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Old 26th November 2016, 18:16   #961
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I needed your advice whether the purchase of tb350 cc would relieve me of my wrist pain and back niggles to a larger extent?
I am comfortable with my bird's contoured seat and raised handlebar. So far, I have not felt any wrist pain or backache during my long rides including my longest ride of Kolkata-Delhi, 1,538 km [odometer] in 29 hours. Riding posture and seat contribute a lot for a comfortable ride. Kindly have test-rides from different dealers on different roads before deciding.

I wish to quote my own post in a different thread here regarding the contoured rider's seat in my Thunderbird:
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During my long rides, to break the monotony, I used to sit on the back seat of my Thunderbird 500, stretching my hands and legs in a straight line and ride, which I found soothing and relaxing.

Recently, a friend of mine got a custom-made gel cover for his Ducati Scrambler's rider's seat, costing around ₹ 3 k+. He brought his Ducati to my home for demo. I went for a spin more for testing its speed rather than the seat! I found no difference in the comfort offered by my bird's OE stock rider's seat and Ducati Scrambler's custom-made gel covered rider's seat. I touched and manually applied pressure with my fingers on both. I did not find any difference. So, I have decided to have the same old OE stock rider's seat without gel cover for my bird. I don't know whether Thunderbird's rider's seat has a gel top layer beneath the cover. The specification is silent on that.
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I needed your advice whether the purchase of tb350 cc would relieve me of my wrist pain and back niggles to a larger extent? I take the madhya kailash-iit-manapakkam-porur-kattupakkam-thirumazhisai route to Sriperumbudur. Looking forward to your kind words.

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Hi MDED,

I ride the TB500 as well and have owned it for almost a year now. I used to ride the Pulsar 220 DTSi before this and experienced a fair amount of back and wrist pain. I don't have those issues anymore, at least in the city.

Another thing that many of us need to keep in mind is that our desk jobs and sedentary lifestyles affect our backs. It is important to strengthen back muscles as well as sit properly while working. Doing this also will help reduce back strain.

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I noticed B Bird idling at 1,500 rpm - as against the normal 1,000 - since a few days. I tried in vain adjusting the idling brass screw below the rider's seat. The excess idling did not reduce. I examined the breather tube for any puncture, but I could not find any. So, I rode to Sri Velavan Motors, 1000 Lights, Chennai, where a mechanic removed the breather tube, cut a portion at the end and fitted it back. Now, B Bird idles around 1,000 rpm! I was not charged for this.
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I noticed B Bird idling at 1,500 rpm - as against the normal 1,000 - since a few days. I tried in vain adjusting the idling brass screw below the rider's seat. The excess idling did not reduce. I examined the breather tube for any puncture, but I could not find any. So, I rode to Sri Velavan Motors, 1000 Lights, Chennai, where a mechanic removed the breather tube, cut a portion at the end and fitted it back. Now, B Bird idles around 1,000 rpm! I was not charged for this.
Ravi Sir, I made trips to the company owned outlet at Besant Nagar and Velavan motors at Greams Road, Chennai and I must say that the follow up of Velavan motors is excellent and the company owned outlet didn't bothered much to call back and ask for booking of the vehicle. Last Wednesday I met with an accident on Chennai Bangalore highway near Poonamallee bypass. I am now seriously looking forward to sell my Honda Unicorn 150 cc and immediately book Thunderbird 350 cc. If you happen to know any reliable place in Chennai wherein I can sell my bike.
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the follow up of Velavan motors is excellent and the company owned outlet didn't bothered much to call back and ask for booking of the vehicle.
Yes. Sri Velavan Motors is very good. Even, I had a test-ride of Himalayan with them without any problem. The RE brand store at Besant Nagar gave one excuse or the other. I gave up finally.

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Last Wednesday I met with an accident on Chennai Bangalore highway near Poonamallee bypass.
Sorry to hear that. Take care.

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If you happen to know any reliable place in Chennai wherein I can sell my bike.
Why don't you insert ad in Team-BHP Classifieds/OLX/Quickr? You will get better offers directly from the potential buyers.

I wish you all the best and speedy recovery.
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I met with an accident on Chennai Bangalore highway near Poonamallee bypass. I am now seriously looking forward to sell my Honda Unicorn 150 cc and immediately book Thunderbird 350 cc.
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That sounds weird. Upgrading to TB350 because you had a accident. I dont want to jump on conclusions. May I enquire how the accident happened ?
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