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Old 20th December 2018, 21:15   #76
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Your enthusiasm is truly infectious, can't deny that.

Wish you and your friend a lot more epic rides to come.
Thank you for the kind words!

Lets hope better times are in store for us, fingers crossed!
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Old 30th January 2019, 00:46   #77
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So she's at the 29,000 km's mark now after an errand run to Madurai and back.

And this time I had the company of my friends Splendor Plus, though you've heard me speak wonders about the Splendor it is definitely not suited for the highways in spite of its better motorcycle feel, its square stroke mill which is its advantage has an Achilles heel, and that's its top end, when the CT100B keeps gaining speed on its own the Splendor consistently maintains its stand at 70 Kmph when ridden 2 up.

But then the CT100B ain't no winner as with a sizable pillion the front end starts to lift off the ground when accelerating hard, an issue I wasn't aware of as I predominantly ride solo.

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The lack of side panels is quite evident as even with regular fiddling the saddle bag tends to droop down to one side. On the return leg we enforced the saddlebag with bungee chords and that setup held well.

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Not sure whether its the underweight motorcycle or the overweight me, either way I'm still Single, hence decided to let potential interests know by snapping a picture at Singilipatti.

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Overall the ride was a relief, I also did manage to get my friend hooked into the low displacement lifestyle and we're in talks about riding to a Mystical Temple in Kozhikode the following month, fingers crossed!

After the ride and 200 km's over my usual change interval of 2k km's I went for a bottle of Castrol Activ 20W50 which I'd procured for Rs.320/-(MRP. 345/-, bought at the discounted price from Ex-Jawan's Oil Shop, Trivandrum), though not as rev-friendly as the more expensive Castrol Power 1, the Activ did hold its own when it came to smoothness, if the performance holds good until the next oil change then I'll go for a bulk order to avail even better discounts.

So off I run into the paddy fields!

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Until next time folks.

Cheers, A.P.
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Hey man, I've booked a CT100 KS Spoke yesterday. I've bought it to be used as a delivery bike for my business and it would travel about 70-100kms max a day, 6 days a week. I know its pretty much bullet-proof, but what would you suggest I should be careful about? Also, what is the real world mileage that I can expect?


I went with the KS only because it was available with the dealer, but I must say, it is a lot of bike for the money! I paid the downpayment only with the cash I had in my wallet
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Hey man, I've booked a CT100 KS Spoke yesterday. I've bought it to be used as a delivery bike for my business and it would travel about 70-100kms max a day, 6 days a week. I know its pretty much bullet-proof, but what would you suggest I should be careful about? Also, what is the real world mileage that I can expect?
Congratulations!

Just make sure to change consumables religiously and never let anyone fiddle with the state of tune and it will run for a really long time without breaking a sweat.

One un-commuterish aspect of the CT100 is that it hates to be lugged, but that is expected due to its short-stroke configuration.

I've never really calculated the FE of the motorcycle, though on comparing costs after the QG run we estimated that she returns around 65 Kmpl IIRC which was with the throttle wide open for 99% of the ride.

But personally I'd suggest you keep expectations low as the lack of low end oomph would result in lower FE when used within city limits.

Which again is not a reason to fret as in the long-run the CT100B is the cheapest motorcycle to own and run considering consumable pricing.

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I went with the KS only because it was available with the dealer, but I must say, it is a lot of bike for the money! I paid the downpayment only with the cash I had in my wallet
That's actually a good choice, unfortunately my friend had to go with the Alloy option as that was the only one they had in stock at the time of his purchase.
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It seems I'd missed to post the 30,000 km's update on TeamBhp, so here goes;

Motorcycle crossed over the 30k milestone a while ago, before her 2nd Birthday that would be up in a few months;

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Replaced the Airfilter, Sparkplug and Fuel line which cost an accumulated Rs.180/-

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A lot of intra-city commuting is why I guess the reading looks rich, anyhow I'm against messing with the carburetor without good cause, so that's that.

Almost all my spokes were loose so had got both my rims trued today, cost Rs. 350/- for both rims, if memory is right this is the highest 'Service' charge incurred for the motorcycle to date due to my lack of hardware and knowledge about truing rim's.

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First time I'm taking both wheels off at the same time, thought I'd face issues but was surprised when things turned out better than expected, motorcycle rested on the chain guard and exhaust without any issues while I'd take the rims to get trued.

And I'd about 500 km's ago scrapped the Snorkel, motorcycle is louder which is what was expected as going unnoticed when overtaking and having to honk like crazy to not be side-swiped was wearing me down quite a bit.

