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Old 30th January 2017, 14:35   #16
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One thing you mentioned about the cold start which requires a choke, does it still happen? This might be a spark plug issue.
The cold start issue is still there. Strangely, it happens only when I start it in the mornings. I park the bike for about 9 hours in the office parking lot, and it has no problems starting in the evening.

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All my bikes were never serviced in the service center and cannot vouch for you service center quality. If you do have a trusted mechanic then the costs do come down significantly.
Keyword- "trusted mechanic". Don't have one. I did ask around and got mixed reviews for all the guys around. I have been going to ASCs all along. Yeah, some are good, some are bad, but I believe that with an ASC, ususally they have some semblance of a SOP (Standardised Operating Procedure). This dealer and ASC (Khivraj) is a very old one, with senior mechanics around.
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Hi Sachin,

It's been a long time you riding this bike. How are the engine vibrations now? Also, can we compare the new V15 BS4 with the old one? Is it more refined?

I am looking for a bike which can do 70 to 300 km rides. I am 39, 6 feet tall and 93 kg. Is it good enough for me. I am most concerned with the vibrations as it kills the fun of the ride.

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Hi Sachin,

It's been a long time you riding this bike. How are the engine vibrations now? Also, can we compare the new V15 BS4 with the old one? Is it more refined?

I am looking for a bike which can do 70 to 300 km rides. I am 39, 6 feet tall and 93 kg. Is it good enough for me. I am most concerned with the vibrations as it kills the fun of the ride.

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I mostly ride my bike within the city. Home-Office and back, and running errands. Within the city, I rarely cross 70kmph. When I do, the vibrations start off from the 60 kmph mark. The smoothest operation is at 45kmph and below. For city commutes, the bike is good, since the pickup is good. The bike is low slung and the tyres grip well, so city cornering is comfortable.

I rode to Mahabalipuram twice. That's 50 km highway riding one way. I have taken the bike to 80 kmph before the vibrations got intolerable. About a month ago I rode about 900km on RE Bullets and a Tbird. My bike would not have been able to keep up.

I would not recommend the bike for cruising, like you want to. As for your size, I don't see any difficulty. I am only 5'7", But I guess a taller man would be able to sit comfortably.
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Thanks Sachin. I bought myself a Honda Unicorn from 2011 which has done 42000km and the engine is in perfect condition. I am starting the rides to the jungles from next month once I get adjusted to this bike.
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Hearty Congratulations. An Audi keychain for a Bajaj V15 ? I have seen Bajaj dealers offer a nice leather V15 keychain to the owners. Please get one immediately.
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Hearty Congratulations. An Audi keychain for a Bajaj V15 ? I have seen Bajaj dealers offer a nice leather V15 keychain to the owners. Please get one immediately.
The Bajaj leather keychain is indeed beautiful. Its from Bajaj, not the dealer. But I prefer to avoid those keychains. Lot of scope for confusion when more than a few vehicles of the same type converge, like at the ASC. Everyone seems to have the same sort of keys. Always pays to have a unique keychain that's easy to identify.

This particular keychain is the one I had for my old bike. Just too used to it, that's all.
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One and a half months and 700 km later:
Sachin, hows the bike now ?

Btw, what brought me a smile was the KB100 in the background. Do you still have it ?
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Btw, what brought me a smile was the KB100 in the background. Do you still have it ?
That's not mine. Been in the apartment parking area ever since I moved here two years ago. This one, and a Suzuki Samurai are slowly rusting away in my apartment

The bike has done 4800 km now.

I rode to Mahabalipuram and back on Saturday. That's 50 km highway riding one way.
As before, the vibrations get bad after the 70 km mark. I pushed the bike to 80 on downward slopes. Handlebar vibrations get bad at this point. After the ride, my hand was tingling for quite a while.

Though, at all speeds, the bike smoothens out considerably when going downhill.

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