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Old 21st February 2011, 21:35   #691
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First clean the fins and observe. Once you are sure its coming form the rocker cover then I'll guide you to DIY if you intent to do it. Provided you get the tools necessary to accomplish the job.

If you gave the bike for servicing after the tank full and then calculated the average, there is a possibility of fuel taken out at the service centre and you ended you with lower mileage.

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First clean the fins and observe. Once you are sure its coming form the rocker cover then I'll guide you to DIY if you intent to do it. Provided you get the tools necessary to accomplish the job.

If you gave the bike for servicing after the tank full and then calculated the average, there is a possibility of fuel taken out at the service centre and you ended you with lower mileage.
Thanks. I will get back to you soon.

I calculate mileage on a reserve - to - reserve basis. More accurate and no spillage. (Full tank means you cant put bike on side stand)

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Hmmm fair enough. Do address it asap.

A new development at my end. The choking was there again. The bike sort of dies on you suddenly. Idling is okay, otherwise acceleration is okay, no observable smoke either.
I drove my Bull after a long time on Saturday. I rode around 30 kms and that was perfect. The choking problem started towards the end of the Sunday ride. I must mention here that I was riding in the rain then. (Could moisture be the culprit as well?) Today the problem returned with a lot more vigor. The morning idle was horrible. It was almost impossible to rev the engine even a bit after 2 mins of idling. This is usually not the case.

Is it time for carb cleaning?

I wish these bikes required lesser maintenance. I also got a nasty rash thanks to my gloves. Not a good start to the day. :(
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Many reasons:
  • My previous experiences with service centre not good and want to avoid if possible. They have a habit of "pooh pooh"ing my problems as silly day dreams.
  • I have to be sure of the oil leak that its not a false alarm. The leak is very very little and hardly noticeable unless you examine very closely without cleaning the fins for several days.
  • I have a habit of applying WD-40 here and there. Perhaps I accidently spilled it on the fins ?
  • I want to improve my DIY skills. If its from the rocker cover as Randhawa says - which I also suspect, then I should be able to take care of it myself.
  • Lastly- No time to go to service centre. Quite busy in office for past few days.
The service centre guys here are too busy. So let me first make sure that my problem is not imaginary and I wont be able to take care of it myself. Also the first time I went for service, they messed up the rear axle cams. 2nd time, they messed up with my chain and I had a really tough time cleaning it. I had to spend one whole day for adjusting the rear brake springs. They didnt do anything for my sleeve scuffing, front wheel not rotating freely and also reduced mileage - says everything is my imagination.

So tell me why should I go to service centre?

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Welcome to the service stations in God's own country. Their motto :The customer is always wrong !

@ Essyouwe : You didnot mention anything about how you tackled your ABS
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I have done nothing about it yet. It is still there. It seems I'll need to spend a whole day at the workshop. Unfortunately that will have to wait. It can only be done in March now.
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Hmmm fair enough. Do address it asap.

A new development at my end. The choking was there again. The bike sort of dies on you suddenly. Idling is okay, otherwise acceleration is okay, no observable smoke either.
I drove my Bull after a long time on Saturday. I rode around 30 kms and that was perfect. The choking problem started towards the end of the Sunday ride. I must mention here that I was riding in the rain then. (Could moisture be the culprit as well?) Today the problem returned with a lot more vigor. The morning idle was horrible. It was almost impossible to rev the engine even a bit after 2 mins of idling. This is usually not the case.

Is it time for carb cleaning?

I wish these bikes required lesser maintenance. I also got a nasty rash thanks to my gloves. Not a good start to the day. :(
Hey friend, As our Bulls are having vented Gasoline tanks, there is a possibility of moisture being absorbed from the atmosphere. The lower the gas level, the more the vapor formation. The evaporating gasoline leaves a sediment as well which may clog the air jets of the carburator. So it would be better to ride on after a carburator cleaning.
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Exactly what I feel is the case. Lets see, will need to take out time for this. Have another 60-70 kms of riding to do in the evening. The severity of the situation should be clear by tonight.
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Exactly what I feel is the case. Lets see, will need to take out time for this. Have another 60-70 kms of riding to do in the evening. The severity of the situation should be clear by tonight.
Be on the alert as your bull may not respond to a quick twist of the throttle. Ride safe
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Guys,

Rode this evening for ~70-80kms. The ride was much better today. No hiccups at all. The bike accelerated just as it should have.
However, I will still get it serviced asap. Something just doesn't feel right. :(

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How is the oil leak coming along?
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Hey friends and experts,
Couple of things I would like to know :

1. Is it ok to have a small oil smear around the tappet door ?

2. Can we be absolutely sure that the rear wheel is correctly aligned if the cam
gear notches are equal on both sides ?

3. Any adjustments available to move the rear mudguard left or right ?

4. How do you guys come out of the auto decompression phase on the first start in the morning ? I usually give a wee bit of throttle as completely letting go of the throttle kills the engine. Now is this ok?

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@Achint-"Something just doesn't feel right." :( Is it simply love, passion, obsession, intuition, 6th sense or REB telepathy



@Adrian

1. No
2. No
3. No
4. Just use the choke if necessary in the morning but avoid whacking throttle. You can use throttle only if not using choke or you run a risk of fouling plugs.
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@Achint-"Something just doesn't feel right." :( Is it simply love, passion, obsession, intuition, 6th sense or REB telepathy



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1. No
2. No
3. No
4. Just use the choke if necessary in the morning but avoid whacking throttle. You can use throttle only if not using choke or you run a risk of fouling plugs.
Thanks Randhawa..
Regarding the tappet door oil leak (wipe the packing of the door and you get a very minute smear on your fingers), What would be the cause of the leak and would tightening with allen keys suffice ?
During morning starts I some time use choke and as soon as the machine starts, I push it back and gently (very very) give the throttle to keep the machine from coughing out. This I do till the machine exits the auto decompression mode. Is this the right procedure or should I keep the choke on and leave the throttle alone till the machine warms up ?
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Your methodology for warm-up sounds perfect. Opinions differ on how long the choke ought to be held. As Sanjeet said, just avoid going WOT. Slight revving to keep the mill rolling would be fine.

RE mechs kick the mudguard to align it.
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Your methodology for warm-up sounds perfect. Opinions differ on how long the choke ought to be held. As Sanjeet said, just avoid going WOT. Slight revving to keep the mill rolling would be fine.

RE mechs kick the mudguard to align it.
No wonder RE asked Jean Claude Van Damme to join the team.

Can the rear number plate, brake light assembly be removed by acessing the nut under the mud guard ? New RE machines have no provision for allen keys in their exhaust pipes. It gives a more round exhaust note though.

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Not sure about the brake light assy. I guess it should be. I think Nasirkaka's rear brake light was changed when he took a tumble.

About the exhaust, where have they eliminated it? The heat shield? How different is the exhaust note?
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