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    I have complete 2550 KM of my TB500 in last one month.
    Completed many short one day trips. And one long trip to Hedvi from Pune.
    Luckly have not faced any issue yet.


    For starting the bike in morning.
    I keep the igniion off kick 3-4 times.
    Switch on the ignition then electric start.

    After that bike starts in half kick

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    Quote Originally Posted by max_hammer View Post


    For starting the bike in morning.
    I keep the igniion off kick 3-4 times.
    Switch on the ignition then electric start.

    After that bike starts in half kick
    Thunderbird 500 is fuel injected, right? It should start with just one press of button or one kick. Does it not?
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    Hello Everyone,

    I am New to Xbhp, and new to blogging also, so kindly ignore my silly mistakes. I am a Proud Owner of RE Standard 350 (1983) and my Latest TB 500. Exactly today i have completed 2 Months with my new girl; I call her Bumble Bee you would see why in the Pic's. The old one is called White Knight. The TB 500 was Love at First sight; from the time it was launched in Auto Expo i had my eyes on it. I remember booking it in mid Nov from the Kandivali Showroom and getting the bike on Dec 21st. Yes i used all the contact in my power to get the bike in a Months time. However I think I shouldn't have done that, ill tell you why.
    The Day i got the Delivery i was informed to check the rare Disk L&Key bolts as there have been rumours of them coming out on high speeds. Hence the company has changed the threading on the new production bikes and changing the old ones on the 1st or the second service. There is not much HullaHuu about this since RE does not want his FlagShip model to be termed faulty especially after making people wait for almost a year. I am used to riding a standard and an AVL engine bullet however never rode a UCE bike, so couldn't understand the engine noise. for the first 500KM kept the bike under 50KMPH and after the first service took it to 80. During my first service at the Goregoan (w) service station saw another TB 500, to my surprise the engine on this bike sounded completely different them mine.

    To be honest i felt some knocking from the piston after every gear shift for some time during acceleration, but this was from the day of delivery and i assumed that this is common. Just to be sure i visited the Mahim service station which is on my way back home from work. Again another TB 500 sounded different from mine, this one sounded and felt more refined then mine. The mechanic who takes care of my old baby said that definitely the piston rings are making the noise, by now it had been only two weeks from the date of delivery. I contacted the Customer Service of RE. They asked me to contact the territory engineer of RE, I am not mentioning any names. I did that and he asked me to visit the Kandivali service station. There the mechanic, after a brief trial said I will have to leave the bike with them and he asked the supervisor to arrange for a block piston. I lost it on them, why do get the block piston changed of a 2 week old bike, changing the block piston means opening the engine.
    The engineer shaeb of RE tried explaining me how changing the block piston does not mean opening the engine. I just asked him one question. In all the engine components where is the power getting generated (block piston). Yet he was adamant that only if we open the crank Shaft chamber it is termed as opening the engine. Then I had to teach him a basic engineering lesson, that the crank is just transmitting the energy derived from the piston. Hence the piston is the heart of the engine. I did not leave my bike at the service station. Instead said will use other mean to escalate the issue.
    At 3000KM got my engine replaced. Yes you read it right the complete engine got replaced on 25th Jan at the Nerul service station. My engine got overnighted by air from Chennai with the same engine number on it. I had given them strict instructions not to open the courier in my absence. In front of my eyes the engine got replaced, the new engine came with the entire engine related cables and EFI system too and a stamp saying tested by head engineer at the Chennai plant WOW they were quick. OR my contacts were too influential The mechanics had never changed the engine on a TB 500 go figure; they managed to scratch the new engine. Till the time the new engine runs smoothly, few scratches dont matter. During my first service I had used semi synthetic oil, hence asked them to use the same oil in the new engine without any oil charge
    Took a test ride and the bike rode like a dream. Off course the mechanic who changed the engine was with me to check for any issues. But this was a puurrrrfect engine. Today I have covered almost 6000KM on the bike i.e. 3000KM from the old engine and 3000 from the new one. So my bike is due for its next service. Along the way have observed a few things:
    1) The instrument cluster vibrates during a bump in a pot hole which sounds like a cone set noise.
    2) Me and my better half are on the healthier side so during a speed bump the bottom touches the ground.
    3) I am use to HID so these lights are not that great. However the quality is good, Rinder makes light consoles for imported bikes too hence its good.
    4) During the engine change I had installed the upswept silencer hoping to get little thump but it did not work. Bike is as quite as any plastic on the road.
    5) After every 500KM the instrument cluster starts to show that the bike is due for a service. Learnt to remove that sign without visiting the service station.
    6) Had put the Osram NB to see if it helps get better visibility, waste of money, got for HIDs or Aux set up.
    7) Another reason for me changing the silencer was, during banking on the Ghats the silencer touches the ground. Not a good thing and the mesh inside was broken.
    8) What ergonomics these guys are talking about I dont understand, after a 400km one way ride thy started paining.
    9) The pillion kept complaining about the back rest. It is so small that it keeps hurting you tail bone. She could not walk for 2 days after the ride.
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    I Just realized that i don't have pictures with the new silencer and the racing stripes. Will upload them soon.
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    Sushant,
    No luck yet with the alloys. The dealer said he will call once he gets the imported alloys. He says he has indian available but not that good.
    Ride Hard !!! Ride Safe!!! Enjoy every moment on your machine !!! Cheers....

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    I searched for alloys in my city and no luck. Although one of the dealers pointed that there are hardly any options available for tubeless tyres for 19" wheels so I should consider 18" for front.

    Taking the bike to service center today, handle is again loose. Wrote an email to RE customer care.

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    Got the T-Bird home yesterday. Here are the 1st pics



    Last edited by bwar; 02-25-2013 at 09:06 PM.
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    Congrats bwar
    Enjoy the ride.
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    My bike had a manufacturing defect. Some T shaped part connecting handle to the body was not setting properly so after 200 km's the handle got loose. There are going to replace it, which again is going to take 20-30 days. It's a sad experience with my first RE being opened within 12 days from purchase. Who knows what other problem will arise in upcoming miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sushant View Post
    I searched for alloys in my city and no luck. Although one of the dealers pointed that there are hardly any options available for tubeless tyres for 19" wheels so I should consider 18" for front.

    Taking the bike to service center today, handle is again loose. Wrote an email to RE customer care.
    if your primary reason for alloy wheels is for tubeless tyres so as to minimize puncture chances, you can instead go for a puncture sealant like slime. check out the x-torque facebook page, they have a good video of a puncture sealant used on a tube-type tyre.

    RE quality being what it is, it seems pretty common for all sorts of niggles to pop up in the first few months. In my experience, after a few thousand kilometres on the odo, u might finally be free of all these niggles and start enjoying the true bullet experience.
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    RE quality being what it is, it seems pretty common for all sorts of niggles to pop up in the first few months. In my experience, after a few thousand kilometres on the odo, u might finally be free of all these niggles and start enjoying the true bullet experience.
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    Well said sir, it's true that the initial stages with your bike you will have issues. But you need to understand that your bike also has some persona and needs some time to adjust. Once you break the ice she will fly and you will njoy being the pilot. Till then Don't lose hope.

    If you read my above quote you will understand that i had more then tiny Niggles, but that phase is gone and now i am happy with the bike. Soon planning to go to Pondycherry from Mumbai on the bull, on the way back also planning to do Saddle Sore. Lets see if the bike holds up to the challenge.

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