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Old 8th December 2014, 01:08   #61
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Closely examine the leaking area.

While it is possible that the plastic tube coming out of the fuel pump is cracked and leaking, it is more likely the hose clamp just needs tightening.

The clamp has a screw head on it and tightening it by turning it clockwise with a suitable screwdriver will tightening it.
Be careful not to overtighten the screw. Probably 1/4 to 1/2 turn should do it without causing too much strain on the fuel pump outlet.

This same thing happened on my Royal Enfield shortly after I got it.
After tightening the hose clamp, in 3 1/2 years of riding, there has never been a re-occurrence of the problem.

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After tightening the hose clamp, in 3 1/2 years of riding, there has never been a re-occurrence of the problem.
Hi, You were right. I took it to the service station since it is just a few hundred metres from my office. And it turned out to be the loose clamp. They did it quickly. But the paperwork takes more time...
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Last week a few of us from my Chennai office had to our B'luru office and I decided to take my bike since I would have the cars as back up if something goes wrong.We had to go to a resort that was before Hoskote on the right.
So the onward journey was via Chittoor. We left on 11th around 10 am and the sky was relatively clear. But from Sripeumpudur it was drizzling and raining upto Ranipet .But after that it wasn't. But on reaching Chittoor the sky had darkened completely and as we were having lunch it started pouring and it did not look like relenting at all. I did not have a rain proof jacket. Therefore I had to leave the bike at the BANs hotel where we had lunch. They took a copy of my identity and letter stating that I was leaving my bike with them.
Came back on Sunday in a friend's car from the resort and drove back to B'luru on Sunday. Returned on Tuesday, 16t, around 11 am from B'luru via Hosur, Krishangiri and reached home by 6 pm.

The total distance covered was about 740 Km.
Fuel Consumption:
Fuel consumed for until Sulagiri was 12.4 litres for a distance of 435Kms resulting in 35Kmpl. I was maintaining around 85Kmph most of the times.
From Sulagiri I increased the speed a lot and was trying to keep up with my colleague's Cruze. I was much more familiar with the bike and was confident of higher cruising speeds. The traffic was almost non existent until Sriperumpudur. When I filled up after giving the bike for the 4th free service on Wednesday it took in 12 litres for 327Kms, 27.25Kmpl. Riding above 95Kmph results in a good drop in mileage compared 85Kmph. All the three fills were done in COCO pumps.

Comfort: When I reached home from B'luru I was no more tired than when I drive the car in the same route. By back had no complaints. My wrists didn't pain. I am glad that the bike and I are able to jell and I can look forward to doing long trips more often.

Handling: I was good overall. There was some amount of twitching when I did a quick left and right or right and left to avoid pot holes at speeds of 90.

Mirrors: With a full face helmet the bar end mirrors were posing a problem. I couldn't see them since the chin guard was hiding the mirror and I had to bend down to view them and I don't to keep moving my head dow. So I got the stock mirrors also mounted. They give a wider view and the higher position is of great help. But between 2700 and almost 3000 rpm they vibrate a lot. Especially the right one. That is really annoying and it renders the mirror almost useless. But beyond 3000 rpm there is no vibration at all. Harmonics in play I suppose

Safety Gear: I used the MT Blade helmet, touring gloves, inner knee guards and elbow guards from Cramster. The inner knee guards are really comfortable. I wore them at 8.30 on Tuesday when I went to my B'luru office and removed them only at 6PM when I reached my home. I didn't feel any discomfort at all. May be the cooler climate also played a role. I was wearing my jeans and none in office realised that I am wearing the inner knee guards. They are fairly discreet. I will post the photos of them in the Riding gear section.
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I made a quick dash to Trichy last Friday.

