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Old 13th March 2017, 10:32   #91
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Did a short ride with a few buddies yesterday. The original plan was to ride to Lepakshi but we instead rode to Gudibanda.

Lovely roads and a nice water body made for some nice clicks and a lovely relaxed ride.

Spotted tons of superbikes from a cluster of Ducati's to a couple of MV Agusta's, some Zuki's, HD's, etc.

Here are a few pics from our ride:

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I need to change the tires on the bonnie soon. Let's see what is available off the shelf in the market.
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Old 31st March 2017, 10:33   #92
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Bonnie's tires were due for a change from the factory fitted Metzeler rubbers.

The stock tires come with 110/70/17 at the front and 130/80/17 at the rear.

I was unable to find the rear tire in stock size and with a few calls to a couple of dealers in Bangalore, I managed to source a set of Michelin Pilot Street tires, stock size in the front and 140/70/17 at the rear. The set cost me INR 10,400/-. With the new size at the rear, the GC marginally reduces by 6mm. I did a short ride after the tire change last weekend and did not find any issues with the reduced GC but the handling and cornering confidence has improved significantly.

The rear tire was good for another 1k kms at least but to ensure even wear at the front and rear, I chose to change both tires. At the time of changing the tires, the odo was at 17800 kms and with last weekend's ride, she crossed 18,000 kms. That's 11,000 kms in about a year since I brought her home.

In addition to changing tires, I also got the front forks aligned, cone set checked, air filter cleaned and throttle bodies balanced. The factory fitted tires were worn unevenly with one side of the front tire worn more. The service guys said this is a normal phenomenon with the Bonneville's given its stiff frame/chassis, but I still wanted to get them to check for any issues on the fork/cone set.

My bike has the TOR pipes and it was fluttering a little more than normal. Balancing the throttle bodies has resolved the issue and the bike is a lot smoother now, even in city traffic conditions.

After the service folks completed the above tasks, I had a minor issue. When I turned into the main road from the service center, the left side rider footpeg just broke and fell off. I managed to retrieve it (thanks to zero traffic behind me on a late Saturday afternoon) and rode back to the service center.

The footpeg mount bolt had snapped and I had to change this part. Thankfully I did not have to change the entire footpeg. The service center did not have the particular Bonneville mount in stock but since the Thruxton has the exact same piece, they were able to fit the footpeg back on the bike.

Here is a pic from Triumph Riders India on the foot peg mount:

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The mount cost me INR 1200 bucks. Expensive if you ask me considering it is only a piece of metal and for that price, it should not have snapped given that the bike was never dropped or footpegs being scraped on cornering. That said, all Triumph parts are priced obscenely. The main stand which was fitted on my bike to remove the wheels costs a cool 16k. I wonder why? Nothing more than metal to it. Upon close inspection, I failed to find any rubies or precious stones embedded in them.

I did a bit of reading (on triumph riders india forum) and other sources, and seems that the pegs breaking off is a known issue. The new bikes have mounts with 3 bolts in comparison to the one and only bolt this mount comes with.

Overall, I am glad the peg did not give way on any of my rides. It would have been a bummer to ride without a footpeg in "limp" mode. LoL

I hope the quality of these metal parts are looked into and resolved.

P.S. Here are the pics of the new tires.

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Old 31st March 2017, 11:21   #93
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Here is the link to the foot peg issue:

https://www.triumphindia.org/2015/06...h-a3-and-t100/

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After the service folks completed the above tasks, I had a minor issue. When I turned into the main road from the service center, the left side rider footpeg just broke and fell off. I managed to retrieve it (thanks to zero traffic behind me on a late Saturday afternoon) and rode back to the service center.

The footpeg mount bolt had snapped and I had to change this part. Thankfully I did not have to change the entire footpeg. The service center did not have the particular Bonneville mount in stock but since the Thruxton has the exact same piece, they were able to fit the footpeg back on the bike.


Overall, I am glad the peg did not give way on any of my rides. It would have been a bummer to ride without a footpeg in "limp" mode. LoL
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Aditya, you shouldn't have had to pay for a peg replacement. This is a common problem with the A3, and I was one of the first to experience it in India.

You can retrofit three bolts into your stock peg. I've done it and 3 years of standing on the pegs hasn't affected the pegs (touch wood).

You need to take it to a local mechanic and drill out the studs and replace them with two TVS bolts. That should solve the problem.
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Can someone please confirm which is the right MAP for the Free flow exhaust for A3 bonnveille for India? Got my second service done and while inspecting the plugs it seems my bike is running quite rich. Will get the TPS and throttle body sync checked tomorrow but apart from that can't think what else to check. Any feedback highly appreciated!
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You can retrofit three bolts into your stock peg. I've done it and 3 years of standing on the pegs hasn't affected the pegs (touch wood). You need to take it to a local mechanic and drill out the studs and replace them with two TVS bolts. That should solve the problem.
Yes, I will get this done sometime. Thank you.

