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Old 17th November 2009, 13:32   #721
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I paid 75k for a 2007 model with 9k on the ODO,
Awesome deal. Can't get better then that. Its looks really well kept.

The price is a good pointer to what should be demanded and expected in the used bike market.

This is a very capable machine. Have ridden it for only about a couple of thousand kms but enough to form an opinion.

Congrats again.
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Old 17th November 2009, 15:32   #722
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I paid 75k for a 2007 model with 9k on the ODO, found it on quikr ... The horns are new ROOTs Windtone.
Windtone? It appears to be Roots Vibrosonic.
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Old 17th November 2009, 16:26   #723
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Simple stuff.
Break in period is very important. I still ride my bike in the same way as when I got her. Which is to stay, I never make her go fast unless she is all heated up.
I don't let her idle as well.

I start her and start riding almost immediately. But the first few kms the revs are kept very easy.
If there is a nasty traffic jam, I stop and wait it out.
Or I change the route.

There are n number of road combinations I have between my office and home. All thanks to Google maps.

Highway riding is done in a relaxed manner.
No racing with anyone but my timings are generally decent.

You can read more about my bike here
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...-pictures.html (RE ThunderBird Service : with Pictures.)

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PS: Great engine pics. I am loving it.

Hey Man, Could you enlighten me why you dont let your baby idle at all ?? whats the harm in it ?? I mean i let her idle for a good 5 minutes untill she starts idling properly and i then start riding her...

thanks in advance

Happy riding !!
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Old 17th November 2009, 18:43   #724
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Windtone? It appears to be Roots Vibrosonic.
You may be right, but cant confirm just yet. I haven't taken delivery of the bike due to mode of payment and also I had driven myself across town, so no way of riding it back. I have made a downpayment, I am going to get the bike home tomorrow.

Motorcycling 101 says that a good loud horn on a motorcycle is a lifesaver, that is probably true. Personally I don't use the horn much, prefer riding in stealth mode. The battery on my old std350 was always half drained due to rampant cornering, the horn on my bike was a hopeless bleet, learnt not to rely on it.
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Old 17th November 2009, 19:54   #725
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The battery on my old std350 was always half drained due to rampant cornering, the horn on my bike was a hopeless bleet, learnt not to rely on it.
How does cornering, rampant or otherwise, affect the battery?
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How does cornering, rampant or otherwise, affect the battery?
Those days(10 yrs ago), there were no sealed batteries for the std 350, mine was an early 80s vintage. I know bullet has a rather stodgy image, but it is quite easy to scrape the foot pegs on the bullet. Once you get the hang of it, trust me, you will want do it all day. The jap bikes had a long drain pipe to deal with the spill during cornering but the battery on my bullet didnt. My mechanic used to pack the battery in a plastic bag to catch the spill from the battery. The battery holder was generally an ugly place, the acid having eaten into the paint and metal. I had to replace the chrome cover and bracket that holds the battery atleast twice during a 5 year ownership experience. Ok I admit I was quite tardy at servicing the battery, both the horn and the headlight were a joke needless to say. Nowadays, batteries have gone hi tech, some of them have gel instead of liquid to address this problem.
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Old 17th November 2009, 21:56   #727
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Awesome deal. Can't get better then that. Its looks really well kept.

The price is a good pointer to what should be demanded and expected in the used bike market.

This is a very capable machine. Have ridden it for only about a couple of thousand kms but enough to form an opinion.

Congrats again.
Beast of burden, that s a very good deal! Congrats!
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Old 17th November 2009, 23:22   #728
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Somebody said motorcycling is the last form of adventure left. Elsewhere, adventure has been described as pain recounted at leisure. I decided buying a 500 EFI is far too adventurous at this point, so I bought a used 500 LB at a every good price yesterday.
Congrats What a beauty.

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I believe it has. My dealer in pune told me that the bike can run in the event of 2 or 3 sensors goes down. But you should take it to us as soon as that yellow indicator turns on.

I think RE should at least provide the open information of all sensors and work-arounds if something goes bad. What's say?
I'll try it on my bull and let you know.

RE will never tell you the knowhow, it's only the enthusiasts who will find a way out to make it work in case of emergency.
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Took a test ride on CL 500 EFI for around 40Kms on Nh1.
I am impressed.
loved the way she pulled from 60-120km\hr in 5th gear.
Top end is pretty good at least on speedo for a RE.
Lets see what real figures are.
Came across one false neutral in 40kms while shifting from 4th to 5th,thats acceptable by RE standards.

Though I felt it could be more stable at high speeds.
reason,can it be due to 18" wheels?
or may be tyre pressure or crosswinds.
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Akshay, 40kms is a good ride. How was the low end? Did you try puttering around at low speed?
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Akshay, 40kms is a good ride. How was the low end? Did you try puttering around at low speed?
Low end is amazing,and yes you can putter around easily at 45-50 in 5th.
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Today I checked both 500 and 350 Classic. While I was impressed by 500, I didn't like 350's beat. I found fixing a Retro silencer in 350 should do the difference. By default the OE silencer is the same as in the old 350 bikes.

I checked if I can fit Retro in my TBTS, the store manager said it is technically possible.
He said he will call me next month after fixing it and testing it in TBTS.

BTW, anyone tried in your bull?

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The retro silencer melts on long rides.

By the time I reached home, everything inside it was rattling away to glory.
Not just my bike (tBird 03) but exact same thing happened on my friends 500 CI as well.

If you are a long distance biker, retain the original silencer.
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The retro silencer melts on long rides.

By the time I reached home, everything inside it was rattling away to glory.
Not just my bike (tBird 03) but exact same thing happened on my friends 500 CI as well.

If you are a long distance biker, retain the original silencer.
I do not drive much. I go for short distances within city. Max.20kms at a drive. After listening to the beat of classic 500, I really fell in love with that sound. If there some brands, please let me know the place too where I can buy.

I appreciate your advise on this, I never know that there is an issue exists with retro silencer.
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One more point to discourage you from going for the upswept silencer . It may be required to take it out first in case of rear wheel puncture since it blocks rear excel's exit
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