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    Lightbulb In Case of Emergency

    (Well, am starting this thread with a very sincere effort of making the best in not-so-fortunate times. So before anything, I wish to request all of my Mates to please help me with their valued inputs and PLEASE keep the OTs for some other times.)
    So, you’ve packed up for the Ride, have done all pre-ride inspections, have enough mullahs in your pocket and have almost everything that you think you may need on this TRIP? But when you are some distance away from Habitation, Humanity and Help; God Forbid, but if there ever arises a situation when you are in a fix, how would you tackle it to get to the next stop where you can get into proper shape?

    I would like to go point by point and I begin with:-
    The bike doesn’t start and you detect that it is the Spark Plug who is playing the spoil sport. Remedy----- 1)Try heating the spark plug electrode to red hot, let it cool down, fix it back and start off.2)In case if you can not manage to heat the plug, try breaking the ceramic that’s on the internal electrode, screw up and ride till the next resort. These Desi Jugaads might not give you the desired efficiency or the mileage, but it’s always better to burn extra fuel than to be stranded on the road.
    You are carrying the necessary riding gear but unfortunately, the chill of the wind would just not let you ride any further despite being decently dressed. Remedy----- 1) Wear one more layer of cloth, even if it’s a cotton shirt. Remember, layers definitely protect. 2) In case if you have a newspaper put the sheet of newspaper on your chest beneath your Riding Jacket and also, wrap around the newspaper on your legs underneath your pants, it helps a lot! (This is a tried and tested formula when I used to come back from my office in the early hours of January.)
    You are riding on a lonely stretch on a moonless night and your headlight gives way. Remedy----- 1) Remove the Covers from your bike’s front indicator, try to bridge the indicators with any wire so that both of them blink at the same time, start your bike, Ride slowly any cautiously remembering that you may not be able to see anything for the instance when your indicators are in off mode.
    You need to open up a nut or a bolt but unfortunately, there’s lot of rust and you fear slippage or breaking of the bolt. Remedy-----1) Try to hit on the Bolt’s head with some weight, this may loosen the rust/dust collected on the bolt or nut. 2) Get some petrol from the tank or through the drain plug of the carburetor, add a few drops of mobile oil from the Engine and apply to the desired area.

    Well this was my effort and I wish to get more of such make-shift arrangements from everyone, you never know when you may need it.

    P.S: The above arrangements are to be used only in case of emergency and the fault should be rectified at the first given instance
    Last edited by dcs; 01-12-2009 at 11:17 AM. Reason: some spelling Miss-Take!
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    Well said DC...
    If a tubless tyre gets punctured, without removing tyre can we apply sealent??

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    @merwin: Yes u can apply sealant without opening the wheel but you need to have the injection kit to do so.

    @DC: Heard abt the spark plug jugaad for the very first time,will try it if at all im stranded. Thanx for sharing

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    Very useful Information. Some of the tips and tricks are very unique and would come handy. Thanks for sharing...

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    Awesome Stuff..Thanx a lot
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    Good initiative there Rohit. Let this thread run for a while and then someone can compile the useful and practical tips onto one sheet. A print-out in the jacket pocket will sure come in handy as a check-list for most.

    Quote Originally Posted by dcs View Post
    1)Try heating the spark plug electrode to red hot, let it cool down, fix it back and start off.
    The spark plug need not be heated to red heat. The point is to burn off any excess fuel or oil deposits that might be short-circuiting the electrodes. Even a few seconds of a cigarette lighter flame directed at the electrodes will do the job.

    [FONT="]2)In case if you can not manage to heat the plug, try breaking the ceramic thats on the internal electrode, screw up and ride till the next resort.[/FONT]
    This also comes from the time of 2 strokers. Breaking the ceramic would only be useful if the center electrode is almost totally worn through and needs to be exposed. This rarely happens with plugs nowadays (4 strokes run cooler than 2 strokes and the spark plug has to fire just half the time it would in a 2 stroke). Most of the time just reducing the gap a teeny bit by tapping carefully on the top electrode will do the job.

    Note: it would only be a foolish or dumb tourer who would start out on a tour with a spark plug so badly worn out.

