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Old 21st May 2009, 11:16   #211
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HOW'S THE RIDE ?
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Old 21st May 2009, 11:25   #212
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That is very bad!! Though I am attracted to enfield, i do not have the courage to own one considering the quality control of Royal Enfield.

I think you should ask for a replacement. This is not acceptable on a bike which costs more than a lakh.

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For delivery, the bike was ridden from the Royal Enfield showroom in Coimbatore to my home in Masinagudi, near Ooty, which is a distance of approximately 145km, so I don't think that the bike was used for running errands.
The person might have met with a minor accident on the way to Ooty.
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Old 21st May 2009, 11:48   #213
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John,
HOW'S THE RIDE ?
I'm loving it!

This is my first Enfield, and I have only ridden Japanese and German bikes in the past.

Of course, this is a 1958 model (nothing wrong with that - it's the same age as me!), so I don't expect any refinement and certainly don't get any!

I love the sound of the engine, the power is there when I want it and my wife finds it comfy on the back - her last excursion was in UK on a Harley, and she prefers that, but, hey, this is India and you've got to ride Royal Enfield!

I have been out of station, and when I got back it was raining, so I have only covered 85km since delivery. I may get a short ride later today...
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The bike had 167km on the clock when it was delivered.

For delivery, the bike was ridden from the Royal Enfield showroom in Coimbatore to my home in Masinagudi, near Ooty, which is a distance of approximately 145km, so I don't think that the bike was used for running errands.

With accessories (the crash bar was not supplied, but Royal Enfield have promised to fit it at the 500km service) the On Road Price of the bike was Rs.114163 plus Rs.9900 for the Royal Enfield leather panniers and another Rs.1040 for the crash bar.
Hey John,

First up, congratulations. She's a babe!

1. 167 kms on the clock is fine...as long as the person who rode it down for you knew what he was doing. The Enfield is like a baby, and needs appropriate care during the running in period. Check your oil sump for metal filings and also check oil consistency.

2. The silencer scrape looks like someone cornered your bike and did it well enough to touch the silencer. This happens on uneven roads when there is a hump on the corner. This makes me get a feeling someone who knows his riding rode your bike and took her to good speeds. The latter might not be great news. Make sure you have your bike drink plenty of oil. Also you might want to add 2T oil (one packet for a full tank) during your running in. Should solve a lot of your teething trouble. The tank dent looks like a transportation dent and it will be replaced.

3. Be generous with the gear and clutch oil. The LB500 is known for a clicking sound during gear shifts. While this might be ok on an older bike, you dont want the baby metal to get chipped around.

4. Most showrooms give the crash guard as a complimentary fitment. Try bargaining on that if you can. Also, the crash guard is an essential safety element. You need to make sure it is the correct shape. Getting a guard that is bent inwards at the outer end can pin your knees into the machine and act as a deterrent in releasing your body from the bike in case of a fall. Get one that is wide but splayed out. Make sure its a good brand, so that the metal quality doesn't render it useless.

5. Being in Masinagudi, I am sure the 36 hairpins to Ooty must be tempting you. But my sincere advice is try Theppakadu and through the forests into the plains for your running in. The hairpins might push you to rev your engine hard and lug it (running low speeds on higher gear) at times. This is not good for the baby.

You are now the proud owner of a piece of heritage and some technology that is so simple that it makes it awesome.
Take care of her, and she'll never let you down.

Enjoy!
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Also you might want to add 2T oil (one packet for a full tank) during your running in. Should solve a lot of your teething trouble
@justROYal: Just out of curiosity , is this a good idea to add a full packet of 2T oil for a full tank ?, i mean i am not sure about this, but what i was told by my local mechanic and tried has worked for me (for Unicorn). I just add like 100 ml for a full tank sometimes which had made my engine quite smooth. Please enlighten me.
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@justROYal: Just out of curiosity , is this a good idea to add a full packet of 2T oil for a full tank ?, i mean i am not sure about this, but what i was told by my local mechanic and tried has worked for me (for Unicorn). I just add like 100 ml for a full tank sometimes which had made my engine quite smooth. Please enlighten me.

omg!!!!!!! no, never. sack that local mechanic of yours. why on earth would you put oil with petrol on a 4 stroke machine???? please do not such thing. all these solutions are like ones suggested by local "ayurveda" experts.

