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Old 20th March 2011, 02:03   #16
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Here is a better pic. The leak seems to be from the circled area of the nut. Is it possible that it is damaged by a stone hitting? I heard a stone getting flicked somewhere below, but it was not a hard hit.
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Old 23rd March 2011, 00:16   #17
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Got the leak fixed, finally!! Somehow the nut had become loose and it was tightened. Got a fresh stock of Tru4 'Premium' along with 3M's engine plus. Went in for this oil since the oil level was very low and Tristar owes me a refund for charging me for clutch plates which was supposed to be done under warranty. It's another story(in another thread) as to why I didn't get my full money back.

Bought a can of Motul 5100 15W50 for the next service which will be coming up soon. This should work out well in this summer heat.
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Bought a can of Motul 5100 15W50 for the next service which will be coming up soon. This should work out well in this summer heat.
Glad that the leak is fixed finally!! How is the ride feeling now?

Also you sure we can use 15W50?? The recommended grade is 20W40 for the RTR. Is the 20W40 not available in Motul Synth?
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Glad that the leak is fixed finally!! How is the ride feeling now?

Also you sure we can use 15W50?? The recommended grade is 20W40 for the RTR. Is the 20W40 not available in Motul Synth?
The ride is ok since I'm still on the Tru4. Lot of people have recommended the Motul semi-synth and that's the reason I went for it. The shop keeper even asked if I was buying it for the RTR There is no 20W40 oil available in semi-synth/full synth.
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^^ Well good that leak has finally stopped and you are back on the bike. When you planning to change the oil??

Gotta try the 15W50 next oil change to see if there is a difference.
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Plan to change the oil in the next service. Since I'm riding everyday, I should clock kilometers quickly.
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now that you know the real reason for the leak, has your faith in tvs been restored?
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So many issues in a matter of 10 months and numerous trips to the service center. It takes a lot to restore faith considering Tristar wants to rip off people at the drop of a hat and TVS is accolading them with "Award for selling highest number of spare parts" 2 years in a row.
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Tantada!!! Just got curious and wanted to check how the bike holds up after a short, a bit of hard ride and my fears are confirmed. Oil leak has started again. I will not be using the bike tomorrow. As of now, I've placed a sheet of newspaper. Let's see how much it leaks this time.
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