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Can someone please confirm which is the right MAP for the Free flow exhaust for A3 bonnveille for India? Got my second service done and while inspecting the plugs it seems my bike is running quite rich. Will get the TPS and throttle body sync checked tomorrow but apart from that can't think what else to check. Any feedback highly appreciated!
I got the ECU updated with the new map sometime late last year. The ASC should be able to do this for you.

With the TOR pipes, the bike does run rich and fellow riders behind me did say they were able to smell fuel. This is normal since you are running a richer fuel map on aftermarket pipes. I faced a bit of choking/flutter which most definitely were due to the unbalanced throttle bodies and now after the balancing the bike runs smoother.
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Thanks Aditya. I had been observing the fuel smell for a while specially when I used to do some high speed runs and when stopping for the traffic it would run really rich. I learned that its with all the Bonveille, after WOT and then releasing throttle without giving any acceleration. The EFI system would suddenly run rich, its the way it is setup. But mine was sometimes running rich even at normal speeds.

Got the TPS and Throttle body sync checked, they were spot on. Found the issue was with the wrong map for the free flow exhaust. There are three maps available for A3 bonnveille. one is for 2x1 Arrow exhaust, second for 2x2 arrow exhaust and third for the aftermarket free flow exhaust the one we have on our A3. I had the 2x2 Arrow exhaust map on mine hence rich mixture with standard filter. May be if I had the K&N then it would have helped although I never had after-fire on deceleration/popping. The map for 2x2 arrow is 020505 which I had and now updated to 020507 map for after market exhaust. Things all good now, no longer the rich running. Cant smell the fuel now and I think the fuel consumption will improve

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Thanks Aditya. I had been observing the fuel smell for a while specially when I used to do some high speed runs and when stopping for the traffic it would run really rich. I learned that its with all the Bonveille, after WOT and then releasing throttle without giving any acceleration. The EFI system would suddenly run rich, its the way it is setup. But mine was sometimes running rich even at normal speeds.

Got the TPS and Throttle body sync checked, they were spot on. Found the issue was with the wrong map for the free flow exhaust. There are three maps available for A3 bonnveille. one is for 2x1 Arrow exhaust, second for 2x2 arrow exhaust and third for the aftermarket free flow exhaust the one we have on our A3. I had the 2x2 Arrow exhaust map on mine hence rich mixture with standard filter. May be if I had the K&N then it would have helped although I never had after-fire on deceleration/popping. The map for 2x2 arrow is 020505 which I had and now updated to 020507 map for after market exhaust. Things all good now, no longer the rich running. Cant smell the fuel now and I think the fuel consumption will improve
I have the right map for the TOR, but I still have occasional popping on deceleration, though never faced fuel smell issue. I've seen that the popping (afterburn) is reduced a lot if the idling rpm is raised to around 1000rpm.
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I have the right map for the TOR, but I still have occasional popping on deceleration, though never faced fuel smell issue. I've seen that the popping (afterburn) is reduced a lot if the idling rpm is raised to around 1000rpm.
You might call it weird but even the technician said that I will have popping from the exhaust and I never had a single pop. I felt if there was something special or something wrong with my bike for not doing pops
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This last Sunday, my buddies and I rode to Yelagiri hills and back.

I was looking forward to the ride since it had been a couple of weeks since the bonnie had been fired up.

The hot weather started to get to us by around 11 am but thankfully it was pleasant on the hilltop. On our return leg we stopped at Shoolagiri again but for cold coffee at the CCD outlet.

Here are a few pics.

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Some pics from the last two weekend rides.

Took the bonnie out after almost a whole month's break.

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This last weekend I rode to Thekkady, KL with a group of buddies from Bangalore for the annual interstate meet comprising of riders from Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu.

My last participation in this meet was back in 2014 and prior to that in 2012.

This year too, I almost missed the meet as the registrations were officially closed but thanks to a couple of cancellations, I got my registration confirmed.

1100+ kms, 100+ bikers from the 3 states and endless bike talk made the weekend a memorable one.

The bonnie was a blast to ride on the highway. On the return leg from Thekkady to Blore, we covered the 550 kms stretch in 8 hours including stops for fuel, breakfast and water to quench our thirst.

Here are a few pics, all shot from my mobile phone.

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Wow nice meet up. Quite a lot of peeps by the looks of it. How many from bangalore rode down? Must have been quite a sight.
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Wow nice meet up. Quite a lot of peeps by the looks of it. How many from bangalore rode down? Must have been quite a sight.
We had about 21 riders from Bangalore. To ensure we didn't have a long line of bikers clogging the highways, we split into two groups.
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This last weekend I rode to Thekkady, KL with a group of buddies from Bangalore for the annual interstate meet comprising of riders from Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu.
Nice pictures and looks like a very good monsoon ride. Was this ride limited to any particular riding group members? Or open to all?
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