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Old 8th February 2021, 11:15   #91
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Motul chain lube Art! All thanks to the RE service centre folks who sprayed this much-hated (for me) stupid chain lube, in spite of me telling them not to mess with it. It splattered this horrible tar-like sludge all over the rear wheel which took me 1 full hour to get rid of!

Until my next update, ciao!
We're hooked to your escapades!

I experienced the same once RE sprayed their lube, after wash they put the vehicle in 1st gear and apply it from the outside just before delivery. Second time I paid for the chain adjust & lube but stopped them from spraying that mess!

I used this product and was pretty satisfied. I'm yet to open the front sprocket cover and clean that area! Did you try that?

I'm using the Maxima Chain wax and it's decent enough, much better than Motul or RE branded one (I read somewhere it's made by Glosil)

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Old 8th February 2021, 11:18   #92
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Nice photos karthik. Will keep the restaurant in the check list for my next trip. Bit surprised though about your comment on using your interceptor for regular city rides. I test rode interceptor in varying conditions and did not enjoy it one bit in the city traffic plus the wide turning radius makes it difficult to manoeuvre. I found Himalayan and other 500cc RE much easier to handle than interceptor. Or am I wrong about this.
I have conveyed my thoughts on Interceptor vs Himalayan for city usage on this post in the Himalayan's ownership thread :
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motor...ml#post4969105 (Wandering Spirits Unleashed: My 2020 Royal Enfield Himalayan)

My logical preference for the Interceptor (in city) follows due to the ease of riding a short and compact, low-slung (centre of gravity), more refined bike with double the power and torque (compared to classic 500 / Himalayan). Plus better brakes, lesser need to shift gears, lighter clutch, runs less hotter and offers better all-round visibility while riding in tight traffic gaps. Some of my views may be due to the fact that I am tall (6'1"+), and the nature of my city usage - some of the areas I use the bike on are filled with fast, open roads and sometimes crazy traffic jams - both extremes and everything in between.

The Himalayan is best enjoyed when out travelling. It is a simple travel-anywhere oriented motorcycle, which is where it shines, rather than commuting inside the city. Not that it cannot handle urban duties if forced to. It can. But it cannot match the Interceptor in many areas that I have listed out, and most of those strengths are prevalent in city traffic life.
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Old 8th February 2021, 15:34   #93
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We're hooked to your escapades!
They're too short to create travelogue threads, so I decided to put posts itself on the respective vehicles' threads to save those memories

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I experienced the same once RE sprayed their lube, after wash they put the vehicle in 1st gear and apply it from the outside just before delivery. Second time I paid for the chain adjust & lube but stopped them from spraying that mess!

I used this product and was pretty satisfied. I'm yet to open the front sprocket cover and clean that area! Did you try that?
Thanks for the reference, I'll try it next time around.
I am yet to get the front sprocket area cleaned. I'll do that some time. Good idea.

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I'm using the Maxima Chain wax and it's decent enough, much better than Motul or RE branded one (I read somewhere it's made by Glosil)

Cheers,
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I think the RE branded lube is actually rebadged Motul chain lube. 2 years ago I had brought that RE kit home and tried it once, it produced the same tar sludge and I stopped using it on the bike after that. Managed to finish the remaining RE lube by using it on my bicycle .

Maxima chain wax and chain guard are both very nice, I have used them extensively for a long time now. For the Interceptor I was trying this new DX11 chain spray from Putoline and I seem to like it. It is colorless (unlike Maxima chain wax's gold color) and almost odourless, does not fling at all, plus lasts a bit longer than Maxima when there is a mix of weather conditions (wet + dry + dusty). Maxima chain wax is great for dry weather but seems to go away sooner when used in rains, etc (I still use it on the Ninja though, always)

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Since you have a fair amount of knowledge of chain lubrication, how was your experience of using gear oil? Many people have recommend it online, but i want a real user review. I am guessing you might have used it.

