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Old 25th January 2011, 12:22   #31
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My friends Unicorn is going for a overhaul at 30k bcoz of drinking lot of engine oil. He is not a rash driver and maintains the bike very well. Only thing he does is use it for long touring rides.Somehow I dont feel that there is a vast difference between the life of Honda engines and TVS engines.
If the Unicorn is going in for a overhaul at just 30K, then there is definitely something wrong with it. I would agree if this was a general trend, but I have never heard of an engine that has no perceived problems going in for an overhaul at 30K kms. By this, I mean, drinking engine oil would be a one off case.

TVS engines have come a long way and the quality is as good as any in the market.

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Old 31st January 2011, 23:17   #32
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My friends Unicorn is going for a overhaul at 30k bcoz of drinking lot of engine oil. He is not a rash driver and maintains the bike very well. Only thing he does is use it for long touring rides.Somehow I dont feel that there is a vast difference between the life of Honda engines and TVS engines.
Is that manufactured b/w 2005 & 2008 ? They were known to be problematic.
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My friend's Unicorn completed 1.3l KM without any major maintenance and still going strong.
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Thought I would update the thread with the latest info.

The bike completed 9 yrs of ownership and 1.18L kms last week. I was still getting 50-55kmpl and pickup was good and I could touch 75-80 very easily.

On Friday night, while coming back from work, I kick the bike and hear some metallic ting sound in the engine. The kick is jammed. Speak to a mechanic and he advised not to do anything further. Took a train back home.

Early Sunday morning, we reach the office, it is now confirmed that the piston was jammed. Towed the bike back home and the mechanic started working on it around 11.30 am. Being Sunday, markets were open until 2.30pm only.

Got the following changed:
1. Piston and block - Rs. 1400 (MRP Rs.1592)
2. Valves - Rs. 275
3. Gaskets - Rs. 175
4. Oil Seals - Rs. 60
5. Labor - Rs. 750

Filled new engine oil and now back to running in the new block.

So the life of my bike engine was 1.18L Kms - now we know!

Whats shocking is that there were no signs of impending disaster till the very last. The engine just passed away peacefully in its sleep.
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Old 26th March 2012, 17:24   #35
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I too did a new cylinder kit job on my CT100 recently, costed Rs.7k in total. The bike had run 93k km.

After the overhaul, if the initial run-in is proper(to ride at proper gear for the speed, not to exceed 50 Kmph), then the engine will last 75% of its last cylinder life.

Still, I do get 72 kmpl around 50 kmph speeds.
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Engine, any engine can last really long, if maintenance is carried out at regular, specified intervals. This particular bike is doing few 1000 mile runs in 24 hours and red-lined whenever the rider got a chance.

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Thought I would update the thread with the latest info.

The bike completed 9 yrs of ownership and 1.18L kms last week. I was still getting 50-55kmpl and pickup was good and I could touch 75-80 very easily.
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Now thats really surprising?! How can the piston of a bike that is used daily just jam? "Normal" signs of wear happen gradually.

Btw, which bike is this?
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Now thats really surprising?! How can the piston of a bike that is used daily just jam? "Normal" signs of wear happen gradually.

Btw, which bike is this?
Yes, it is surprising, no loss of power, no smoke, no nothing. Took my daily ride of 25kms and parked it. On return, its jammed.

The bike is Caliber 115, the one from the first Kawasaki branded lot.
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I have a 2005 March Unicorn which have clocked 60,000 kms. No power loss, no excess oil consumption, no drop in mileage( which is remaining constant at 68 kms per ltr).
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My take, buy a new bike only and only if you are bitten with the "new bike" craze. Only if you can't keep staring the FZ's, R15's or CBR's or even Hunks and Pulsars running around you. And if not, don't change a trusted bike. There's something different about a bike that has served you well and for long. And as somebody said, If it ain't broken, don't fix it.

I am sure, regular servicing, oil changes is all you need to keep it going beyond the 1Lakh kms.
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Yes, it is surprising, no loss of power, no smoke, no nothing. Took my daily ride of 25kms and parked it. On return, its jammed.

The bike is Caliber 115, the one from the first Kawasaki branded lot.
Very strange indeed! There has to be an explanation...

Guys, when you quote km and time, it could also be useful if you make at least a brief mention on how the bike was maintained; ie. brand & grade of oil, oil change duration, etc., etc.
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