    [FONT="]You are riding on a lonely stretch on a moonless night and your headlight gives way. Remedy[/FONT]----- [FONT="]1) Remove the Covers from your bikes front indicator, try to bridge the indicators with any wire so that both of them blink at the same time, start your bike, Ride slowly any cautiously remembering that you may not be able to see anything for the instance when your indicators are in off mode.[/FONT]
    Usually it is a blown fuse that causes such sudden electrical failure. If you don't have a spare fuse (most bikes have one spare in a small box attached to the +ve wire from the battery), a bit of aluminum foil or even the shiny part from the wrapper inside cigarette packets will do the job of a fuse repair. Just wrap a bit of either foil around the glass body of the fuse such that both the metal caps get connected to each other.

    Note: If it is a moonlit night and the roads are dry, then just sit quietly for some ten minutes or so to allow your eyes to adjust to the reduced light. Then ride slowly in the moonlight (you'll love it) keeping an eye on the differing contrast level between the black tarmac and the lighter coloured shoulder. Wetness will reduce this contrast difference and make it difficult to differentiate between the road and the shoulder.

    You need to open up a nut or a bolt but unfortunately, theres lot of rust and you fear slippage or breaking of the bolt.
    A few drops of any aerated drink (pepsi, coke, even soda etc etc) would do the trick better and quicker. The dissolved carbon dioxide gas lowers the liquids surface tension and makes it penetrate the tiny gap quicker. (couldn't help that 'surface tension' crack there)

    Quote Originally Posted by merwin View Post
    Well said DC...
    If a tubless tyre gets punctured, without removing tyre can we apply sealant??
    Yes. Just inflate the tyre, use the plug inserter cum reamer to clean the hole and push in the plug. No need to remove the tyre.
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    Dear Old Fox, I was thinking the other day that this thread had been a waste of the Webspace and I was about to ask the mods to delete it. anywhichways, your experience, your knowledge definitely is miles ahead then mine and hence the makeshift Jugaads that I provided proved almost lame. Well, practically speaking, there is no replacement for a proper thing, but My Main Motto of putting up the things across was to get as much as possible arrangements, in case anything goes Kaput.

    Off course, no sensible rider would tour with a lame sparkplug, but ...You never know when you may need it. The Idea is not to provide with information which would permit us to go off the way, just a humble attempt to make things a bit easy ..IN CASE OF EMERGENCY!

    Still, I am thrilled to have your valued inputs.....how lame of me, I could not think of all these points and remedies that you provided...see, at the end of the day, its experience that counts a lot!

    Thanks Old Fox...you have been marvellous.... as always!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcs View Post
    how lame of me, I could not think of all these points and remedies that you provided...see, at the end of the day, its experience that counts a lot!
    The appreciable part here Rohit is your initiative. That you want to share as much as you want to learn. For that matter, we all learn as we go. All this that I know didn't come in a single deluge of knowledge. It came over weeks and months and years. And to be honest, the quest goes on. There is still an amazing amount to learn and this fact keeps peeping through my riding life each day.

    There was nothing 'lame' about your jugaads. In this and all that follows, just keep in mind that I am always on the same side of the table as you.
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    Rightly said sir, The person who has ridden 5 hundred thousand kilometer's can definately give better options than us..

    and yes, Mr.Row-Heat, your options are very good! and probably the most convinient Jugards possible..

    Also for the following one!

    Quote Originally Posted by merwin View Post
    Well said DC...
    If a tubless tyre gets punctured, without removing tyre can we apply sealent??
    One can apply any solid stuff and then fix it with the any kind of Glue that can hold pressure the one that is Ultra bond, the one used on engine packing OR Fevibond,to fix puncture on tube type tyres!

    Or if you have the Equipment to fix Tubeless punctures : use it this ways:



    use the first one (1) to drill in and make the hole bigger,leave it in for a quick couple of secodns, take the item marked (2) and insert the Plug (3) into the (2) and take the Equip (1) out and the air will start to escape out then take the Equip (2) with the plug inserted in it and push it in hard in.
    you have successfully repaired the Puncture without removing the Tyre!!
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