I have a RE GT 650 and i have been using my old can of motul lube and then cleaning the rim afterwards was thinking of experimenting with gear oil but your review of putoline has confused me.
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Since you have a fair amount of knowledge of chain lubrication, how was your experience of using gear oil? Many people have recommend it online, but i want a real user review. I am guessing you might have used it.
I haven't used gear oil on these three motorcycles, but I have ridden other bikes which had gear oil working as chain lube.

It will work out cheaper and do the job, but it will fling all over the rear wheel area, worse than motul's chain lube . It doesn't last too long either, needs more frequent lubing (perhaps 300-400km) because it all gets flung out soon at higher speeds I guess.

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I have a RE GT 650 and i have been using my old can of motul lube and then cleaning the rim afterwards was thinking of experimenting with gear oil but your review of putoline has confused me.
From my experience, I would recommend Putoline or Maxima any day if you want to see the rear wheel area clean and get some decent lubing mileage along with that. Eventually, any of these will work but the preference just boils down to the aftermath / mess needing clean up, which I personally hate seeing and cleaning when there is a better way out
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Interestingly, I've never faced this problem with Motul Chain lube on my Bonnie since last 5 years. Of course, my rides are mostly within city, but never had the kind of splattering you have shown in the photo. Curious as to why
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Lovely ride update KarthikK. It reminded me of the day long rides that I used to go for when I was in Bangalore. With adjustable suspension, your Interceptor will become even more fun in the twisties.

I wonder which bike will be wheeled out for this weekend's adventures!

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Interestingly, I've never faced this problem with Motul Chain lube on my Bonnie since last 5 years. Of course, my rides are mostly within city, but never had the kind of splattering you have shown in the photo. Curious as to why
Motul's chain lube is pretty (in)famous for such artistic designs on the rear wheel. Ive been using it for a decade or so and I've always suffered from it. One way out is to clean and lube the bike at least a day in advance of a long ride and to leave it standing for 24 hours. That might reduce some of the splatter on the rear wheel. Im experimenting with Motul's chain paste right now. It avoids all the mess but its tough to apply as you have to use a lot of force to get it onto the chain.
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I am yet to get the front sprocket area cleaned. I'll do that some time. Good idea.
Bringing this up in your thread, as we wait for the tyre issue to settle on the 650 twin thread.

Pretext: One year of ownership was completed for my INT650 and the odo has more than 6,500 kms on it. Furthermore, with the increase in Covid cases in MH-12 (Pune) and the increase in ambient temperatures, weekend rides took a backseat. Let's clean the front sprocket area this Sunday!

All set and when I sat in front of the gear lever, realized that I don't have an 8mm open spanner to loosen the pinch bolt. Can't use the socket heads here, as the silencer down pipe obstructs it. Luckily got one from the building security!

Rest was simple, systematic and messy. I'll just add some tips and let the pictures show the process & results,
- mark the gear lever pinch bolt or measure reference or take pictures before removing it
- use gloves as it gets messy
- try to save the parking
- spray the cleaner/de-greaser and wait
- cover the silencer down pipe when cleaning
- keep some rags that you don't mind discarding after cleaning the mess

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Let's do it. You need 5 mm allen key/socket head to open the cover's 3 bolts. If you use a rachet handle, you'll need an extender for the lower bolts. I've a Taparia 1/4" Rachet Tool set. For allen keys (from the bike's toolkit) you may need something longer to leverage if the bolts are stuck.

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The dot marks the slot. Use a marker but be careful with all the cleaner around, you might wipe out your marking (I wiped it out!)

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Welcome inside, not that bad. Sprocket much cleaner than anticipated.

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This is dirty, scrape off the lumps and then clean the fine particles.

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Work in progress. RE could have found a better way to route these pipes and wiring!

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The cleaner, you can use kerosene or any chain cleaner.

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Clean

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Cleaned and wiped dry

Took almost an hour, plus 30 minutes dry cleaning the bike. This should be done after 6 months or after monsoons depending on your riding. Not worth any time sooner.

When you clean such places the respect for lubing minimal increases. I just showed the lube spray can to the chain
Remember less is more, don't go crazy with the lube next time.

