navigator holder on the LHS of the handlebar could not be used for mounting the camcorder as it has restricted space for rotation and the obstructing cables. So, I joined the base of one more surplus handlebar holder with the top claw of another and fixed it on the RHS stem of the indicator. Then, I used my Lenovo K3 Note phone camera for video-recording, while riding, but it turned out to an utter flop as the mount could not balance the phone due to its weight and a lot of vibrations crept into the video, resulting in me discarding the maiden video attempt. Then, I tried with my XUV 500's cheap Chinese camcorder, which brought out reasonably good result. Until better alternative arrangement is made in future, this present set-up will continue on B Bird as I don't want any helmet-mounted camcorder jutting out of my head, while riding!

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After the video-recording of more than 16 minutes, I uploaded it to YouTube, edited it and made a short film of 2 minutes.

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What a thread!!! Started by 11 pm yesterday and read non-stop till 4:30 am today. You woke up the biker inside me. You definitely deserve a standing ovation. You showed today's bikers what true biking really is.

I am going to book myself a T'bird 350 today. Hope I will burn roads one day like you sir.

Is T'bird 350 a competent machine? My usage limits to mostly city rides with occasional highway runs. Kindly guide me sir!

Once again, hats off sir. Godspeed.
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Is T'bird 350 a competent machine? My usage limits to mostly city rides with occasional highway runs.
Yes, Thunderbird 350 is equally good and competent motorcycle for your intended usage, Asta_la_vista, the only difference being carburated lesser capacity engine with all the other features remaining the same. Go for it. Thanks a lot for the appreciation and compliments.
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Yes, Thunderbird 350 is equally good and competent motorcycle for your intended usage, Asta_la_vista
Thanks for your guidance sir. I have booked a T'bird 350 today. Its my dad's birthday too. Was pretty excited too. Your detailed thread being the main motivation.

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The tentative delivery period as promised by the dealer is 45-60 days.
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Me and my bird as painted by Prisma.

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Today, Blue Bird started chirping in the very first cranking after being in hibernation for almost a month.

During my recent Golden Quadrilateral ride, I found it very difficult to carry all the tools, spares and accessories along with the personal luggage in the saddle bag. So, I visited NH4 Motorheads, Koramangala and bought a pair of Royal Enfield crash-guard bags, costing ₹ 1,299. These bags appear to be very useful for long rides.

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These bags appear to be very useful for long rides.

Sirji,
The bags seem to have a very good utilitarian nature. Shall follow your posts on them.

Been quite some time since you set out on an expedition, which is the next big ride? Ride to Singapore?
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The bags seem to have a very good utilitarian nature.
NH4motorheads are very good in customer care. I have been waiting to grab those bags since a couple of months, but couldn't do so immediately as the stocks used to get exhausted so soon. I have been periodically informed of the latest position through the Messenger on my phone. When I got the green signal, I immediately visited their Koramangala store and bought them.

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September. Sach Pass. Cliffhanger Road. Srinagar. Leh. Subject to many ifs, buts and provideds.
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Today, Blue Bird got its eighth servicing done at Sri Velavan Motors, Greams Road, Chennai, costing ₹ 2,109 inclusive of taxes. Gave the bike at 9 am, waited and got it back at 12 noon. Paid by credit card without any extra charges. One cracked rubber pipe going into the crank case, front brake pad set and engine oil with filter were replaced.

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Today, Blue Bird got its eighth servicing done at Sri Velavan Motors, Greams Road, Chennai,
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Out of curiosity, why would you need 2 liters of fork oil? Is that the recommended amount for TB forks?

Very very detailed capture of your service records. Fantastic chief.
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