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Old 9th July 2013, 07:21   #16
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Besides, unless you face cold-start issues that necessitate a kick start, the electric starter can be used quite regularly.
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Always thought that the first morning start should always be a kick start (if you have one) so that it does not drain the battery too much. Do correct me if am wrong here.
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I believe the logic used when a kick start is to be used for the first start of the day is that an engine might be cold enough to inconvenience the starter motor. However, I have seen many an exception to this logic, especially amongst the 500cc FI Bulls, which seem to be perfectly happy to be cranked first with the electric start, with no visible impact to either the battery life or the starter motor itself.

However, on my 350 cc carburetted Thunderbird, she is generally more comfortable with the kick start as the first start of the day.
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Mate,
Always thought that the first morning start should always be a kick start (if you have one) so that it does not drain the battery too much. Do correct me if am wrong here.
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However, I have seen many an exception to this logic, especially amongst the 500cc FI Bulls, which seem to be perfectly happy to be cranked first with the electric start, with no visible impact to either the battery life or the starter motor itself.

However, on my 350 cc carburetted Thunderbird, she is generally more comfortable with the kick start as the first start of the day.
Agree with theMAG here, the EFI engines are better cranked with the electric start.
You'll find more explanation on page 37 of Randhawa's blog (The Royal Enfield 500 Classic thread! See - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...thread-37.html (The Royal Enfield 500 Classic thread!))
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Most likely a technique issue, rather than a technical issue. A Royal Enfield kick starter should only be "kicked" from a near-horizontal position, and rather gently. Besides, unless you face cold-start issues that necessitate a kick start, the electric starter can be used quite regularly.
Ya right brother. I think I am doing it the wrong way. Like other common bikes. Tomorrow I'll try with the kick starter at the horizontal position.

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Agree with theMAG here, the EFI engines are better cranked with the electric start.
You'll find more explanation on page 37 of Randhawa's blog (The Royal Enfield 500 Classic thread! See - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...thread-37.html (The Royal Enfield 500 Classic thread!))
Ya sam. Very true. First start of the day is always the electric start. It cranks easily and starts normally as it does during the entire day.

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Those are some kickass pictures. Congrats on the bull…waiting for mind impatiently for many months
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I took the bate and bought a Iron, however I feel that in the present scenario and given the conditions of the roads in India, the TB 500 or the new duke 390 are perhaps the most practical motorcycles to have, if you wish to have a go anywhere motorcycle.
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Hey Marine Gopi Congrats on your Thunderbird.Your wise choice of Crash Guard did not go unnoticed. It leaves a good margin at your foot rest. My question is : How much did you pay for that particular guard.
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Those are some kickass pictures. Congrats on the bull…waiting for mind impatiently for many months
Thank you for your encouraging words about the pics. It's worth every second you wait buddy.

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Hey Marine Gopi Congrats on your Thunderbird.Your wise choice of Crash Guard did not go unnoticed. It leaves a good margin at your foot rest. My question is : How much did you pay for that particular guard.
I paid Rs 850/- for it. Bought it from Chennai, this has been specifically made for the new thunderbird. The manufacturer is Quality Metal Industries, Mount Road Chennai.
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Thanks, Brother. That fine guard you own will be available here shortly, in between I tried the diamond but it was fowling with my brake. The Stuff was quite bent. Great for RE but not for Thunderbird. So on a temporary basis I have fitted a straight bar.
There was a Pulsar with me & have some mods on that.
In another hour I will post the pictures.
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Congrats - and the Thunderbird is certainly a special Royal Enfield! Combined with where you live (ideal enviornment for riding), I predict a long association between you and your bike, service issues notwithstanding.

Just curious a bit: since you mention no official Royal Enfield presence on the Islands, would registering the bike and acceptable service quality be possible?
This is serious, without service the warranty would go void & issues would prevail, however Re does have tie ups with local mechanics but needs endorsing.
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Changed engine oil and filter. Exactly at 500 kms.

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Changed engine oil and filter. Exactly at 500 kms.

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Now keep doing it every 3000 kms to keep your bike's engine clean and healthy.

Also keep getting the air filter nicely cleaned every 500-1000 kms.
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Also not to forget the conditions are Kms OR specific Dates, based on your purchase date.
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Also not to forget the conditions are Kms OR specific Dates, based on your purchase date.
Ya you are right bro but the Kms come up earlier so no problem.
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This is the destination. Mt. Harriet the highest peak in South Andaman at a height of around 365 mtrs. This used to be the erstwhile summer retreat of British.
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Loaded on the vehicle ferry

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Through the forest

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Relaxing at the top all alone

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Hmmm finally some company!! Leeches!! Found in abundance these little creatures cling on and start their business noiselessly and you never realize. I let them drink for sometime and then pulled them off.

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