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Old 30th December 2013, 09:10   #166
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Yesterday I had the opportunity of meeting representatives of two so called Royal Enfield Royal riding clubs, and the experience was not as per my expectation.

Off course I shall not name the groups over here on this open forum, but anybody can guess, as there are not much riding groups available in Pune.

The first group, has been formed in the last couple of years with representatives present from all fields. I was invited to attend their gathering through our common friend, who unfortunately got stuck someplace at the time of the meeting, which is quite possible. I had thought of not attending the meeting, but this attitude of keeping myself closed behind doors and only interacting with limited few has only cocooned me in the long run and therefore I am taking steps to break free of this. With such a thought and determination in mind, I was there meeting these guys, but hey, did they see me? If I remember correctly probably I was just standing besides the pillar or post, but I am new in your group, so please understand that. Offcourse a pillar does not speak but how do you expect a new member to start voicing his opinions without getting to know the rest. Given an option whether I would like to join this group : Yes, maybe. As the members are not arrogant at heart, but being social and accommodating to a new member always helps a lot.

In the second instance, I met two members of a very well known rider group from Pune and the experience was unimaginative to my worst expectation level. There were these two riders, who were representing their group (unknowingly off course) and there are around 20 other RE owners who are looking upto you. And what are you trying to communicate? Some air of superiority and arrogance. Yes, we understand that for you members clocking kilometers is not a challenge (as if a bull is riding after a bull) or to reassemble the motorcycle is just a handywork for you (possibly with closed eyes too), but probably they should have remembered that, their condition was the same as was the remaining 20 present at the venue, some years back. Given an option whether I would like to join this group : A bald man goes under the palm tree only once.

Why I highlighted these instances over here is because probably members are present on this TBHP forums as well. Over here we support good and ethical riding, respecting others and being respected the same way. So what can possibly go wrong when the "tagging" of some Rider Group comes in the picture? Does one tend to feel more "super -human"?

Anyways, I had always wanted to be part of some Rider groups and being in Pune, opportunities are just around the corner. But with experiences like above, probably one needs to understand the basics of forming a group, or rather "Is it Worth" ?

Moderators :- I am not bashing against anyone, just highlighting my observations over here. I know many of us have faced the same situation but have not been able to pen down their thoughts. I would appreciate if this can open up their eyes and some thing constructive comes out of it. Still if you consider this post not as per standards with the Forum rules and regulations, requesting you to please go ahead and delete this entry.

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Old 31st December 2013, 10:46   #167
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Got a Motul C2 chain lube through my friend. Now I am looking for the Motul Chain cleaner, but it is not available in any of the shops or petrol pumps over here (PCMC). Any body any ideas?
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Check for the 3M one too. Even that is quite good.
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Got a Motul C2 chain lube through my friend. Now I am looking for the Motul Chain cleaner, but it is not available in any of the shops or petrol pumps over here (PCMC). Any body any ideas?
Hi,

It should be available with Kunal (Kunal Bike Works) at Vimannagar.

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Being the last day of the year, I had taken off today, with no fixed plans off course. Woke up around 10 in the morning and then asked friends if anyone is ready for some rides, last ride of this year. Unfortunately none could join me as all had plans or office. So what to do? Long time back, I had gone to Mahabaleshwar / Panchgani and the special Mapro chocolates were loved by wifey a lot. Well she is expected in a few more days over here, so lets try to arrange her favorite chocolates.

With this in mind (just a lame excuse, I know) and 12:39 pm on the watch, I started my ride towards M/P. The odo while starting from here was 2869, whereas while returning from there it was 3009. Final reading after reaching home was 3146. Therefore I covered 140 kilometers while going and 137 while returning back. I reached home by 7 pm. Total distance covered is 277 kilometers and total time taken is approx 6.30 hours. Therefore the avg speed comes to around 43 odd kilometers per hour. Offcourse it includes my time at the MAPRO center (say approx 30 minutes) and another couple of minutes spent here and there. But surprisingly whenever I had looked at the odometer, the speed was showing around 80s. Offcourse it was not the same in the ghats for me. Still, my initial calculation and presumption proved all wrong, as on roads, actual time taken and theoretical calculation, differs miles apart.

A few observations :-
  • Amun-Ra was stable and no observable vibrations within 90 kmph.
  • Seat of motorcycle is not meant for long rides as it hurts a lot.
  • Faced a constant back problem while returning back. Might be because I am no more used to these rides now. But it ceased within a few minutes after I reached home.
  • Amun-Ra's straight line stability is great, and sticks to line even at hard braking. I believe the weight plays the pivotal role over here.
  • Initially at the time of climbing, I was a bit shaky in handling the motorcycle, but later on, this disappeared completely, it was more of an enjoyment while coming down.