Cheers,
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Pretext: One year of ownership was completed for my INT650 and the odo has more than 6,500 kms on it
Looking at the engine this close, I felt it like a Old gen 350 bullet
Coming to the cleaning, it looks fantastic now post the work. A thorough work and job done neat and clean I say
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Ownership update at 33 months / 13,000 km up!

It's been a while since I updated this thread, thanks to the second wave induced lockdowns and the somewhat lesser number of rides on the Interceptor due to the other two garage siblings hogging most of the highway duties after travel opened up in July.

While it was being used in the city for urban errands every now and then, highway miles were mostly limited to breakfast rides on weekends that we weren't travelling on proper trips. In other news, blow to the usage patterns, my workplace has made work from home permanent for the foreseeable future. This means I will no longer be able to use this bike for office commutes going forward. I will have to find opportunities to use the Interceptor only on highway solo trips, breakfast rides and single day trips going ahead.

Moving on to the maintenance front, it was time for the annual routine service for the Interceptor, I scheduled it for earlier this month and got the oil and oil filter change done. Plus, I got the air filter and clutch cable replaced preventively. It turned out the air filter was quite clogged in 8000+ km of usage. There were no other new niggles in this one year of ownership, but for one minor issue with the taillight bulb (not the brake light) which used to flicker intermittently at times. This bulb was also replaced.

Due to some mistake by the RE service centre the last time I got the brake pads replaced at the rear end, they mistakenly used up a service coupon that time although it was not a service per se. They noticed this themselves and charged me for the fourth free service coupon reinstatement, and claimed it would cost much lesser than going for a paid service this time around. The invoice looks like this for the fourth service
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After the fourth service, the maintenance timeline looks like this now
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That is all I have on the maintenance front for now. The front brake pads should last me another 2000 km or so, and the tyres will soon be up for replacement. Due to the spiralling costs of imported tyre brands, I'd most likely be going for Ceat Zoom Cruz tyres when replacement comes up in the next 2000 km or so.


Daytrip Ride to Yercaud for Mirchi Bajjis

September is a wonderful time to ride, the places are all green, rains stop intermittently, water bodies are all recharged and the weather is often sunny and bright. On one of the last weekends in September, I ventured out with BHPians deepfreak15 and ebmrajesh for a 650 twins ride to Yercaud with no other intention than to ride up the hill and savour some piping hot Mirchi Bajjis next to Yercaud lake. Of course, we also had some fun riding through the 32km loop road, enjoyed some fresh air and pastries in the open air Cauvery Peak Cafe before returning. We were up and down the hill in a few hours and back to Bangalore well before dusk. Since I am a self proclaimed foodie, I will spam some pictures of the ride and the food during this ride before ending this post.

Stopping for breakfast buffet at CJ Pallazio hotel, Salem
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Ascending Yercaud
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The Interceptor stopping for a break at one of the hairpins halfway up
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ebmrajesh trying his hand at the committed posture of deepfreak15's Continental GT 650
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The whole purpose of the ride - the roadside stalls next to Yercaud lake which are famous for the Mirchi Bajjis
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Yercaud Loop road - narrow but enjoyable with an agile bike
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Rider's point of view
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Group shots
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Bike individual shots - ebmrajesh's silver Interceptor, deepfreak15's continental GT and my own Interceptor
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Cauvery peak cafe's open air and rustic ambience
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Mint cheese sandwiches with brownie and chocolate caramel cake anyone?
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On the return journey we skipped lunch and stopped just once at Saravana Bhavan, Krishnagiri for an evening snack of lovely Dosas and Vada
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It was a fantastic daytrip ride and fortunately we didn't encounter any rains on that day. We were home in under 11 hours with ~500 km on the clock.
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More trips lined up in the days to come. That's all for now, thanks for reading!
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Ownership update at 33 months / 13,000 km up!

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Just wow!! I love blogs with lots of food pictures. I was in Bangalore from 2009 - 2012 and I have pleasant memories of my rides. Good job mate. Hoping to see and read more of your experiences.
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