Left home by noon and reached Trichy, Cantonment by 6. Had made three stops including a lunch stop and a tea break. I found two new restaurants on the way. A2B at Vikarvandi on the right side, a couple of Kms after passing the Toll gate. And another one on the left 15 Kms of the next toll gate. It is called Krishan Vilasam I think. Run by the Anandha Hotel group in Teynampet. Pretty decent lunch and lots of parking place. This seems to be good alternate to Aryaas or Vasantha Bhavan at the Tindivanam junction.
The next day morning I left by 6.30 am and reached home by 12.30 pm. A breakfast stop at the A2B in VIkaravandi and a coffee break at the Only Coffee place after Melmaruvathur. They have expanded their operations to serve snacks too.
The total distance covered was 660 Kms both ways. I did a tank fill in Trichy and then back in Chennai again.
Distance travelled between the tank fills: 715 Km. Total fuel: 19.1 Litres. Consumption: 37.4 KMPL. On the onward journey I was maintaining around 85Kmph and during the return around 80 KMph. I got much better figures during the onward journey, 39.2 kMph, whereas in the return journey it was 35.6... I don't know why. The fuel gage also was dropping faster during the return journey.
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Distance travelled between the tank fills: 715 Km. Total fuel: 19.1 Litres. Consumption: 37.4 KMPL.
I just updated my thread on RC390 that I was very happy (and shocked) to get a 27 kmpl during a stretch - You ride a 532cc bike and report 37.4 kmpl - I should reduce my rejoicing I guess (But my speeds are way higher - Was hitting almost 50 kmph more than what you did on the average)

Btw, I saw one yellow GT overtake me in the ORR in Bangalore by a spirited driver (I was in a meditative mood that day ) - The bike looks and rides awesome!

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I should reduce my rejoicing I guess (But my speeds are way higher -
Hi You should still rejoice. If you read my earlier post about my B'luru trip, I got around 27 KMpl when I maintained around 100 Kmph. I am sure that if I increase my speed beyond 110 the mileage would drop below 25KMpl. So you have enough reasons to rejoice .
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Btw, I saw one yellow GT overtake me in the ORR in Bangalore by a spirited driver (I was in a meditative mood that day ) - The bike looks and rides awesome!
If it was a yellow GT with a pillion seat riding between HSR and Marthahalli on ORR, that probably was me

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If it was a yellow GT with a pillion seat riding between HSR and Marthahalli on ORR, that probably was me
The yellow GT had a pillion seat but was in ORR between KR Puram and Hennur Main Road - May be you took a diversion that day?

Nice bike! Really tempted to hire one for a day!
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I had to go to Krishnagiri and Kaveripatinam to attend a wedding and also to visit my cousin who wasn't well.

Since it was almost a month of my previous long ride I decided to take the bike instead of the car. I left around 0745 on Thursday and reached K'giri just around noon. It was distance of about 262Kms. On the return trip I left at 0540 and reached my office at Tharamani just before 1015. During the entire trip I maintained just about 90Kmph/3000rpm. I find that the vibrations stop fully at this speed and cruising is effortless for me.

The total distance covered was 538Km and fuel consumed(Tank top to tank top) 14.9 litres yielding a mileage of 36Kmph. Before the trip I had covered about 165 Km within the city, and took 7.0 Litres to top up resulting in 23.5Kmpl.

On the return leg since I left early in the morning I used the rain liner too along with my mesh jacket since it was pretty cold. It was really comfortable in the cold weather. On reaching the Wallajahpet Toll gate I removed the liner since it was almost 8 am and the traffic had increased and speeds slower. I took the right at Sriperumpudur and came via JK tyre, Manimangalam and Tambaram route.

