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  • Originally posted by gixxer_junkie_m View Post
    He eats 160 bucks worth of bajji and bonda everyday.But if you tell him to invest one day's junk food quota on a platinum spark plug which will save the extra money put on it within a month!!! thinks about it and dithers on it as though it was a HUGE decision!!
    I didn't know he is a junk food freak!
    Anyway, next, I will advise him to go for an Iridium plug, which will easily last for 30-40K kms.
    I'm very happy with mine.

    So i am not at all surprised about the tyre choice.Look at the brighter side! at least his big fat tyre obsession seems to have been exorcised!!
    PS: Knowing sarvajit AKA tyre-guru,i'm sure he wasted a lot of time and effort in trying convince him.
    He has now gone to putting smaller than stock size tyre!
    But yes, I did convince him to the fullest.

    Originally posted by abhilashabhi12 View Post
    Ha ha ha true..

    Psr - what is your views on using 2.75x18 on to rear ?
    Originally posted by psr View Post
    Bike will feel nimble, and loose grip at every opportune moment.Sharp cornering will leave you eating mud off the road,and whenever you apply rear brake,you will fish tail, and shit bricks.......of course your FE will improve by 3 to 5 Kms per liter...
    Even my KB has 3.00/18 at rear.
    Final word of request don't even think of reducing rear tire width below 3.00/18.
    Originally posted by psr View Post
    Good decision Abhi. The rear tire does not have much weight loading when you are riding solo, and so it is better to have wider foot print..and when you apply front brake our body weight+bike weight shift entirely to the front leaving the back wheel vulnerable to loose grip...
    So a wider rear tire gives better grip,and prevents fish tailing.
    Thanks for the inputs Sir.
    I was going through a website where the combos for minimum&maximum tyre size allowed for rims is given.
    Funnily, the minimum size allowed for Abhi's rear rim (2.15") is 3.00 which means he need not necessarily change the rim.
    However, the tyre will look smaller since the rim is wider.

    In my case,
    Fiero F2 rim specs: 1.60" front, 1.85" rear.
    Stock tyre specs: 2.75x18" front, 90/90x18" rear.
    Now, since I couldn't find 90/90x18" rear&was not interested in putting a front tyre to rear, as it has a more triangulated profile for steering control unlike rear tyres which are flatter for grip, I went for 3.00x18" based on the following:
    1. 1st Gen Unicorn/Pulsar came with 3.00x18" tyres with rim size of 1.85" rear.
    2. 100/90x18" was making the bike sluggish since I had already used it.

    In the 1st few days, there was a lot of fishtailing&also wobbling.
    But as the shopkeeper said, after 3-400kms., the tyre will settle down.
    Moreover, the feeling was there in my mind since I had downsized from 100/90x18".
    Now, after a few 1000 kms., I'm very happy with the setup, though the sidewall height is less by about 5 mm. compared to stock i.e., 90/90 means 90% of 90 = 81mm. whereas 3.00 is 100% aspect ratio which means 3.00x2.54x10=76.2mm.
    So, in other words, the ride height has decreased by 5mm. I find the difference in the gap between the side beading and the rim-it is slightly less in case of the 3.00x18" tyre.
    I hope I have not bored you with my talk, I am just sharing my inputs since choosing the right tyre is based on a lot of parameters.
    I went with Michelins due to better dry, wet grip, soft compound with good tread pattern-my choice is based on safety&control rather than mileage. Mileage will also come automatically as the tyre is lighter compared to others. I was trying to explain the same to Abhi, saying compare the button type of Michelin to Ceats, you will understand the difference in the weight.
    I am very happy with the way Michelin explains the tyre construction by showing different compounds used on the same tyre, for better performance. I wish they were available for R15 too, I would have gone for it but alas, they are tube type&not available in R15 stock size. I may consider them in the future when I run out of tyre options for R15. At present, I have a brand new set of stock tyres.
    Do have a look guys at the Michelin website guys!
    Quench my thirst with gasoline!

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    • Hi,

      My bike has an engine leak which the authorized service centre is unable to fix. I wanted to give the bike to Rajesh in Gandhi Bazar (near Uma Theatre) as I there are some good feedback about him. I see in this thread that there are people who have been using his service. Is he good?

      Someone has mentioned that he has shifted to a new place. Can you please give directions to his place? Thanks

      I stay in Marathahalli and his place is very far for me. If someone can recommend a good mechanic near Marathahalli/ Domlur/ Koramangala/ Indira Nagar/ HSR, it would be great.