why dont you ask the manufacturer of this vehicle if adding 2T oil is recommended? this way you will get your answer from the horses mouth, right? send them an email on this and please let us know what the reply is.
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@justROYal: Just out of curiosity , is this a good idea to add a full packet of 2T oil for a full tank ?, i mean i am not sure about this, but what i was told by my local mechanic and tried has worked for me (for Unicorn). I just add like 100 ml for a full tank sometimes which had made my engine quite smooth. Please enlighten me.
2T Oil will be simply burnt off and no good effect.While there is another practice with Cast Iron Bullets - some mixes 1/3 of 90grade gear oil along with 20W50 Engine Oil.It hasn't harmed any Bullets I know of.
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omg!!!!!!! no, never. sack that local mechanic of yours. why on earth would you put oil with petrol on a 4 stroke machine???? please do not such thing. all these solutions are like ones suggested by local "ayurveda" experts.

why dont you ask the manufacturer of this vehicle if adding 2T oil is recommended? this way you will get your answer from the horses mouth, right? send them an email on this and please let us know what the reply is.
I have E mailed the Honda guys, lets see what their reply turns out to be.
This is what i wrote:

Dear Sir,
This is regarding a general query i have regarding my bike. I own a 2005 model kick start Unicorn. somebody has advised me to add a little bit of 2T oil to make the engine smoother. I am not sure how good will it do the engine of the bike. The quantity advised was 100 ml for a full tank. According to the manual and general logic 4 stroke engines do not need 2T oil. Please advise.

Thank you


I did not mention " local mechanic " for obvious reasons because authorized service guys and local mechanic thoughts do not get along quite well..
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Folks need help, what do you all think would be the price of a new chrome tank and a silencer from RE. A colleague is looking to swap his Standards tank and replace the busted silencer.
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Folks need help, what do you all think would be the price of a new chrome tank and a silencer from RE. A colleague is looking to swap his Standards tank and replace the busted silencer.
I'm dropping off my bike for its first service tomorrow. I'll ask.

By silencer do you mean only the exhaust or the pipe as well?
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Folks need help, what do you all think would be the price of a new chrome tank and a silencer from RE. A colleague is looking to swap his Standards tank and replace the busted silencer.
the latest chrome tank costs around 7K and the short exhaust for 900 bucks.
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the latest chrome tank costs around 7K and the short exhaust for 900 bucks.
Thanks nickoo, 7k sounds steep.

I stumbled upon this linky ( India's leading distributor of motorcycle parts. Specialists in Royal Enfield spares and accessories. ) from this very thread , got a quote from these chaps for the chrome tank at 4500 bucks.Has anyone here dealt with these guys before ?
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Thanks nickoo, 7k sounds steep.

I stumbled upon this linky ( India's leading distributor of motorcycle parts. Specialists in Royal Enfield spares and accessories. ) from this very thread , got a quote from these chaps for the chrome tank at 4500 bucks.Has anyone here dealt with these guys before ?
Go ahead and order, they are genuine as far as i know.
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Help Needed!

I own a new Bull. Just crossed 2000kms and thought I would give it a good rip on highway. Luckily I got a Pulsar 200 to race with. I know anyday a 200 would defeat me. Still I clung on to the challenge just for the fun part of it.
And that guy wasnt too confident it seems. I could get to him at 100kmph precise. BUTTTTTTTTT oh my god my bull started coughing (missing) at that speed. And then he took off. What a pity. What could the reason be? Any idea guys?

Model:2009 March. Odo - 2100kms
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drag race with a pulsar 200 for a short mile is a waste of time.do a drag from ernakulam to Alapuzha(75kms) and see the results (still p200 got the top whack;isn't it?) what I meant is ,Bullet is meant to cruise at a good speed.I rode many times to Coimbatore **without stopping the Engine** at 65-80kmph from Muvattupuzha.It is fine.but doing 100-120kmph on Bullet 350 CI is definitely taking a risk.if Such a drag thingy is in mind ,better getting karizma,pulsar etc.
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Bullet 350 CI(stock condition) is not recommended to do 100kmph constantly for even 5 minutes ,if I am asked.the "missing" of throttle means either the mixture is lean(tune the carburetter) or (I don't want to tell the panic message)
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