Some of the Images thus captured :-

On the table-top
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Up Close and Personal
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Enroute,while returning back
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A view from the Ghats
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Old 4th January 2014, 09:41   #171
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Good morning Guys.
I have one query regarding the tubes. The front wheel is of 19" [90/90 - 19" - 52P] and the rear wheel is of 18" [120/80 - 18" - 62P]
I am looking for some tubes, for emergencies. Now do I need to have different sized tubes for each tire, or can a 19inch tube be fitted in an 18inch wheel? Though the question is quite basic, but sometimes basics are not clear (at least not with me in this case)

Also, with regards to foot-pumps, apart from E-bay India, are there any other authentic web sites selling them (in India)

Please advise as soon as possible
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Yesterday I had the opportunity of meeting representatives of two so called Royal Enfield Royal riding clubs, and the experience was not as per my expectation.


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We had same experience 4/5 years back when my friend Prashant and myself purchased STD 350, we were desperate to get together with some bullters from Pune. We visited a club, tried to ride with them on one occasion however we decided to part with them because we felt that they are not like minded.

After that we started to ride with only 2 bullets and we enjoyed that for long 4 years. We did Pune - Goa - Pune with our life partners then we did Saddle Sore 1600 km on Pune - Banglore - Pune.
Here (The perfect dream Pune To Goa on RE 350) is my thread.

Unfortunately we sold both bullets in love of C5, booked classic 500s however I cancelled my booking and purchased Mahindra Thar, friend went ahead with his booking and purchased Classic 500 Sea blue. Now I am getting bored as I have no companion to offroad with Thar and a friend don't have partner to ride on bullet

So finally I am booking Bullet 500 in some days in black color.

I will advice you to avoid these groups and find like minded rider and ride in small group, try to learn machine more so that you can bring it back home safely from remote area.

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Good morning Guys.
I have one query regarding the tubes. The front wheel is of 19" [90/90 - 19" - 52P] and the rear wheel is of 18" [120/80 - 18" - 62P]
I am looking for some tubes, for emergencies. Now do I need to have different sized tubes for each tire, or can a 19inch tube be fitted in an 18inch wheel? Though the question is quite basic, but sometimes basics are not clear (at least not with me in this case)

Also, with regards to foot-pumps, apart from E-bay India, are there any other authentic web sites selling them (in India)

Please advise as soon as possible
As per my knowledge 19" will not fit in 18" and other way as well so you will have to carry 2 tubes.
I think you don't need tubes, foot-pump etc. unless you are travelling in very remote section where you will not find any puncture repair shop for more than 10 km or so. We bought these things enthusiastically and they are still in out home. Also tubes will get damage if we store them for long time. So if you are planning Leh then only get this things.

We purchased a nice foot pump from Nana peth, the company is Sumo and price is 500. The quality is nice and I am still using it for my bicycle.

We use to carry throttle and clutch cable as well because CI 350 was porn to break them in 2/3 K km.

Oh I think I typed very long text in your reply but this is because of Bullet love.

BTW I think I have seen you at Bramha motors when you were came to pick up your bullet after servicing. There was only one Bullet 500 in battle green.

Hoping to thump with you some time.

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Old 6th January 2014, 11:32   #173
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Oh I think I typed very long text in your reply but this is because of Bullet love.

BTW I think I have seen you at Bramha motors when you were came to pick up your bullet after servicing. There was only one Bullet 500 in battle green.

Hoping to thump with you some time.

Thanks,
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Come on Vishal, you could have identified yourself. I would have been more than glad to meet you. Well I was always present with Amun-Ra at the time of the servicing. The only two times I had left was one for the washroom and the second time for the white-fuming-sticks to energize my cells after the night shift. Infact I had called up Mr. Kadam at around 9AM informing him about my arrival and I was there at 9:30. Got the delivery at around approx 2:30 pm. (and all this after my night shift). Yes it was my second servicing, but more than that there were two issues:-

> I had removed the saree guard and then could not get it connected properly : Resolved properly now.
> ES is not working at all times and I have to apply choke. : Partially resolved, keeping under observation.

If only I had known that you were present over there, I could have chatted with you on our common interests.