Few photos taken during the onward trip.
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I got fed up of the 'Cicada' noise so much that a few weeks back I went to the OMR service station and asked them to look at it. I also thought the bike was slightly pulling to the right. One of the nuts in the front wheel cable guide was also rusted. Since the bike had clocked more than 6K Kms I was suggested to get the wheels inspected and correct for any bends by a specialist who visits the service station for a fee of Rs. 200/-
I got my back my bike by 3 pm. The noise was gone and the slight pull to the right seem to have gone. The nut was replaced. A few days later I rode to Mahabalipuram and I found that the brake has lost quite bit of bite in it. The noise was totally gone. I didn't ask them how they got ride rid of the noise when I took the bike since I was in a hurry to get into a meeting. I plan to take the bike tomorrow and find out what they did. May be it is my imagination that it has lost the bite.
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I got fed up of the 'Cicada' noise so much that a few weeks back I went to the OMR service station and asked them to look at it. I also thought the bike was slightly pulling to the right. One of the nuts in the front wheel cable guide was also rusted. Since the bike had clocked more than 6K Kms I was suggested to get the wheels inspected and correct for any bends by a specialist who visits the service station for a fee of Rs. 200/-
I got my back my bike by 3 pm. The noise was gone and the slight pull to the right seem to have gone. The nut was replaced. A few days later I rode to Mahabalipuram and I found that the brake has lost quite bit of bite in it. The noise was totally gone. I didn't ask them how they got ride rid of the noise when I took the bike since I was in a hurry to get into a meeting. I plan to take the bike tomorrow and find out what they did. May be it is my imagination that it has lost the bite.
Any updates on this arulpeem?
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I got a call from service station informing me that the brake pads, front, are worn out and that is the reason for the not so good braking. I was told that the cost of replacement is about Rs 2300/-. This is something I didn't expect. I thought it might be double or may be triple the cost of Thunderbird pads that cost around Rs 325/- or thereabouts. When I asked about the typical life in GT I was told that it is anywhere between 3K and 6K Kms and I have clocked about 6.4K. I was in two minds and then decided to spend the money since this is to do with safety. I have no regrets in changing them. But what I can't understand is the fact as soon as I took my bike after the previous repair job I felt the difference in braking immediately. During the normal wear and tear the change is always gradual and not noticeable. May be the pads got mixed up with another bike's when they were attending to the 'Cicada noise'.

The wear seems to have been around 2mm from the original size. The inner pad has worn out more than the outer pad. I have attached the photos, but please bear with the odd colour. It is actually grey but appears as steel blue

I also saw a GT that was cladded in matte black film. I have attached the photos of the same.
The third photo is the that of the new pads in the caliper.
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I got a call from service station informing me that the brake pads, front, are worn out and that is the reason for the not so good braking. I was told that the cost of replacement is about Rs 2300/-. This is something I didn't expect. I thought it might be double or may be triple the cost of Thunderbird pads that cost around Rs 325/- or thereabouts. When I asked about the typical life in GT I was told that it is anywhere between 3K and 6K Kms and I have clocked about 6.4K. I was in two minds and then decided to spend the money since this is to do with safety. I have no regrets in changing them. But what I can't understand is the fact as soon as I took my bike after the previous repair job I felt the difference in braking immediately. During the normal wear and tear the change is always gradual and not noticeable. May be the pads got mixed up with another bike's when they were attending to the 'Cicada noise'.
Thanks for sharing the update arul, I too find the timing of the sudden wear and tear of the pads to be quite suspicious . I need to take my bike for the 6 month service next week, I'll check with them on the lifetime of the pads.
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The buffed Aluminium covers of the engine were not that shiny when I bought the bike and had many water marks that were refusing to go away even when vigorously wiped. The best course of action would have been to get them buffed again, but in the RE service station they don't do this. Therefore I decided on a temporary solution. Use Brasso to get as much shine as possible.
The result was a partial success. I first washed and wiped the area dry. Then applied the liquid brasso and rubbed well. The watermarks are still there but overall the shine is much better now.
The first photo and after a wash and wipe and the second after the polishing effort.
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nice thread and trips arul prem.

have recently got my new gt. Could you please share the information regarding the driving gear costs ( e.g. cramsters protectors) would be of great help

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