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Old 3rd October 2016, 19:34   #16
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The group photos will all the bikes together have ensured that the janitors at work will have a substantial amount of drool to clean up. Well, that's because the Benelli is an inline twin, this configuration does make it stand out among the current crop of parallel twins. I ride a CBR150R and I too have faced issues with false neutrals, any information you might have here that I could use? Mine come around 5K RPM on the right clip on and I'm still running stock grips, any suggestions on what I could use and where I could source them from? I've looked for ProGrip 719 Open ends on eBay, but all listings are priced ridiculously high.
Thanks man. Just a bunch of humble Hondas The real drool maal are the Italians. Or the limited edition Japs (H2 etc). I used to think that Parallel and In-line twins were the same. Hmm.

I'm no technical expert - improperly designed connecting rod between the gearbox and the shifter is a culprit sometimes. Rest of the times, its because we are used to the gearboxes of other bikes which we need to unlearn. Please PM Bhpian - Nithesh - he might have a Point of View. And check post #5 in this thread. I've ordered Grip Puppies - will post a review soon. You can ask a friend to bring it from abroad. Or order online on ebay / amazon - they ship it to India.

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Nicely composed review. Congratulations on your CBR 650F. A couple of years down the line, my hunt will begin in the used market! Wishing you a lot of happy miles on your 650F. Ride safe
Thank you. Why used market? A couple of years down the line, I bet your priorities would have changed and you might end up buying a litre class machine.

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Hey buddy. I was one of the Kawasakis that rode along with you chaps
Narula Bhai - so that was your ZX10R! Apologies, I couldn't say 'Hi'. Next time then

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Not many owners at the forums use R&G bar ends. There's a thread over there where several owners are angry at R&G for supplying defective crash bobbins for the 650F... So R&G has not been a popular brand atleast on the 650F forums.

Also 72k INR is a fair price if you can find an Akra in India right now. In the US the pipe retails for $1050 or so which is roughly around 68k when converted. If you order from Revzilla or other international sites for 950 or thereabouts then you will end up paying more at customs.
Surprising. I thought that R&G does not mess up. A few of the Blore 650F guys have R&G sliders and they don't have / haven't reported such issues so far.

Yeah. All the full systems have been hovering around the $950 to $1050 range. Amazon sometime back had the Two Brothers full system for $798 - which was a pretty good deal IMO. I hope Honda offers the Akra full system as a official accessory in India - they do so in the UK atleast.

There are rumours that HMSI might not honor the warranty if you upgrade the exhaust - but I could be wrong here.
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Excellently penned down Loki.
Hearty Congratulations on the 650F.

It is really good to see the tribe growing on the forum.
I am really getting interested in the MRA touring screen. Let us see when it materializes.

Wishing you many happy miles with her.

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Was relatively bugged and jobless this past Saturday, so decided to put a solo ride to Horsely Hills near Madanapalle, AP. Its around 160 KM one way from Bangalore.

Set the alarm for 6AM but woke up at 9AM instead. Had a light breakfast and left home at around 9.30AM.

Took the Hoskote - Madanapalle route while going and returned via B. Kothakota - Hoskote
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Post the diversion at Hoskote and until Madanapalle, the route is mostly smooth 2 lane. There are broken patches at multiple places especially near the Karnataka AP border and more speed breakers than necessary (some of them unmarked - might be tricky to spot them in the dark)
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Madanapalle is a small town and seemed quite busy on a saturday morning. Stopped for a chai break before heading for Horsely which was another 30km from Madanapalle. Upon reaching Madanapalle town, multiple signboards point you in the direction of Horsely. Or just ask the locals. Below is the entrance to the hills where I had to pay a Rs 10 entrance fee
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The roads were smooth and seemed to be relaid recently. There were a few hairpin sections but not as much as what you might find at Yercaud (or even Yelagiri).
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Smooth tree lined roads and some twisties = bliss on the CBR650F
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Came across this sign while on the way up. Immortal words - "Miles to go before I sleep..." The A.P. Tourism dept has some taste Contrast the above with the cheesy lines put up by the B.R.O across Ladakh.
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Theres nothing to be done atop Horsely Hills mostly. The A.P. tourism department provides accomodation in the form of several cottages/ bungalows. There are a couple of viewpoints which overlook the distance.
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We teach our kids to write. But we should also teach them to not vandalize / protect public property. Ugly markings at the viewpoint.
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The view!
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The only food option atop Horsely Hills. The tourism dept run a small restaurant. Have a limited veg buffet (breakfast @ Rs 100, Lunch @ Rs 140). There are a few a-la-carte items (including non veg dishes) during lunch time. A small bar is also attached (Do not drink and drive/ride folks)
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Post lunch, I headed back - took the route via B.Kothakota. Horsely Hills to B.Kothakota is freshly laid and i blasted by in no time. But the B.Kothakota to Gownipally route has quite a few bad patches. Not too much of the headache though. Stopped for a chai at Gownipally where the road joins the main Hoskote to Madanapalle route and headed back home. Reached home by 4.30 PM.

Was hardly a cinch for the CBR650F. Solo rides are loads of fun. Wonder where the next ride will be to. Maybe something longer. Cheers.

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Old 28th October 2016, 19:22   #19
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Congrats Loki, well written and some good pics too. Wish you happy and safe miles ahead.

And by the way, did you do your Horsley hills ride on the Long weekend of Aug 15th? Were you with a pillion rider too? If so, then I think we crossed each other on Horsley hills - Kothakota stretch. I was in my car (white I20 with Tbhp sticker on my rear windscreen) heading back to Hyderabad after a holiday in Horsley hills.
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And by the way, did you do your Horsley hills ride on the Long weekend of Aug 15th? Were you with a pillion rider too?
Thanks man. That wasn't me during the August 15 weekend. Must have been someone from the Bangalore dealership.

