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Old 19th November 2013, 01:22   #3361
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After a long 9 months. Finally got my Desert Storm 500 on 12/11/2013. Absolutely in love with it. More pics coming soon!
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After a long 9 months. Finally got my Desert Storm 500 on 12/11/2013. Absolutely in love with it. More pics coming soon!
Congratulations FullRevs . Waiting for some more pictures from your end and would like to hear the experiences , both with regards to the machine and the SC.

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If you have not already placed the order for a cover, then you may look for the RE branded one.

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Got the RE branded cover today. Shall post my comments once I start using it.
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After a long 9 months. Finally got my Desert Storm 500 on 12/11/2013. Absolutely in love with it. More pics coming soon!
FANTASTIC - She looks awesome!!!!! Congratulations.
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Today had a good workout with the new bike, pushing it for 2kms when the fuel indicator did not function, and the level went below the usable mark. This is not something I can check unless I have some fuel in a can. This is the 2nd time since I have ever owned a bike, I had to push a bike. Really missed the Reserve tap. I just hope that they make some provision to use some reserve fuel!!!
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Hi everyone. Please share if you have had a similar problem. Just been diagnosed with a lumbar slipped disc. Had this acute low back pain radiating to the back of the leg for the last 6 months. Cannot say that riding the c500 made it worse but never had this problem before having this bike. Having said so the c500 seat has got to be the most painfull for any more than an hour.
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Hi everyone. Please share if you have had a similar problem. Just been diagnosed with a lumbar slipped disc. Had this acute low back pain radiating to the back of the leg for the last 6 months. Cannot say that riding the c500 made it worse but never had this problem before having this bike. Having said so the c500 seat has got to be the most painfull for any more than an hour.
Please change that springer seat ASAP bro.May be that is the reason. It is not meant for a soft tail motorcycle! It would be better if you go for the TBTS or Electra's seat.

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Sorry if this is a repeat question and is already discussed in the thread.
I was going through tech specs of Classic 500, in tire section they have specified
Tyres Fr. 90/90 - 19(Domestic), 90/90 - 18(Export)
Tyres Rr. 120/80 - 18(Domestic), 110/80 - 18(Export)

Any reason why they have given different tires specs for export model. Is there any difference they offer in terms of handling. If that is the case can we alter tires in our CL5`s too?
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@ DragonHawk
The C5 sold in export from 2009 thru 2011 had a 18 inch front rim. I believe the early 2012 models also had this 18 inch rim.
The C5 is basically the same frame/fork as the Classic 500 sold in India.

There were a number of cases in the US where the C5's made during that period became unstable at speeds over 60 mph (100 kmph).

This instability caused the rear of the motorcycle to twitch or shake from side to side. To say it was extremely unnerving would be an understatement.

Many different approaches were made by the owners to correct this instability, some with success and others with failure.

Royal Enfield revised the front forks and changed the front wheel to a 19 inch size in the mid-2012 year to correct the fault.

I have not heard of a re-occurrence of this shaking or twitching on any of the C5's made following the redesign.

The rear wheel has always been a 18 inch rim from the time the bikes were introduced.

Needless to say, I don't think you want to change your front wheel size to the 18 inch rim.
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Today had a good workout with the new bike, pushing it for 2kms when the fuel indicator did not function, and the level went below the usable mark. This is not something I can check unless I have some fuel in a can. This is the 2nd time since I have ever owned a bike, I had to push a bike. Really missed the Reserve tap. I just hope that they make some provision to use some reserve fuel!!!
LOL. I had this problem when mech handed over bike with petrol almost drained in reserve also! Buddy, its better that you follow a general rule of thumb and assume a worst case fixed mileage for your bike, i assume 30 - 35 for my 350cc since the fuel indicator is no good on highways. seeing that yours might be a 500cc it might be a lower figure.
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Got mine last week. And needless to say, its AWESOME!
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I could swear the chain below the trailing arm on my RE moves toward the large sprocket on the rear wheel.

In any case, I don't see any benefit in lubricating the drive chain while the motorcycle engine is running.
I do admit that I don't use the home brewed lube that was mentioned earlier. I use factory made PJ-1 Black Label which comes in a aerosol can.

It goes onto the chain as a very thin oil which thickens to a honey like consistency after a few minutes.
If it is applied while the chain is moving, the fluid is thrown off of the chain onto the floor where it can thicken.

Can we use a thick oil for lubricating the chain even though the chains being fitted on CL500s are with O-rings ?
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LOL. I had this problem when mech handed over bike with petrol almost drained in reserve also! Buddy, its better that you follow a general rule of thumb and assume a worst case fixed mileage for your bike, i assume 30 - 35 for my 350cc since the fuel indicator is no good on highways. seeing that yours might be a 500cc it might be a lower figure.
True, its a 500 Classic and no way to know when the low fuel indicator does not work. So I have now decided to fill it (full tank) every 200 kms irrespective of the level of petrol!! Im glad that I had to push it on a reasonably flat surface and not up a hill similar to the ones in Hyd, esp around Madhapur and Gachibowli
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True, its a 500 Classic and no way to know when the low fuel indicator does not work. So I have now decided to fill it (full tank) every 200 kms irrespective of the level of petrol!! Im glad that I had to push it on a reasonably flat surface and not up a hill similar to the ones in Hyd, esp around Madhapur and Gachibowli
My fear was always a snapped cable, my fuel indicator never failed on mel.
I am glad that my 500cc gives 33 - 35 kmpl on a highway and only 22 - 25 in Bangalore city (more so for my style of riding). So, I keep riding on even after it started to flash (means 3 more litres to empty). Touch wood!!!
Perhaps I should stock petrol in a 500ml coke bottle during long rides.
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Hi sgmitr. I think the mileage figure give by you in the city is correct. I get around 22 in the city as well.

Just got the DS from 1st service yesterday. Now all ready to be ridden for the next 2500km. Hoping to visit JC road for a few parts. Indicator caps, Crash guard etc. Am also looking to install the standard 500 handle bar. Im a 6 foot 2 incher and the stock handle bar position is too low for my liking. Has anyone done this to their classic yet? Does it feel better?
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