I understand that riding solo or with minimum close friends is good and I also want that, but in order to build up my confidence I need the support of a group at the initial stages. I am proud to say that now I am a part of a riding group called as Blitzkrieg, and my recent trip experience with them was very good. We had traveled to Sinhagad Fort at post 11:30 PM, stayed over there for some time till all reached the summit and then reached Peacock Bay to have the night campfire and enjoyment. It was great riding with them and there were three things which I achieved:-

> My first ride in a big group.
> My first ride in night on the ghats.
> Getting to feel the brotherhood (yes we had punctures, 3 in count and a bike failure) but the group stood ground to help its members, even at odd locations with never imagined remedies.


Unfortunately I am not too confident in clicking pictures at night as we returned back by 10 in the morning. Below is one of the images captured by Blitzkrieg team member.

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Oh I think I typed very long text in your reply but this is because of Bullet love. The feeling is mutual and well appreciated. If you are coming at Brahma motors then probably you are located at PCMC zone. Do let me know where are you located so that we can meet up.

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Come on Vishal, you could have identified yourself. I would have been more than glad to meet you. Well I was always present with Amun-Ra at the time of the servicing. The only two times I had left was one for the washroom and the second time for the white-fuming-sticks to energize my cells after the night shift.

I understand that riding solo or with minimum close friends is good and I also want that, but in order to build up my confidence I need the support of a group at the initial stages. I am proud to say that now I am a part of a riding group called as Blitzkrieg, and my recent trip experience with them was very good.
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Oh I think I typed very long text in your reply but this is because of Bullet love. The feeling is mutual and well appreciated. If you are coming at Brahma motors then probably you are located at PCMC zone. Do let me know where are you located so that we can meet up.

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Wow! That's called a true bullet lover. I have a friend who owns authorised RE service centre so I use to do same while servicing my STD 350.

Good to hear that you are with right spirit. Keep it up, will join you once I get hold of my Bullet.

Yes, my office is just 2 building away from Bramha motors and we visit showroom every week as I was very much confused between C5s and Bullet 500. We have TDed almost every bike from their den.

Please let me know when you are visiting showroom so that we can meet up there.


BTW can you please upload a video from you small DVR, just wanted to check quality as I am also interested in buying one.

Thanks,
Vishal

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Wow! That's called a true bullet lover. ...,
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Vishal,

Please check your PM.

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Hey,

Now I see that your truly thumping. The short bottle muffler suits the bike perfectly.
What is the difference in feel(vibes) and power in regards to the original long one?

Btw, regarding riding clubs , here is my take.
When I got my first Bullet in 2002, I joined the only Enfield club in Bangalore back then. What I noticed first was that the club was an excuse for most of the members to meet and go someplace and of course riding a group of 15-20 bikes will obviously gain a lot of attention and that is something most of them enjoy. The bike was secondary for members of these clubs and for me that was primary. All I wanted to do was talk about bikes and share knowledge, but that hardly happened in the two rides I went Of course, there are few guys who were like me but since I just went out twice or thrice with the group, I hardly got to meet them.

I do most of the rides solo or with a childhood friend who is into riding as much as I am or with a cousin.
I would suggest you find a small group or even one guy who is like you and you will enjoy your rides. Forget the groups, they are in a different wavelenght and only if your like them, you will enjoy their company.

Take your bike and head out solo when you feel like, believe me, you will enjoy it and give you peace.

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Now I see that your truly thumping. The short bottle muffler suits the bike perfectly.
What is the difference in feel(vibes) and power in regards to the original long one?

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Thank you Tharian. I have not noticed much addition in vibes post addition of this muffler. With regards to the power displacement, I am not that technical to understand that if it is because of the thump or the muffler, but crossing 90 is a breeze. I do not intend to drive above that, as it then will be beyond my comfort level, but yes, crossing tunnels puts you in a different state of mind all together. The thump, mild yet bassy and the dug-dug-dig - wow, it is simply mind blowing.

I understand what you are saying with regards to the solo riding, and I completely agree to that. But before I start doing that, I need to learn the machine and be accustomed with handling it on available terrains. Riding in a good, accommodative group helps me in achieving this. Offcourse, I will start riding solo post this achievement
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Got hold of another picture of my Amun-Ra from my Biker colleagues.

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Completed 4K plus kilometers just a few days back, and in style... On the occasion of our 65th Republic day celebrations, along with the Blitzkrieg team, I had visited the paraplegic center at Khadki followed by a intra city city ride consisting of 60 plus bikers.

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With the idea received from arjithin I installed the side handle in order to carry the shopping bags.
Typical Indian Mindset:- Biwi, Baccha aur Bazar - All in one motorcycle, all on Bullet

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