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Old 22nd October 2014, 18:21   #16
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What is the tyre pressure you use for front and rear?
Since I ride solo mostly I keep 30 and 20 psi in the rear and front respectively

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My G5 (Electra) only produces the recommended 14 volts for charging the battery if its engine is running above 2000 rpm.
Thanks for the input. Unlike the cars where in the alternator produces enough voltage even at less than 1000 rpm to charge the batteries fully, looks like by design the engine has to be at 1500 rpm so that the alternator runs above whatever is the minimum speed needed to produce the voltage/wattage. It is not an issue for me since I shift gears at around 2000 rpm. I mainly notice this in the traffic signals when the engine idles.
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Old 22nd October 2014, 18:41   #17
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I am attaching a few photos that show how the bike looks with the crash guard that I have fixed. This was bought at Quality Metals, Ellis Road.
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I have also attached the twin seat with and without the rear back rest and also with the rear handle/grab bar. I don't know the exact name
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This is one area where the welding could have been much better
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The instrument cluster looks simple and classic
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Hi Maddy, Thanks for your wishes.
The electric starter works fine and that should not be an issue at all.
The sitting posture in the Thunderbird is good.
The only factor to consider would be the weight of near 190 Kgs. Why not ask him to take a test ride and then decide?

Hi Arul,

Thank you. He seemed to have a problem with the weight but will ask him to take a ride and check it out. Thanks for the update and happy riding.

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Old 23rd October 2014, 09:41   #19
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Arulpeem,

But why, but why would you buy the bike and turn the world upside down for folks like me? Just when I had decided that I was doing the right thing by continuing with my TBTS500 and it was just the right thing for a person of my age comes your report.

It has rekidled the desire to add the Continental GT on to my stable which is something both my wallet and my garage cannot afford, not to speak about the "danda" I will get from my better half to even to think about splurging on a "new toy" when I should be investing the money to secure my childrens education.

Congrats on the purchasing the sexiest bike in the country and once again reaffirming the fact- " you are as old as you feel and that age is just a number"
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Congratulations for the great purchase! Initially we wanted to buy this bike, but budget constraints and seating space made us go for TB5OO.
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I am attaching a few photos that show how the bike looks with the crash guard that I have fixed. This was bought at Quality Metals, Ellis Road.
Thanks for sharing. It does detract from the look of the bike but from a safety perspective, it is a must have. Can you share the price of this? I will check in Bangalore for the same next week.
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It has rekidled the desire to add the Continental GT on to my stable
Rajnessh, Thanks for your wishes. I am glad to have pushed another one into the same dilema that I was in.

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Congratulations for the great purchase! Initially we wanted to buy this bike, but budget constraints and seating space made us go for TB5OO.
Thanks Carfreak. Since it was a second hand purchase it worked out to be slightly cheaper than a new TB500. Otherwise a new bike was out of my range anyway.

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Can you share the price of this? I will check in Bangalore for the same next week.
Hi I bought this for Rs1100 from a company called Quality Metals in Ellis Road, Chennai. They are supposed to be OEM suppliers to Enfield.
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Managed to get my hands on a GT Continental. It's maxing out at 132 km/hr. How can I increase its top speed???
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Hi I bought this for Rs1100 from a company called Quality Metals in Ellis Road, Chennai.
Thank you, its next on the list of my items to buy. Out of curiosity, at what point do you shift up? I usually do so at 4k rpm.

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Managed to get my hands on a GT Continental. It's maxing out at 132 km/hr. How can I increase its top speed???
Reduction in weight is the easiest way to increase top speed. I had met a gentleman who had pushed the bike and had hit an indicated top speed which was more than what you achieved. Not sure about road conditions or anything, so its more hearsay than anything else.
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Out of curiosity, at what point do you shift up? I usually do so at 4k rpm.
Hi With in the city, I shift around 2000 to 2500. In the free roads between 2500 to 3000. But in the Chennai ORR which is a lovely 6 lane road I was shifting between 3500 and 4000.
On Saturday I rode my wife to some local shopping, which got extended to a 10 Km ride. We were looking for florists and I was riding slow.I found that in lower gears, up to third gear I could potter around comfortably at 1500 rpm without any lugging of the engine. It was able to pull from that engine speed comfortably.
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Thank you, its next on the list of my items to buy. Out of curiosity, at what point do you shift up? I usually do so at 4k rpm.



Reduction in weight is the easiest way to increase top speed. I had met a gentleman who had pushed the bike and had hit an indicated top speed which was more than what you achieved. Not sure about road conditions or anything, so its more hearsay than anything else.
Yes, even I have been thinking in similar lines. But for substantial gains u need performance mods. Can UCE Bull experts give any tips?)
P.S. I am a Cast Iron head... have no clue about UCEs!
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Took a rest of the CGT and the TB350 yesterday at Faridabad. Found the posture an issue with the CGT, but maybe it is because i am on the wrong side of 45. The TB is miles ahead in terms of riding posture and comfort but then the call of the adrenalin screams for the CGT... But more important what worried me was the limited view in the rear view mirrors of the CGT. Maybe the world has changed since i last rode my RTZ more than a decade ago in 2002 and style scores over functionality now, but the RTZ had phenomenal OEM rear view mirrors in terms of quality and field of vision. Since i am a sedate rider chances are that others would be overtaking me. Would it be possible to attach something more functional than the current RVM's?

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Took a rest of the CGT and the TB350 yesterday at Faridabad. Found the posture an issue with the CGT, but maybe it is because i am on the wrong side of 45. The TB is miles ahead in terms of riding posture and comfort but then the call of the adrenalin screams for the CGT... But more important what worried me was the limited view in the rear view mirrors of the CGT. Maybe the world has changed since i last rode my RTZ more than a decade ago in 2002 and style scores over functionality now, but the RTZ had phenomenal OEM rear view mirrors in terms of quality and field of vision. Since i am a sedate rider chances are that others would be overtaking me. Would it be possible to attach something more functional than the current RVM's?
Those two statements contradict themselves, so not sure how to help.

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, I'd recommend the Duke 390 over the RE CGT any day of the week, twice on Sunday. But if you are describing yourself as a sedate rider, I'm not sure what you want that adrenaline rush for. If you want to just chill on the bike and cruise all day, the TB500 is great, but not what I would call an adrenaline rush bike.
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There would be bouts of the adrenalin rush inbetween my sedate driving style... Any tips on the rear view mirror... @Silverflash?
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There would be bouts of the adrenalin rush inbetween my sedate driving style... Any tips on the rear view mirror... @Silverflash?
I got the TBTS500 recently, and am pretty happy with the RVMs so far. Bear in mind, though, that I'm still running the bike in and haven't gone much beyond 70 kmph, so I'm not sure how they will react at higher vibes.
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