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Old 8th April 2017, 09:20   #1021
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I too saw the new Classics with Zapper Q rear tyre at the authorized service centre, when I had gone there to drop and pick up my bird. Even, I liked the tread pattern. But, when I checked in the MRF website, the manufacturer recommended Zapper Q for Classic 350 only. For Thunderbird 350/500, Bullet 500 new and Classic 500, the official recommendation is Zapper C only for the rear. Secondly, I don't have any complaints against the stock OE Zapper C as it served me for more than 32 k km with just one puncture. So, I selected Zapper C over Zapper Q.
Sir, when I searched their website for rear tyre of thunderbird, I found ZAPPER Q right there in search result. Pirelli Sports Demon also fits but the price and a 10000KM replacement scares.

Anyways its always better to stick to the stocks if confused. So, going for ZAPPER-C. Thanks for the inputs.

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Wow! 30K+ KMs on stock Zapper? That is incredible. Few queries as I am in market for a newer tyre.
  • Is the long life predominantly due to highway use or good roads?
Sir MRF tyres are known to last. My TBTS has done appx (ODO gone kaput) 40K KMs on the stock tyres. Front tyre is good to go for atleast 10K KMs but I 'll be replacing both.
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The tyre life is inversly proportional to the average speed.
As told by a 70 year old mechanic.

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Old 15th April 2017, 12:06   #1022
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Today, Blue Bird celebrates her fourth birthday. I wish her many more happy returns of the day. Even after 32 k km in four years, my bird runs on stock OE clutch, chain, sprocket, front tyre, bulbs, etc.

On this joyous occasion, I present a video made with my new SJCAM M20 that I bought from Ali Express for $ 121.04 [₹ 8,181.96] including a selfie stick, remote control, wrist band, extra battery, charger and many more accessories, which were received as a registered parcel from Singapore to Chennai within 14 days without any customs duty.



Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 : My Motorcycle Diaries-2017_0414_175640_005.jpg

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While the shooting took hardly half-hour, the post-production works like trimming, editing, uploading, etc., using MS Photos and You Tube, consumed several hours.

I sincerely hope that my bird would take me to many more states and UT in the years to come.
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Today, Blue Bird celebrates her fourth birthday. I wish her many more happy returns of the day. Even after 32 k km in four years, my bird runs on stock OE clutch, chain, sprocket, front tyre, bulbs, etc.

On this joyous occasion, I present a video made with my new SJCAM M20 that I bought from Ali Express for $ 121.04 [₹ 8,181.96] including a selfie stick, remote control, wrist band, extra battery, charger and many more accessories, which were received as a registered parcel from Singapore to Chennai within 14 days without any customs duty.

I sincerely hope that my bird would take me to many more states and UT in the years to come.
Dear Mr. Ravi,

Congratulations to you, your Blue Bird and for your latest SJCAM purchase on her fourth birthday!

It's great to hear your Bird even after 32k kms has been moving along without any issues. Especially, after hearing of so many people complaining about the quality and other issues which continue to plague RE's. Any special care you have been taking?

Many years ago, I too wanted to purchase an RE, but when I spoke with a friend who owned one, he simply said "if you want to become best friends with the service centre people or your mechanic then buy one". Never bought one or thought about it again

Thank you for always sharing your stories with lovely snaps and now starting with video

Here's wishing you many many more thousands of trouble free kilometers and travel in future.

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Congratulations to you, your Blue Bird and for your latest SJCAM purchase on her fourth birthday!
Thanks a lot, Cyborg.

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Especially, after hearing of so many people complaining about the quality and other issues which continue to plague RE's. Any special care you have been taking?
My bird had her share of quality issues and got some replacements under warranty, all in 2013.

1. Petrol tank was replaced as the stock OE one's inner coating started peeling off in patches. I hear similar problem continues plague Himalayan too. The details are here (Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 : My Motorcycle Diaries).

2. Fuel float too was replaced as the fuel gauge showed erratic readings. Here (Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 : My Motorcycle Diaries) are the details.

3. The last, but not the least, the instrument cluster got replaced due to cracked glass. Please see here (Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 : My Motorcycle Diaries) for details.

Even now, the instrument cluster shows inaccurate readings. The odometer/trip meters show the distances with +6% error. The fuel gauge continues to be erratic. I don't depend upon them. On long rides, I refuel every 300 km just to be on the safer side. The digital clock runs slowly and needs correction every month! To give the devil his due, notwithstanding these niggles, my bird has not yet broken down/got punctured during a long ride! It has always brought me home safely and comfortably.

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Here's wishing you many many more thousands of trouble free kilometers and travel in future.
Thanks again for the very good wishes, which are very badly required for me and my bird!
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I have now been riding my TB 350 for 6000 odd kms now. I find that I cannot shift into 5th gear below 55km/hr. Below that the bike goes stuttering. That means for 95% of the time I have to go max 4th gear in city. Is that normal?
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I have now been riding my TB 350 for 6000 odd kms now. I find that I cannot shift into 5th gear below 55km/hr. Below that the bike goes stuttering. That means for 95% of the time I have to go max 4th gear in city. Is that normal?
If you are using stock exhaust then it might be an issue, with a free flow exhaust the bike generally stutters at this speed.
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Congratulations Ravi Sir.. You are inspiration for many like me. Wishing you and your bird many more Miles...
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Yesterday, I made another video with the handlebar mount and waterproof case. But, I am not satisfied with the outcome.


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Wishing you and your bird many more Miles.
Thanks a lot for the compliments, appreciation and good wishes, lightpower.

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Here is my new video.



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Here is my new video.
I assume it runs on battery, what is the backup time?
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I assume it runs on battery, what is the backup time?
Yes, one hour. I have a spare battery too. It can be charged from a 12V socket too, while recording.
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My experiment with shooting videos with different mounts in different positions on different locations continues.



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Of all the camera positions, I like the chin-protector of my helmet the most. Of all the mounts supplied with my SJCAM M20, I like the clip-mount the most. Both ensure vibration-free videos.

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Greetings Sir J.Ravi and everyone in Team-BHP This thread initiated by you have made me add it to the list of favourites in browser and also in my heart.

A big salute to you Sir that you keep revving and write your journeys in such a simple way, Many thanks to you and everyone in Team-Bhp as it keeps my dream alive keep travelling encourages to travel safe.

I know its too late for this I just have couple of pictures of my rowonfield to show off for now, First one with the Hunk of my friend and second one with my princess.
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Ravi Sir, I salute to your zest for travelling, loved reading your nicely written review, and the beautiful travelogues. I have a question for you, and all the thunderbird owners, as i am planning to buy a Royal Enfield, may be a Classic or the Thunderbird, just want to know, how does the matt finish of the engine, age with time, i hope it remains as it was new, or it develops stains or cracks, anywhere on the engine. I like to keep all my vehicles specless clean, and I dont like the stained look of the engine. I presently own a Honda Unicorn, 2010 model, maintained in showroom condition, but the black paint on the cylender portion of the engine, has worn out at a few places, though the crank case covers of both sides look as good as new. I hope this is not the case with the thunderbird. Please share your experience with the Thunderbird, thanks.
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