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    Default Re: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

    Quote Originally Posted by V1V8K View Post
    Proud owner of a TB500 now.
    Congratulations and best wishes, once again.

    Same brand and same guard was quoted INR1600 in the showroom.
    Known fact. Don't buy any accessory from the company showroom or the dealer.

    Where can I find this locktite product?
    Nothing to worry. Mine is almost two year old. No problems.
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    When a TVS Scooty Streak - costing less than the half the cost of Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 - can have a stock OE 12 V charger, it's an unpardonable sin committed by Royal Enfield in not providing that in a premium cruiser Thunderbird 500.

    At last, Blue Bird gets a 12V/5V charger costing ₹652.24 from AliExpress including shipping. I ordered it on 29 Dec 2014 and received it within 2 weeks. Today morning, I rode on Blue Bird to Taj, the electrician at Pudupet. Blue Bird was the second in queue. When its turn came, I explained my requirements to Taj: one, it should be easily removable by me without disturbing the fuse-carrier and wiring, and two, the circuit should be through the ignition switch, so that the charger will work only when the ignition is switched on. Taj went on his motorcycle and came back with a plastic adopter. He introduced this additional adopter with necessary wiring to the base of the charger and connected the supplied wires through the fuse-carrier to the mains coming out from the battery. He did not use the connectors that were supplied, saying if they were directly connected to the battery, there was a possibility that some mechanics might forget to connect them during subsequent servicing! Nice idea. All the wires were neatly inserted inside sleeves and used ties to securely tie them wherever necessary. I took my digital voltmeter with me. He checked the battery's condition through the charger, first with my voltmeter, and then, with his analog voltmeter. The voltages were 12.x V when the ignition switch was on before starting the engine and 14.x V when the engine was revved to about 3 k rpm in both the voltmeters. I paid ₹ 150 to Taj, all inclusive, and thanked him for his excellent work. Half-day, well-spent. Now, I can carry, charge and use my navigator, phone and camera during my mega rides.

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    @J.Ravi. Your new setup looks quite good. If my memory serves me right, you previously had a solar based charger on your bluebird. Has that been removed now and did you face any issues with it? One of my friends who has a desert storm is also looking for a similar setup but is not aware of any electricians/mechanics who can do a good job with the installation.

    Appreciate inputs from fellow forum members on a good electrician who can help with similar setup in Bangalore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by V1V8K View Post
    you previously had a solar based charger on your bluebird. Has that been removed now and did you face any issues with it?
    Thanks, @V1V8K. I have the solar power-bank now also. But, it is portable and not fixed on my Blue Bird. I usually keep the solar power bank on the top of tank bag.

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    The main disadvantage I faced is, after the power is exhausted, I cannot recharge it in the night, when riding. Now, with this 12V/5V charger, I can use 2 gadgets - mostly, my navigator and phone - without worrying about recharge. The solar power bank will now act like a stand-by UPS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
    At last, Blue Bird gets a 12V/5V charger costing ₹652.24 from AliExpress including shipping.
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    Hi @J.Raviwhat is that digital meter?? battery voltage?

    also, i am interested in the Navigator/GPS. can you give me the details for it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderRider View Post
    what is that digital meter?? battery voltage?
    Yes, it is a digital voltmeter. I bouht it from Deal Extreme. I paid ₹ 307.13 on 25 July 2013. Now, it is available in ebay.in too.

    i am interested in the Navigator/GPS. can you give me the details for it?
    Mine is MapMyIndia Lx130 navigator. This model is not available now. You can see here for other models.



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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
    Yes, it is a digital voltmeter. I bouht it from Deal Extreme. I paid ₹ 307.13 on 25 July 2013. Now, it is available in ebay.in too.



    Mine is MapMyIndia Lx130 navigator. This model is not available now. You can see here for other models.



    Thanks.

    Does it provide route customisation? And how good/updated are the maps?

    Where does it pull its power from?

    how is it better over a smartphone with GPS and Google maps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderRider View Post
    Does it provide route customisation?
    Route customization is possible by inserting via points manually by selecting the points on the map by touch-screen or by search location option or by selecting the points of interest.

    how good/updated are the maps?
    The present version is 9.1. I have been using the maps from version 5.0. It will guide you properly 95% of the times. Be prepared for some surprises during the remaining 5%!

    Where does it pull its power from?
    It can be charged from the wall-charger or 12 V car/motorcycle charger or power bank.

    how is it better over a smartphone with GPS and Google maps?
    I have been using Google Maps on my laptop for planning a trip and compare with MapMyIndia online maps and my navigator. Even Google Maps throw surprise like MapMyIndia sometimes. But, I have not used my smart phone for navigation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Ravi View Post
    Route customization is possible by inserting via points manually by selecting the points on the map by touch-screen or by search location option or by selecting the points of interest.

    ~snipped~
    i will buy one in the near future, since i drive mostly alone, so will contact you then.

    thanks for the info!!
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