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      • Originally posted by Sarvajit View Post

        Thanks for the inputs Sir.
        I was going through a website where the combos for minimum&maximum tyre size allowed for rims is given.
        Funnily, the minimum size allowed for Abhi's rear rim (2.15") is 3.00 which means he need not necessarily change the rim.
        However, the tyre will look smaller since the rim is wider.
        That was an informative write up Sarvajit..thanks for the time and effort..
        The MRF Zapper FS which is on R15 as well as ZMA front is a really good tire that can brake without skidding..and do stoppies easily,as I found out 2 days back in panic braking in my ZMA...I have a better respect for that tire for the way it handled ...
        MRF also shows a model called METEOR, which I am yet to see on a bike...
        When Was The Last Time,You Did Something For The First Time.

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        • Originally posted by psr View Post
          That was an informative write up Sarvajit..thanks for the time and effort..
          The MRF Zapper FS which is on R15 as well as ZMA front is a really good tire that can brake without skidding..and do stoppies easily,as I found out 2 days back in panic braking in my ZMA...I have a better respect for that tire for the way it handled ...
          MRF also shows a model called METEOR, which I am yet to see on a bike...
          Thanks Sir.
          R15 front tyre is Zapper FY TL 80/90x17", just bought a new set on Saturday for my bike. Yet to get it fixed.
          You are right-front tyres should be as soft as possible with the center groove for better water dissipation. This is why I'm urging Abhi to go for the M45 which is IMO even better than R15's front.
          2.75&3.00x18" are stock specs for Fiero&his bike will love the combo which I have suggested (M45 front/Sirac Street rear)
          As for MRF Meteor, my friend has it on his T-Bird, in 19".
          I guess we are going OT now, we will continue on Fieros.
          More on PMs.
          Quench my thirst with gasoline!

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          • Originally posted by psr View Post
            Good decision Abhi. The rear tire does not have much weight loading when you are riding solo, and so it is better to have wider foot print..and when you apply front brake our body weight+bike weight shift entirely to the front leaving the back wheel vulnerable to loose grip...
            So a wider rear tire gives better grip,and prevents fish tailing.
            I think I am gona go with Michelin combination of M45 front & Sirac street at rear 2.75 x 3.00 x 18 respectively

            Originally posted by Sarvajit View Post
            I didn't know he is a junk food freak!
            Anyway, next, I will advise him to go for an Iridium plug, which will easily last for 30-40K kms.
            I'm very happy with mine.


            He has now gone to putting smaller than stock size tyre!
            But yes, I did convince him to the fullest.






            Thanks for the inputs Sir.
            I was going through a website where the combos for minimum&maximum tyre size allowed for rims is given.
            Funnily, the minimum size allowed for Abhi's rear rim (2.15") is 3.00 which means he need not necessarily change the rim.
            However, the tyre will look smaller since the rim is wider.

            In my case,
            Fiero F2 rim specs: 1.60" front, 1.85" rear.
            Stock tyre specs: 2.75x18" front, 90/90x18" rear.
            Now, since I couldn't find 90/90x18" rear&was not interested in putting a front tyre to rear, as it has a more triangulated profile for steering control unlike rear tyres which are flatter for grip, I went for 3.00x18" based on the following:
            1. 1st Gen Unicorn/Pulsar came with 3.00x18" tyres with rim size of 1.85" rear.
            2. 100/90x18" was making the bike sluggish since I had already used it.

            In the 1st few days, there was a lot of fishtailing&also wobbling.
            But as the shopkeeper said, after 3-400kms., the tyre will settle down.
            Moreover, the feeling was there in my mind since I had downsized from 100/90x18".
            Now, after a few 1000 kms., I'm very happy with the setup, though the sidewall height is less by about 5 mm. compared to stock i.e., 90/90 means 90% of 90 = 81mm. whereas 3.00 is 100% aspect ratio which means 3.00x2.54x10=76.2mm.
            So, in other words, the ride height has decreased by 5mm. I find the difference in the gap between the side beading and the rim-it is slightly less in case of the 3.00x18" tyre.
            I hope I have not bored you with my talk, I am just sharing my inputs since choosing the right tyre is based on a lot of parameters.
            I went with Michelins due to better dry, wet grip, soft compound with good tread pattern-my choice is based on safety&control rather than mileage. Mileage will also come automatically as the tyre is lighter compared to others. I was trying to explain the same to Abhi, saying compare the button type of Michelin to Ceats, you will understand the difference in the weight.
            I am very happy with the way Michelin explains the tyre construction by showing different compounds used on the same tyre, for better performance. I wish they were available for R15 too, I would have gone for it but alas, they are tube type&not available in R15 stock size. I may consider them in the future when I run out of tyre options for R15. At present, I have a brand new set of stock tyres.
            Do have a look guys at the Michelin website guys!
            Sarvajit, You believe in Gixxer's words when he says I eat 160 bucks of Junk food, think about it, the Platinum plug he bought is 160rs

