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Old 8th October 2009, 09:51   #16
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scotte - for your trip, a new 350 will be better - if you are riding single and not going to hills, a new 350 will be ideal choice.
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Old 9th October 2009, 01:21   #17
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@Scottoe
Not sure why you wanna buy either one.
If you are hell bent on buying it then good if not sometime back I checked in google. There is a dealer in NewDelhi who rents bullet, so I guess you should first google it check with him
I'll try finding the link again and will PM you
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Thanks for all the help!! Now leaning towards a new
350cc Bullet - bring it on!!
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Default Breaking-in period

I am now aware that, when buying a new
Enfield from the showroom, it should be
broken-in and treated with care for the
first few thousand km's.

Would 2 weeks of long-rides, (using New Delhi
as a base), over the best terrain I could find,
maintaining a constant speed of say 60kmp/h,
returning to the same mechanic from the showroom
I bought it from after the first 500km's, then
however many km's after that, counter this?

It proly sounds like a stupid question but it
is my first Enfield and I would like to get it
right the first time and learn from people who
know what they're talking about!!
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I am now aware that, when buying a new
Enfield from the showroom, it should be
broken-in and treated with care for the
first few thousand km's.

Would 2 weeks of long-rides, (using New Delhi
as a base), over the best terrain I could find,
maintaining a constant speed of say 60kmp/h,
returning to the same mechanic from the showroom
I bought it from after the first 500km's, then
however many km's after that, counter this?
@Scottoe: whether you would like to run-in or break-into the bike depends on your choice. Run-in takes longer time since you gradually take your bike from slower speeds to highier speeds and will take approximately 1500-2000KMs to complete your running in. The First 500 kilometers the speed should not exceed 50KMPH (so i was told). I followed the running-in process rather religiously.

Breaking-in would happen at much shorter duration, where you expose the bike to various speeds for short duration (eg. 40-60kmph and hold the speed for a minute and return to 40). I am not very familiar with break-in process for bullets, other members would be able provide more insight.

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Breaking in an engine.

There are different schools of thought on this.
What I followed is simple.

Don't rev the engine very hard. If you bike has a tacho keep the rpms under 3k for the first 500 kms.
After the first service is over, check if the oil and oil filter were replaced.

Till the next service at 3k kms, ride her easy.
Keep the rpm's under 3k but an occasional spurt in speed is ok.
Don't do heavy acceleration while climbing a gradient.
Keep changing engine rpm.
Do not drive at a constant rpm.
Cycle between 60-80 kmph in top gear.


I also add 50 ml 2T oil per tank full of petrol.
Did that during break in and also when doing long distance biking.

Do not switch off the engine. Let her idle for a minute or two before switching off.

I follow these routines on my bike.
My thunderBird is about 6 years old with a lil less than 80k kms on it.

Search threads created by me for detailed tBird service.

take care.

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Old 13th October 2009, 15:44   #22
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Get a 500. I've just returned from a butt-breaking ride from Sach pass on a 350 and i know how bad i wished for a 500. A good used 500 should cost you around 50k. Get a reliable mech to do it up for another 5-6k and you are all set. I spent 6k on doing up my electra - new seals, new chain-sprocket set, decarb etc and it worked like a charm. Just felt a little underpowered.
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I come from the break-in school of thought. For the first 100 to 150kms take it mild. Give her an oil change at that point. Continue the break-in process increse speeds, vary the rpm, don't hold a speed for too long. After another 200kms take give the WOT treatment, but don't hold it there for long.
Point to note during this period: don't short shift in any gear.
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