Which route did you take from Kothakota towards Hyderabad? The road joining Horsely Hills to kothakota was pretty good for a B-road. If it were in Karnataka, it would have had a hundred speed breakers. These PWD engineers in Karnataka are overtly obsessed with speed breakers
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Oh ok. From Horsley to Hyd, i took the Kadiri-Obulapuram-Rapthadu stretch. It was good single road, except few areas where the repair work is under progress.
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Didn't get a chance to take the bike out during the whole of November because of multiple reasons and I was feeling increasingly restless. So when one of the 650F guys proposed a ride on Saturday (Dec 17th) I said yes without thinking twice!

Four CBR650Fs were joined by a couple of 800 Tigers (one XRX and a higher spec XCX) and we met up opposite Esteem Mall @ Hebbal - which is the default meet up spot for folks heading out on the BLR-HYD highway.

The Plan was to ride to Belum caves in AP, click some pics and head back mostly via the same route
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There was a decent amount of fog when we started at around 5AM and my helmet visor was getting pretty fogged up as we rode ahead. Missed a pinlock insert here. We stopped for an early breakfast at the AP tourism run food joint near the AP-Kar border (just before the detour to Lepakshi). Now compared to the other highways, i think the Hyd highway could do with some food/ dhaba options.
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The BLR-HYD highway is largely smooth, straight and boring throughout and you can maintain decent average speeds throughout. After a couple of chai breaks and a fuel stop, we reached Belum around 11.30AM. Some pics below:

I'll admit I had never heard about Belum caves before this ride was proposed. One of the longest caves in the Indian Subcontinent apparently, known for its stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Entrance to the caves
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Most parts of the cave are lit up. And the AP government has done a decent job of maintaining the place. Worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.
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There is this neat Buddha statue near the caves. Photo op for the CBR!
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After a round of refreshments, the rest of the riding folks decided to visit Gandikota as well. Gandikota has been on my to-visit list for a while and while I had to get back home by late afternoon, I agreed to ride on with the group. I am pretty sure Google maps was trying to mess with us and we took several detours and finally reached Gandikota around 4PM.

En route to Gandikota
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Gandikota has got a bit of history associated with it (wiki article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandikota). There are multiple old ruins which you can spend hours just staring at. But everybody comes here to check out this view!
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The Penna river flows through a deepish gorge which resembles the Grand Canyon! We were at the place for 30 mins or so. But all of us had to return back and we left Gandikota at 4.30PM to head back to Blore. I seriously recommend an overnight stay to soak in the whole place. There are a few acco options - AP tourism also runs a resort nearby.
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We decided to ride back via Kadiri and join the main highway near the Lepakshi crossing. The Gandikota to Kadiri route is two lane throughout and has a few scenic sections. There was a 4 km gravel stretch immediately after Gandikota where the roads were being relaid. Was pitch dark when I reached Kadiri and took it easy from there on. Reached home around 9PM. 680 km on the trip odo.
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Rear tyre @ 12500km. Might last another 3K kms I guess. Will mostly upgrade to PR4s or Angel GTs
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Rear tyre @ 12500km. Might last another 3K kms I guess. Will mostly upgrade to PR4s or Angel GTs
Hey,

Excellent update their friend. I am also looking between PR3 and Angel GTs.
Somehow prefer the look of PR3 over PR4, but will see when the time comes. Mine is at 9500 Kms so still have some time. Somebody on the other forum in bangalore got the Metzeller M7s. Will get reviews from him as well.

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I am also looking between PR3 and Angel GTs.
Somehow prefer the look of PR3 over PR4, but will see when the time comes. Mine is at 9500 Kms so still have some time. Somebody on the other forum in bangalore got the Metzeller M7s. Will get reviews from him as well.
Yup. He got the Metzie Sportec M7. Cost him around 14k change. Will meet him soon and get the feedback. Another guy has already done > 5000kms on his PR4 and has a lot of positives to say about it. I wish the Battlax BT023s were also available in the market.

Meanwhile, I fit the GripPuppies foam grips and they are an improvement over stock grips albeit slightly thicker now. Will probably put heavier bar ends next.
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Yup. He got the Metzie Sportec M7. Cost him around 14k change. Will meet him soon and get the feedback. Another guy has already done > 5000kms on his PR4 and has a lot of positives to say about it. I wish the Battlax BT023s were also available in the market.

Meanwhile, I fit the GripPuppies foam grips and they are an improvement over stock grips albeit slightly thicker now. Will probably put heavier bar ends next.
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Interesting!! Nice!!
Do they take away the handle bar buzziness a bit?

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Interesting!! Nice!!
Do they take away the handle bar buzziness a bit?
Yes they decrease the impact of the buzziness to an extent. The foam used on the grip is not overtly soft and is quite comfortable to hold. Seems to be of good quality and will hold up well in our weather.

The HVMP bar ends cost around 75 USD. Im think if it would be worthwhile If we can find someone locally to machine heavier bar ends - should be much cheaper. Know anyone?
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Yes they decrease the impact of the buzziness to an extent. The foam used on the grip is not overtly soft and is quite comfortable to hold. Seems to be of good quality and will hold up well in our weather.

The HVMP bar ends cost around 75 USD. Im think if it would be worthwhile If we can find someone locally to machine heavier bar ends - should be much cheaper. Know anyone?
Ok.
Well, I don't know anyone right away, will have to check.

Try Motozone Performance in Pune.

They have fabricated stuff for a Ninja 300 and are doing it for Fiesta on this forum as well. The 300 and the Fiesta belong to the same guy.

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