            Now coming back to Rim size, I have changed & came back to stock 1.85 Inch rim sometime back & Add to that correct tuning is yeilding me 45kmpl mileage..

            so I can easily put 2.75x18 If need be, but I think I will go for both new tyres with michelin combination as you said, It is better to go for Tried & Tested

            Originally posted by PatienceWins View Post
            Hi,

            My bike has an engine leak which the authorized service centre is unable to fix. I wanted to give the bike to Rajesh in Gandhi Bazar (near Uma Theatre) as I there are some good feedback about him. I see in this thread that there are people who have been using his service. Is he good?

            Someone has mentioned that he has shifted to a new place. Can you please give directions to his place? Thanks

            I stay in Marathahalli and his place is very far for me. If someone can recommend a good mechanic near Marathahalli/ Domlur/ Koramangala/ Indira Nagar/ HSR, it would be great.
            He has shiifted to near Hoskerehalli cross, You take the Road from Bank Colony towards Ring road, it is on the left side sometime before Hoskerehalli cross, Apart from him I think Zen does a good job which is in Chamarajpet

            Originally posted by Sarvajit View Post
            Thanks Sir.
            R15 front tyre is Zapper FY TL 80/90x17", just bought a new set on Saturday for my bike. Yet to get it fixed.
            You are right-front tyres should be as soft as possible with the center groove for better water dissipation. This is why I'm urging Abhi to go for the M45 which is IMO even better than R15's front.
            2.75&3.00x18" are stock specs for Fiero&his bike will love the combo which I have suggested (M45 front/Sirac Street rear)
            As for MRF Meteor, my friend has it on his T-Bird, in 19".
            I guess we are going OT now, we will continue on Fieros.
            More on PMs.
            Tyreistein Sarvajit
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            • @Sarvajit

              Dude,who're you gonna trust?Abhi? or what you saw with your own eyes?Last time when you were here,if you rem,you saw with your own eyes Abhi cleaning up 4 plates of noodles(2 plates),baby corn,gobi and we were mere spectators.That time his excuse was that, he hadn't eaten for over half an hour.

              @Patiencewins

              You have a pm with Rajesh's phone # .Yeah like abhi has mentioned,he's moved to Girinagar.His place is in the main road between Sita circle and hosakerehalli cross.The garage's name is "First Bikes".
              Life begins, once you hit the power band !!

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              • Originally posted by abhilashabhi12 View Post
                I think I am gona go with Michelin combination of M45 front & Sirac street at rear 2.75 x 3.00 x 18 respectively
                Sarvajit, You believe in Gixxer's words when he says I eat 160 bucks of Junk food, think about it, the Platinum plug he bought is 160rs
                Now coming back to Rim size, I have changed & came back to stock 1.85 Inch rim sometime back & Add to that correct tuning is yeilding me 45kmpl mileage..
                so I can easily put 2.75x18 If need be, but I think I will go for both new tyres with michelin combination as you said, It is better to go for Tried & Tested
                Tyreistein Sarvajit
                Saale!With you it's like bargaining! if sarvajit asks you to put iridium then at least you will go for platinum!!
                It's good that you're obsessed with michelin right from birth.So sarvajit's time and effort wasn't wasted totally?!!
                Life begins, once you hit the power band !!

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                • Originally posted by psr View Post
                  Bike will feel nimble, and loose grip at every opportune moment.Sharp cornering will leave you eating mud off the road,and whenever you apply rear brake,you will fish tail, and shit bricks.......of course your FE will improve by 3 to 5 Kms per liter...
                  Even my KB has 3.00/18 at rear.
                  Final word of request don't even think of reducing rear tire width below 3.00/18.
                  Does that in any way got to do with his love for junk-food?or is that fast-food? or street food?
                  Last edited by gixxer_junkie_m; 09-03-2011, 06:14 PM.
                  Life begins, once you hit the power band !!