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I get the feeling that my forks would go out soon, not that they're leaking but I'm getting one of those gut feelings, luckily I had sourced consumables a long time back including fork nut holder, so I'm going to let them run their course and replace at the first sign of seepage.

Now, coming back to current affairs, the motorcycle hadn't run much and is at a meager 30.5k on the odo as I had been riding the P220 for a bit which included an interstate run to Bangalore and back on newly installed MRF Masseter's.

But I got around finally fixing the kill-switch in the most non-intrusive way possible, without splicing anything.

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DIY Here: Engine-Kill-Switch for Motorcycles (Engine-Kill switch for Motorcycles)

Cheers,
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Hi ashwin
Thanks for sharing this ownership experience. Keep writing to educate people like me.
I have read this ownership experience several times now and its quite getting me interested to know more about lower cc bikes and its advantages in terms of cost and maintenance.
Now having seen your travelogue and looking at specifications, you didn't mind to have tubeless tyres? I believe having tubeless tyres are higher degree of comfort. One thing that stops me thinking to take my thunderbird for longer tours is this.
Also, i see that ct100b and ct 100 ks alloy are 99.2 cc and es is 102cc. If my understanding is correct the 99.2cc was the one which probably got inception from kawasaki and the 102 is something that bajaj did for platina, discover, etc. My question is why bajaj chose to have only kickstart for 99cc variants ? I am noob in mech and i assume this has nothing to do with cc. Asking all these to get myself clarified as i like to get lower cc bikes very soon.
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Hi ashwin
Thanks for sharing this ownership experience. Keep writing to educate people like me.
I have read this ownership experience several times now and its quite getting me interested to know more about lower cc bikes and its advantages in terms of cost and maintenance.
Thank you for the kind words.

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Now having seen your travelogue and looking at specifications, you didn't mind to have tubeless tyres? I believe having tubeless tyres are higher degree of comfort. One thing that stops me thinking to take my thunderbird for longer tours is this.
We could have this conversation for hours and yet not arrive at one solid conclusion, there are certain discussions when it comes to motorcycles that can go on for ages, FI vs Carb's is another example, so is Cleaning vs Lubing Chain, so lets leave it at that.

The basic logic remains that you should choose a setup suited for the terrain and intensity at which which you intend to use the motorcycle, hence for me its Spokes and Tubes, as for punctures I carry a pair of spare tubes and tire spoons with me on long-rides, as for otherwise, I simply ride at a crawl's pace until I spot the nearest tire repair shop.

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Also, i see that ct100b and ct 100 ks alloy are 99.2 cc and es is 102cc. If my understanding is correct the 99.2cc was the one which probably got inception from kawasaki and the 102 is something that bajaj did for platina, discover, etc. My question is why bajaj chose to have only kickstart for 99cc variants ? I am noob in mech and i assume this has nothing to do with cc. Asking all these to get myself clarified as i like to get lower cc bikes very soon.
Different engines, the KS model has the 99.xx cc engine which was from Kawasaki, they've only made minor material changes to it keeping the original design more or less intact.

The 102cc motor is a newer unit from Bajaj, I might be wrong but I'm yet to recall a KS only variant of the same engine, as even on my earlier Discover 100 which sported a different iteration of this new engine, came in only ES variant.

The rest I guess is management decisions.

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My 2016 CT100B with some mods for touring.
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My 2016 CT100B with some mods for touring.
Kudos!

Do share a detailed write-up and some pictures of the mods done.

Also do share costs, I've had my eye on an alternate fuel tank for a while now.

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Kudos!

Do share a detailed write-up and some pictures of the mods done.

Also do share costs, I've had my eye on an alternate fuel tank for a while now.

Cheers,
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Starting from the back

Aftermarket tail light from Karol Bagh
Luggage rack from a commuter bicycle
Jerry can holder made to fit a 2.5 lt. motul can
Rear tyre Ralco Gripper
Pulsar 150 shocks
Small battery operated tail light (In case the main one fails)
3M Reflective stickers everywhere
Aftermarket exhaust (Pretty loud)
K&N type air filter (Didn't see much difference in performance)
Custom made bend pipe with Heat shield (Still burn't my pants couple of times)
Stock kick lever chopped and bent to fit (Stock one would hit the pipe)
High density foam seat with perforated seat cover
Tank is from old model Boxer (Cost Rs 2000) Its thicker than current model
Front mudguard from Rx100 (Direct fit)
Front tyre Timsun TS 800
Headlight from TVS XL
Aftermarket headlight brackets
Switch gear is from CT100ES to allow adjustable cables
Runs without battery
Everything else is stock (More or less)
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