Well I have been an avid biker ever since I could ride but I do not think I was ever addicted to riding like I am now! I so look forward to riding this bike that sometimes even Monday mornings feel good just because I get to ride 25 Km to work!
Coming to the machine itself, it's been an absolute bliss. I have done a lot of daily commuting and weekend rides and it's all been sheer pleasure. There are absolutely no issues with the bike (I may be lucky). No starting issues, no irritating vibes from the MID (in spite of the Fazer windscreen), smooth power delivery and complete fill-shut-forget experience till now.
Sharing my experience with the small modifications and maintenance I have done till now. Aftermarket (Fazer) Windscreen DIY:
Well the first thing that hit me when I touched 130 on this bike was wind and the next thing was that I need a windscreen badly, especially coming from the karizma! Inspired by a lot of guys who have done the DIY, I was on it too. Stuff I used:
1. The windscreen itself (INR 216/-)
2. A packet of bindi used by women - Lol! - Yes I'll tell you how handy they could be for this job.
3. A drill tool.
4. Allen keys. How:
1. No, the existing holes on the windscreen can't be used to mount on the duke.
2. I removed the existing windscreen, and compared with the new one to mark the points to be drilled.
3. Pasted the 4 bindis on the points to be drilled. Rechecked with the actual holes and aligned the bindis as required. Mind you the bindis easily move on the plastic and that's why they are handy!
4. Drilled the top two holes precisely and checked the bottom 2 bindis just to be sure. Next I drilled the bottom 2 holes.
5. Next step is to mount the windscreen and it can get quite tricky due to the nature of the mounting bolts. If the inner bracket falls inside the dome, you need to open the dome and fetch it and fit it again. This happened to me and after a bit of circus, I was able to mount the windscreen. And tada!! here it is - Feedback:
1. Bike feels different the moment you put the windscreen. It also has a big bike feel now. Only after fitting it I realized it helps even at speeds from 80 kmph onward.
2. I have ridden all the way up to 170 (in appropriate conditions with full safety gear). There is a bit of flutter at those speeds. But not enough to bother. I could still see through the windscreen and see the road clearly.
3. I don't think windscreen has increased the top end. It surely has improved how the rider feels at those speeds. (aka the rider doesn't hang on to the handle bar at high speeds unlike before)
4. I don't feel it requires any more support. The windscreen is of good quality and doesn't break or sheer off. I have observed after every top speed run to find cracks around the 4 bolts but haven't found anything.
5. The only disadvantage is - now the wind is directed away from your chest but hits your helmet increasing wind noise. Due to this, there's more pressure on the neck muscles now causing a bit of pain after sustained high speed runs. Sitting back and crouching a little bit will make sure even this is negated.
6. I do not want to mount it higher or get a bigger windscreen as it will surely increase drag. Moral of the story:
The windscreen is here to stay. No more supports required. Paddock stand and maintenance:
Procured the paddock stand at INR 1200 from a friend from CBR riding group. Very handy for chain adjustment, cleaning and lubrication.
Pictures of the paddock stand are posted in another thread. Link Regular Maintenance.
1. I lube the chain every 500 Km and clean it every 1000 km. Use OKS chain lube and Motul chain cleaner respectively.
2. I had tightened the chain about 1500 Km back myself and till now there's no noise or slack noticed. The play is exactly the same. (5 - 7 mm)
3. I check coolant level and engine oil level once a week while washing. Never topped up till now.
4. Coolant level should be a wee little below half mark (when cold) in the window. This way when it expands it just touches max or a little below it. Coolant level should never exceed this, else it will leak out.
5. To check engine oil level, warm up the engine till first bar appears in the temperature gauge, switch it off and let it cool down for a minute. Keep the bike straight albeit tilted to right by 5 degrees and the brown/orange oil is visible in the window.
6. Adjust clutch lever play as per manual and the shifts will be smooth. This is done whenever I feel the shifts are clunky.
Hope this helps whoever reads this.
Some pics taken on a recent ride with black12rr
Missed clicking at 4k again!
I am off on a solo ride, starting on the 1st of Jan! I know - a lovely way to start the new year! Will write about it after I am back.