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                  • Originally posted by gixxer_junkie_m View Post
                    Dude,who're you gonna trust?Abhi? or what you saw with your own eyes?Last time when you were here,if you rem,you saw with your own eyes Abhi cleaning up 4 plates of noodles(2 plates),baby corn,gobi and we were mere spectators.That time his excuse was that, he hadn't eaten for over half an hour.
                    Originally posted by gixxer_junkie_m View Post
                    Does that in any way got to do with his love for junk-food?or is that fast-food? or street food?
                    Anand you should have been in the movies as a good imaginative script writer....thoroughly enjoyable..
                    When Was The Last Time,You Did Something For The First Time.

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                    • Hello Guys

                      Me & Gixxer had a ride today to his Hometown Mysore, We started of arounf 9 am in the morning & reached mysore by Noon, went to Chamundi Hills & had darshan of Godess Chamundeshawari & gixxer showed me his adda's & place where they used to stay in Mysore etc.

                      We finished lunch & started our ride back by 5pm & shree Joined us for return leg since he was also in Mysore ( His home town too) , The return leg was too tiring since it was lot of traffic due to long weekend holidays coming to end everybody was returning back to Bangalore from thier vacations.

                      Took Gixxer for breakfast to Authentic Thatte Idli/ Vada in Bidadi.

                      Also got a chance to ride Gixxer's bike in Highway for some couple of kilometer's, It sure is a screamer & it has lot of MId range/ Top end, Could easily reach 100kmph in 4th gear from as low as 40kmph & it was nice riding his bike..

                      Now coming to my bike - As always my bike wants to stay @ 80,85kmph all day long & this time around It gave me a mileage of 51kmpl & I am very happy with it.

                      All in all 310kms ride done today & it was nice one except for rain & traffic issues during return leg
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                      • Originally posted by abhilashabhi12 View Post
                        Hello Guys

                        Me & Gixxer had a ride today to his Hometown Mysore, We started of arounf 9 am in the morning & reached mysore by Noon, went to Chamundi Hills & had darshan of Godess Chamundeshawari & gixxer showed me his adda's & place where they used to stay in Mysore etc.

                        We finished lunch & started our ride back by 5pm & shree Joined us for return leg since he was also in Mysore ( His home town too) , The return leg was too tiring since it was lot of traffic due to long weekend holidays coming to end everybody was returning back to Bangalore from thier vacations.

                        Took Gixxer for breakfast to Authentic Thatte Idli/ Vada in Bidadi.

                        Also got a chance to ride Gixxer's bike in Highway for some couple of kilometer's, It sure is a screamer & it has lot of MId range/ Top end, Could easily reach 100kmph in 4th gear from as low as 40kmph & it was nice riding his bike..

                        Now coming to my bike - As always my bike wants to stay @ 80,85kmph all day long & this time around It gave me a mileage of 51kmpl & I am very happy with it.

                        All in all 310kms ride done today & it was nice one except for rain & traffic issues during return leg
                        The return journey was the worst i've ever ridden man!Honest! Morning ride was good with some decent runs.
                        Life begins, once you hit the power band !!

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                        • Originally posted by gixxer_junkie_m View Post
                          The return journey was the worst i've ever ridden man!Honest! Morning ride was good with some decent runs.
                          I know the reason being Thatte Idli/ Vada , Jokes apart come on man what more can you expect on a Sunday evening after a long weekend of Holidays..

                          I think you so wanted to get home that you didn't hear both me & shree shouting at you to stop when it started raining & we Just crossed Maddur that time & wanted to stop for some snacks..

                          Did U rode back all the way from Adigas ? or did U stop for a break somewhere ?
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                          • Originally posted by gixxer_junkie_m View Post
                            1. If your bike has a engine guard plate ,then i think it's making the noise.Otherwise ask the mech to check the cam chain tensioner setting.

                            2. No need to change it ,it will get soft.

                            3. Get the carb tuned properly and the tappet's adjusted.

                            4. Go for either Yamaha Gladiator's handle or that of the FZ,or ask for FURY handle.The lowered front end will sort out the handling issue and will make the bike feel planted.
                            Thanks mate...you are really wonderful .
                            I will ask my mechanic to check it.
                            I am really fed up with all incompetent mechanics i have got so far.
                            Sometimes i even feel like selling this bike...let me give one more try..
                            Thanks again.

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                            • Originally posted by abhilashabhi12 View Post
                              I know the reason being Thatte Idli/ Vada , Jokes apart come on man what more can you expect on a Sunday evening after a long weekend of Holidays..

                              I think you so wanted to get home that you didn't hear both me & shree shouting at you to stop when it started raining & we Just crossed Maddur that time & wanted to stop for some snacks..

                              Did U rode back all the way from Adigas ? or did U stop for a break somewhere ?
                              Only stopped to put on the jerkin and rode non-stop.That is,if you consider mile long traffic jams at every small town as without a break.
                              Originally posted by Fierodasan View Post
                              Thanks mate...you are really wonderful .
                              I will ask my mechanic to check it.
                              I am really fed up with all incompetent mechanics i have got so far.
                              Sometimes i even feel like selling this bike...let me give one more try..
                              Thanks again.
                              You're welcome bro.

                              @All

                              As explained by Abhi,took the bike on the highway for some decent riding and the the bike has been transformed quite a bit in terms of performance.

                              Let me settle the mileage issue at the beginning itself.Yes she does give 50+ in city with some very sane,conscious riding.But once on the highways ,if we start ripping her,then she gets thirsty That was a bit surprising for me as i was expecting her to give more on highways.

                              Now coming to the performance.She's a screamer alright,i mean ,due to serious lack of stopping power in the brakes,i couldn't exploit her top-end at all But once she hits the highway the engine changes in character completely! that's because of a heavy crank needing momentum and once she 's freed up she revs so effortlessly that it surprises you.She is so smooth at around 100 that it makes you think.She hits hundred with similar ease as a stock bike takes to hit 70.I did this check with Abhi's bike and his bike has similar gearing with a 14 front gb.His bike by the way can cruise all day at 80+ without breaking a sweat.
                              Now ,the thing is i short-shifted in the first 3 gears and from 40kmph just rode her like a auto gear scoot just a bit over half throttle makes her hit 100 kmph and with such ease that it comes as a surprise!
                              The thing which i noticed is,there's a drastic reduction in engine-braking! i mean she revs and there's hardly any engine braking when you ease the throttle! That i think is because of a serious increase in bore size,that is 8.5mm combined with higher compression which i think makes her push the crank at higher revs with ease and thus reducing engine braking.

                              The reason i couldn't use full throttle was because of no brakes! i mean,the rear brake is totally useless,you can stand on it all day and it won't make any difference what so ever!!Other than giving you the satisfaction of knowing that at least you tried!.That as i had mentioned before is because of lack of leverage due to modifying it.Then,about a month back the disc brake's minor kit's piston was overhauled as the brakes were starting to bind and then the mech re-filled the brake fluid and did some bleeding.But it lacks bite big time!! So you can imagine my predicament,i wanted to rev her and there was no bite in the front brake,the rear is non-existant and there's hardly any engine braking at higher revs!!

                              So,i did rip her on our way in the morning and once fuel level dropped i eased up on the throttle.Then on the way back i filled up for 200 bucks and she hasn't hit reserve yet as i basically stuck at around 70 on the way back to save some fuel as i had no idea how much she was drinking and majorly because of the highway resembling peak hour traffic of Bangalore!!I banged onto a car on the way back because of lack of brakes and rains.Luckily the bar end weights did a dent on the rear of the car and he didn't even know it
                              Last edited by gixxer_junkie_m; 09-06-2011, 06:58 PM.
                              Life begins, once you hit the power band !!

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                              • Originally posted by gixxer_junkie_m View Post
                                1. If your bike has a engine guard plate ,then i think it's making the noise.Otherwise ask the mech to check the cam chain tensioner setting.

                                2. No need to change it ,it will get soft.

                                3. Get the carb tuned properly and the tappet's adjusted.

                                4. Go for either Yamaha Gladiator's handle or that of the FZ,or ask for FURY handle.The lowered front end will sort out the handling issue and will make the bike feel planted.
                                Got the bike today.Slow speed khur khur sound is gone now.

                                I asked my mechanic to put either FZ or Gladiator handlebar.He said if i fit those handlebars, then the clutch wires and brake wires will become tight and hard. Advise needed on this.

                                2.Head light fairing,side deflector and front mud guard are broken and causing lot of vibrations.Parts are not available.
                                Any cheap and good alternatives to change all these?

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